Welcome to Holy Trinity

Welcome to our website! Holy Trinity Church, is located in Overland Park, KS and is part of the Orthodox Church in America and in the Diocese of the Midwest. As our members have remarked about their own experience, we think you, too, will discover our church to be warm and inviting, and an excellent place to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Holy Church. Visitors unfamiliar with the Orthodox style of worship will benefit from reading Frequently Asked Questions. If you visit, be sure to browse our bookstore which has an extensive selection of books and icons. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to call the church (913) 681-6948 or send us an email.


The Elevation of the Cross (September 14)

The Elevation of the Holy Cross is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 14. This feast is also referred to as the Exaltation of the Cross. This is also a popular name day for Stavroula/Stavros (from "stavros" meaning cross). This feast commemorates two events: The finding of the Cross by the Empress Helen (the mother of St. Constantine the Great) on Golgotha in 326 AD, the place where Christ was crucified. On the spot where the Cross was discovered, St. Helen had found a hitherto unknown flower of rare beauty and fragrance, which has been named "Vasiliko," or Basil, meaning the flower of royalty. Note that the word "Vasiliko" means "of the King," since the word "Basileus" in Greek means "King"; so, the plant Vasiliko, Basil, is tied to the Precious Cross of the King of Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ. Underneath the Basil, the Cross of Christ was found, but with it were the other two crosses, those used to crucify the two thieves on either side of Christ. The sign with the inscription, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews", also lay among the three crosses. In order to determine which one was the true cross, a sick woman was told to kiss each of the three crosses. The woman kissed the first cross with no result. She kissed the second cross and again nothing happened. However, when the ailing woman kissed the True Cross, she was immediately made well. It so happened that a funeral procession was passing that way, and so the body of the dead man was placed on each of the crosses, and when it was placed on the True Cross, the dead man came to life — thus the name the “Life-Giving” Cross, which gives life not only to that man, but to each person who believes in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His all-glorious three day Resurrection. When the true Cross was identified, it was lifted on high for all the people to see, who then continually sang Kyrie eleison, a practice which is still enacted at current celebrations of this feast.


Services

SATURDAY

5:00 PM Vespers and Confessions

SUNDAY

9:00 AM Matins
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

WEDNESDAY EVENING

Akathist 6:30 PM

Office Hours

WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Recent Posts and News

Bright Friday (May 3) Open House

April 13th, 2019

Please join us for a Resurrection Open House on Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be food trucks, dancing, desserts, church tours, and much more! Click here to download the flier for the event: Bright Friday 2019

Holy Week and Bright Week Schedule 2019

March 23rd, 2019

Sunday, April 21 (Palm Sunday)
Bridegroom Matins, 7:00pm followed by Holy Week walk-through with Fr. Tim

Monday, April 22
Presanctified Liturgy, 9:30am
Bridegroom Matins, 7:00pm

Tuesday, April 23
Presanctified Liturgy, 9:30am
Bridegroom Matins, 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 24
Presanctified Liturgy, 9:30am
Holy Unction, 5:00pm
Matins of Holy Thursday, 7:30pm READ MORE