About Holy Trinity
“Love thy neighbor.” This is the rule we live by here at Holy Trinity.
For the many decades of our presence in the Lansing area, we have sought to build ties of love and cooperation with those around us. Every four years Holy Trinity hosts the Greater Lansing Interfaith Day, which for half a century has brought together people for dialogue and mutual enlightenment. In 2011 we hosted Mayor Virg Bernero’s “Love Wins” Interfaith Unity Fellowship in a show of support for our Muslim friends and neighbors. And in 2014 our parish hosted the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing. We love God, and we love to express that love with the good neighbors God has given us in this beautiful metropolis.
Holy Trinity has been the spiritual nexus for some of the distinctive ethnic communities that make up the wonderful mosaic of diversity in our town. Our parish grew out of the small community of Greek immigrants to Lansing from 1900 onward. Our forebears were joined by Orthodox Christians of Lebanese, Macedonian, Serbian, Romanian, Armenian, and Bulgarian extraction, and most recently our community has been blessed by the addition of parishioners from Ethiopia and Eritrea, along with many others from roots in Western Europe and around the globe. We are truly a diverse community.
We love to share our heritage with our neighbors in Lansing, and above all by treating them to culinary treats from our traditions. Every year we host fundraising dinners like our Gyro Drive-Thru events, the Taste of Greece dinner, and the Athenian Luncheon and Bake Sale that the Philoptochos Ladies’ Society offers. Our sanctuary is open by appointment for visitors to receive a guided tour and learn more about the age-old treasures of Orthodox spirituality. Our guests enjoy especially the opportunity to see classic iconography from the hand of master iconographer George Filippakis of Crete and our stained glass windows by renowned French artist Gabriel Loire..
We maintain strong ties also with the other Orthodox churches around mid-Michigan; as the largest Orthodox parish in the area, Holy Trinity gladly hosts pan-Orthodox events. Our parish is under the spiritual leadership of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (in New York City), and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (in modern Istanbul). Through our parish, the people of Lansing have a ready connection to the oldest Christian tradition and to the communion of Orthodox believers around the globe.
Iconography at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Iconography by George Filippakis