Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church

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Welcome to Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church!

χρόνια πολλά! [Many years!]

 

We're delighted you stopped by and pray that your visit here will be Spirit-filled and fruitful. Founded in 1947, our parish has since been an outpost of Orthodoxy in mid-Alabama, bringing the truths of the ancient eastern faith to the modern western world. We have a rich heritage, many ministries and a dedicated fellowship.

And what is the Greek Orthodox Church you may ask? We are Orthodox, but not Jewish; We are Evangelical, but not Protestant; We are Catholic, but not Roman. We are not non-denominational, we're pre-denominational. We are the Ancient Church, founded in 33 A.D. with the descent of God the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and we invite you to come and see.  We hold services on Sundays at 9:30am at 1721 Mt Meigs Rd Montgomery AL.  For a detailed list of times for all of our beautiful services please visit our calendar.

Please peruse our website and get to know us better, investigate our links, contact us for more information, and join us anytime for worship and fellowship.

Thank you for coming, and may the Lord richly bless you.

THE ORTHODOX FAITH

The Orthodox Church is the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in which resides the fullness of Christian truth. It is holy because its head, the Lord Jesus Christ, is Holy and has made it the unique vehicle of sanctification; it is Catholic because it knows no limitation of time or place and encompasses within itself the entirety of Christ's Church; and it is apostolic because it alone has maintained, with unbroken continuity and without any alteration, the faith of the apostles through the ages. You will find the deeper, authentic spiritual life you are looking for in the splendid and moving worship of the Orthodox Christian Church.

The Orthodox Church today is an invaluable treasury of the rich liturgical tradition handed down from the earliest centuries of Christianity. The sense of the sacred, the beauty and grandeur of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy make the presence of heaven on earth live and intensive. Orthodox Church art and music has a very functional role in the liturgical life and helps even the bodily senses to feel the spiritual grandeur of the Lord's mysteries. Orthodox icons are not simply beautiful works of art which have certain aesthetic and didactic functions. They are primarily the means through which we experience the reality of the Heavenly Kingdom on earth. The holy icons enshrine the immeasurable depth of the mystery of Christ's incarnation in defense of which thousands of martyrs sacrificed their lives.

TESTAMENTS OF ORTHODOXY

Orthodoxy confesses the Apostolic and Ecclesiastical Canons, established by the Seven Holy Ecumenical and Provincial Councils, and the traditions of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic Church, its rules and ordinances. We have the seven Mysteries of the New Testament, namely: Baptism, Chrismation, the Eucharist, Confession, the Priesthood, Marriage and Anointing with Oil, instituted by the Lord Christ and His Church, and we believe in their operation and reception, and that by the Grace of the Holy Spirit we may receive blessings from on high.

The Holy Eucharist is the oldest experience of Christian Worship as well as the most distinctive. Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means “thanksgiving.” In a particular sense, the word describes the most important form of the Church’s attitude toward all of life. The origin of the Eucharist is traced to the Last Supper at which Christ instructed His disciples to offer bread and wine in His memory saying these words “This is my body”, “This is my blood”, and “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22: 19,20). The Eucharist is the most distinctive event of Orthodox worship because in it the Church gathers to remember and celebrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ and, thereby, to participate in the mystery of Salvation.

CONCLUSION

The Church is not a human organization, but a Divine-Human Organism. It is not a human corporation, but the Divine-human Body of Christ. The source of the Church is this God Himself. It is not men's invention, it is not a fruit and result of men's social need, but it is the sole place of man's salvation

The greatest gift of grace which we have, is that we belong to the Church. The wonderous gift is that we are in this blessed Family. We should value this gift, we should feel very deeply moved and struggle to remain in the Church, experiencing its sanctifying grace and showing by our lives that we are in its place of redemption and sanctification. Thus we shall also have the great gift of the “blessed ending,” when we are granted to lie asleep “in the midst of the Church.”

Glory Be to God. Amen!

 

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