Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church first opened its doors at the southwest corner of Dixie and Burnhamthorpe in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in the early 80’s.
After several years at that location, we moved to our current location on Matheson Blvd in Mississauga and have been growing exponentially ever since. Our congregation has increased exponentially in members when the Church opened. When we started building the Church at the new location, the building design was mirrored from the traditional Byzantine architectural plan of Orthodox Churches complete with a grand dome supported by large columns and inspired by the Grand Cathedral of Hagia Sofia in Constantinople which was built in 537 A.D. The beautiful Church iconography was designed by Florin Vlad, a seasoned Master Iconographer from Romania. The large Cathedral comfortably seats 600 parishioners and there is ample parking for over 200 vehicles. Located in the east end of Mississauga, near Dixie Road and 401 (just west of Pearson Airport), our Church community serves parishioners from Burlington to Etobicoke, from Woodbridge to Southwest Toronto, from Georgetown to Guelph.
Within our Church and community, we have developed robust groups and teams for all ages that incorporate religious studies (Sunday School), cultural studies (Mississauga Hellenic Academy, Nea Genia Dance Group), charitable activities (Philoptochos, H.O.P.E.), life/religious guidance (Youth Groups) and community support (Community Council).
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The Church is where we are taught biblical doctrine so we can be grounded in our faith. It is a place of fellowship where Christians can be devoted to one another and honour, instruct, be kind and compassionate, encourage, and most importantly, love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 According to this verse, the purposes/activities of the Church should be teaching biblical doctrine, providing a place of fellowship for believers, observing the Lord’s supper (Holy Communion) and praying.
The Church is to be a place where believers can observe the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). The concept of “breaking bread” through Holy Communion also carries the idea of having a meal together as a community. This is another example of the Church promoting fellowship. Community allows us to support one another, interact, share experiences and our modern life struggles through faith. Having this open bond with our Church community is what builds valuable relationships and gives us a deeper sense of belonging and unity. Communities are also rich in resources as your strengths may be someone else’s weaknesses and vice versa. Through community at Church, love, support and guidance is offered through Christ in assistance for when it is needed. Through our Church community we are also able to form a strong bond used to aid those in need outside of the community through outreach and charity. Stronger, Together.
The final purpose of the Church is prayer. The Church is to be a place that promotes, teaches, and practices prayer. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7