O Come, let us Worship and bow down before our King and God.
O Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ, our King and God.
O Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ Himself, our King and God.
This invitation marks the beginning of each day for the Orthodox Church. It comes from the office of Vespers, and it expresses the attitude which is at the heart of Orthodoxy. The Worship of God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - is fundamental to the life and spirit of the Orthodox Church. Learn More»
(Video by Mardy Wiesman)
A FAQ for newcomers to our parish, especially newcomers to Orthodoxy:
--No, women are not required to wear headcoverings or skirts. We also have pews. Services typically run a little more than an hour.
--There is a little play area downstairs for children, near where the Sunday School meets.
--All are welcome to join us in worship. However, only baptized Orthodox may partake of the Eucharist. Do not worry about the part of the service in which catechumens (those in the process of conversion) are told to depart; everyone can stay for the entire service, including seekers and catechumens. :)
--Services are a mix of Greek and English. In the pews are service books with Greek on one side and English on the other, so you can follow along. In the pews are also guides explaining worship etiquette.
--If you are late, that's fine. But during the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, or the Epistle/Gospel readings, please wait outside the nave until they are finished. Then you can come in and take a seat.
--If you are from a Protestant background, what you would call the sanctuary, is called the nave in an Orthodox church.
--After the service, instead of filing out the back, we file up to the priest to get blessed bread, or get flowers or palm crosses, or kiss the cross, or whatever is being done for that particular service. Anyone may take the bread, flowers, palm crosses, etc., even those who are not baptized Orthodox. But please ask the priest how to properly dispose of blessed items.