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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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Orthros & Divine Liturgy for the Saturday of the Souls – Live Stream begins at 9:00 am EST – Saturday, June 6, 2020

You will find the texts for the Orthros here: 

Opening part of the Orthros:  https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/c/matinsordinary_ascension/gr-en/cu.matinsordinary_ascension.pdf

Main Text of the Orthros for this specific day: 

https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/s/2020/06/06/ma/gr-en/se.m06.d06.ma.pdf


Great Vespers for the Saturday of the Souls – Friday, June 5, 2020


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

Candlelight Prayer Service for Peace – Thursday, June 4 2020


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


 

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

Online Giving is our “Electronic Tray”

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


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:

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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 all the recordings.


Orthros & Divine Liturgy – Sunday of the Holy Fathers (May 31, 2020)

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Great Vespers for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers – Saturday, May 30, 2020


Orthros & Divine Liturgy of the Ascension of the Lord -Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Orthros & Divine Liturgy for the Apodosis of Pascha – Wednesday, May 27, 2020

 


Great Vespers for the Apodosis of Pascha – Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Sunday of the Blind Man – Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Great Vespers for Sunday of the Blind Man – Saturday, May 23, 2020


The Vespers of Love – Sunday of Pascha (April 19, 2020)


The Resurrection Service – Holy Saturday evening (April 18, 2020)

 

The First Resurrection of Holy Saturday 2020


Message of Fr. Panayiotis with regard to the recent challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic

Dear friends and parishioners,

We are faced today with a serious health crisis, the pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I am writing to encourage you to not lose heart, but turn instead to God in Faith and Love and face the crisis as a person/people of Faith. God is with us even through the most difficult situations. He became one of us to live and share our life, our struggles and all the weaknesses of our fallen humanity. He stands by us to help us through every difficulty; “God is with us!, we sing in the Compline Service during the Lenten period. Let us trust in His Love and Mercy!

As we pray that this tribulation may be quickly resolved and people’s lives may be spared by this new disease, we are also called to do our part so that we may help contain the spread of the disease. 

My greatest concern is for those who are more vulnerable to this virus, especially the elderly and those with other health issues. I pray that they may be protected by God in a very special way.

As common sense dictates, we need to follow the directives of the CDC (The Center of Disease Control) and take precautions to protect ourselves and others around us:

1. If you feel unwell, please stay home and take care of yourself and seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Avoid spreading what may be lethal both to you and to others.

2. Keep washing your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) and keep some distance from others, especially if they exhibit symptoms of sickness, such as coughing, fever and shortness of breath.

3. Limit your activities which may involve crowds and crowded areas. Stay home as much as possible and avoid crowded spaces until this tribulation has passed.

Here is a Link to CDC page on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Parish Activities: With regard to the Church and the activities at our parish, we have cancelled all social activities. 

We have also cancelled the Greek Festival. 

Church services: Church services will continue to be held as scheduled, but we are asking everyone to stay home and participate in the services via the Live Streams which we are providing, courtesy of Trisagion Films. God has mercy on us all as He understands our predicaments. 

Cleanliness of our facilities:

Since Sunday (03/08), I gave instructions to our staff to wash all the holy icons with soap and water before every service. We also washed all the pews, books and plastic folders (and yellow prayer sheets) with Isopropyl Alcohol. We continue to do this after every service.

Temporary Adjustments to Liturgical practices:

1. Veneration: We ask that you venerate and honor holy icons without touching them. We also ask that you honor and greet others, including the clergy, without touching them, until the disease is contained.

2. Distribution of Antidoron (Blessed bread): 

Since Wednesday (03/11), we have changed the way we distribute antidoron. You will be able to receive from a tray without touching other pieces that you will not eat yourself. Priests will resume with the distribution of antidoron (as normal) once the disease is contained.

3. Holy Communion:

Holy Communion will be distributed in the same way as always. There will be no change in this.

We believe that the greatest miracle on earth occurs every time we kneel and pray that the Holy Spirit may descend upon our offering of bread and wine to God and transform these physical elements in a mystical way to the Body and Blood of our Risen Lord. This becomes the lifegiving Body and Blood of Christ given to us “for the forgiveness of our sins and for life eternal”. 

This virus crisis may be challenging our faith in this very central and essential tenet of the Orthodox Christian Faith, but the lifegiving Body and Blood of Christ is unable to transmit any kind of disease. On the contrary, it transmits Life Eternal to those who approach it “with the Fear of God, with Faith and Love”. This has been the Faith and practice of all Orthodox people before us, even through all kinds of health crises, plagues and diseases for the last 2,000 years. 

If you find yourself struggling with any of these issues or have any questions and would like to speak with me privately, please call me and we can discuss it. You can call the church office at 770-924-8080 and leave me a message. I will respond as soon as I am able.

Please continue to pray for the forgiveness of our sins and for the mercy of God for us all. Let us hope that this new tribulation will end quickly by God’s mercy.

In Christ’s Love,

Fr. Panayiotis


Great Lent: Opportunity for many things

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

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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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