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OUR CHURCH RITES
During its first thousand years, when Christianity was unified as one Church, the five great centers, or
Patriarchates, of Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch, Rome and Constantinople, held and express that Faith. When the
During its first thousand years, when Christianity was unified as one Church, the five great centers, or Patriarchate
of Rome broke with Orthodox Christianity, separating itself from the other four Patriarchates in the eleventh
century, it took with it some of the ancient liturgies of the previously Orthodox Christian West.
Centuries passed before it was possible to restore the Western (Occidental) Liturgical worship to the Orthodox
Church. Occurring first in Europe in the nineteenth century, restoration of the Western Orthodox Liturgical
heritage in America would not take place until the turn of the twentieth century.
The Divine Liturgy of Saint Tikhon has its ancient origins in western Liturgical practices now restored to the
fullness of the Orthodox Faith. Approved by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow in 1904
for the use of the American Church.
The Western Rite (Occidental Rite) or the American Rite I and the Eastern Rite (American Rite II) are named
after Saint Tikhon, because it was he, who, when serving as a missionary bishop in America, was instrumental in
securing its original approval for American Use. In recognition of his holy life and many contributions to the
Orthodox Faith, both in America and in Russia, he was canonized in 1989. The continuation of Saint Tikhon
vision was carried on by our beloved Saint Aftimios who was also canonized in 1996.
While Western (Occidental) Rite Orthodox congregations are still relatively rare, they have become a rapidly
growing dimension of Orthodoxy. Our mission is to welcome you and invite you to join us as we worship and
work together, bringing our Orthodox Christian Faith to the American people and to all Western cultures
unstained by ethnic influence.
If you are truly interested in the teaching of Orthodoxy we invite you to come to visit us every 3rd Sunday of the
month from 5-6 pm, and we will be glad to speak with you.
To make an appointment please call 1 323-255-6911