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Church Of The Holy
Transfiguration Of Christ
On The Mount
and Copper-Dome Baptistry
(lower left, in background)
recently built by Reverend
John Nelson and wife Bríd &
help of other Woodstockers
Spring, Summer & Fall - 1998.
& The Baptistry
Notice the round
clad 'Onion' Dome
(on top of Baptistry),
which is an authentic
Dome, in that it was
built in the tradition of
Syriac Russian Orthodox
Christian Architecture. *
(now blue-ish green in color
from aging in the weather)
Father Francis, who was an
ArchBishop of the Western Rite
of the Old Catholic Faith of England,
was the Founding Father of the
Church of the Transfiguration
of Christ on the Mount
from the 50's through the early 80's,
(then known as "Father Francis' Church",
& "The Old Catholic Church on the Mount").
He was revered by the hippies invading
Woodstock in the late 60's and early 70's,
dubbed by some as "The Hippie Priest",
although he himself was not a Hippie,
but definitely had love for all humanity,
and in that respect, was a Hippie at heart.
His message to all that knew him then, and
the 'Vibe' emanating from the Church during
those years, embodied the message of our
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, which is:
"Love One Another, as I have loved you").
He was respected by all Woodstockers,
a much loved hero and Spiritual leader
to many people in the Woodstock Area.
ArchBishop John LoBue
of The Abbey Of His Holy Name,
located in West Milford, New Jersey,
is currently the Spiritual Father & Bishop of
The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of
Christ on the Mount in Woodstock NY,
He is also Head of the Synod of Bishops
of Western Orthodoxy in the Eastern U.S.
He is responsible for the Conversion of the
Church from Old Catholic - Western Rite
to its present status as a Church of the
Western Orthodox Catholic Faith,
following the Western Orthodox Traditions
and practicing the ancient service of the
Western Orthodox Sarum Rite.
Father John Nelson, (right), standing in
the foreground, in front of the Baptistry.
The building (which Father John built in
1998 with the help of his wife, Bríd, and
others from the Town of Woodstock), has
a full-immersion Baptismal Font made of
stones and tiles, large enough for an adult,
and also features a Traditional Orthodox
hand built copper-clad Onion Dome.
The Baptistry on the Church Grounds,
where already many full-immersion
Baptisms, which were performed by
ArchBishop John LoBue, have taken
place inside over the past ten years.
The ceremony, requiring the Baptismal
Subject to be Crucimated in the Western
Orthodox Faith, is a truly beautiful and
moving experience for all who attend.
This is the Altar of The Church Of The
Transfiguration Of Christ on the Mount.
Father Francis did much of the ornate
handiwork including the lace, lattice and
woodcarvings found at and near the Altar.
This Church is truly an Historic Landmark,
and has recently been awarded the status of
"Historical Landmark" by the United States
Government's Historical Society.