While no one at all is considered worthy of Holy Communion, including the clergy, the Orthodox Church does not admit anyone to Holy Communion who is unprepared. An indispensable element of preparation for holy Communion is considered to be repentance, or Holy Confession. Another indispensable element is total fasting, at least from the midnight before Holy Communion.
PANIKHIDAS AND MOLEBENS:
Panikhidas and Molebens are served as requested. Traditionally, services for the Departed are sung on the 9th and 40th day of repose and annually on the anniversary of repose. Additionally, the departed are commemorated on the Soul Saturdays during the church year, and on the Tuesday following Bright Week (Radonitsa).
SICK/EMERGENCIES CALLS/INSTITUTIONAL VISITATIONS:
Father responds to these as requested. Families are asked to let Father know if a loved one is in hospital or in need of a home visitation. Please call to schedule.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM:
In the case of infants, Baptism and Chrismation are administered on Saturdays or Sundays during the church year. One sponsor MUST be an Orthodox Christian in good sacramental standing. The newly baptized MUST have a name that is Biblical or Christian in its origin.
Active membership in the church consists not merely in the payment of of a set sum, or by fulfilling a minimal sacramental obligation, but rather in participation in the life of the church (commensurate with your physical ability). This includes entering into the spirit of the Faith through regular and frequent attendance, participation in the divine mysteries, and sustained financial support (at a portion which reflects your ability), and adherence to the parish, diocesan and national church statutes.
You are always welcome home, and we need you! Generally speaking, sincere Confession, Communion and regular attendance are all that is required to begin parish life anew! See Father for specific details.
Inquirers and new members are sought and always welcome. In the case of interested adult seeking entry into the Holy Orthodox Church, a period of catechesis prescribed by the Rector is necessary. An Orthodox sponsor is required.
HOLY MATRIMONY (CROWNING):
A minimum of six months notice is requested. Either the Bride or Bridegroom must be Orthodox Christian, and the other a baptized Christian. A blessing from the hierarch may be necessary for an inter-faith marriage, and marriages which may want to be conducted on Saturdays. No Crownings are performed during the fasting seasons.
BURIALS/BURIALS IN THE CHURCH CEMETERY:
The burial service of the Church is reserved for practicing Orthodox Christians who are in good sacramental and financial standing. Burial in consecrated church ground is reserved for the Orthodox and their spouses/children. Charity burials, or irregular circumstances are at the Rector's sole discretion. It is strongly encouraged to hold viewing and visitation of the reposed in the Church.