What to Expect?
Our Worship is in The Beautiful English Language
Almost all of the Divine Liturgy and other services at our Church are done in English Language. This is the common language between the members of our diverse family community.
Our Worship is Biblical and Christ-Centered
We are gathered around Christ the King, in His Kingdom that is not of this world. We worship Christ, and the Holy Trinity.
Most of our liturgical texts are from the Psalms, the four Gospels, the Book of Acts and the Epistles. The readings come from all over the Holy Bible in a very specific order set by the Church according to Her Calendar.
Everything that we do is not only purely biblical, but shows the true understanding of the Holy Bible as the Church wrote it and understood it for generations since the great commission of the Holy Apostles.
We also venerate (not worship) Christ's Holy Mother and His Holy Saints, because they loved Christ to the end. They were able to become according to Christ's image and likeness. As we worship Christ and venerate His Holy Saints, we strive to walk in their path and become more like Him.
We Worship with All of Our Senses
We See, We Hear, We Smell, We Touch, and We Taste
We sin to our loving God with our bodies and our thoughts, so our worship in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24), should also be in our bodies, and all our thoughts and senses should be focused and directed towards the Lord our God.
We See icons, not pictures
The icons of Christ and the Saints are all around the Church. The icons were from the time of Christ. They show the actual face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Virgin Mary and the Holy apostles and saints. They are not figments of an artist's imagination, but are the true depiction of what the Lord looked like. Consequently, we continue to carry this tradition as we continue to carry the Bible. These icons tell us about the stories in the Bible and the Church's History. Every single color and line in the icon mean something. The icons are rich in meaning and in teaching. They are also windows to heaven that will help us look for the age to come.
we Hear Timeless Music outside of this world
Most of our liturgical worship is chanted or sung. We are singing with the Angels in the heavens with the words given to us in the Holy Oracles of the Bible... The Music was written by the Church for more than thirteen centuries, and continues to evolve to give the proper and meet worship to God the King...
We Smell The Sweet Fragnance of incense
Incense is essential in the worship to God in spirit and truth. In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 30 God has asked Moses to build him an altar of incense where Aaron would burn on it sweet incense every morning. The Angel appeared to Zacharia to announce o him that St. John the Baptist would be born while Zacharia the High Priest was at the altar of incense.
In the Book of Revelation, Incense is offered on the heavenly altar before the Lord God.
And we pray with the psalmist: Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
We Touch Sanctified Items
We touch the Holy Gospel Book while the Priest is holding it in procession to kiss it in adoration, we touch the hem of the priest's garment as the woman who was healed by touching the hem of Christ's garment. We touch the icons as we venerate them.
We Taste The Fountain of Immortality
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalm 34:8)
We partake from the true body and true blood of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Divine Liturgy in Sacrament of Eucharist. According to the Gospel of John, Chapter 6:
"55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”"