Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Peace, love, joy… and good health!!!...
"For every humble person is gentle, and every gentle person is invariably humble. A person is humble when he knows that his very being is on loan to him". St. Maximos the Confessor
Prayer for Christian Unity
God, who are unity in three holy persons --Father, son, and Holy Spirit --you have called us to live in peace with all people. You have also called us to work toward unity in purpose to spread the Gospel to all nations. Graciously give us the courage and strength to work toward unity, and act toward each other as brothers and sisters. we ask this in the unity of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
An appeal from His Eminence This is a message from His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios. If you would like to donate, please let Fr. Anthony know. Thank you.
"His Eminence has asked all of the Vicars to assist in retiring the mortgage of our beloved Diakonia Retreat Center. Specifically, we’re looking for a few individuals/families from our Western Conference that God has blessed and would be able to contribute $500 - $1,000 on a monthly basis to retire the mortgage at the DRC. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be collecting names to submit to His Eminence. Please prayerfully consider if you have any individuals/families that you feel would be able to offer this ministry, and email the names and contact information to me. I will submit this information to the Metropolis, and they will reach out to them."
************************** Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios
April 19, 2018
My Beloved Priests, Monastics, Archons, Ambassadors, Philoptochos Presidents, Members of the Metropolis Council, Parish Council Presidents, And all the Faithful of Metropolis of Atlanta,
This Sunday, we are blessed to celebrate the righteous Myrrh-Bearers: those women who brought the spices and aromas to the Sepulcher of Christ. They were pious women, having taken it upon themselves to fulfill the ritual of purification of a deceased person. They ventured out early on Sunday morning, with great emotion at being able to fulfill this obligation for the Master they had chosen to follow for so many years. Surely the Myrrh-Bearers must have also felt concern at the thought of who would roll away the large stone that secured the Lord’s tomb.
The one thing these holy women did not observe was fear. Days after all but one of the Twelve had abandoned our Lord, these women chose to risk punishment by honoring the Body of a man whom the Temple authorities had considered such a notorious criminal, that St. John records Pilate granting a group of soldiers to guard the tomb.
St. John Chrysostom writes of the Myrrh-Bearers that “Their logic asks questions; their voices are silent; but their hearts help them to walk.” When the women arrive at the Tomb their question is answered at the sight of the Angel; their mouths are opened by the Angel’s proclamation, CRISTOS ANESTH!Christ is Risen; and the Resurrection of our Lord is the fulfillment of their hearts’ joy.
These things are all the emotions and experiences we had during Pascha this year, but the question arises: what sort of love do we have in our hearts for our Lord Jesus Christ? It is very easy for some to say, “Yes, I am a believer, and that is because I hope for eternal life, granted to me through Christ’s Resurrection.” While it is true that St. Paul that we have hope in Christ’s Resurrection, do we love Christ’s because of our promised rewards; or do we love Him as did the Myrrh-Bearers?
Out of a deep sense of love, they not only gave of their time and resources to anoint Him—they also put their lives in jeopardy, all in order to fulfill the obligation to their Lord. While we cannot claim to honor Christ’s earthly Body with aromas and spices, we can receive His Body with love and honor during the Eucharist.
However, when we approach to receive His Body and His Blood during the Divine Liturgy, even then must ask ourselves constantly: with what kind of love shall we offer to Him? Again, we must know in our hearts if it is a love motivated by hoped for rewards, or because we truly love Him?
If we truly love Him, we must listen to Him and act according to His Will, and we must first love our neighbor. I hope and pray that each and every one of you will make the conscious decision to proclaim the true love we each should have in our Lord Jesus Christ. +ALEXIOS Metropolitan of Atlanta
***************************** Our HISTORY... 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