If you have never been inside a Greek Orthodox Church you must visit the sanctuary. The beauty of the Byzantine iconography, the fragrance of the candles and the soothing sounds of Gregarian chanting may overwhelm your senses. Emotions and feelings may erupt within you which you have never felt before. Find a quiet spot and sit awhile.
CHURCH TOURS will be given . Times have yet to be determined; however, they will be posted outside of the church doors during the festival.
Orthodox Liturgy and Worship
Traditional Orthodox worship is by singing human voice only, without instrumentation, and the faithful stand when worshipping, move about during the service, cross themselves, prostrate themselves, light pure beeswax candles, oil lamps, and incense, venerate icons by kissing the feet of those depicted, and sometimes getting sprayed with Holy Water or anointed with Holy Oil. We at St. George’s have been influenced by our American environment and have included pews, an organ, electric lamps, and paraffin candles, and a choir in a loft, but we still keep many of the traditions of worship where our liturgy is essentially a three-way singing conversation between the chanter, the people, and the priest, and where individual activity, especially upon entering the church, such as lighting candles and venerating icons out in the narthex or in front of the iconostas, is considered normal practice even while the liturgy is in progress.
During Orthodox liturgical worship, the flame of the candles, the fragrance of the frankincense, the sounds of the ancient Byzantine chant and hymns, and the colors of the icons, coupled with blessings by the priest and venerations by the worshippers, all lends to a very sensual, audiovisual, and tactile experience where both the physical and the spiritual are engaged to resonate in co-celebration with the heavenly hosts glorifying and giving thanks to God.