Welcome to St. George Cathedral. It is a pleasure to have you visit us. If you are new to the Orthodox Faith, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. We hope that the resources on our website as well as on the Internet will be a helpful guide. However, to truly understand the Orthodox Faith, we invite you to, “Come and See.” Please join us for any of our services. We look forward to having you pray with us.
The information below may prepare you for some of the unique features of Orthodoxy:
Music: In our musical tradition, we primarily use chant. If you listen carefully, you will be able to hear specific theological teachings based on Scripture or the feast of the day.
Icons: From the beginning of the Christian tradition, art played an important role due to limited printed materials, as well as high rates of illiteracy. The Church used art as a form of educating the faithful. We do not worship Icons or the people represented in them, rather through our love we venerate them, just as you might with a photo of a family or friend.
Incense: Incense represents the prayers that are lifted up to heaven before God. The most frequent reference to this is sung at the Vespers service when we pray, “Let my prayer arise as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:2).”
Activity: In the Orthodox services, there is much activity. The priest and altar servers are often moving and people are crossing themselves, bowing or standing. Feel free to participate as much as you are comfortable and know that for many Orthodox, their participation may vary as well.
Divine Liturgy: is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 am. This service is the main Eucharistic (Communion) service of the week because it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition, other major feasts are celebrated by serving the Divine Liturgy. Please see our calendar for feast days.
Vespers: is served every Saturday evening at 5:00 pm. Vespers is the evening prayer service, and prepares us for the coming feast. On Saturday evening, the hymns are connected to the upcoming day of resurrection.
Following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, you are invited to join us for fellowship in the Church Hall. This is a great time to ask questions and meet with our clergy. Please join us.