Come worship God with us!
are always welcome to pray and worship with us according to the
ancient Apostolic Christian tradition!
Where is our church located?
On the corner of North 4th & Kennedy Streets.
are cordially invited and very welcome to join us at our church,
located at 1355 North 4th Street.
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What time are our weekend worship services?
On Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Orthodox cycle of Sunday Services includes both Vespers on Saturday
evening, as well as the Hours followed by the Divine Liturgy on Sunday
prepare for the Divine Liturgy, the Orthodox faithful typically participate in Vespers and the Hours.
Great Vespers at 6:00 pm
Hours at 9:10 am • Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am
What is our worship service like?
Our worship is Biblical, liturgical, and sacramental.
worship services consist of Psalms, Scripture readings, and prayers.
They typically include a homily (sermon) or an instructional talk.
What to expect...
order of worship (“liturgy”) is the same as that followed by the
Apostles and first-century Christians. We participate in seven,
principal “Sacraments” including Baptism and Holy Communion.
Archbishop Benjamin with a few of our Parishioners
Why is our parish named “Holy Wisdom”?
After Jesus Christ, “the Wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24)
all Orthodox churches are built to glorify God, most are
named to memorialize a great event in the life of our Lord or
to commemorate a Great Saint. Very few, however, are named after our
Savior Jesus Christ and, when they are, the name chosen is an
attribute of Christ. The name of our parish, “Holy Wisdom,” is taken
1 Corinthians 1:24, 30.
12 things I wish I’d known ...
...before my first visit to an Orthodox Church.
worship is ancient and traditional! Before visiting an Orthodox church
for the first time, you might enjoy reading the article
“12 Things I
Wish I’d Known” by Frederica Mathews-Green, a helpful (and
sometimes humorous) guide, answering some of the common questions
that visitors often have on their first visit.
What is our church parish like?
We are a small and growing mission community!
you are an Orthodox Christian looking for a parish, we are a lovely
community to join.
you are interested in the Orthodox faith, you are most welcome to
visit us. Should you wish to become an Orthodox Christian our
priest and parish will gladly teach you.
of us are converts from Roman Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, a
few of us were born into the Orthodox Church, and some are individuals
exploring the Orthodox Faith.
our services are in English. We do follow the ancient Christian
traditions in life and worship, and our community is very welcoming.
I’ve never heard of the Orthodox Church; What is it?
It is the 2,000-year old Christian Church.
Extending over two
millenia, the history of Orthodox Christianity is very rich. Its
beliefs and its structure have remained consistent and true to the New
Testament Apostolic tradition throughout the centuries.
Is the Orthodox Church very large?
It is the second-largest Christian Church in the world.
Christians comprise approximately 3.8% of the world population, and
about 0.5% of the US population. In comparison, Roman Catholics
comprise 17.4% of the World population, and 20.8% of the US
What is the history of Orthodox Christianity in America?
Orthodox Christianity in the world began on Pentecost, AD 33.
Orthodox Christianity in America began in AD 1794.
Orthodox Christian presence in North America began in 1794 when eight
missionaries arrived in Kodiak, Alaska. They had traveled 7,300 miles
in 293 days by foot, horse, boat, and ship from Valaamo Monastery.
Valaam is located in Karelia, the northwestern-most region of Russia
adjacent to Finland.
they preached from Alaska south into northern California, many Native
Americans were led by God to the Orthodox Christian faith. In 1840 a
diocese was established in Sitka and, after the 1867 purchase
of Alaska by the United States, the see was transferred in 1872 from
Sitka to San Francisco. From San Francisco dedicated and saintly
bishops oversaw both continuing mission activities as well as the
establishment of new parishes to serve immigrant communities
throughout North America.
Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
today is the continuation of this evangelical missionary history and
tradition. This is expressed by our diocesan hierarch, Archbishop
Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, in a video that can be accessed
Guided by the Holy Spirit, our Holy Wisdom Mission continues this
evangelical and missionary tradition.
North American saints from the 19th and 20th centuries include:
Herman of Alaska,
Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow,
Archbishop Innocent of Alaska,
Bishop Raphael of Brooklyn,
Confessor Alexis (Toth),
Jacob (Netsvetov) of Alaska,
Hieromartyr John (Kochurov),
Hieromartyr Alexander (Hotovitzky),
Martyr Peter the Aleut, and the
New Martyr Basil (Martysz).
from Eastern European and
Mediterranean nations arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries and
established Orthodox churches for themselves and their families, often
bringing clergy from the “old country.”
parishes and their clergy were under the jurisdiction of the San
Francisco diocese until the 1920s when some formed into separate,
“ethnic,” jurisdictions. All Orthodox in America have remained in full
communion, and an
Assembly of Bishops
has been established to facilitate the restoration of a common canonical administrative structure.
What do Orthodox Christians believe?
The Nicene Creed summarizes our beliefs:
believe in one God, the Holy Trinity of three Hypostases (or Persons):
Father: the Creator of all things,
Son: through Whom all things are made,
Holy Spirit: the Lord and Giver of life.
believe that Jesus Christ is God. He is the Word, the Son of
the Father, Who became man, Who died on the Cross, and Who is
resurrected on the third day for our salvation.
believe in one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church:
The same worldwide for all of its 264 million adherents.
The Body of Christ.
For all people, at all times, in every age and place.
The faith of the New Testament Christian church.
to read the full text of the Nicene Creed, provided both in its
Koiné Greek (as it was written at the First and Second Ecumenical
Councils in AD 325 and 381, respectively), as well as in English as
we recite it today.
Christianity is the exact faith taught by Christ, preached by the
Apostles, and maintained faithfully, unaltered, and unadulterated for
the past 2,000 years.
The Orthodox Christian Church today continues the unchanged faith and life of the New Testament Church.
It is the one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church. It is the New Testament Church.
The gates of Hades have not prevailed, and will not prevail, against it.