"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. Services are conducted in mostly English, while honoring our ancient Christian Tradition with some hymns in Ancient Greek. We invite you to come and worship the Lord with us as we seek to grow closer to Christ!
Please feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions and visitor information.
Last fall Ancient Faith Radio hosted a conference called 'Bringing Orthodoxy to America', which focused primarily on the need for parishes to revitilize, make goals, and refocus itself around the Eucharist, but also on how to utilize social media for messages. While the entire conference is very helpful and challenging there are three particular videos that are especially good to watch.
Due to the overwhelming success of the summer hours we've decided to continue those hours as our regular, every Sunday, hours which are:
Starting on Sunday June 11th we will institute summer hours, and hold Divine Liturgy at 10am instead of the regular 10:30am.
We won't be coming to Vandalia so be sure to come enjoy some gyro with us!
Gyro - $6
Gyro + Greek Salad - $9
Hummus and Pita - $2
Baklava - $2
Beer - $4 (Greek
Saturday Night: Great Vespers (Evening prayers) followed by confession: 6:30 PM
Sundays: Spoken Orthros (Matins): 9:30 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Divine Liturgy: 9:00 AM
We also have a regular Bible study on Tuesdays at 10:00am.
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!