Glory Be To Jesus Christ!
Welcome to Holy Ghost Orthodox Christian Church. We are a parish of the Orthodox Christian Faith which was established on the day of Holy Pentecost in the Year 33 AD. Our parish community is a member of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. whose presiding bishop is His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is an autonomous diocese under the spiritual protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is the Primate.
Our congregation of over 100 families is trans-national, attracting members from all branches of Orthodoxy and through conversion to the Holy Orthodox Faith. Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to the worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. Learn More ...
An ever-growing number of persons from various backgrounds are becoming interested in the Orthodox Church. These individuals are discovering the ancient faith and rich traditions of the Orthodox Church. They have been attracted by her mystical vision of God and His Kingdom, by the beauty of her worship, by the purity of her Christian faith, and by her continuity with the past.
These are only some of the treasures of the Church, which has a history reaching back to the time of the Apostles.
In our Western Hemisphere, the Orthodox Church has been developing into a valuable presence and distinctive witness for more than two hundred years. The first Greek Orthodox Christians arrived in the New World in 1768, establishing a colony near the present city of St. Augustine, Florida. One of the original buildings in which these immigrants gathered for religious services is still standing. It has recently been transformed into St. Photius' Shrine Read More
Today we ponder the the mystery of the Lord's descent into Hades, the place of the dead. Death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated from within. "He (Christ) gave Himself as a ransom to death in which we were held captive, sold under sin. Descending into Hades through the Cross ... He loosed the bonds of death" (Liturgy of St. Basil).
Today our focus is on the Tomb of Christ. This is no ordinary grave. It is not a place of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation. Because of this we spend a lot of time in the Church today, celeraint Divine Liturgy and guarding the tomb all day.
We have come to the most difficult day of Passion Week. Today Christ's journey becomes incredible difficult and extremely painful in these final hours leading to his death.
Judas Iscariot, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus, was overcome with remorse and hangs himself early in the morning.
Meanwhile, before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endures the humiliation of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. After many unlawful trials, he is sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capital punishment known at the time.
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Church ScheduleSaturday Evening Worship (Vespers) 5:00 PM.
Sunday Worship (Divine Liturgy) 9:30 AM.
Summer Divine Liturgy, from June to August, starts at 9:00 AM.
Coffee hour after Liturgy every Sunday.
All Feast Day celebrations follow the Julian Calendar.
Services are in English.
Visit the Prayer Corner for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.
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