About our Church
The structure features: cast-in-place concrete for the bearing walls, thin shell barrel vaults, balcony beams of irregular shapes supporting the central dome base and the dome and a cantilevered-barrel vault entrance canopy. The nave is built in the traditional shape of a cross – 55 feet wide extending to 88 feet at it widest point. The overall floor space amounts to 12,785 square feet with seating capacity of 450 on the first floor and 150 on the first balcony. A unique choir loft, 40 feet high at its base and complete with a sound shield, can accommodate 100 people.
The center dome is 86 feet high with an 11-foot stainless steel Serbian Orthodox Cross. The bell tower houses three bells from St. George’s forged in 1917 and inscribed in cyrillic with the names of three famous Serbian towns: Prizren, Skoplje and Kumanovo where 500 years of Turkish occupancy ended.
Over the main doors and below the canopy is a semicircular stained glass window dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The window which covers 130 square feet is composed of imported antique and rolled cathedral glass – a reproduction of a painting by noted iconographer Andrej Bicenko. Its $3500 cost was underwritten by the church school children.
The iconastasis was hand carved by Petar Zaric of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Mr. Bicenko created and wrote (painted) the icons. Mr. Zaric also carved other religious articles: the throne of the Mother of God and the Bishop’s throne, five seats behind the Altar Table for Bishops and Priests, two cantor stands, the tetrapod, icon stands, and Gospel stand. The $35,000 cost was a gift of the Kolo.
The Altar Table, symbolic of the Tomb of Christ, is made from solid Italian marble and designed to the specifications of His Grace Bishop Dr. Sava.
Brilliant red carpeting projects a royal setting. The solid oak pews with matching cushioned seats and a seven-inch Serbian Orthodox cross on each side were purchased as memorial gifts by members.
An adjoining two-story 7,000-square-foot structure contains a meeting room, offices, classrooms and choir library, all named for various Patron saints.
After Father Alex became a U.S. Navy chaplain, Father Dragan Filipovic was appointed pastor (January 1982).
June 10, 1984 marked a triple celebration: Church Slava, the mortgage burning, and Bishop Christopher, who led the celebration, raised Holy Trinity Church to the dignity of a Cathedral!
Father Rajko Kosic became the priest at Holy Trinity in 2000.
Particularly vulnerable were children who lost parents and other family members. Relief efforts for these war orphans continued over the next decade.
With a full appreciation of the importance of a church home, Holy Trinity also sent financial aid to build St. Sava Church at Vracar.
The children also participate in extra-curricular activities such as Junior Choir, summer church camps, saint day activities, and also, at Christmas, join the caravan to find the badnjak.
In January of 2005, Slobodan Zablacanski, a zograf (official title bestowed on an iconographer by the church) came to Pittsburgh from Belgrade to begin eight months of work on 29 different frescoes that now adorn the walls of Holy Trinity. (The 50-inch by 8-foot frames for the frescoes were constructed by parish priest Rev. Rajko Kosic.) The frescoes were blessed by His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of the Eastern American Serbian Orthodox Diocese on April 30, 2006.
Additional icons, also written by Slobodan Zablacanski, were blessed on Palm Sunday, 2009. These icons adorn the walls outside of the altar.