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The story of Holy Transfiguration began in 1989 when a group of about 75 Orthodox families sought the blessing of the bishop of Atlanta and held their first Orthodox services during Holy Week at St. James Episcopal Church on Church Street in Marietta. In the summer of the same year, the parish was officially established and began meeting at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sandy Plains in Marietta. Soon after that they moved to the Sprayberry Crossing Shopping Center were they held services for the next 4 ½ years in an appropriately modified store-front.
In 1991, through the generosity of Tony and Dora Manolius, the parish purchased a 7.5-acre tract of land on Trickum Road and efforts were initiated to raise funds for the first building.
Thus, in December of 1993 the parish was able to move to their new Parish Community Center which was also used for Divine Liturgies and the Holy Sacraments. The efforts were now intensified to collect funds for the final sanctuary and in January of 2004 the new Byzantine-style church was officially opened.
In the first 20 years of its existence, the parish has grown to serving more than 400 families and is sustained by the generous donations of its parishioners.
The mission of Holy Transfiguration is to provide spiritual nourishment for those who seek it through the worship cycle, the holy sacraments, and the organized ministries it offers, drawing from the faith and wisdom it has inherited from the 2,000 years of Christian experience of the Orthodox Church.
Since August 2006, Holy Transfiguration is led by the Rev. Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.
An effort to beautify and transform the white walls of the church through high-quality Byzantine iconography is currently under way while plans for the next phase of buildings is also being considered.
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