Schedule of Services
Worship in the Orthodox Tradition
Our services are sung in English and we have service booklets for those who would like to join in singing the prayers, as well as those who simply wish to follow along. We typically stand to worship, but we do have chairs and you are welcome to sit as needed. You will notice considerable diversity in the way participants engage in various gestures of piety during our services: making the sign of the cross, lighting candles, kissing icons and crosses, singing, standing, sitting, bowing, prostrating - each person participates in the service personally, even as we all are worshiping God together.
Each week, our liturgical cycle begins with Great Vespers on Saturday evening. The principal service of the week is the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, which is preceded by the Priest's service of Proskomede and Third Hour Prayers. Other services, including the Great Feasts of the Church, special Lenten services, and the services of Holy Week are served as announced.
Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko offers a thoughtful reflection on praying in Church available here.
Also, Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a few helpful tips for first-time visitors to an Orthodox Church here.
|Saturday, December 16th|
5:00 Great Vespers, followed by Confessions
|Sunday, December 17th|
9:40 3rd & 6th Hours
10:00 Divine Liturgy
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Saturday of the 13th Week
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Matthew Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Alexander (Golitzin) Archbishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Baton Rouge and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.