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Background

The Christian Church was born in the Holy Land, what we call the Middle East today. As it spread, the Church took on the ways of the nations which accepted it. In this country, most Christian churches are western because their roots are in western Europe, and their ways reflect the culture of the German, Irish or Italian immigrants who founded them.

Some American churches, including ours, were started by people from Eastern Europe or the Middle East. They still keep the ways of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, where Christ founded His Church; Antioch, where the name Christian was first used; Damascus, where Saint Paul was converted. Because our ways reflect this Eastern culture, we are called ‘Eastern’ Churches.

At the time of the early Church, there were several rich cultures in the Middle East and each of them has given rise to a different church tradition. The traditions of this church reflect the Greek or Byzantine culture, and so we are called Greek Catholics or Byzantine Catholics (from Byzantium, the ancient name for Constantinople).

Greek Catholics in the Middle East were also nicknamed Melkite, because they followed the faith of the Byzantine emperor, or ‘melek’, in supporting the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon.

Read more about our Eastern traditions

Our Staff

Pastor Rt. Rev. Joseph Francavilla
pastor@holytransfiguration.org
703-734-9198
Clergy Rt. Rev. Charles Aboody
703-734-9198
Rev. Ephrem Handal
240-631-1318
Rev. Hezekias Carnazzo
703-504-8733
Proto-Deacon David Baroody
703-729-6785
Deacon David Black
703-768-6864
Deacon Joseph Olt
301-663-3532
Subdeacon Alexei Woltornist
Reader Romanos Odermatt
Reader Makarios Srgo
Reader Oliver Black
Reader Christopher Byrum
Reader Kevin Burke
Parish Secretary Mrs. Melissa Olt
office@holytransfiguration.org
703-734-9566
Financial Secretary Mr. Sam Hondros
treasurer@holytransfiguration.org
703-734-9566
Parish Advisory Council Chairman Mr. Michael Hajjar
treasurer@holytransfiguration.org
301-922-3397
Sunday School Coordinator Miss Georgianna Kostak
sundayschool@holytransfiguration.org
Adult Education Coordinator Mr. Philip Rosenbaum