WELCOME TO OUR PARISH
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!
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.
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