Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Greetings to all, Happy and Beautiful Thanksgiving!!! 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
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.
********************************** Message from Metropolitan Alexos in regards to DRC
November 27, 2019
To The Clergy, Parish Council Presidents and Esteemed Members, Philoptochos Presidents and Esteemed Members, And all the Parishes of the Metropolis of Atlanta:
My Dearly Beloved Brothers in the Lord,
I greet you with love and joy in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I pray, that as we approach our national day of Thanksgiving, your families and parish families experience a beautiful holiday, full of peace and warmth.
After careful discussion, collaboration and testing, the Metropolis is pleased to announce a new and updated website for our beloved Diakonia Retreat Center: thediakoniaretreatcenter.com. Truly, it is only appropriate that such a place, which has seen much growth over the past few years, receive a brand new website that shall include even more information about the activities of the jewel of our Metropolis.
From St. Stephen's Camp schedules and reports concerning the annual weekend for special needs families, to information on educational symposia, as well as our fruitful candle ministry and the future bookstore, we are thankful that beloved servants saw the need for a site which will inform all our people of the unique and exciting opportunities that await us--now, and in the years to come.
With these things in mind, we ask you to spread the word by sharing this specially made bulletin (available as a PDF by clicking here or as a JPEG by clicking here) in your future parish publication. The Diakonia Retreat Center belongs to all the parishioners of our Holy and God-Protected Metropolis, and it is necessary that all the laity are made aware of this new website, so that they too might partake of the beauty that we find when we commune with Almighty God in His Creation.
Thanking you for your attention to this matter, and hoping that our journey to Bethlehem is a spiritually uplifting one, I remain,
Prayerfully and thankfully yours with paternal love in Christ,
+ A L E X I O S Metropolitan of Atlanta
********************************** St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Essay Contest
All teens are invited to write a 1000-word essay and submit it to the Shrine (email@example.com) by January 6, 2020. The Essay must answer the question: ‘How do we, as Orthodox Christians, relate to sacred and historically significant treasures? There are 21 relics of saints of the early Church enshrined in the St. Photios Chapel. There are a dozen articles including, the St. Photios cross on exhibit in the museum. The ecclesiastical items of Father Gregoris Eliades of blessed memory are lovingly displayed, commemorating the five martyrs of Semendria and a gospel with the inscription: “Divine and Holy Gospel dedicated to the ever Blessedness and Exalted Patriarch of Jerusalem, Lord Chysanthos Notaras, Venice: by Nikolao Saro 1754.” Talk about sacred items you have in your life, what it means to make a pilgrimage, examples of how lives change after making a pilgrimage. All essays can be submitted electronically. Please send them double spaced and if possible in PDF format by January 6, 2020. The results of the Essay Contest will be posted electronically February 1st. There are three prizes: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.
******************************************** 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