For those who desire to become Orthodox Christians and members of our parish, Fr. Wilbur provides times of instruction during various times of the Church year. He is always available for questions about entering into the communion of the Orthodox Church.
The Divine Services
The worship of the Church, especially in the Divine Liturgy, is essential for the life of any Orthodox Christian. In stark contrast to the individualistic spirit of our age, the Holy Spirit of God fills us with the eternal joy of the Holy Trinity. Each time we assemble, the Holy Spirit forms us into the Body of Christ, members of one another. By our life together, we come to know our true identity not as isolated “dust returning to dust”, but as unique persons who share in the very life of God together and make Him known to the world. The liturgical life of the Church is where our true identity is formed. All of us have commitments and busy lives, yet we must not attend Church with a mindset of doing the bare minimum. Rather, we ought to re-orient our lives as much as possible around the life of the Church, which feeds our life in the world no matter where we work or live.
While our life in the Church is the foundation of the spiritual life of an Orthodox Christian, it is equally true that this fountain of Grace found in the Church cannot be forgotten throughout the week when we are not able to gather as the Church. We must seek to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). The rich history of the Church’s meditation on prayer in her saints and Church Fathers provide a framework for every Christian to preserve the joy and love of Christ, that we may both maintain in our spirit a sense of our identity and hope in Christ, and shine as lights to the world.
See the Confession page for more information.
Part of becoming a member of God’s church community is tithing as an act of worship and support of the ministry of God’s church. The tithe is a giving of 10% of our income as an offering to the Lord, which was first revealed in Genesis 14:20, when Abram tithed to the High Priest Melchizedek. From that point onward, the tithe has had a long history in the life of the people of Israel as well as the Church’s life in the world.
For Holy Transfiguration families and individuals who would like to tithe online, we are now offering the option of giving through Paypal: