welcome to our parish
We welcome you and pray that the love of Christ will bless you richly. We warmly invite you to join us at St. Tikhon. Come and see!
The parish is overseen by Father David Arnold, priest of St Cyprian Orthodox Church in Richmond, VA and Dean of the Diocese of Appalachia. For directions or emails see our contact page.
We welcome all who seek the fullness of God. We are blessed to have many visitors, and we are truly glad to welcome visitors to our Church. Because Orthodox Christianity is unfamiliar to most people in this area — it was new to many of us as well — we have written this to help you know what to expect.
The beauty of Orthodox worship must be experienced to be understood. The Divine Liturgy expresses the entire Christian faith in a continuous song of praise and prayer addressed to God. It is focused on God, not on us. Since much of the service is the same every week, worshippers know it and can participate personally, either by singing along or just by prayerful attention. Worshippers are surrounded by icons (pictures of Christ and the saints), which remind us that we are participating while on earth in the worship of all the angels and saints in heaven. The entire service (except for the sermon) is sung acapella and the words are all from Scripture or ancient Christian texts. All our services are in the English.
More information for visitors can be found below: