Orthodox Christianity is not familiar to most Americans, even though the community of the Orthodox has existed for nearly 2,000 years and there have been Orthodox Christians in the United States since its founding as a nation.
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Most emphatically NO! The Orthodox Church welcomes anyone for worship and to consider membership. At the present time, the Orthodox churches in the United States are experiencing significant growth from Protestants and Roman Catholics interested in our worship and doctrines. The Orthodox Church is Christ\\\\\\\'s Church and is therefore open to everyone.
Icons, the painted pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints, or sacred events, are very important in Orthodox worship. These icons mean far more to us than ordinary paintings. Icons are windows into the sacred realm, into the kingdom of God. We kiss the icon to show love and respect, even as we might kiss the picture of a family member to show the same. Only God (as Trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is worthy of worship. The Virgin Mary and the saints are worthy of our deepest respec
Our worship is not merely mental—we use all our senses, sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. We ask God that our prayer might rise up to His throne in heaven just like the incense does.
When you walk in, chants and prayers may be already going. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re late—we preface the main service with prayers of preparation. All services at St. Cyril are in English. If you want to help support our church, just put your donation in the labeled basket near where you walk in as we do not take up a collection during services. After the service on Sundays we have refreshments—you are invited to join us in the fellowship hall and there is no charge. If you have children,