Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thank God our church is alright, no water, no flooding. Thank you for your prayers. How are you doing? Please, let us know if you need anything from us. God Bless you and your family.
Greetings to all, 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. *****************************
ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS PRAISES THE WORK OF THE CLERGY LAITY ASSEMBLY OF THE ATLANTA METROPOLIS An Enthusiastic Welcome at Jacksonville, Fla. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America travelled yesterday, June 28, to Jacksonville, Fla. where the Clergy-Laity Assembly of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta is taking place June 25-29. The theme of the Assembly is “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Upon his arrival, the Archbishop was first welcomed at the airport by Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and the lay leadership of the Metropolis. Clergy, the Presvyteres, the members of Philoptochos, the Archons, the faithful participating in the conference and the children of the Jacksonville community gathered at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel, and offered a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Archbishop Elpidophoros as he entered. Archbishop Elpidophoros received a second enthusiastic welcome a little later, when he was officially announced and entered the Grand Banquet with a standing ovation, cheers and applause. In his address to the participants he expressed his joy for their “dedication to ministry,” evident in the work the delegates of the Clergy Laity Assembly do and their “commitment to mutuality, to compassion, to family, to all the practices that engender spiritual health from the cradle to the grave.” “I commend you for this comprehensive nature of your service to Christ and to one another, for indeed they are one and the same. For if we have done it unto the least of His brethren, we have done it unto Him (cf. Matthew 25:40),” said the Archbishop. His Eminence further admonished the faithful participants of the Assembly to share the gifts they have received from God: “Whatever goodness of God that has manifested in our lives, whatever grace, whatever, as the Apostle Paul says: ‘is true, honorable, righteous, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent, or worthy of praise’ (cf. Philippians 4:8) – these are the very gifts that we can only keep, as we give them freely away. Because they are the product of grace, the free gift of God to each and every one of us.” (Read full text) Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta in welcoming Archbishop Elpidophoros said “It was the will of God to have you elected as our Archbishop here in America,” and at a later point stated: “As the Metropolitan of this Metropolis I pledge my commitment to continue to serve you and the Archdiocese in order to enhance our service to God and the people entrusted to our care.” At the beginning of the evening, an inspirational greeting was offered by Shannon Miller, a seven-time Olympic Medalist. Greetings were also delivered by U.S. Congressman John Rutherford who exalted the high ideals that the Greek American community holds dear. See Photos ******************************************************** GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA 8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10075-0106 * Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0237 www.goarch.org - Email: email@example.com
Date: May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019 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
************************ 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