Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
URGENT!!! Sunday Morning April 30, 2017 Following early morning consultation with the Parish Council officers: given the severity of weather conditions and the impending treat of even worse weather to come today:
THE CELEBRATION OF THE LITURGY IS CANCELLED FOR TODAY!!!
This is done in consultation also with official weather alerts at this time. Peace and protection for all…Pray for the protection of our city! With prayers and blessings, +Fr. Anthony
Sunday April 30, 2017 Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women CHRISTOS ANESTI!!!.... ….ALETHOS ANESTI!! IRINI PASI… PEACE TO ALL!!! Due to unexpected emergency weather conditions and circumstances (severe weather warnings, alerts, and directives for our region from the national and local weather authorities: severe rainstorms with tornadoes and flood alerts and warnings); and after early morning consultation with the Parish Counsel officers; we had to cancel this morning’s Divine Liturgy. However, for your consideration and prayer today; I offer you the following reflections on the scripture readings from today’s Divine Liturgy: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7 and the Gospel according to St. Mark 15:43-47;16,11-6
…As the angel says to the Myrrh-bearing women: “The One who was Crucified is Risen!”.... That is to say: The one who was beaten and broken; is made whole and alive!…. That’s about Jesus… That’s about us… That’s about all humanity…
This week-end in Egypt, in Alexandria; Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis, and the Coptic Pope Tawadros II came together to pray for unity and peace…. In a church that had been bombed this past Christmas time; killing 40 people, mainly women (true “myrrh-bearers”!), their blood still staining the wall of the church… The three hierarchs together prayed for unity and peace not only among Christians, but among all people… Their praying together was not just a prayer for unity, but an act of unity itself---breaking down walls and barriers… …That’s what Jesus does… and when we live the life of the Risen Christ in us and in our midst and in our church and in our world, that’s what we do…break down barriers and walls, and open up hearts and minds… becoming ever more instruments of Peace and unity, reconciliation and healing… in and through the Risen Christ! The coming together of the three hierarchs in that prayer for unity and peace in the church in Alexandria, stained with the blood of martyrs of Christ…could be said to be a true “Agape Service”! …..The Agape Service on the Sunday morning following the proclamation of Jesus’s Resurrection (“the One who was Crucified is Risen!”) isn’t just a “footnote” to, or the close of, the celebration Holy Week and Pascha… No, the Agape Service is indeed no less than the expression and manifestation of the first fruits of the saving and healing power and reality of Christ’s Resurrection…for us and for all of humanity! … The very fact of our (and of all Orthodox Christians throughout the world!) hearing the one and the same Gospel of the Risen Christ’s first appearance to his apostles (which includes us!) proclaimed in a variety of languages by a variety of peoples ----peoples whose nations and “ethnicities” may have at some time or other been at war with one another, and may even still carry lingering sentiments of conflict or resentment)----,yet all together hearing the Risen Christ Himself saying to them and to us: “Peace!... My Peace I give you…. Receive the Holy Spirit…. As the Father has sent me, so also do I send you!”… ....Breaking down walls, hostilities, and rivalries; overcoming fear and hatred….Opening hearts and minds….Bringing Peace and healing to broken, wounded, and shattered hearts, lives, and relationships….personally and among peoples…such are the fruits of Christ’s Resurrection… and ours in Him! ….Let us be attentive… CHRISTOS ANESTI…. …..ALETHOS ANESTI IRINI PASI…. PEACE TO ALL… IN THE RISEN CHRIST! +Fr. Anthony M
Any one offering donations to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Baton Rouge, LA for flooding disaster relief, please contactMs. Dee Nicolaou at 1-813-294-0346. Ms. Nicolaou is Director of Disaster Response for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta. Thru the efforts, dedication, co-ordination and response of Ms. Nicolaou; families affected by the flooding disaster in Baton Rouge have already been helped. So, we ask anyone wishing to donate to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Baton Rouge to direct your donation to Ms. Nicolaou. Her phone is 1-813-294-0346; email: email@example.com
Pay To The Order Of Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Dee Nicolaou 27242 Breakers Drive Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
Many thanks with appreciation for your generosity.
+Fr. Anthony Monteleone, Pastor Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, LA
As we welcome in the New Year, we welcome you to our (your) new and revised web-site --reflective of the call and blessings that God is showering on our community and parish, as --by His abundant grace, and through His Holy and life-giving Spirit, and with His steadfast and everlasting Love-- we grow in union with Him, with one another, with our metropolis, our archdiocese, and the great and authentic current of Orthodoxy throughout the world, throughout time and the Ages! All glory to Him who is our Source, our Life, and our Hope --Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen!
OUR HISTOTY... Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was founded in 1976 by a group of faithful and dedicated Orthodox families that had moved to Baton Rouge. As one of the early members said, more prophetically perhaps than he may have realized: “God wants there to be a church here.”So it was… so it is! A decade later, the church building was dedicated on April 4, 1987, at its present location at 2510 N. Stevendale Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70819. The icons of the iconostasis of the church were painted in Greece.Many icons, together with various other items, were donated by relatives and friends from New Orleans, Greece, and various parts of the United States. For many years the community in Baton Rouge was served by the priest coming from New Orleans one Saturday a month for the Divine Liturgy.During that time; for Holy Week, and other such holidays and services, the people from Baton Rouge would have to go to New Orleans. As the saying goes, “God works in strange ways”...Katrina, though tragic and devastating in many and terrible ways, had the effect and result of setting the stage for the transformation of the church in Baton Rouge from a mission into a parish. It resulted (with the authorization and blessing of Metropolitan Alexios; together with God’s goodness and care for His people wherever they may be) in the coming and assigning of a priest to Baton Rouge in 2007; making it possible to help support and guide the Baton Rouge community in the process of transformation from being a dependent mission, into developing a full parish life and reality; with a complete Sacramental and Liturgical life; together with the provision of other essential pastoral services; including, along with the weekly Sunday Divine Liturgy: the Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, and Confession; as well as Memorials, Shut-in Visitations, and House/Business Blessings, Religious Education, and so on. In addition to English and Greek; we have members whose native languages and origins are Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic; reflecting the broad spectrum, embrace, and reality of the Orthodox Church. The church in Baton Rouge embodies the words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel according to Saint Mark: “Then he taught them saying, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’” And so it is…. To the glory of God, and the salvation of His people! (c2014)
Our Church belongs to: - Metropolis of Atlanta -Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America -Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
· 1976-1987 Church Founding · July 2000: Metropolitan Alexios’visit · 2001: 25TH Anniversary of Church Establisment · September 2005: Archbishop Demetrios of America, Metropolitan Alexios, Bishop Andonios, and others visited Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Baton Rouge, following Hurricane Katrina. · November 2007: Ordination of Deacon Anthony Monteleone to the Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. . April 2013: Metropolitan Alexios' visit
Clergy: Rev. Fr. William G. Gaines Rev. Fr. Demetrios S. Katerlis 1976-1977 Rev. Fr. George Konstantopoulos 1977-1980 Rev. Fr. Demetrios Lokis 1980-1982 Rev. Fr. Nicholas Pastrikos 1982-1992 Rev. Fr. Nicholas W. Jonas 1992-1994 Rev. Fr. Anthony Stratis 1995-2007 (from New Orleans, LA) Rev. Fr. Constantine Regopoulos 2007 (from Florida) Rev. Fr. Anthony Monteleone 2007-current (first full time priest assigned to Baton Rouge)
Mailing Address (all correspondence): HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH PO Box 82483 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70884 Phone: 225-384-0571