Loudoun’s Greek Orthodox Parish Marks 10 Years with a New Name

The Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County is celebrating more than its 10th anniversary—it has a new name, as well.

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey bestowed the community with the name of the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church. The church also was given permission to pursue land in Loudoun County to establish a permanent worship site.

Father George Alexson, presiding priest at Holy Apostles, said parishioners see the new name in part as a reflection of the church’s deepening roots in Loudoun.

“Clearly, our parishioners have worked hard for 10 years to establish and sustain our parish.Bestowing a name upon our parish is the culmination of all our hard work. Now that we have a permanent name, we must continue our diligent efforts to secure a permanent home for our Orthodox community in Loudoun County. This will allow us to enhance our spiritual growth and charitable and philanthropic giving to those in need in the county,” Alexson stated.

Founded in 2006, the church celebrated its anniversary at a gala held Oct. 29 and attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos and Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian).

The church has grown to 150 families and more than 22 ministries, committees, and organizations that are actively involved in the church and community outreach programs.

Parishioners currently worship in a temporary facility at 21580 Atlantic Blvd., Unit 160, Bldg. D in Dulles. Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Greek School classes are also offered.

For more information, go to holyapostlesgreekorthodox.org.

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  • 2017-01-05 at 11:53 pm

    About the Orthodox Church:

    The Orthodox Church embodies and expresses the rich spiritual treasures of Eastern Christianity. It should not be forgotten that the Gospel of Christ was first preached and the First Christian communities were established in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It was in these eastern regions of the old Roman Empire that the Christian faith matured in its struggle against paganism and heresy. There, the great Fathers lived and taught. It was in the cities of the East that the fundamentals of our faith were proclaimed at the Seven Ecumenical Councils.

    The spirit of Christianity which was nurtured in the East had a particular favor. It was distinct, though not necessarily opposed, to that which developed in the Western portion of the Roman Empire and subsequent Medieval Kingdoms in the West.

    While Christianity in the West developed in lands which knew the legal and moral philosophy of Ancient Rome, Eastern Christianity developed in lands which knew the Semitic and Hellenistic cultures.

    While the West was concerned with the Passion of Christ and the sin of man, the East emphasized the Resurrection of Christ and the deification of man.

    While the West leaned toward a legalistic view of religion, the East espoused a more mystical theology.

    Since the Early Church was not monolithic, the two great traditions existed together for more than a thousand years until the Great Schism divided the Church. Today, Roman Catholics and Protestants are heirs to the Western tradition, and the Orthodox are heirs to the Eastern tradition.

    Christians of the Eastern Churches call themselves Orthodox. This description comes to us from the fifth century and has two meanings which are closely related.

    The first definition is “true teaching.” The Orthodox Church believes that she has maintained and handed down the Christian faith, free from error and distortion, from the days of the Apostles.

    The second definition, which is actually the more preferred, is “true praise.” To bless, praise, and glorify God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the fundamental purpose of the Church. All her activities, even her doctrinal formulations, are directed toward this goal.

    Excerpt from Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald – “The Orthodox Church – An Introduction.”

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