As we are mystically ascending to heaven, iconography is an integral part of our worship, as it brings the Kingdom of Heaven to us and draws us in. Icons are not just decorative, but symbolically represent the presence of the persons depicted and the truth of the doctrines of the Church. Icons are venerated in the Orthodox Church, as a show of respect and love to the persons, events, or teachings depicted in the icon. Veneration sets us on a path to worshipping God.
What is Orthodoxy?
The Orthodox Church is the Church founded by Jesus Christ and described throughout the New Testament. All other Christian Churches and sects can be traced back historically to Orthodoxy.
The word Orthodox literally means "straight teaching" or "straight worship," being derived from two Greek words: orthos, "straight," and doxa,
As the encroachments of false teaching and division multiplied in early Christian times, threatening to obscure the identity and purity of the Church, the term "Orthodox" quite logically came to be applied to it. The Orthodox Church carefully guards the truth against all error and schism, both to protect its flock and to glorify Christ, whose Body is the Church.
St. Andrews is a vibrant, growing community of Orthodox Christians following the Antiochian Tradition. We welcome ALL visitors to join us in worship and for coffee hour afterwards!
Often, when people think of Orthodox Christians, they think "Greek Orthodox." However, the Greek Orthodox Church is just one of many Orthodox Jurisdictions in the greater Orthodox Church.
St. Andrews is a Parish of the "Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America," which has a different governing body than the "Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America" BUT both jurisdictions (as well as numerous others) are a part of the one, unified, Orthodox Church.