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Though we are happy to offer this website and its many resources to you, we invite you to experience Orthodox Christianity more deeply. Our Cathedral offers ministries to all ages, and features a large congregation of multi-ethnic families. As the Apostle Philip said it very simply to his friend Nathaniel: “Come and see.“
Our Cathedral is proud to offer many dynamically scheduled services throughout the week, however, these services are offered at a fixed schedule.
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. The Vespers service always begins with the chanting of the evening psalm: “…the sun knows it’s time for setting, Thou makest darkness and it is night…” (Psalm 104: 19) This psalm, which glorifies God’s creation of the world, is man’s very first act of worship, for man first of all meets God as Creator.
The Divine Liturgy is the primary worship service of the Orthodox Church. The Divine Liturgy is a eucharistic service, containing two parts: the Liturgy of the Word, at which the Scriptures are proclaimed and expounded; and the Liturgy of the Faithful, in which the gifts of bread and wine are offered and consecrated; the faithful then partake of them in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The Hours are four relatively brief prayer services of the Daily Cycle that mark the various principal hours of the day. The Sixth Hour, usually celebrated at Noon, commemorates the sixth day and hour in which our Lord nailed the sin of Adam from paradise. We entreat Christ our God to tear-up the record of our sins and have mercy upon us.