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.
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.
************************ 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
*************** GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA GREEK ORTHODOX LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY, Inc. 126 EAST 37th STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10016 • TEL: (212) 977-7770 • FAX: (212) 977-7784 Web: www.philoptochos.org • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org October 12, 2018 To Our Faithful Philoptochos Stewards and Friends: Even as officials continue to assess the damages wrought by Hurricane Florence, yet another storm of unprecedented scope and force has struck the United States. Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, the third strongest storm to strike the United States mainland, with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, made landfall in the Florida panhandle this week. The mayor of a small beachfront community captured the devastation in a single word when she said her town had been “obliterated”. Tragically, at least six persons have lost their lives during the storm and federal officials fear that the death toll could rise as search and rescue teams begin to examine the damage. We pray for the victims, their families and for those who have lost the security of their homes and surroundings. We pray for the first responders who courageously and tirelessly aid and care to those affected by Hurricane Michael. We pray that we may never see our homes, neighborhoods, and the landmarks of our lives obliterated, utterly destroyed and wiped out of existence. And once again, we ask for your contributions to the National Philoptochos Hurricane Relief Fund. Recent, devastating natural disasters have caused us to request your support over and over again, but we hope that you will be as generous as possible, as you always have been. Please be true to our mission to give comfort, hope and solace to all. Please allow Philoptochos to bring some peace and love to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Contributions may be forwarded to the National Philoptochos Society at 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or make donations online at http://bit.ly/2OOtKi3-donate and select “Hurricane Relief Fund.” Thank you for all you do for so many during times of need. Maria Logus National President
******************************************** 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