You are welcome here!
We are pleased to have you worship with us. Our community is a mix of cradle-born and converts to the Orthodox Church, and we are happy to welcome newcomers, inquirers and visitors.
All of our facilities are handicap accessible. If you need any assistance at all, please let us know. We are here to be of service to you.
Service books are available in the pews. You are encouraged to follow along with the service. After Sunday Liturgy, please join us at coffee hour.
We look forward to praying with you. If you have any questions, please ask.
Entering Orthodox Worship
Orthodox worship can seem quite foreign to newcomers. Orthodoxy endeavors to hold fast to what the Apostles taught. We retain a form of worship indigenous to the very places where the Apostles themselves lived and taught. We follow a “liturgy,” a Greek word which means “the work of the people.” While the service is presided over by a priest, it is co-celebrated by all the people as one Body.
Once in the sanctuary you will see many icons. These are pictorial representations of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and of the Holy Saints and Apostles. Orthodox Christians do not worship these images, but we do venerate them to show honor to those whom the icons represent. This is like the honor many people show to the flag of the United States, or a devoted child shows to a picture of a deceased parent. It is not worship (for worship belongs to God alone) but is a sign of respect and honor. In similar fashion, we honor the Saints who have have shown forth Christ in their lives and continue to guide us by their example.