New York City is boarded up. Businesses are not in operation. Where are they relocating? On the East End of Long Island, working online in old and newly purchased home. The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, on Breakwater Road, Mattituck is experiencing a rebirth in the middle of the 2020 pandemic covid-19. The Church rebirth reflects the revival of the business community. Hopefully, whoever is in control of our economy will let our churches and businesses resurrect, with limited quarantine and the necessary precautions.
This revival is seen in the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church. The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church had an uplifting, religious experience, during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. His Eminence. Archbishop Elpidophoros performed the Feast Day service on August 6th. The service was viewed on Facebook and recorded by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Rev. Andrew (Andreas) Cadieux, protopresbyter of the Transfiguration of Christ Church, Rev. Protopresbyter Jerasimos Ballas, Saints Anargyroi, Taxiarchoi and Jerasimos Church, Greenport assisted Archbishop Elpidophoros. Unity as an ecclesiastical family of churches was emphasized. Cantor John Rontiris and the archdiocese cantors sang religious hymns. Archons, and the community attended.
Archbishop Elpidophoros uplifting influence catalyzed a successful Barbecue on August 15th was attended by families from Queens, New York to Greenport Long Island. The necessary Pandemic precautions were followed exactly, with masks, social distancing, online and takeout orders.
“A wonderful morning had by all at our First Basketball Hoop Challenge!,” said the Transfiguration Facebook page. “ CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS!
Kid Division: 1st Place Zen Ra
ptis, 2nd Place Alexander Yarian, 3rd Place Sotiri Vournou
Youth Division: 1st Place Spiro Venetis, 2nd Place Noah Capetanakis, 3rd Place James Notias
Adult Division: 1st Place Tony Vournou, 2nd Place Nick Neocleous 3rd Place Paris Preponis.”. The September 5th Sports event initiated a new change: activities to bring youth back. The enthusiasm was heard in the afternoon on Breakwater Beach. Youth were playing volleyball, laughing, happy to be engaged in sports. The church image has altered. Children and teenagers are seen. The September 5 the sports tournament, that can be seen on the Transfiguration Church Facebook page, is the result of a young, energetic priest and his youth oriented parish council.
“We had a great family day for our community,” said Barbara Thermos, vice-president. “TOC (Transfiguration of Christ) has a lot of potential. Our next gathering is Columbus Day weekend. We are having a Rib & Chill Cook Off”. For more information on events and photographs, visit Transfiguration of Christ Church – Mattituck on Facebook or call the church office at (631) 298-9652.