St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church

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St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church

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3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201-4426


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Who We Are

While St. Timothy & St. Athanasius church didn’t officially open its doors until early 2012, the vision for it was born many years prior inside the heart of its leader, Fr. Anthony Messeh. Imagine having church where eternal truths of God were presented in way that is relevant and real to 21st century America. That was the dream. Fr. Anthony prayed for years about this and knew that the day would come when God would lead him to open a new church in Arlington, just outside of most powerful city in country.
While waiting on God for this opportunity, Fr. Anthony held to this verse in hope, knowing that God would be faithful:

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come” Habakkuk 2:3

God fulfilled that vision and His promise with the opening of STSA in late April 2012. The mission of STSA is to unveil the Truth of Orthodox Christianity to a world in desperate need of it.
We all search for Truth, something to hold onto, something genuine and authentic, not just in a spiritual sense but also in a relational sense. At STSA we present Truth that has been around for 2000 years in a way that fits modern American culture. We are an ancient church, but our message is very relevant to society today.
Come visit STSA – we are a vibrant community that seeks to transform lives with the life-changing Truth of The Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Orthodox Christian faith.

About Us

Friendly, Traditional Liturgy, Young, Young families, Spirit-filled

Children's Ministry, Nursery, Daycare

Praise and Worship, Traditional Hymns






3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201-4426



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Our Services

What are services like?
Saturday Services 7:00- 7:30 PM Vespers Also called the Raising of Incense, Vespers is an introduction and preparation for the Liturgy, consisting of a collection of prayers, praises and Thanksgiving prayers which request the Lord’s blessings upon the sacramental service. 7:30-9:30 PM Confession Confession is a sacrament of the Orthodox Church. The mystery of Confession is verbal repentance before the priest of sins and mistakes committed, and humbly repenting, in order to be granted the absolution and forgiveness. This sacrament is a mystery in that by declaring your sins before the priest, you are in fact declaring them before Christ Himself. It is also the best preparation for partaking of the Holy Eucharist. 7:30-9:30 PM Midnight Praises The Praise consists of various canticles directly from the Bible, known in the Coptic Language as a “Hoos”, as well as other praises that vary by day of the week and by church season. As its name suggests, the Midnight Praises typically happen late at night, preceding a Liturgy in the morning, or following the Raising of Incense on the eve of the Liturgical service. Sunday Services 9:00-11:00 AM* Liturgy of the Eucharist Eucharistic service is called the Divine Liturgy. It is comprised of two main parts: the first is the Liturgy of the word which consists of introductory litanies (or prayers) and scripture readings, culminating in a reading from one of the Gospels and a homily (or sermon); the second is the Liturgy of the Faithful in which the Eucharist is offered, consecrated, and received as Holy Communion. In both parts of the service you receive the Word: in the first through the scripture readings and sermon, and in the second through the Body and Blood of Christ. 11:30-12:30 The Well An ordinary place, where extraordinary things happen. *Matins, like Vespers, is a set of prayers and praises in preparation of the Liturgy. This starts at 8:30AM

What is the community like?
We exist to transform lives in the DC metro area through an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ founded upon the life and teachings of the Orthodox faith. We believe that the Church of the New Testament – which is the Body of Christ – is alive today in the same way that Christ – who is the Head – is alive as well. Therefore our aim is to continue in the footsteps of the New Testament Church and follow the model given in Acts 2. Our vision is to be a church of: 1) Unity/fellowship - “And they continued steadfastly in…fellowship” (v 42) 2) Worship/prayer - “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house” (v 46) 3) Doctrine/spiritual maturity - “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” (v 42) 4) Sacrifice/giving - “[they] sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” (v 45) 5) Evangelism/witnessing - “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (v 47)

What if I'm not a Christian?
We welcome EVERYONE! Our first core value is Limitless Acceptance. This means that we believe that every person who enters our church is the most important person in the world. That person is sent by God and should be loved and accepted as such.


Fr. Anthony Messeh

Fr. Anthony Messeh

Fr. Anthony Messeh has been serving as the leader of STSA since its inception in April 2012. God has gifted Fr. Anthony with a unique ability to communicate life-changing and eternal truths in simple, practical, and understandable ways. He has a genuine and authentic passion for God that is contagious and can be felt whenever he preaches. “I believe God created each of us uniquely because He has a specific dream of how He wants our lives to look. My mission is to help you see where God wants you to be… how He wants you to live… what your life should look like and could look like if you allowed God to lead it for you.” Fr. Anthony doesn’t exactly fit the mold of what you’d expect from an Orthodox priest. Once you get past the black robe and the beard, you’ll quickly discover that he is light-hearted, energetic, and possesses a great sense of humor. Even within his priestly duties, Fr. Anthony represents God in a way that’s relatable to just about anyone.

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