Throughout the ages, the Greek Orthodox Christian Church has maintained a continuity of faith and love with the apostolic community which was founded by Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Orthodoxy believes that she has preserved and taught the historic Christian Faith from the time of the Apostles. The air of antiquity and timelessness which often characterizes Eastern Christianity is an expression of her desire to remain loyal to the authentic Christian Faith.
God is the source of faith in the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy believes that God has revealed Himself to us, most especially in the revelation of Jesus Christ, Whom we know as the Son of God. This Revelation of God, of His love, and of His purpose is constantly made manifest and contemporary in the life of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We offer you an opportunity to learn more about our Church during your visit to our Festival. Participate in a scheduled tour which will be offered throughout the day or read more on our official website.Official Church Website
On behalf of our entire Holy Trinity Parish, I welcome you to GreekFest 2017. We are so pleased that you have joined us in this annual Festival, allowing us to share our beautiful Greek culture as well as our ancient Orthodox Christian Faith. GreekFest 2017 marks 44 years of celebrating a portion of those important dimensions in our lives with the greater Indianapolis community.
Marika Kalyvas Bagios leads and coordinates the great team of volunteers who welcome, cook, serve, dance, teach, and provide support for you and all the guests who visit us during these three days. The long and many hours of hard work create this wonderful opportunity for us to share our cherished Orthodox Faith and Hellenic culture with you.
This year of 2017 has become a special one for us of Holy Trinity Church with the addition of the flooring and the pews. The four mosaic medallions on the floor enhance the beauty in our Nave and the magnificence of the Church. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of one of the scheduled tours of the Church, respecting this sacred space by not bringing open containers of food or beverages into the Nave. Men are also asked to remove their hats.
Icons are a powerful presence in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The icon of the Holy Trinity oftentimes is depicted by the hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18). As Orthodox Christians of Greek heritage of Holy Trinity Church, we seek to welcome you and celebrate this hospitality, and thank you for joining us.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Rev. Father William J. Bartz
Holy Trinity Church
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America + Metropolis Of Detroit
3500 W. 106th St., Carmel, IN 46032 + 317-733-3033 + www.holytrinityindy.org
Iconography in the Orthodox Christian Church is sacred art, spiritual in essence and in purpose. Its functions are to enhance the beauty of a Church, to instruct the people about the Christian Faith, to provide examples for the faithful to emulate, and to serve as means of worshiping God and venerating His Saints. Icons have been in the Christian Church since the second century.
Icons represent holy events, primarily in the life of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary (the Theotokos) or the saints.
Jesus Christ, the Theotokos, and the saints, when depicted alone, are presented frontally, facing forward, thus facilitating a direct relationship with the one who venerates.
This style of iconography alters the proportions of the depicted person(s) and avoids naturalism, thereby emphasizing spiritual qualities. For example, the eyes are disproportionately large, as they best express the inner person.
Additional icons were written by George Kordis of Athens, Greece, and his team of artists in March, 2014. We are happy to share the beauty of the icons, but are even happier to share the message of God’s love that these icons proclaim.
We welcome you to join us during out Divine Services which are posted on our website at www.HolyTrinityIndy.org.