WELCOME TO OUR PARISH
Saint Tikhon Orthodox Church
357 Lookout High Street
Chattanooga, TN 37419
Fr Seth Earl: email@example.com
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. 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. As Fr Alexander Schmemann has stated:
The liturgy is, before everything else, the joyous gathering of those who are to meet the risen Lord and to enter with him into the bridal chamber. And it is this joy of expectation and this expectation of joy that are expressed in singing and ritual, in vestments and in censing, in that whole 'beauty' of the liturgy …
The liturgy is a celebration of God who has become man, and through His death and resurrection, gives us the opportunity to be transformed into what we were always meant to be. The Church space is surrounded by icons (pictures of Christ and the saints), which remind us that we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12) who are participating in the heavenly liturgy while we join them here on earth. 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!
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