Even as we travel all over this great nation, we can sense the excitement for the upcoming Thyranoixia in Carmel. As the architect of this great and important project, we are honored to be participating in this celebration alongside of the Archbishop, pater and the wonderful people of Holy Trinity. Included here is a press release about the upcoming events. A hearty congratulations to all, this moment is well deserved.
Carmel, IN – “Fr Taso…You and your congregation must be so proud, The church is a prayer in brick and mortar!” Rabbi Arnold L. Bienstock
For the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, this May marks another step in a long journey for the Indianapolis centered parish. In 1998, 88 Years after opening their first facility on West Street in Indianapolis, the parish purchased a 20-acre tract outside of the city in Carmel as an initial act in supporting their growing community and faith in the future of their ministry. Ten years later, in December 2008, the parish triumphantly completed their iconic brick and stone, golden domed Byzantine sanctuary, designed by CJK Design Group and built by Shiel Sexton and, on Christmas Eve 2008, the congregation held its first worship service with over 900 in attendance in their landmark temple.
Now, on May 30 – 31, the faithful parish, lead by Fr. Anastasios Gounaris, will finally be celebrating their Thyranoixia (literally: door opening) along with Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit. This unique experience, a milestone which happens only once in the life of a temple, commemorates the official opening of the structure and ushers in a new era in the life of a parish and its local community. During the Thyranoixia ceremony, the Archbishop and Metropolitan will bless the new structure, many prayers will be offered & the archbishop will knock on the massive 12’ bronze entry doors and claim the new temple for Christ and the Great Church. Planned events for this festive weekend include:
Saturday, May 30, 2009
4 pm — Youth Reception with the Archbishop
5 pm — Thyranoixia and Vespers followed by a complimentary reception
Sunday, May 31, 2009
8:15 am — Orthros
9:30 am — Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by Thyranoixia Luncheon (RSVP required)