The Sunday morning service in the Orthodox Church is called the Divine Liturgy. Prior to the Divine Liturgy and is a beautiful chanted prayer service called Matins.
On weekdays, we have a service of chanted prayer called Vespers.
What to expect at a Vespers service.
- Matins – Sunday – 8:30AM to 9:30AM
- Liturgy – Sunday – 9:30AM to 11AM
- Vespers – Wednesday – 6PM to 7PM
For almost 2,0000 years Christians have attended this service. We like to say that the only thing that changes is the sermon. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but for the most part if you would like to experience today how early Christians worshiped in the past, consider attending the Divine Liturgy.
An Orthodox service can be overwhelming on your first visit. Vibrant images of biblical events and saints cover the walls. You will see people lighting candles and venerating icons. The smell of incense fills the air. People will not only be using their voices to worship, but also their bodies. They will be crossing themselves and bowing or prostrating. It may seem strange at first, but this is how Christians have worshiped God for 2,000 years.
We have a parking area directly in front of our church as well as parking along the streets surrounding our church.
In our main parking area, we have spaces reserved for guests. Please take advantage of them.
Arriving at the Church
When you arrive at our church you will be met by our Greeting Team. You will be given a welcome packet with more information about a church and a copy of the Divine Liturgy so you can follow along. They will assist you in finding a seat and our available to answer any questions you may have.
Depending on when you arrive, Matins or Divine Liturgy will be taking place. Matins flows right into the Divine Liturgy with little break in between. It may seem like you’re late but you’re not. You’re probably catching the end of the Matins service.
Every week after Liturgy we have a large potluck lunch. Please do plan to eat with us, and please do not plan to bring any food. It is our honor to serve you as our guest.
Coffee hour is also a great time to get your questions answered. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions. We will not be offended. You will find that there are many people who have asked the same questions as you have.
If you are used to going to other churches, you may expect there to be a Sunday School for the children while adults attend the main service.
In the Orthodox church, children are full-fledged members of the church and attend services along with adults. This may be challenging for parents if it is their first time visiting. A little noise and a little movement from children is not a problem. It is to be expected. We would only ask that if your child begins crying loudly to please take them outside till they calm down, and then return to the service. You will see this happen throughout the service with other families. It is perfectly OK.
The important thing is to participate in the service as a family and to know that we are glad you are with us.