Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Church

Construction Plans presented

On Sun. Nov 9 2003 Archbishop Nathaniel celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. The concelebrating clergy: Fr. Constantin Alecse, parish priest, Fr. Bill Clark, chaplain, and Fr. Deacon Vasile Simonca, were assisted by the chanters Iosif Razvan Bena, Irinel Dumitrascu and Liviu Constantinescu,and by the numerous faithful present.

Presentation of the Building Project

At the end of the Liturgy, Fr. Constantin Alecse gave a brief presentation of the 65 years history of this parish, and of its Building project in Sunland CA.

He was followed by Architect Garo Minassian, who presented the final construction plans. He and Architect Michelle Ertzan work together closely at this plan, making sure that it incorporates the essential elements of the Moldovita monastery. The Architect presented in detail the Plot Plan, the Church Plan, the Parish Hall Plan, the administration buildings, and the future possible apartment building for the elderly. The presentation was very well received by the participants.

At the end of this presentation, Archbishop Nathaniel gave a very eloquent sermon in Romanian.

He was pleased to notice the revival of the building project, which after 10 years of stagnation has made a lot of progress in a very short time. He also thanked all those involved in this project, the parishioners, members of the parish auxiliary organizations, the building committee members, the architects, and the other specialists.

His Eminence extended a very warm call to all the members and supporters of the Holy Trinity parish to help the parish priest and the building committee in this very difficult, demanding and costly endeavor. He also called on the whole Romanian American community in Southern California to be generous in supporting this project, to show magnanimity in their donations, and where appropriate to remember to mention the Holy Trinity Church in their wills.

After the sermon, the participants were blessed by sprinkling with the holy water, and proceeded to the church courtyard for a group photo with the Hierarch.

Note: The parish office has informed all the members of the parish about the presentation, and H.E. Archbishop Nathaniel has received a complete set of the plans. These plans will be discussed and analyzed by the Episcopate Council, before the final ecclesiastical approval.

After this, the plans will be submitted for approval to the Los Angeles City Council.

(Translated from Romanian by dr. Razvan Iosif Bena, subdeacon & his wife Cristina Bena)


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