CATHEDRAL LECTURE TOURS
The Orthodox Church throughout the centuries has wrought deeply the Greek Culture and Tradition. Lectures are hosted every hour on the half hour in the beautiful Cathedral. Check out the Lecture Tour Schedule for 2016! Guests can learn about the rich 2,000 year-old faith as they view the amazing iconography and the brilliant mosaic dome of Christ. A few of the fundamental tenets upon which our Holy Orthodox Church is founded:
The Holy Scripture is comprised of the writings of both the New and the Old Testaments. The New Testament is a living testimony of mankind’s redemption, accomplished by the Incarnation of Christ, His teachings, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. Moreover, the New Testament narrates the story of the Holy Apostles, as they guided the Church in Her first steps. The Old Testament manifests God’s eternal love for us from the first day of Creation, through His Providence to the Israelites, up to the fullness of time, when the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. The voice of God echoes in the historic, prophetic and poetic books of the Old Testament.
Holy Tradition, of which Holy Scripture is a part, includes the writings, teachings and Acts of the Apostles, saints, martyrs and fathers of the Church; the liturgical and sacramental traditions passed down throughout the ages; the oral tradition of the early Church; and the Canons of the Ecumenical Councils. Through the centuries, all of this collective wisdom and experience have combined to form this second great source of sacred authority.
Orthodox Spirituality is Sacramental. The Holy Sacraments constitute the core of our Church and sustain Her. They are means by which the Grace of the Holy Spirit is granted to us. The Holy Eucharist is the main and greatest sacrament, by which all the other Sacraments (Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Unction, Marriage and Priesthood) aquire their meaning and purpose.
The Church Calendar begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st. Each day is sacred to the Orthodox Christian. Every day of the year, the Church venerates at least one saint or sacred event in the life of the Church. There are, however, several major feast days that are observed annually, and of these, Easter -- or Pascha -- is the most important.
The Divine Liturgy is the most essential of all the Orthodox Services, because in this service we receive the Body and the Blood of Christ, which redeems us from every sin, strengthens us in our strive to attain salvation and transforms the congregation of the faithful into Christ’s Body.
The Orthodox Church for over 2,000 years has kept the Apostolicity, the Tradition and Spirituality of the Ancient Church. Nowadays, Orthodoxy participates in Ecumenical Dialogue, hoping that the Grace of the Holy Spirit will show the way to manifest and share the beauty of our wealthy spiritual legacy with all other Christian brethren.
For Further Information on the Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation www.atlgoc.org
Rev. Fr. Paul A. Kaplanis, Dean email@example.com
Rev. Fr. Christos P. Mars, Presbyter firstname.lastname@example.org
Elias Lampropoulos, Pastoral Assistant email@example.com
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta www.atlmetropolis.org
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America www.goarch.org
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople www.ec-patr.org