Archbishop Elpidophoros visits Holy Trinity Church for the Greek Festival

NEW YORK – You didn’t have to travel to the Aegean Sea last weekend to experience Greek hospitality, culture and cuisine. Residents had only to attend the annual Greek festival, organized since 1973 by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle. Participants had a variety of activities to choose from. Whether it’s enjoying live Greek music and dancing, shopping at flea markets, taking the kids on carnival rides and games, guided tours of the church itself, or everything just relaxing while feasting on Greek souvlaki, gyros, homemade baklava or other desserts, Everyone had a great time.

A special honor for the community this year was the surprise visit of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who came to support the church and its parishioners.

Volunteer parishioners worked weeks in advance to collect donations for the flea market and organize food preparations, and countless people worked in the kitchen, food stalls, ticket booths, flea markets and security to make sure everything was going well. Credit goes to all of the parish members who came together to raise funds for their church, while creating a memorable event for the whole community.

Holy Trinity Church was established in 1922 in Mount Vernon and later moved to its current location in New Rochelle. Under the spiritual direction of Fr. Nicholas Anctil, the church flourished to become a parish of 600 families worshiping the Greek Orthodox faith and traditions. In addition to being a place of worship, which also offers Sunday school classes for children, the church offers an after-school Greek language program for children and adults and is also the site of the kindergarten Child’s Dream. The facility includes a cultural center and a gymnasium, which is constantly used for private functions and sporting events.

Source: goarch.orh

Jerry B. Hatch