Dating from an orthodox perspective
We look forward to sharing our faith, food, and culture with you. We will continue to greet each other with “Christ is Risen!” for 40 days reminding ourselves of this amazing event.In our Western Hemisphere, the Orthodox Church has been developing into a valuable presence and distinctive witness for more than two hundred years. The Shrine, named in memory of a great missionary of the Orthodox Church, honors those first Orthodox immigrants.The first Greek Orthodox arrived in the New World in 1768, establishing a colony near the present city of St. One of the original buildings in which these immigrants gathered for religious services is still standing. The chapel serves as a national religious landmark, bearing witness to the presence of Orthodoxy in America from the earliest days of its history.The largest is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which has about 500 parishes throughout the United States.Undoubtedly, the Primate of the Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop lakovos, has been chiefly responsible for acquainting many non-Orthodox with the treasures of Orthodoxy.The Orthodox Church embodies and expresses the rich spiritual treasures of Eastern Christianity.It should not be forgotten that the Gospel of Christ was first preached and the First Christian communities were established in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
While Christianity in the West developed in lands which knew the legal and moral philosophy of Ancient Rome, Eastern Christianity developed in lands which knew the Semitic and Hellenistic cultures.We invite you to come and join us to experience the worship of Early Christianity in a modern setting.