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We are a Greek Orthodox parish, part of the oldest Christian tradition dating back to 33 A.D., the day of Pentecost. 
We trace our roots back to the Apostles and their teachings.
We are a stronghold of the moral, theological, liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Early Church.
We invite you to come and join us to experience the worship of Early Christianity in a modern setting.

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Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year to All!

Let Agape-Love Reign Supreme in the New Year 2022

Our goal in life is to enter the Kingdom of God. This New Year is offering us a new set of opportunities for spiritual growth. As we make our New Year Resolutions, let’s bring to the top of our priorities our personal development as perfected images of God.  Let’s actively pursue the Kingdom of God.

This new year is a new opportunity for personal development according to the Will of God. We don’t know how many more years He will patiently afford us, so we need to get to work.

We need to develop ourselves by loving and caring for each other and especially for those less fortunate around us. We need to exercise love and compassion as the Lord had for the people He encountered and all those who followed Him. Let Agape-Love Reign Supreme in 2022.

Fr. Panayiotis

 


Winter Youth Rally 2021

Our Team is Ready


Membership/Stewardship Form for 2022

Please fill out your Membership/Stewardship Form for 2022 right now. Click on the link below to do that

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Christmas Message from Fr. Panayiotis

The Birth of Christ – A Milestone Event

Dear parishioners and friends of our Parish,

The birth of Jesus is a milestone event in the history of the world.

This was not just like every other birth of a child, but rather an event that changed history and affected the world. 

The Gospels give us just a few of the details surrounding the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but it was not until he was 30 years old that the people of Palestine realized that that baby, which the shepherds saw in a manger and was visited by those educated men from the far East, was indeed different. 

It was not until after 3 more years of his amazing ministry, his teaching, his miracles and his presence among them that they realized that this Jesus was from God. 

It was at this time that they began to wonder if he was the one whom the prophets had talked about. Was he indeed the Messiah? The one promised by God, who was to bring salvation?

And then he was arrested by the Jewish leadership and put to death, and many people’s dreams for him were crushed. 

But, you know, there were several people before Jesus that had declared themselves to be the Messiah, who promised to free Israel from the Romans and they were all put to death, but we don’t even know their names. They disappeared, they were forgotten. 

So, why wasn’t Jesus forgotten?

Because he was indeed from God! He did not do those amazing miracles of healing people, calming the sea and raising the dead by some unusual tricks. His power was from God. 

This was revealed in many ways, from the very beginning. Angels appeared at his birth singing “Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace, goodwill to men”. Angels appeared to the shepherds, revealing to them that the child was from God. The Magi came from the far East guided by an unusual phenomenon, a star which lead them to worship him and bring him gifts.

Everything about him is unusual, because no one like him has ever been born before or after. 

He is revealed at the river Jordan as the Son of God and again on Mount Tabor as he glows in Divine Light. 

The most amazing thing about Him, is that Jesus is God, but he is also man. He is “theanthropos”. He is God who has received humanity. He has assumed humanity in himself to save it, to heal it from sin and restore it to what God intended for us from the very beginning.

Jesus is unique! There is no one like him. He lives a human life, but continues to remain God. He experiences life like we do, but remains sinless, because he chooses not to sin. His human will has completely surrendered to the Divine Will, just like we need to do. 

He has opened the way for us to the Kingdom of God, letting us also know that the Kingdom of God is within us and among us.

Then, He allowed himself to die on the cross, so that he can crucify our sins and defeat death. He rises from the dead so that he can restore our human nature and perfect it.

He then ascends to heaven, so that he can honor and glorify our humanity in himself as he enthrones himself on the right side of the Father, fully man and fully God (theanthropos).

Christmas is the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah and the beginning of the Divine Plan for our salvation. His arrival brings the greatest gift of God for us.

This Christmas, God is calling us again to come to Him. To join the shepherds and the magi and become witnesses of the miracle of his birth and  participants in His plan for our salvation.

Christ is Born, brothers and sisters! Let us Glorify Him and receive His abundant blessings.

May God Bless and protect you always,

In Christ’s Love,

Fr. Panayiotis


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There are no restrictions for Attending Church Services

Please join us in person

Beginning on Sunday, May 23, 2021 we have relaxed the COVID restrictions. 

Masks are not required, but we recommend the use of masks, as per the recommendations of the CDC.

For the Live Stream Recordings of our Services, go to the Trisagion Films YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/trisagionfilms where you will find the recordings.



If you are unable to attend Divine Services, please make your donations to keep our parish alive.

Online Giving is our “Electronic Tray”

Click here to go to the Online Giving Page of our Church


Vacation Church School 2021


Congratulations to our High School Graduates


Stewardship/Membership Form for 2021

You can Join our Parish by filling out the Stewardship/Membership Card Online. Here is the Link to do that:

Online Stewardship/Membership Form for 2021

You may also download, print and return a printable Stewardship Form to the church office: Click here for the printable version of the 2021 Stewardship Form.


Live Streaming of the Divine Services is provided by Trisagion Films, Inc. Please go to the Youtube Channel of Trisagion Films to find the current Live Stream:

Trisagion Films YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/trisagionfilms

Trisagion Films, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Orthodoxy worldwide, has been providing this service for our parish since the beginning of the Pandemic. Please support Trisagion Films via PayPalor Patreon.


Injustice, Racism and Violence of any form are condemned

We stand in unequivocal solidarity and peaceful protest with all those who condemn racism and inequality, which betray the spirit of freedom and human dignity in our nation, i.e.“one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

All human beings are made in the image of God and are of equal value no matter where they were born and what the color of their skin might be. Racism destroys the soul of the racist and reduces the recipients of his/her hatred to less than human.

The unjust and unjustifiable death of any person whether black, brown or white, and especially when in the custody of those entrusted with the enforcement of Law and Order, is deplorable and leads to oppression.

At the same time, we denounce all expressions of violence and revenge, including those despoiling and detracting from peaceful demonstrations. Peaceful marches of protest are a distinctive hallmark of American freedom and their exploitation by anarchists is a desecration of our freedom.

Above all, let us heed to the call of St. Paul: “Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all … so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:17-18).

Click here to read the full statement by Assembly of Orthodox Bishops

Click here to see more on the special webpage on Injustice and Violence


The Chalice, the Spoon, and Our Fear of Death

Article by Fr. Panayiotis

https://www.trisagionfilms.com/blog/2020/5/25/chalice


Mental Health Lecture Series

Assembly of Bishops’ Mental Health Task Force Premiers Mini Series


Prayer for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Click above to watch the Prayer offered on Friday, March 13 for the outbreak of the Coronavirus.


What does the Coronavirus have to do with St. Mary of Egypt? Sermon of April 5, 2020


Have you ever wondered: “Why are our Services so Long?” Here is a perspective to consider:


Great Lent: Opportunity for many things

Click here to view a discussion on Great Lent as an opportunity.


Sign Up to Sponsor Coffee Hour

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Fr. Michael’s Elevation to Confessor & Oikonomos, Sunday, April 4, 2021


Syndiakonia Magazine – March/April 2021

Click on the image above to read the March/April 2021 Syndiakonia


The Lord is our Shepherd

 The Lord’s sheep will find the Lord’s pastures. Those who follow Christ with an undivided heart will be nourished in pastures that are forever green. And what are such pastures if not the most profound joy of feeding in the everlasting fields of paradise? For the pasture of the saints is to see God face to face. When the vision of God never fades, the soul is filled with an abundance of food for eternal life.

And so dear friends, let us seek these pastures and join the throng of the citizens of heaven. Let their happiness and celebration be an invitation to us. Let our hearts grow warm; let our faith be rekindled; let our desire for the things of heaven increase; for to love in this way is indeed to be on the way. We should allow no misfortune to distract us from this happiness and deep joy; for if you are determined to reach the destination of your spiritual journey the roughness of the road will not deter you. Nor should the delights of material prosperity in this life ever entice you astray; only the foolish traveler, spotting a pleasant ?eld on the way, forgets that he is en route to a greater destination.

— From a homily by Gregory the Great (540-604)


 

College Students Christmas Gathering 2019


TRISAGION FILMS PRESENTS

“Islam, Holy Icons and St. John of Damascus”

 

Prophet Elijah (Elias): The Prophet of Fire and Rain.


“Why come to church?”

Listen to our priests address this question.

https://youtu.be/hZYVVTdpBXg


Remembering the Invasion of Cyprus 45 years later: Can we find forgiveness?

Fr. Panayiotis gives a recounting of his experience as a teenager of the events of the invasion of Cyprus which began 45 years ago on July 20, 1974. He reflects on the various effects and spiritual challenges that such a major catastrophic event has had on the people of Cyprus and how they coped and survived.

Watch and listen by clicking below:

God is still present even in the midst of the worst of adversities.


Sunday of Orthodoxy


TRISAGION FILMS PRESENTS

Salvation and Redemption – The Early Christian perspective of healing and restoration of fallen humanity


The Holy Sacraments or Mysteries of the Church

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Conference on Christian Spiritual Formation

September 20-22, 2019

John Wesley and Primitive Christianity!


Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

on Monday, April 23, 2018

Fr. Panayiotis was invited to represent the Orthodox Community of Atlanta in a Commemoration Event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fr. Panayiotis delivered a short presentation on the teaching of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on “The Meaning of Hope”. Click below to hear the speech (audio only):


Orthodox-Catholic Gathering on Monday, December 18

Listen to Fr. Panayiotis’ Lecture here:


The Protestant Reformation and the Christian East

A presentation by Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. given on May 8, 2017 at Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Germany on the occasion of the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation:
A Historical Survey and Study of the Communications between the Reformers and the Patriarchs Joasaph II and Jeremias II. In addition, an overview of the events surrounding the Calvinist Patriarch Cyril Lucaris and Conclusions about the events and exchanges of the 16th and 17th centuries.
A lot to learn and consider for our times, as well.

Click here to download the AUDIO FILE of the Presentation.

Click on the Link below to download Fr. Panayiotis’ Paper on the Reformation and the Christian East:

“The Protestant Reformation and the Christian East,” by Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou


“Feeding the Children Sunday”


Ribbon Cutting!

Did we get big-enough Scissors?

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Construction Finished!

Glory be to God!

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Updated on October 26, 2016. Waiting for the latest Aerial Photos, as well.

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Click here to see the video of the highlights of the Ground Blessing and Ground Breaking

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Holy Friday – Procession of Epitaphios

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Click here to see more photos from Holy Friday 2016

Photos courtesy of “Stratis Papageorgiou Photography

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Palm Sunday Celebration

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https://youtu.be/fR5sWSEeadU

Video by Stratis Papageorgiou

Preparing the palm crosses on the Saturday of Lazarus 

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 https://youtu.be/hFKs94VoQog

Video by Stratis Papageorgiou


Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 pm

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road NE, Marietta GA 30066

All animals blessed, small and big. Bring your pets and human friends

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