Founded as a Disciples of Christ community, the church of Most Holy Trinity has been home to a Methodist and now a Catholic religious community during its life. The Eastern Christian churches generally have been established according to ethnic or national identities. Our parish community was founded within the Romanian tradition, in the city of Cleveland, and moved to Chesterland in 1977. Most Holy Trinity marked the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2012.
A VIBRANT EASTERN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
In August 2013, His Grace Bishop John Michael Botean assigned Father Charles Works as administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish. His association with the Eparchy of St. George had been developing over the previous years, he served as subdeacon and deacon at parishes in the eparchy, and he began working with Bishop John Michael as his secretary in December of 2011.
Father Charles grew up with a Roman Catholic background, and became more acquainted with the Byzantine Church during his ministry studies. As he began to know more about the Eastern churches, he discovered the deep sense of mystery that is a beautiful complement to the experience in the West. His familiarity with the Eastern liturgy grew as he began to attend various parishes in the diocese. His interest led him to seek out a place in the Eastern Church to live this faith personally, as well as the place to pursue ministry.
He studied at Loyola University and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. During 2003-4, he attended Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, with classes in Byzantine theology, spirituality and liturgy. Before his ordination Father Charles assisted at parishes in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. His career during that same time was database management in the telecom and IT training industries.
History of the Church Building
The Byzantine churches use leavened bread in their services. The bread consecrated during the Divine Liturgy is impressed with a seal bearing the inscription IC XC NIKA; its meaning is 'Jesus Christ Conquers.' The portion not prepared and dedicated for the consecration is blessed and distributed to the congregation at the conclusion of the liturgy.
Most Holy Trinity Church has been a presence in the Chesterland, Ohio, community for many years. The building itself is an historical structure dating from 1852. It was first located at the site of the gazebo downtown and right across Mayfield Road from its present address, where it was relocated in 1892. The building was expanded at that time, with additions for a sacristy and office, and with enlargements to the worship space itself.