Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (Baltimore, Maryland)

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church is a church of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA of the Russian Orthodox Church,[1] located in the Dunbar neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. The church was founded by ethnic Russian immigrants from Belarus.

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church is located in Baltimore
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
39°17′34″N 76°35′33″W / 39.2927897°N 76.5925772°W / 39.2927897; -76.5925772
Location1723 East Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
CountryUnited States
DenominationRussian Orthodox
WebsiteHoly Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
FoundedFebruary 9, 1919 (1919-02-09)
Founder(s)Russian immigrants
Dedicated ()
Consecrated ()
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationFor Russian immigrants
Architectural typeChurch
Groundbreaking ()
Completed ()

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The founders of Holy Trinity were ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers who immigrated from the Russian Empire, including areas that are now Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. The church building was constructed sometime before or after the Civil War to serve a Methodist congregation. During the 1890s, the church building was acquired by Lutherans and served as a Lutheran church until it was purchased by the Russian émigré community on February 9, 1919. The attendance started to decline in numbers after the 1930s due to many Russian-Americans in Baltimore moving to the suburbs, leaving a smaller, aging congregation.[2]

More recent members of the church have largely been immigrants from Eastern European and Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union, the majority of parishioners being Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Georgians, Romanians, Uzbeks, and Tajiks. Other members of the church include Black Americans and white Americans as well. At least 10 different languages are spoken by parishioners.

The church holds an annual Russian Festival in order to celebrate Baltimore's Russian heritage.

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  1. ^ "Parish Directory".
  2. ^ Baum, Howell S. (1997). The Organization of Hope: Communities Planning Themselves. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. p. 81. ISBN 0-7914-3193-2. Retrieved August 23, 2012. The Organization of Hope.

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