Our Orthodox faith is built upon the celebration of many beautiful sacraments and religious services. There are special experiences in our unified life as Orthodox Christians when the perception of God’s presence and actions is heightened and celebrated. We call these events Sacraments. Traditionally, the Sacraments have been known as Mysteries in the Orthodox Church. This description emphasizes that in these special events of the Church, God discloses Himself through the prayers and actions of His people.
Not only do the Sacraments disclose and reveal God to us, but also they serve to make us receptive to God. All the Sacraments affect our personal relationship to God and to one another. The Holy Spirit works through the Sacraments.
We have seven sacraments: Holy Communion (Eucharist), Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Marriage, Ordination (Holy Orders), and Holy Unction.
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See the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website for information on the Sacraments.
The Divine Liturgy (Holy Eucharist)
Worshiping the True and Living God
Worshiping the Living God, the All-Holy Trinity, is a witness of our faith in and love for Him. The Divine Liturgy is the service of thanksgiving to God.
The Divine Liturgy is also the service of particular nurture for the Orthodox Christian â€” Christ is Present in the elements of Holy Communion. He nurtures those who approach with fear, i.e., reverence, faith and love. Those who partake of Communion receive God within. This is a great Mystery, not to be taken lightly, but one that the Orthodox Christian is bid to COME.
Please avail yourself of the opportunities to worship the Lord and to receive Him in faith. For information about preparation for the reception of Holy Communion, click on Fasting from Iniquities and Food, and please feel free to talk with the pastor.
Let us worship God in the spirit of heartfelt thanks, receiving His love and strength from above.