Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Greetings to all,
Happy and Beautiful New Year!
Peace, love, joy…good health...and many blessings!!!...
"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
Apolitikion of the Parish Church Mode Plagal 4
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡµῶν, ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἀναδείξας, καταπέµψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦµα τὸ ἅγιον, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν τὴν οἰκουµένην σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι. Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You made the fishermen all-wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them You drew the world into Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory to You
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.
Rebuilding of Saint Nicholas
Dear Reverend Fathers, On behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, I am forwarding to you all the following message regarding the progress of Saint Nicholas Shrine. At the request of His Eminence, this message is to be read to your respective congregations on this Sunday, January 5. This is a triumphant time and new chapter for our Archdiocese. As we all know, the construction of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center was abruptly suspended in December, 2017. The good news is that after a rigorous investigation conducted by PWC, one of the world's largest accounting firms, and other outside experts we learned two important points: 1) There was no evidence of theft of any kind against Saint Nicholas, and, further, that the intent of all the donors who contributed funds to Saint Nicholas was met; and 2) Funds which had been transferred from St. Nicholas to Archdiocesan bank accounts to fund the Archdiocese operating deficit have now been completely repaid by the Archdiocese with interest. PWC’s investigative reports were posted to the Archdiocese website for full review by the public. Further, as a result of the successful financial restructuring of the Archdiocese, all vendors that were owed funds at the time of the construction have been paid in full.
A new organization has been created called the Friends of St. Nicholas ("Friends"). Friends is a separate legal entity, with a separate Board Trustees that has independent fiduciary obligations. Friends is now the sole entity authorized by the Archdiocese and the St. Nicholas Parish to fundraise for the St. Nicholas project, act as custodian for its funds and oversee the completion of the construction.
Mr. Richard Browne, Managing Partner of Sterling Project Development, has volunteered to be the Chief Operating Officer of construction for St. Nicholas. He has worked with the general contractor and its subcontractors to determine the maximum price to complete the National Shrine. If the subcontractors are provided initial funds this month, then the maximum incremental cost to complete the National Shrine is expected to be $45 million, including a contingency reserve. Timing is critical. Friends must raise this capital from our Faithful and others in an ecumenical outreach. The National Shrine will be the only religious institution on Ground Zero. The National Shrine will not only be a symbol of global Orthodoxy and perhaps the most visited Church in the United States, it will be a monument to the memory of the 3,000 people who were martyred on September 11, 2001. Its Justinian Cross will stand over the site in their memory. As we begin a new year and embark on an exciting new era for our Archdiocese and Saint Nicholas, we as Orthodox Christians should all rejoice in this announcement. Archbishop Elpidophoros has called rebuilding Saint Nicholas “the single most important public affirmation of our Orthodox faith in our American nation” since the late Archbishop Iakovos marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965. We must all support this vision of restoration, redemption and resurrection. Direct contributions can be sent to the Friends of St. Nicholas at the Archdiocese in New York. Conveying to you the paternal blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, I remain,
Rev. Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas Chancellor Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 8 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075
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 Establishment · 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