Considered the Most Significant Ancient Christian Service
The Divine Liturgy is considered significant for its meaning. The Divine Liturgy was in practice right after the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples of Christ on the 50th day after His Resurrection (Acts 2:46). At the beginning of the Christian era, the Divine Liturgy consisted of free hymns and prayers for the officiating of a certain framework of the Orthodox faith. It was officiated long before the beginning of the writings of the New Testament. The Divine Liturgy was the center of the inspiration of the first Christians in their communion with God and with one another.
Divine Liturgy In-Person Worship Changes
As of June 8, 2020
Our worship practices are changed for the foreseeable future to ensure the safety of our community. The website will be updated to reflect changes to Saint Katherine Reopening Plan or if state and local health and safety guidance changes. We recommend that anyone who has underlying health conditions or at high risk for COVID-19, not attend in-person services for the foreseeable future and to continue worshipping with us remotely. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough or high-fever, please stay home. We urge you to seek medical help and quarantine as required. Whether we worship remotely or together in Church, we continue to be part of the Saint Katherine family.
When coming into the Narthex
- Only ushers will be lighting candles for those parishioners who purchases a candle. We will accept donation through credit card. Cash will be placed in a sealed box. No change will be available.
- Venerate the icon by making the sign of the cross and bowing in front of the icon. Do not physically kiss icons.
- Follow signs. It will tell you your distance and flow for going in and going out of Church.
- Wait for ushers to seat you.
- An offering box will be available when exiting Church.
- Liturgy books will not be in pews. Beginning immediately, you can buy a liturgy book and bring it back for services.
- There will be no choir for the foreseeable future.
- The chanter will be in front of Church.
- There will be no child altar boys assisting Father Dino.
- Antidoron will be shared by Father Dino. Father Dino will be wearing gloves when passing antidoron. Please avoid touching his gloves.
- No kissing of Father Dino’s hand, just bow your head.
- Communion will be offered to those baptized and confirmed in the Orthodox faith. Partaking of the Eucharist is entirely voluntary, as always.
- Father and adult acolytes will wear gloves and masks when offering Communion.
- Father Dino will provide Communion from the base of soleas.
- Parishioners will wait on the “X” marked on the floor once the usher excuses each row.
- Please do not touch the communion cloth when receiving Communion. The adult acolyte will hold cloth without touching parishioners to prevent anything falling to the floor.
- There will be no coffee hours for the foreseeable future.
- During this time, the hall will be closed.
- All children’s programs are temporarily suspended.
What We Believe
Theologically speaking, the Divine Liturgy and, by extension, the entire parish is a manifestation of the Kingdom of God here on earth. As Jesus Himself said, "Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst." (Matthew 18:20) The Orthodox Christian Church is often referred to as the historical Christian Church founded by our Lord and described in the pages of the New Testament. It does not restrict membership to people of any culture, race, class or section of the world. In fact, the diversity of cultures, peoples and languages has long characterized the Church's history, since Orthodoxy embraces all people.
The word "Orthodox" is a compound word made of two Greek words: "orthos" and "doxa." "Orthos" means straight or true, a reference to the fact that the Orthodox Church has maintained and preserved the truth of the Christian faith free from error and distortion. The second word, "doxa", means glory or worship. Together, the word "Orthodox" means literally "the true faith."
For more information on Orthodoxy, you can access a plethora of resources at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
What to Expect
The worship service on Sunday mornings is known as the Divine Liturgy and has as its main purpose, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) which is a sacrament reserved only for those people who are baptized and confirmed members of the Orthodox Christian faith. The Divine Liturgy at Saint Katherine begins every Sunday at 10 AM. Feel free to join in the singing of the responses (Kyrie Eleison) with the choir, the recitation of the Nicene Creed (the symbol of the Orthodox faith) and the Lord's Prayer.
The Divine Liturgy usually finishes around 11:15 AM. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Priest makes a few brief announcements. The service is finished with the distribution of the "antidoron", a piece of blessed bread offered to everyone, including all visitors, by the Priest. Ushers are present to guide everyone to receive their piece of antidoron.
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to live our life in a manner that pleases Him. None of us is without sin, Jesus was the only sinless one and we all hope to come closer to Him and His perfection as we live our daily life. Worshiping Him on Sunday morning is part of that process and we invite you to become part of our Saint Katherine community.