Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church
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|Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church|
|Location||2201 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Heritage designation||For Russian immigrants|
The parish church was founded in 1963 by Vladimir and Anastasia Norko, an immigrant couple, in order to serve the needs of the Russian American immigrant community in Baltimore. Rev. Nikolai Makowelski was the first reverend of the church and served until his retirement in 1984.
The church was served for 12 years by visiting priests from Washington, D.C. For many years the church was in decline, until 1997 when the Reverend Metropolitan Vitaly made the decision to hold services in Old Church Slavonic, and appointed a new rector, Rev. Rostislav Sheniloff to restore the church and parish life. The Rev. Sheniloff faithfully served in the church until his untimely death in 2002, after having succeeded in giving the church a new lease on life. All other churches in Baltimore use English during their services. The use of Old Church Slavonic was meant to appeal to Russian and other Slavic immigrants to Baltimore.
In 2004, the church acquired a new rector, Rev. Ion Barbus, who is still actively serving in the parish.
The iconostasis of the church was painted by the Orthodox priest and artist Theodore Jurewicz, one of the foremost disciples of the renowned Russian Orthodox iconographer abroad, Fr. Cyprian of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York.