At St. Innocent Orthodox Church, we seek to make Jesus Christ and His Gospel the center of everything we do,
glorifying God in the beauty of our worship and carefully preserving the faith practices of the Early Church, which was born at Pentecost. We press toward the goal of becoming more like our Lord and Savior, desiring to love and care for one another and for those in the wider community. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we pray that our parish would become a life-giving spring of the Orthodox Christian faith for the people of Middle Georgia.
In the Orthodox Church, we often hear the beckoning words of Philip as he talked to Nathaniel (John 1:46): “come and see.” Many have called Orthodoxy a ‘sensory’ experience, worship in which all our senses take part. We invite you to “come and see”; come and experience. Come and hear the Scriptures sung by our own a cappella choir. Smell the fragrant incense as it lifts our prayers to God. See the Gospel come alive in our iconography. Experience the beauty of ancient Orthodox architecture. And most importantly, make a life-changing connection with Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
"The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago."
Exterior Photo was taken in 2010
In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we decided to interview some of the founders and earliest members of our parish.
The goal was to somehow encapsulate the mindset that led to the founding of our mission. One of the “mission statements” we put on our website states: “Like our patron saint, St. Innocent of Alaska, our parish seeks to bring the ancient Christian faith---what believers called “The Way”--- to the greater Macon area in its own language and culture.” This statement encapsulates our past and present efforts and much of what we hope is to come in our future.
The prayer of the Bishop taken from Psalm 80 during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy summarize our strong hopes for the future. “Look down from heaven, O God, and behold and visit this vine which Thou hast planted with Thy right hand, and establish it.”
A special thanks goes out to Jerome Gratigny who filmed, produced, and edited this short film. May God grant him many years for his tireless effort.