Saint Andrew Orthodox Church was founded in 2008 as a community of the Anglican Church. Over the years of faithful worship and practice, the community came to the decision that there was more to be discovered. A fullness of expression of faith. We have believed that our Anglican formation prepared us for the next step in our pilgrimage and sojourn as Christians. That step led us to the Holy Orthodox Church. We have only begun to mine the riches of this sacred tradition. We are excited to have been received as a community of the Western Rite of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion.
Our journey thus far has been one of continuous surprises as we have begun to live the life of the Orthodox Church. Many people wonder if we are a different kind of Orthodoxy. No, we are not. We teach and preach the dogma, and live the ascetic and worship life of the Church. We seek in all ways to participate fully in the the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church.
The only difference is that we use the ancient pre-Schism Liturgiy of St. Gregory the Great of Rome which has been approved by our hierarchy for use.
To be an Orthodox Community of Christians proclaiming the truth of Christ through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, to America. We will do this through our transformation as Orthodox Christians into the fulness of the Holy Orthodox Church.
HOW WE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DO
With regards to Christianity St. John of San Francisco writes: "Everything must be directed towards acquiring the Kingdom of God and fulfilling Christ's Gospel. True Christianity does not consist in intellectually abstract deliberations and teachings; rather, it is incarnate in life itself. Christ descended to earth not to instruct people in new forms of knowledge, but to call them to a new life."
WHAT TO EXPECT
The long experience of the Christian Tradition reminds us that the only authentic way to be Christian is through participation. Orthodox Christianity cannot be learned only from books. One must come and take part and practice the full life of an Orthodox Christian. You don't have to "join" to come and participate and experience for yourself the fulness of the Christian faith.
FIND YOUR FAITH
Many people are seeking a stable place upon which to stand in these times of rapid change and deconstruction of all that is sacred. The Orthodox Church is embodied stability as it maintains its place as the true ancient Church of Jesus Christ with spiritual practices which have stood the test of time.