2150 West Front Street, PO Box 1004 Burlington, NC 27215
Tel: (336) 226-8243
"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Saint Katherine held its opening day ceremony on November 28, 1971 with a Divine Liturgy led by Bishop Iakovos. A number of local dignitaries were in attendance, including the Governor of North Carolina. The church expanded in 1991 with the addition of a Fellowship Hall. Approximately 40 families are presently members of the church. Saint Katherine is guided and administered by a presiding priest and the parish council that oversee the affairs of the church. Funds are raised from member contributions and several annual pastry sales and souvlaki dinners that are well attended by the local community. The parish operates a Sunday school, a Greek language school and a Ladies Philoptohos Society. The traditional Byzantine liturgy is supported by a few chanters and, on occasions, a small choir accompanied by an organ.
Since its opening in 1971, Saint Katherine has been served by several priests, mostly on a part time basis. Father Andrew Georgaroudakis was the first to hold church services and was succeeded by several part time priests from nearby cities. In 1978 Father Panagiotis T. Vlahos, a retired priest from Winston-Salem, was appointed by the Archdiocese to serve the parish, and he stayed for 12 years. At his suggestion due to declining health and with the consent of the community his son succeeded him as the parish priest. In 1990 Father George P. Vlahos was ordained to the priesthood and appointed by the Archdiocese to serve on a full time basis. He remains the spiritual leader at Saint Katherine’s to this day. His strong, steady leadership as a presiding priest resulted on April 28, 2007 in the official consecration of the Church by the Archdiocese raising its status from a mission to a regular parish church.
We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM followed by a fellowship coffee hour in our community center.
Orthros/Matins: 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 AM
Orthros/Matins: 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM
For further information about our schedule of services please contact our Church office.
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot describe it to you; we only know that God dwells there among men and that their Service surpasses the worship of all other places..." In the latter part of the tenth century, Vladimir the Prince of Kiev sent envoys to various Christian centers to study their form of worship. These are the words the envoys uttered when they reported their presence at the celebration of the Eucharist in the Great Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople. The profound experience expressed by the Russian envoys has been one shared by many throughout the centuries who have witnessed for the first time the beautiful and inspiring Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. Learn more
Saint Catherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter of Constas (or Cestus). She was an exceedingly beautiful maiden, most chaste, and illustrious in wealth, lineage, and learning. By her steadfast understanding, she utterly vanquished the passionate and unbridled soul of Maximinus, the tyrant of Alexandria; and by her eloquence, she stopped the mouths of the so-called philosophers who had been gathered to dispute with her. She was crowned with the crown of martyrdom in the year 305. Her holy relics were taken by Angels to the holy mountain of Sinai, where they were discovered many years later; the famous monastery of Saint Catherine was originally dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Burning Bush, but later was dedicated to Saint Catherine. According to the ancient usage, Saints Catherine and Mercurius were celebrated on the 24th of this month, whereas the holy Hieromartyrs Clement of Rome and Peter of Alexandria were celebrated on the 25th. The dates of the feasts of these Saints were interchanged at the request of the Church and Monastery of Mount Sinai, so that the festival of Saint Catherine, their patron, might be celebrated more festively together with the Apodosis of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos. The Slavic Churches, however, commemorate these Saints on their original dates. Learn more
Let us praise the most auspicious bride of Christ, the divine Katherine, protectress of Sinai, our aid and our help. For, she brilliantly silenced the eloquence of the impious by the sword of the spirit, and now, crowned as a martyr, she asks great mercy for all.
O friends of martyrs, now divinely raise up a renewed chorus, praising the all-wise Katherine. For, she proclaimed Christ in the arena, trampled on the serpent, and spat upon the knowledge of the orators.
2150 West Front Street
PO Box 1004
Burlington, NC 27215
Tel: (336) 226-8243
Rev. Fr. George P. Vlahos, Presiding Priest
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