"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Welcome to our parish website! We are a warm, family-oriented community of Christian believers. Though the roots of our Archdiocese and parish are Hellenic, the Orthodox Christian Faith transcends all culture and ethnicity. Services are conducted in mostly English, while honoring our ancient tradition with some Greek hymns. We have Greek, Arabic, Scottish and German roots, but we're all Orthodox Christians, and we invite you to come and worship with us!
Please feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions and visitor information.
The date is set! The 2016-17 session of Sunday School will begin on September 11, 2016. We have a wonderful group of very dedicated teachers this year:
Sam & Meagan Kellner and Laila Khoury
Grade School (6-12 years)
Starting Sunday Sept. 11 St. John Greek Orthodox Church will start an adult education program, open to everyone! We hope that the light of Orthodox Christianity will shine and edify all of Charleston.
Through the end of the year, to accommodate work schedules, we will be having our weekday liturgies on the evening before, in anticipation of the feastday. The only exception of this will be if the feastday falls on a Monday, when we're unable to have two Divine Liturgies on Sunday.
We have a few changes upcoming in the ministry and life of our parish!
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 10:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:30 AM
Weekdays: Divine Liturgy: 6:30 PM
For information on our Lenten and Holy Week services please contact the Church office at (304) 925-3906 between the hours of 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday.
We invite you to worship with us! You can visit our contact page for maps and directions to our church.
The Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist
The glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist is also referred to as John the Forerunner because he was the forerunner of Christ. He was an ascetic and great prophet, who baptized Christ and became one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox Church. John is a cousin of Christ through his mother Elizabeth who was the daughter of Zoia. Zoia is the sister of Christ's grandmother. He was later beheaded by Herod in the first century to satisfy the request of Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, and wife Herodias. He is sometimes called the Angel of the Desert; because of this title, he is sometimes depicted with wings.
Apolytikion in the Second Mode
The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, But the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner. You were shown indeed to be the most Honorable of the Prophets, for in the waters you baptize the one whom you preached. After suffering with joy on behalf of the truth, you proclaimed even to those in hell the God who appeared in the flesh Who takes away the sin of the world, and grants us great mercy!
Kontakion in Plagal of the Second Mode
The river Jordan trembled, and was driven back filled with fear at Your coming in the flesh, While John drew back in awe As he fulfilled the ministry of the Spirit. The ranks of angels stood amazed, When they beheld You baptized in the stream, And we, who were in darkness, are filled with light, praising You, God made manifest, who enlightens all!