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New Here?

Is it your first time at an Orthodox Church?

What To Expect

To find our current schedule, please visit the “Parish Life” page. If you are visiting us for the Holy Liturgy, it begins at 8:30am on Sunday. You may sit anywhere you like. Following the Liturgy at 11:45am, children have Sunday School and there is also coffee and light refreshments for all.

What You Need To Know

Yes, our Liturgy is long! That is intentional – every prayer that is said is critical to the liturgical service. The center of our life as a church family is the Eucharist and every prayer is vital in preparing us to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

You may also notice that we stand for the majority of the Liturgy. If the amount of standing is too challenging, you are welcome to take a seat at any time.

Throughout the liturgy, we also make the sign of the cross many times. We sign ourselves whenever we mention the Holy Trinity, venerate an icon, and many other occasions.

You will hear music throughout the liturgy. Traditionally, cymbals and the triangle are used as instruments. The hymns of the church are filled with meaning, not just lyrically but also musically as well. Every season of the church has its own tunes and hymns.

At certain points in the liturgy you will see incense being used. In the Orthodox Church, incense represents prayers and repentance that ascend into heaven. Each time the priest passes by with the censor, your prayers and those of everyone in the church are rising before the throne of God- “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8.

The entire liturgy is focused on the Holy Eucharist (Communion). In the Orthodox Church, we believe the Eucharist is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Communion is for those who are baptized in the Orthodox Church. This is not a way to exclude people, but rather the Eucharist is the Church’s treasure and it is reserved for those who have united themselves with the Church.

(Adapted from a list created by Frederica Mathewes-Green & modified by Fr. Anthony Messeh)

Where can I park?

If you are joining us on Sunday, here are the areas you can park!

Free Parking Options

1) Street parking on Hanover and Hamburg St.  (Please pick up a City Issued parking pass near the entrance door of the church and place on your dash)

2) 7-Eleven. (Please pick up a church issued parking decal near the entrance door of the church and place on your dash)

3) Shofers Parking Lot. (Please pick up a church issued parking decal near the entrance door of the church and place on your dash)

Welcome to our home. We look forward to having you!

Frequently Asked Questions