Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Greetings to all, Xristos Anesti!!! Christ Is Risen!!! Peace, love, joy…good health...and many blessings!!!... Happy Mother's Day!!!
"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.
The Beatitudes Tone 1 In Your kingdom. Remember us, O Lord, when we come in Your kingdom. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. *****************************
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ARRIVAL AND ENTHRONEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS
NEW YORK – Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Archiepiscopal Vicar, announces that the Enthronement Ceremony for His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will take place at Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 East 74th Street, New York, NY, on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am. The Ceremony of Enthronement will be followed by an Enthronement Luncheon at 1:30 pm at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas). Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will arrive in the United States on Wednesday, June 19th. In advance of his Enthronement, he will hold a series of meetings and encounters with the Hierarchs, Clergy, and Staff of the Holy Archdiocese, as well as Orthodox Hierarchs, and ecumenical and interfaith leaders. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed His Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany as His Personal Representative for the Enthronement.
A Brief Biographical Note of His Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos follows: Metropolitan Augoustinos was born in 1938 in Crete, Greece, with the civil name Georges Labardakis. Metropolitan Augoustinos holds a doctorate of theology degree; his studies of theology and philosophy commenced at the Holy Theological School of Halki. From 1956 to 1965 he pursued graduate work in Salzburg, Munster, and Berlin. From 1977 to 1982 he was a lecturer for Orthodox Theology at the Catholic Seminar of the Free University of Berlin. From 1964 to 1972 he was dean of the Greek Orthodox parish in Berlin (West and East). In 1972 he was elevated to the Episcopacy. From 1972 until 1980 he was the auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitanate of Germany, and in 1980, he was elected Metropolitan of Germany, entrusted with the souls of 450,000 Orthodox Christians. From the beginning of his ministry, his top priorities were the bonds of friendship between Germans and Greeks, as well as the ecumenical understanding among Christians and the encounter with other religions.
From 1973 to 1979 he was chairman of the Ecumenical Council for Berlin; 1978-2007, he was vice chairman of the Council of Christian Churches in Germany; 2006-2010, he was chairman of the Board and of the Bishops Assembly of the Commission of the Orthodox Church in Germany, and from 2010 he has been chairman of the Orthodox Bishops Conference in Germany. He is also the chairman of many high-ranking delegations and commissions for the ecumenical dialogue with Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians. He is the recipient of many of the highest German and Greek awards. == 30 == Please check the official picture for His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7axs5fxhp8emgbs/archbishop-elpidophoros.jpg?dl=0 Biography of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America https://www.goarch.org/archbishop/biography
Release Date: May 9, 2019 ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL Protocol No. 74/19 May 8, 2019
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! Following the Apostolic injunction of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), I have today the great honor to communicate with you in a spirit of truth and love, in order to share with you some important items related to the life and progress in Christ of our holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. By the blessing of God, twenty years ago, I received the singular honor of being elected Archbishop of America by our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate. On September 18, 1999, in my enthronement address I emphasized the necessity of cultivating three very important areas. First, the cultivation and growth of our Orthodox faith which our Ecumenical Patriarchate has preserved intact and immaculate. Second, the establishment of a spirit and action of love, charity, and care for the human being, without any limitation, discrimination or reservation. And third, the promotion of unbreakable unity, concord, and unanimity of our ecclesiastical body, and of our Greek Orthodox Community in general, remembering what the Lord prayed to His Father, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17:21). For twenty years, through an intense effort to cover the multifaceted spiritual, educational and cultural needs of our Archdiocese, I have tried, in cooperation with the grace of God to remain faithful to the aforementioned aims of Faith, Love, and Unity. In addition, major themes related to the important diptych of Orthodoxy and Hellenism such as the religious freedom of our Ecumenical Patriarchate, the tragedy of the foreign occupation of Cyprus, and the Macedonian issue, have also been areas of our concern and action. All of the above have been realized through strong and substantive cooperation with the distinguished and beloved brother hierarchs, pious priests, deacons, monks, and nuns, the dedicated lay people of the major organizations of the holy Archdiocese and the Omogenia, and with the impressive contribution and help of the more than 500 parishes in America. An integral part of this twenty-year effort has been the unfailing care and support in every way of our Ecumenical Patriarchate. It must be earnestly noted that such an undertaking extending over a twenty-year period has gone through various challenges, unpredictable difficulties, unjust attacks and actions by various people, something that has been happening to the Church from its inception to our own times. In every case, I have remembered daily what St. Paul said that, a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many opponents (1 Corinthians 16:9), and also the text from the Book of Revelation, Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut (Revelation 3:8). Glory and honor and thanksgiving belong to the almighty and merciful God, Who did not allow for us to be crushed, but on the contrary, He granted us the gift of having among us inspiring examples of many faithful clergy and laity who remained strong and dedicated to God in spite of all difficulties. Such a long and intense undertaking certainly was not free from human mistakes and possible wrong actions. I express my sincere sorrow for all of them, accompanied by the assurance that any mistakes and wrong actions were not the result of bad intent, indifference or selfishness. If that any mistakes and wrong actions were not the result of bad intent, indifference or selfishness. If I have caused pain to any, I ask for forgiveness; while from my heart I offer forgiveness to anyone who caused pain to me. And now, having the very great blessing of reaching the twentieth year of my diakonia as Archbishop, and by the grace of God running the course of the 92nd year of my long life, and keeping in mind the Biblical counsel from the Book of Ecclesiastes that, There is a time for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1), I thought it appropriate and timely to place at the disposal and discretion of our Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate my resignation. At the same time, I am praying that my successor in the holy throne of the Archbishop of America will receive in abundance the grace and power of the Crucified and Risen Lord, so that he will be able to realize important and sacred work in America; and specifically, in continuing and completing the construction of the historic Church and National Shrine of St. Nicholas in New York, and for the building up of our Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek School of Theology in Brookline, MA. In my new status, I will have the opportunity to dedicate ample time to prayer: prayer not only for you, my beloved brothers and sisters and for the holy Archdiocese of America, but also for the Omogenia, for our Ecumenical Patriarchate, and for all people finding themselves under difficulties, torments and tragic conditions. As I bring to a close now and look back over the long span of my theological and ecclesiastical diakonia in the United States, I offer glory and praise and thanksgiving to God for the honor and love you have displayed abundantly to my person. And in all humility, but also in clear conscience, I repeat the beautiful confession of St. Paul, I have fought the good fight, I have completed the course, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). You and your noble families have my continuous and warmest prayers for abundant grace from God, for joyful progress and fulfillment in all aspects of your lives and endeavors, and for your fully enjoying the magnificent biblical blessing, The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26). With paternal love and highest esteem in Christ, our Crucified and Risen Lord and God, † D E M E T R I O S Archbishop of America ************************ His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Metropolis of Atlanta. November 30th, 2018 My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I greet you with love in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As we continue our journey toward Bethlehem, I send prayers and best wishes for a blessed and spiritually uplifting Nativity Season.
This message serves as a joyous reminder that this coming Saturday, December 1st, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela will be joining us as the new Auxiliary Bishop of our Metropolis of Atlanta.
The intention for any Metropolis is that the Hierarch should see his communities at least once per year. However, given that our seventy-four parishes, five monasteries, and two institutions (the St. Photios National Shrine and the Diakonia Retreat Center) make up the largest-sized Metropolis in the United States, it is impossible to create these many Sundays for me to visit you all, with only 52 weeks in a year. Therefore, I consider it a blessing for our Metropolis to have another Bishop to assist me in this important aspect of our spiritual life. (And very soon, you will be able to access His Grace's itinerary of community visits, just as you are able to do with mine, from our Metropolis website.)
Of course, His Grace is also going to undertake the responsibility of the Educational Department of the Metropolis; and I hope and pray for your cooperation as he prepares to plan meetings, workshops and assemblies for our Sunday School teachers and youth workers.
With this information, I close by asking for your prayers: both for Bishop Sevastianos as he takes on his new position, and this new milestone in his life; as well as for myself. For it is only by your prayers that we can fulfill the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Vineyard. I remain,
Paternally yours with love in the Lord, + A L E X I O S 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 .After the Great Flood in Baton Rouge in the year 2016 we received the supportive visit of Mrs. Dee Nicolau, President of Philoptochos in Metropolis of Atlanta. As well as Members of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Orleans. .His Eminence Alexios visit us and our church during reconstruction after the flood in 2016 .October 2018: 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