2017-08-09 / Front Page

The Legacy of Rev. Constantine Makrinos of the Transfiguration Church Mattituck, NY

By Catherine Tsounis

Summer residents of Queens and Nassau counties enjoyed the services of Rev. Constantine Makrinos of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church of Mattituck, NY.  His fluency in Greek is exceptional for a Greek-American priest. He was reassigned on August 1, 2017 to t. George Church in New Britain, Connecticut. “We all join in wishing Father Constantine success in his new parish,” said Parish Council President Mrs. Irene Markotsis in a community letter.

A priest of over 30 years, Rev. Makrinos’ spiritual journey has led him from Detroit, Mich., to Newark, N.J., to Ocean City, Md. Rev. Constantine Makrinos was bestowed the honor of Protopresbyter (Very Reverend) by His Eminence on August 6th, 2010. This is the highest rank for a married priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. The honor is bestowed upon a Greek Orthodox clergyman after twenty-five years of service. Very Rev. Makrinos is from Kardamyla, Chios. “It was a great honor to receive this title from His Eminence’s hands,” he “I prayed to receive this honor from his hands. On August 6th, 2014, I completed twenty-nine years of my ministry, performing all church services and sacraments. “We welcome young people,” said Rev. Makrinos. “Since I have been here, I have been trying to bring youth in church and on the parish council board. August 6, 2015 service, by C. Tsounis I try to add English in my service when I see younger people in church. I hold a Masters of Divinity in Theology from Holy Cross Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts. St. Theona, St. Iakovos the Monk and St. Anastasia are our relics. They were given to our church in 1976 when Archbishop Iakovos consecrated the Transfiguration of Christ Church.”1

He is the son of a Greek immigrant who worked as a coal miner in the hills of West Virginia. Rev. Makrinos completed eight years of service to the Transfiguration Church on July 15, 2017. The Libraries of the Town of Southold presented a series of community conversations in honor of the Town’s 375th Anniversary on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at the Mattituck-Laurel Library meeting room a Sunday Story Hour on the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church was held with Very Rev. Constantine Makrinos. He was interviewed in analytic, sharp questions of who, what, when, where, and why. This Sunday Story Hour took place because of his energetic drive. He inspired all by saying ‘we will do it together.’ For three months, he announced the event at Sunday services. The Sunday Story Hour, inspired nieces and nephews of deceased members to come. He completed thirty years of his ministry in August 4th, 2015. Very Rev. Constantine Makrinos is to be congratulated in making this event happen.2

Photo memories by Tom Galanis, D&G OMEGA.Photo memories by Tom Galanis, D&G OMEGA.On Saturday, August 20th, 2016, a traditional Greek wedding procession through Mattituck’s neighborhood streets led to the ceremony performed by Rev. Constantine Makrinos at the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church on Breakwater Road. This is the first time such a wedding procession has been celebrated in the rural hamlet of Mattituck, located on the East End of Long Island.3


 
References:
1.       http://www.qgazette.com/news/2014-08-13/Features/Unity_In_Faith_At_Trans..., http://usa.greekreporter.com/tag/rev-constantine-makrinos/http://www.qga...,  https://hellenicnews.com/all-star-greek-festival/
2.       http://www.greeknewsonline.com/a-traditional-greek-wedding-at-the-church...


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