WELCOME TO OUR PARISH
Saint Tikhon Orthodox Church
357 Lookout High Street
Chattanooga, TN 37419
Fr Seth Earl: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The parish is overseen by Fr. Seth Earl. For directions or emails see our contact page. All our services are in English. We invite you to visit us and pray that the love of Christ will bless you richly. Come and see!
More information for visitors can be found below:
THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
THE DIOCESE OF THE SOUTH
St. Tikhon Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Alexander (Golitzin) Archbishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Chattanooga and the local area.
THE FEASTS & LIVES OF THE SAINTS
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.
THE DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.