Whether you are new to the area, just passing through or want to learn and experience Orthodoxy, we would like to invite you to join us for worship!
If you plan on communing or moving into the Portland area please speak with Father George, Kh. (Kouhriya) Hanan, or any priest or deacons that is in the Contact Us link above. Contact Father George beforehand by email (email@example.com) or call him at 971-335-1703.
All of our services are primarily in English with Arabic mixed in. We also say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the prayer before we take the Holy Communion both in English and Arabic. If you are unable to attend one of our services, live streams will be provided for our Sunday services, goto our website homepage for our recent service.
We are a diverse community and we don’t all dress or look alike. Our parishioners have roots in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe, converts to Orthodox, and Orthodox Christians that moved to the Portland area. Some of us dress very formally but most of us fit the Northwestern ‘casual dress’ style.
Children are very welcome to participate in worship as best as they are able. It is very important to us that children learn to be relaxed and comfortable in God’s House. Please bring your whole family! There is an area for nursing and diaper changing in the restrooms and upstairs which can be used during the services. If you need to take your children out of the sanctuary for a few moments feel free to do so. Kids are kids and our services can seem long to little ones.
We sing a lot. Almost the entire service is sung except for the sermon, the Lord’s Prayer, and the choir and chanters lead the singing, but you are very welcome to join in. You can follow the service book that are located in the pews.
Only Orthodox Christians in good standing can receive Holy Communion. However, you are most welcome to partake of the blessed bread that is shared during communion and at the end of the service.
After the service you are welcome to venerate the Cross and take some blessed bread. It is our custom to kiss the Cross as it is the symbol of Our Lord’s saving sacrifice. If you do not want to kiss the Cross please come up anyway so that Father George has a chance to meet you.
Please join us for refreshments and fellowship after the Sunday Services. We look forward to meeting you!
Please ask if you would like a tour of the church building and an explanation of the icons. We will be happy to arrange it for you.
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