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Welcome

 

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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 the modern setting.

What is the Greek Orthodox Church? – Click here to view and download flyer

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Blessed Pascha to all!

The Resurrection of Christ!

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Christ is Risen!

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Services this week

FEAST OF ST. GEORGE

TUESDAY, April 22, Great Vespers 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, April 23, Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

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Palm Sunday at Holy Transfiguration

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Photo by Penny Miltiades

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Orthodox Clergy Attire – History and analysis

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Click here to read about the development of the attire of Orthodox Clergy

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How to address Orthodox Clergy – etiquette

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With the Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal

Proclamation for Greek Independence

March 24, 2014

At the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Consul of Greece in Atlanta Mr. Vasilios Goulousis and the Honorary Consul of Cyprus Mrs. Poly Potter along with Fr. Panayiotis and several members of Holy Transfiguration and the Cathedral of Atlanta attended the signing of the Declaration for Greek Independence by Governor Deal of Georgia on Monday, March 24, 2014

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Article on Pravmir.com by Fr. Panayiotis

From the Ascesis of Virginity to the Ascesis of Agape (Love). Revisiting the thought of St. John Chrysostom on Marriage and Sexuality.

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St. John Chrysostom

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New Article on the Patch by Fr. Panayiotis

Eros and agape (love) in Marriage lead to perfection of human beings.

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Cyprus

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Pilgrimage to Cyprus: A Journey to Christianity’s Roots – from the Calgary Herald

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The Gentleness of God

There is a very unique tenderness in the feast of Christmas; God has lowered Himself to reach us, and He has gone all the way as He lowered Himself to the ultimate gentleness, fragility and vulnerability of a baby. This is one of those real human moments that God has embraced, which make us stand in awe at His love for us.
As a newborn child He is inviting us to also become gentle, vulnerable and tender, to become like Him in every way.
This awesome feast provides a great opportunity for reflection on the state of our lives and a time to reconsider the way we deal with each other. This is the time to forgive each other’s failings and start afresh, to cleanse our hearts and open our minds to His Grace.
Then, joy will fill our hearts, and the Spirit of God will dwell among us. Then, we will hear with the humble shepherds the angelic hymn “Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth Peace, Good Will to Humankind.”

Christ is Born, my brothers and sisters! Christ is Born, Glorify Him!

Fr. Panayiotis

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God’s answer to the Arrogance of Wealth and Power

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The humble baby Jesus in the manger, kept warm by the breath of animals, provides an image of weakness and vulnerability, but at the same time defeats the arrogance of King Herod and and haughtiness of all powerful men of the world. The humility of the baby Jesus, who is God Himself, provides an image of encouragement for the humble and weak of the world who find themselves confronted with the haughtiness of the rich and powerful men of the world of all times. God, in the end, has authority over life and death, sickness and suffering, the elements and the laws of nature. He showed that by His life and miracles on earth and the power He granted to His disciples of all generations after that. He is the One who has the ultimate say as to where each one of us ends up.

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The Power of Faith

The Power of Faith is manifested in the lives of people, especially when they turn to God and trust in Him.
I have not seen anyone who has turned to faith in God and who follows the precepts of Jesus Christ’s teachings be hurt by them. But I have seen many who have nothing to follow and have been destroyed by the undercurrents of social and political change in society. 
I have seen many lonely and miserable people who live without Faith, but have also seen many people who live alone but are filled with joy and peace as they connect with God – In the Orthodox Church we have a 1600 year tradition of monastic life (monastic means to live alone) which has produced amazing people that also help many others through their Faith and example of life-some have been declared as saints by the Church (like Elder Porphyrios)). 
I have seen many people be devastated by the events of their life as they have no Faith to lean upon and I have also seen countless people whose lives have been transformed from evil to good by turning to God and trusting in His love and mercy. 
Atheists can try to cast doubts on texts and historical events (pointing out that books were written by men), but the experience of people whose lives have been turned around from destruction to joy is so powerful that inconsistencies in texts and stories do not matter, for the awesomeness of God is greater than any text and any story. The sacred texts and stories are not important outside of the experience of the presence of God. They only make sense within the context of the love of God for humanity and His continuous presence in our lives.

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What about Faith? Why do we believe in God? Here are some thoughts:

Faith in God is a response of the human heart to the amazing world we are in. It is a response to the complexity of humanity. It is a response to experiences that defy the natural senses (the spiritual world). It is a response to the desire to know what happens after our physical death. It is an effort to know about a possible unseen world that we may be able to participate in. It is a response to the human desire to transcend the difficulties of a life that is full of pain and suffering. Human beings have sought to understand all this and themselves throughout the ages through expressions of Faith that goes beyond the seen and tangible things.
Today, we know a lot more about some of these things through the advances of science, but we are nowhere close to answering all the questions raised by human beings through the ages. Science, of course, will never be able to answer the question about who God is or even if he exists. The empirical method of science is geared toward understanding the physical world. It cannot be applied to the spiritual world unless it is greatly modified to take into account things that defy the physical laws.
People turn to Faith in God not just out of ignorance, but because of their own personal experiences with the spiritual world. Many scientists are people with Faith in God because they know that there are plenty of things science will never be able to answer. Faith has provided hope at times of distress and brought joy at times when the laws of nature were defied. Faith seems to be an integral aspect of the human experience.

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Atlanta’s Orthodox Christmas Gift Program

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our friends at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church are preparing for their annual Christmas Toy & Food Box program, to be held December 21st. They have invited us to participate in this wonderful philanthropic work in three ways:
  1. Offer time to serve for the Toy & Box Program. There are opportunities both on December 21st and on the days leading up to it, to help prepare. St. John’s has set up an online sign-up here.
  2. Donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy & Box Program. You may take your donation directly to St. John’s after December 1st or bring it to Holy Transfiguration anytime; we will collect and transport any donations that are brought to the parish in Marietta. Please be sure to label your gift “FOR ST. JOHN’S”. Here is a suggested list of gifts costing $25 or less for the age groups for which it is most difficult to select gifts:
    For boys, ages 10 and up:
    • exercise body pull-up bar
    • DVD player
    • men’s nice shirt
    • camera
    • music player
    • roller skates
    • scooter
    • men’s body soap kit
    • basketball hoop
    • older board games
    • Lego sets
    • Nerf guns
    • headphones
    • action figures
    • kid-friendly flash drives
    For girls, ages 11 and up:
    • color yourself bags/purses
    • hair straightener
    • CD boom box
    • jewelry
    • nail polish
    • school supplies
    • purses
    • books
  3. Donate a Christmas ham for the food boxes. As with the gifts, food donations may be brought to Holy Transfiguration or directly to St. John’s after December 1st. Please be sure to label your gift “FOR ST. JOHN’S”.
Other gifts are also acceptable.
Please no gift cards, cash, or checks. Please do not wrap any gifts.
Please share this opportunity with everyone you know in the parish. The more we talk about it, and the more personal is the publicity, the more involved we will be.
May Fr. Jacob’s memory be eternal!

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Thanksgiving Day and the Fast of Christmas

Thanksgiving for Americans is a family event. The roots of this feast are found in the inclination of the human heart to offer thanks to God for the abundance of blessings He has bestowed upon us. Theologically speaking, this feast is an extension of the Divine Liturgy – the Holy Eucharist (in Greek “Eucharistia”=thanksgiving).
As Orthodox Christians, who value the unity and strength of the family, we are inclined to adopt this feast as our own, especially at a time when the institution of the family is under attack from all directions. Considering the traditional Thanksgiving meal, however, which involves turkey, ham and dairy products, Orthodox Christians trying to hold the fast of Christmas are faced with the dilemma: Should I hold the fast and go contrary to the established social and cultural norms associated with Thanksgiving Day or should I break the fast in order to facilitate the need of blending in and not making others uncomfortable with my presence?
Several years ago, responding to the request of the faithful under its jurisdiction in America, the Patriarchate of Constantinople applying “economia” discreetly granted its blessing for those who live in America to break the fast on Thanksgiving Day while focusing on the unity of the family and the “eucharistic” aspects of this feast, but quickly return to the observance of the fast immediately afterwards. The non-Orthodox cultural norm is thus transformed through our theology and this pastoral approach to a positive element for the strengthening of family bonds, while keeping with the necessity of our spiritual ascesis of fasting.
Fr. Panayiotis

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Salvation and Redemption

Salvation and Redemption-An Orthodox Perspective

A historical Overview of the concept of Salvation by looking at the terms used in the Bible.

by Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in the Office Conference Room

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Salvation and Redemption from an Orthodox Perspective

This week Fr. Panayiotis will do a power point presentation on “Salvation & Redemption-An Orthodox Perspective”- A historical Overview of the concept of Salvation by looking at the terms used in the Bible.

On Tuesday, October 22 in the Office Conference Room.

Click here to view and download the pdf of the Presentation

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Feast Day of our Parish

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You are all invited to the Great Vespers, on Monday evening at 7:00 pm, on August 5 for the celebration of our church’s Feast Day. A dinner reception will follow.

You are also invited on Tuesday morning, on August 6, for the Orthros at 8:45 am and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. A coffee-hour reception will follow.

Please join us to Celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Feast Day of our Parish-Transfiguration of the Savior

You are all invited to the Great Vespers, Sunday evening at 7:00 pm, August 5 for the celebration of our church’s Feast Day. Metropolitan Alexios will preside over the Vespers. A dinner reception will follow.

On Monday morning, August 6, we will celebrate the Orthros at 8:45 am and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. Please join us to Celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Time of Fasting and Beautification of the Image of God in us

Time of Fasting and Beautification of the Image of God in us

As we enter the Great Fast, I would like for us to ponder at the value of fasting. Fasting in an opportunity to reflect on our lives as we remember the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for us as we approach Holy Week.

Recently a young man who decided this year to try to fast from meat throughout the whole Lent for the first time in his life explained his decision this way: “I will do this for Christ. If He died for me, this is a small thing to do for Him.”

Fasting is, of course, a spiritual exercise. As we exercise our ability to control what we eat we also cultivate our ability to control our sinful urges and develop our virtues. We need to beautify the “Image of God” in us. Our ultimate goal is to attain perfection in the “likeness of God”.

Here is a comment from one of the great fathers of the Church, St. John Chrysostom, who advises his hearers to fast:

“We do not become like God by eating and drinking and adorning ourselves.  For God does not eat or drink or adorn Himself.  We would become like God by exercising justice, by showing loving-kindness, by being useful, meek and merciful to others and by seeking every virtue.  For eating and drinking is common even with the irrational beasts and we differ nothing in that with them.  Where, then, does our superiority come?  From the fact that we have been made in the image of God and his likeness.” St. John Chrysostom, In illud: Domine; non est in homine, PG 56, IV, 159

Wishing you a Blessed & Holy Great Lent,

Fr. Panayiotis

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