The Faith

Intro to the Faith

We hope our website gives you a good sense of who we are as Orthodox Christians and what we believe about God and His Church. Regardless of where you are [...]

Saints of the Church

It must be stated at the beginning that the only true "saint" or holy one (Hagios) is God Himself. The Bible states "For I am the Lord your God; you [...]

Major Feast Days of the Church

The ecclesiastical year, which according to Byzantine practice begins on the first of September, is divided between movable and immovable or fixed holy days. The movable holy days are determined [...]

The Sacraments

One of the best-known prayers of the Orthodox Church speaks of the spirit of God being "present in all places and filling all things." This profound affirmation is basic to [...]

Forty Day Blessings

In imitation of Christ’s forty day blessing (Luke 2:22-38), the parents of the newborn bring the babe to the church in order for it to be dedicated to the Lord. [...]

Baptisms

A child is generally baptized between the ages of three and ten months. Age, however, is not a barrier to baptism. Please call the church office to request a date [...]

Marriage

For the union of a man and woman to be recog­nized as sacramentally valid by the Orthodox Church, the following conditions must be met: 1. The Sacrament of Matrimony must [...]

Divorce

The parish priest will exert every effort to recon­cile the couple and avert a divorce. However, should he fail to bring about a reconciliation, after a civil divorce has been [...]

Funerals

Funeral services are permitted on any day of the year, except for Sundays and Holy Friday. Regardless of the time of day, a family member should notify the parish priest [...]

Memorials

If you desire to have a Memorial Service for a departed loved one, you should notify the church office well ahead of time, preferably at least two weeks prior when [...]

Fasting

Just as there are times for feasting, there are also times set aside for fasting. During these periods, certain foods are prohibited. These are, in order of frequency of prohibition, [...]

Holy Communion

The Eucharist is at the very center of Orthodox piety, worship and theology. One is encouraged to receive Holy Communion as frequently as possible. However, as frequent communion is encouraged, [...]

Sanctity of Human Life

A major and overarching concern of the Church arises with its commitment to the God-given sanctity of human life. Some of the developments of the biological manipulation of human life, [...]

Donation of Organs

Although nothing in the Orthodox tradition requires the faithful to donate their organs to others, never-the-less, this practice may be considered an act of love, and as such is encouraged.  [...]

Sexuality

The Orthodox Church recognizes marriage as the only moral and spiritually appropriate context for sexual relations. Thus, all other forms of sexual activity such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, pornography, [...]

Come & See

The word church is derived through Middle and Old English cirice, circe from the Koine Greek: κυριακον (Greek: δωμα) Lord's (house). However, most English versions of the New Testament use [...]

Iconography

Iconography (from Greek: εικoνογραφία) refers to the making and liturgical use of icons, pictorial representations of Biblical scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, historical events in the life of [...]