COVID19 and our Churches and "Opening Up America Again"
His Grace, Bishop Irinej, and the Holy Assembly of Canonical Bishops have each issued an updated statement regarding guidelines for "Opening Up America Again." As stated in the Bishop's communication, "...the reopening of our churches, monasteries and social centers, and in many ways, the reopening of our life in common i.e., our communities, will be possible only through constant and fervent prayer! Therefore, it is imperative that, without exception, the Liturgical Petitions, which have been set out in our Act E. No. 169 of March 14, 2020, remain integrated in the appropriate litanies of all Divine Services, until further notice, throughout the Eastern American Diocese..." The directives are listed below for you to review and include a link to the official guidelines of His Grace, Bishop Irinej, as first issued on March 13, 2020. Please read all documents in their entirety.
In addition, the Holy Assembly of Canonical Bishops in the United States of America have issued their statement called "Feed My Lambs" - a nationwide approach of the Assembly for the staged reopening of churches during teh COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to review it.
Father Rajko will celebrate the Liturgy each Sunday, and that can be viewed "live" starting at 10:00 a.m. Click on the link in the right hand column of this web page.
"Orthodoxy Live" Lecture Series
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, the Department of Religious Education, in conjunction with the Department of Internet Ministries, will be offering a number of LIVE lectures via Facebook! The following speakers and topics are currently scheduled:
Saturday, May 23 - 7 p.m. - Fr. Christopher Rocknage
Sunday, May 31 - 7 p.m. - Fr. Milorad Orlic
These lectures are meant to be interactive. That means our moderator, Fr. Aleksa Pavichevich, will be sharing YOUR inquisitive and relavent questions during a Q&A session following each lecture. YOU will be able to ask our presenters questions in real-time by making comments on the Facebook Live stream, and your comment/question may "pop-up" for our presenter and viewers to see. We will begin with an English language lecture series and, subsequently, add a Serbian language lecture series.
So join us LIVE on Facebook for "Orthodoxy Live" and engage with your Orthodox Christian faith in a new way - beginning Sunday, May 10, at 7pm!
For those of you who cannot listen "live" or who do not have a FaceBook account, the lectures will be available the following day on the diocesan YouTube channel. Click here to watch the presentation on YouTube.
Welcome to Holy Trinity!
In 1905, Serbian immigrants to the Pittsburgh area united to form a Serbian Orthodox community. Originally, two churches served the community, both in Pittsburgh's South Side area. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church was located on S. 16th Street and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church was on Sidney Street.
In 1962, the two churches were unified into one, and the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church-School congegration was formed. The full unification took place when Holy Trinity Cathedral, located in Whitehall, was consecrated in 1971.
Within the last several years, the congegration has grown as it welcomed new Serbian immigrants as well as members of St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church of Clairton and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Knoxville when those churches closed.
Holy Trinity Cathedral is part of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, under the leadership of His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej (Dobrijevic), and the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, located in Belgrade, Serbia.
We welcome you to visit us!
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral 450 Maxwell Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15236 412-882-3900 firstname.lastname@example.org
HTC Slava Celebration!
With the permission of His Grace, Bishop Irinej, Holy Trinity Cathedral will be OPEN for our Slava, Pentecost (Duhovi), on Sunday, June 7th. However, we will not be able to distribute the traditional grass for braiding, nor will we be able to have a slava banquet. We WILL have lamb available (pre-order only by Wednesday, June 3) for pickup at the picnic grounds that day - see the attached letter for contact info. Click here to read the letter from the Executive Board containing all Slava details, including information about this year's slava Kumovi and our 2020 graduates. For those unable to attend, the live stream of the Liturgy will be available as usual.
Blessing of the Graves
Father Rajko Kosic will bless graves on Saturday, June 6, at St. George Cemetery from 9-11:30 am and at St. Sava Cemetery from noon-1:30 pm.
Information from the Diocese
Archpastoral Message of His Grace Bishop Irinej (video)
Shadeland Camp Has Been Cancelled for the Summer of 2020!
Due to the worldwide Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), please be advised that the annual 4-week Shadeland Camp season has been cancelled in total. Out of an abundance of caution and with all attention to the health and wellbeing of our campers, staff, clergy, and volunteers; this decision is made to mitigate any and all risk associated with potential exposure to and transmission of this virus. Although the scientific community continues to research this disease, the Diocesan Council, in tandem with the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters, is determined to protect our greatest resource – our children. While we continue to pray that the Coronavirus is contained, suppressed, and conquered through public health management, it is our obligation to act responsibly and in the best interest of all involved. Click here to read the official letter from the Diocesan Administrative Board. All submitted camp deposits will be refunded.
UPDATE: His Grace, Our Bishop Irinej has created a video for the campers and their families to view regarding the alternative plans for a camp this summer. Thanks to technology and digital learning, campers and counselors will all be together electronically. Click here to view His Grace's encouraging and heartfelt message to all.
Resolutions of the 2020 Annual Assembly
The Annual Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on February 27 and 28.
Every evening at 8:00 p.m., St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville is sponsoring the “St. Nicholas Daily 20” call-in prayer session. The “St. Nicholas Daily 20” will consist of Evening Prayers with a petition for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s help and mercy during this pandemic. The call-in is a means to increase our prayer life as a community.
To participate, dial (385) 799-9122 at 8:00 p.m. every evening. Please note, this is NOT toll-free, so call using your cell phone not your land line. If you are late calling in, that's okay - just dial in before the session ends at 8:20 p.m. Click here to read/download the prayers for your reference. Please remember to “mute” your phone and pray along. All are welcome to join in!
Sunday Liturgy LIVE!
Click here to view our Sunday Liturgy LIVE starting at 10:00 a.m. You can also get there from our Liturgy tab above In addition to our website, it can also be viewed on Facebook here The video will only be available during services. Here is the weekly bulletin, including the Epistle and Gospel.
Donations to HTC are greatly appreciated ... Thank you!
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Forms for You!
For a membership application, click here to download and print.
For an electronic authorization payment form for dues and/or TASA, click here to download and print.
Orthodox Food Pantry Back Up and Running
The Orthodox Food pantry in South Side is back up and running and needs our help. As you can imagine, there are many who are in need of support during this pandemic. Monetary donations of any amount are urgently needed and greatly appreciated. Additionally, you can purchase and drop off non-perishable food items.
Donations are accepted at: St. Mary's Orthodox Church 105 S. 19th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Please call Fr. Patrick in advance to drop off food items at 412-431-6428.