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For our Non-Orthodox Christian Visitors
If this will be your first time in an Orthodox Church service you may feel a little overwhelmed. It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed because Orthodox worship is ancient, unchanging and very unfamiliar to the average American. So we would encourage you to relax, you are not going to "get it" all in your first visit. Simply pray, let the words of the scripture wash over you and if you have any questions, ask.
The Sacraments of the Church, such as Holy Communion, are offered only to Baptized and/or Chrismated (confirmed) Orthodox Christians. However, all are invited to receive the blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The blessed bread is not sacramental, but is reminiscent of the agape feast that followed worship in the ancient Church.
After the Divine Liturgy all are welcome to join us in the Church hall for fellowship and light refreshments.
Please know that we are here to serve you. If you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith we frequently have Newcomers classes throughout the year. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Fr. Theophan and let him know.
For our Orthodox Christian Visitors
Orthodox Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion if they are properly prepared and are not under any penance. Amongst other things, proper preparation includes faithful fasting, recent confession and being at peace with others. If you have any questions or concerns about this please talk to Fr. Theophan.
It is always good to notify the priest ahead of time of your visit especially if you plan on receiving the Holy Eucharist. However, if this is not possible, it is fine, please announce your Christian name at the chalice and be aware that Father may ask you some questions at the chalice.
After the Divine Liturgy all are welcome to join us in the Church Hall for fellowship and refreshments.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Fr. Theophan