NEW TO THE AREA AND ORTHODOX?
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS
If you are an Orthodox Christian family or person new to our area, welcome! We are the only such Orthodox parish in the Southwest Indiana, Western Kentucky and Southeast Illinois area. Up until our parish was planted in 2009, Orthodox Christians used to have to drive two hours in order to attend Divine Liturgy. It was the largest metro area in the country without an Orthodox church. Now you have a home no matter what your Orthodox background is. We are under the omophorion of Metropolitan JOSEPH, Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and are in communion with all of the historic Patriarchates of Constantinople, Moscow, Romania, Serbia, etc. If you have any questions about us, call your home priest or spiritual father.
Also note that being a fairly new parish, we decided to purchase our temple on Bellemeade Avenue and repurpose it for Orthodox worship. No, it does not have a dome, but neither did the earliest Orthodox churches in the old countries. Churches such as Αγιοs Δεμητριοs in Thessaloniki and the Church of Saint Peter in Antioch, Syria (modern day Turkey) still to this day do not have a dome. Maybe someday we will have an Orthodox temple with a dome in this area, but we have to start somewhere.
Next, most of our services are in English. However, we do pray the Lord's prayer in Greek, Romanian, Old Slavonic, Spanish, Georgian, Macedonian, Latin and whatever other language is added unto us as we grow. Our people come from all over the country and the world. Come experience what heaven will be like where "every tribe and tongue" will ceaselessly praise God!
Finally, whatever your background, do not lose your Orthodox faith because there is not a community like the one you came from. Especially if you have children, come to the Divine Liturgies of Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Basil the Great! Retain the Orthodox faith of your fathers! It only takes one generation to lose it.