OCA Guidelines for Confession and Reception

The following Guidelines for Clergy (Orthodox Church in America, 1998), approved by the Holy Synod, address various issues surrounding Confession (the Mystery of Penance) and are considered normative in the Church today. Confession, the mystery of reconciliation with the Church, must be regular and frequent. It must be an abiding element in the lives of […]

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Model of Future Temple

With the help of the schematic design, blueprints of other churches and conversations with our architect we are getting close to settling on a design for our future church temple. Parishioner and Senior Warden Tryphon McKeehan has meticulously assembled a to-scale wood model of the temple. Although not everything is completely settled, it was created […]

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“The Grammar of Faith” by Fr. Stephen Freeman

  On February 10, 2016 we had a wonderful evening with Archpriest Stephen and Mat. Elizabeth Freeman from St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, TN. Fr. Stephen spoke on the important of understanding the “grammar” (the underlying ethos and tradition) of the Orthodox Christian faith. The entire talk is available below, alongside the Q&A […]

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Miracle at Copco Road

It was the 31st day of July, 2014. I was making my usual trek to town. When I came up out of the hollow there was a plume of black smoke and it was really close… a forest fire. I immediately called 911 and they told me it was under control. I watched the fire […]

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