The Divine Liturgy is the most important service because we receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This is a most precious gift that God has given us. Holy Communion unites us with God and to each other because we know Christ is in all of us. When we receive Holy Communion we can feel God’s love, peace and joy, and it gives us a glimpse of Heaven.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism cleanses us of our sins, unites us with God, joins us to God’s family, and celebrates when we become Orthodox Christians. Our godparents help our parents to raise us so we can follow God’s path. The Sacrament of Chrismation imparts God’s Holy Spirit to us once we are baptized. Water is used to baptize us because it cleanses us of our sins and Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Baptism is God’s way of showing that He loves children and that they are very important members of His family.
Holy Matrimony- Marriage
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is when two people come to God and ask Him to unite them. God put Adam and Eve together so that they wouldn’t be alone. People who are married share life’s joys and sorrows while building a family. Families are an important part of God’s plan. We know that this Sacrament is holy because Jesus chose to perform His first miracle at the Marriage at Cana in Galilee, when He changed water into wine.
Individuals baptized in the Orthodox Church and those whose marriage was blessed in the church are entitled to funeral services in the church. The following includes situations where an Orthodox funeral service inside the church is denied: cremation, suicide, and individuals who are in severe violation of canon law including marriage outside of the Orthodox Church. In some cases prayers, but not a full service, may be said at another location. The Diocesan Bishop will use discretion in deciding cases where mercy should be shown. If you have any questions, please consult the priest to ensure that you are canonically in good standing with the Orthodox Church.