WELCOME TO OUR PARISh!
357 Lookout High St.
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 our Dean, Fr. David Arnold, priest of St Cyprian Orthodox Church in Richmond, VA and Fr Peter Smith. For more information on the Chattanooga mission, see our about page. For directions or emails see our contact page.
For updates, announcements, and conversations, visit our facebook group page.
Q: What to expect when you visit our parish?
A: 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. There is nothing just for amusement or entertainment. 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, mostly to Russian chants and melodies. No organ or other instruments are used. The words are all from Scripture or ancient Christian texts — no rhyming metrical hymns are used. All our services are in the English language.
More information for visitors can be found HERE.