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Welcome Visitors

There are two main services that we do on Sunday mornings. The Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30 am and is usually over by 11:00 to 11:15 am. Before the Divine Liturgy starts there is a service called Matins or Orthros in Greek. There is no break between the end of Matins and the beginning of Divine Liturgy, one flows directly into the other, so when you arrive for Divine Liturgy at, or a little before, 9:30 am it may seem like you’re late but you’re not.  You’re probably catching the end of the Matins service.  There are service books that will help you follow along with the Divine Liturgy. There will be greeters to meet you to assist and answer any questions you may have. They will be able to assist you in getting seated and provide you with a service book to follow along in.  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, kneeling, or prostrating. It may seem strange at first, but this is how Christians have worshiped God for 2,000 years.

The word Orthodox means “right belief.”  In an ever-changing world, our Church offers Orthodox values, Orthodox worship, and Orthodox doctrine.  We are Orthodox, but not Jewish.  We are Catholic, but not Roman. We are not non-denominational, we are pre-denominational.  We are the original, ancient and undivided One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We want to share this awesome gift with you.  Our worship is heavenly, and it is beautiful.  We are a family united by our love for God, and our fellow human beings.  We are doing our best to build the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven in Dayton. We strive to practice unity in essentials, diversity in non-essentials, and charity in all things.   


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