January 18, 2022

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Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos Stop by Feast Working day of Transfiguration of Christ Church, Mattituck, NY

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Vespers, August 5th, with Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos and clergy.

There is no substitute for in person spiritual expert services. The digital services will never encourage as significantly as witnessing the Greek Orthodox clergy conduct the historical liturgy in the lavish Byzantine iconography track record of a church. I turned off the news about the COVID-19 Delta variant. I witnessed and fulfilled a humble bishop who gave comfort to the Greek and Eastern Orthodox Christians of Germany. “I am blessed to be here in Mattituck,” he explained. Soon after listening to his speeches, I felt that we have been blessed to be right here and meet a guy of motion, furnishing providers to the Greeks of Germany, several who were being our kinfolk and friends.

On August 5th and 6th, the Transfiguration of Christ Church on Breakwater Road in Mattituck, Extended Island, in the heartland of agricultural New York, had a exceptional Vespers and Feast Day services with his Grace, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos. More than two hundred and seventy-5 persons attended in excess of two times. “I have under no circumstances noticed the church fill up,” explained Mary, a parishioner. “Everyone Likes Father Andreas.” His presbytera (spouse), Joanne, assists his ministry in the track record. The solutions were being seen on Fb. Outstanding persons involved Mr. Dimitrios Panagos, co-publisher of Greek News and the formal photographer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with Greek Information journalist Rebecca Papadopoulou and other folks.

Bishop Athenagoras at August 6th Feast day with Rev. Ballas (still left) and Rev. Cadieux (correct)

            His Grace, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos executed the vespers companies on August 5th with: Rev. Andrew (Andreas) Cadieux, protopresbyter of the Transfiguration of Christ Church   Rev. Constantine Lazarakis, Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Southampton Rev. Jerasimos Ballas, Sts. Anargyroi, Taxiarchis & Gerasimos Church, Greenport Rev. Fr. Demetrios Kazakis, St. Nicholas Church, West Babylon Rev. Father John Paizis, Assistant priest, Kimisis tis Theotokou church, Brooklyn, and Deacon Bartholomew Mercado. The new cantor is Panagiotis Raikos, son of Rev. Dimitrios Raikos of Greece and the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

           The August 6th Feast working day and “Blessing of the Grapes of the Harvest” services ended up performed by Bishop Athenagoras, Rev. Andrew (Andreas) Cadieux, Rev. Jerasimos Ballas, Deacon Bartholomew Mercado, cantor John Rontiris who served community for 6 a long time and cantor Panagiotis Raikos.

Transfiguration wall icon by George Filippakis.

            “The Transfiguration of Christ Church reminds me of the church I was ordained,” his Grace described. “Twenty-4 years in the past (1997), I was ordained a priest in the Prophet Elias Church in Frankfurt, Germany. I served there for 14 a long time. From the instant I entered the Transfiguration of Christ, she reminded me of my Frankfurt Church. They the two seem alike. I thank His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros for sending me to be with you currently.” The Transfiguration of Christ Church, Mattituck, was not created by the educated, wealthy courses. Blue collar personnel and businessmen, who were being immigrants, and WWII Greek American veterans donated their bucks and time to generate a Greek Orthodox church. They succeeded. His Grace satisfied the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations who are carrying on their families’ mission. The new Greek American management are determined to see the church flourish.

            “Mr. Dimitrios Panagos multimedia services have served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for over thirty a long time,” said Bishop Athenagoras. “He has spread the mission of the Greek Orthodox Church nationally and internationally with exemplary devotion.”

St. Paul, existence like, gazing at viewer, by George Filippakis.

My technical guidance assisted me cure personal computer troubles. My technician explained, “The priests’ apparel and iconography are beautiful.” The Transfiguration of Christ rural church represents options of the Byzantine Empire’s civilization. The two Byzantine contributions to fashions was patterned materials and elaborate silks and secondly, the foundation of liturgical costume of equally the Eastern and Western Christians. Byzantine culture was a complex blending of East and West. Geometric patterns embellished their clothes. This details is gathered from surviving sculptures and mosaics.1

            The iconography of the Transfiguration Church was designed by George Filippakis. Mr. Filippakis is from the island of Crete. “When he was 11, he apprenticed with a Byzantine iconographer, Stylianos Kartakis, to paint some extra surroundings for the church. That is how I discovered iconography,” he reported.”2 e is an artist of the Cretan College.

In the decades that adopted the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the interaction amongst Venice and Crete saw the introduction of some areas of Renaissance Italian artwork to Crete, in particular in the parts of technique and issue-matter. These have been amalgamated into the Byzantine custom and gave rise in the 16th and 17th centuries to an fully novel fashion regarded as the Cretan University of Icon-Composing. The main features in this university integrated the perfection of figures, which are depicted in more human type, and the focus to element, rendered in prosperous shades. It was in opposition to this background that the best artists in Iraklion emerged. The faces are personalized, figures in far more human kind or hunting out at the viewer.3 Filippakis wall icon of the Transfiguration of Christ in our church is an excellent illustration. Rev. Alexander Karloutsos, Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Southampton claimed, “George Filippakis is completing the iconography of our Church.” George Filippakis’ iconography elevates him to the good masters of Byzantine art

            Lars Brownworth in “Lost to the West: The Overlooked Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization” described the greatest heir of Byzantium as the Orthodox Church. Pressed into services by the forces of nationalism in the nineteenth and twentieth generations, the church supplied a cultural depository linking the peoples of the former empire with the superb epochs of the earlier. Currently the Byzantine eagle flutters proudly from the flags of nations from Albania to Montenegro, and while each and every point out has its nearby model of the church, the heritage they all bear is Byzantine.4 His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos skilled the blessing of a rural church of the Transfiguration of Christ, that is an heir of the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium’s civilization.

            Special appreciation to Michael Kavourias, Archon/President of Parish Council, and members. Data on all who aided manage this memorable occasion, can make contact with [email protected] or on Facebook.


1.     www.qgazette.com/content/lecture-on-the-entire world-of-byzantine-princess-anna-comnena-with-armenian-roots/

2.     hellenicnews.com/remembering-byzantine-easter-2021-at-a-rural-ny-church/

  1. www.patrickcomerford.com/2009/06/cretan-faculty-of-icons-and-its.html

4.     Brownworth, Lars. Misplaced to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization, Crown Publishers, New York, 2009, p. 303.

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