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SAINT GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH
كنيسة القديس جاورجيوس الأنطاكية الأرثوذكسية المسيحية
Fr. John (Rassem) El Massih
In 2014, he completed the Master of Divinity program at the Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA. During his time at the Holy Cross Seminary, Fr. John taught Byzantine Music, participated in many chant concerts, and recorded multiple chant CDs.
In May 2013, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of thrice blessed memory
instructed Fr. John to move into the Antiochian Archdiocese Headquarters in
Englewood, NJ. There he became the assistant to the Metropolitan and the professor of Byzantine chant and Arabic for the Antiochian seminarians at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. Fr. John continued doing the same tasks after His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph took over.
On March 5th , 2017 (Sunday of Orthodoxy), Fr. John was ordained to the Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. He was later ordained to the Priesthood on August 30th, 2020 and served as an attached priest at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Potomac, MD. On January 6th, 2020, Fr. John was appointed the
pastor of St. George Church in Washington, D.C.
Fr. John has been married to his sweetheart, Alexis, since November 2015. They have two children, Sonia (3.5 years) and Matthew (10 months).
Fr. John (Rassem) El Massih was born in Lebanon in 1981 where he attended the Balamand Elementary School. From a young age, he learned Byzantine music and was involved with Sunday School programs and Teens groups. He led the choir at his home parish at the Monastery of the Lady of “the Natoor”. He taught Byzantine music at the School of Ecclesiastical Music of the Archdiocese of Tripoli and El-Koura.
In December of 2001, Fr. John and his family immigrated to the United States
where they resided in Massachusetts. First, They attended St. George Church in Lawrence, MA then St. George Church in West Roxbury, MA. He graduated from Hellenic College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Human Development.
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