Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! We, as involved members of St John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, are a family-oriented parish who express our faith through rich Eastern Rite Catholic traditions. Our lives are centered and based on the life of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and sharing this relationship and experience of Him with others. We are committed to evangelizing all peoples with the Gospel message of the Good News of Jesus Christ who is our salvation. Our external expression encompasses the Apostolic traditions of the Church through spiritual liturgical worship, catechesis for our youth and adults, the sacraments, and fellowship with our parish family membership and the community at large.
Who We Are
We are Eastern Christians in communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.
Thus, we are a Catholic Church and we share the same Doctrines and Sacraments
with the Latin Rite Church.
Being Eastern Catholics, we have our own way of expressing our Faith through the
Divine Liturgy, enriched by our customs and Traditions. Our Divine Liturgy is spoken and sung
in English, with some portions taken in Old Church Slavonic. All responses are musically
chanted using traditional Prostopinije chant.
We believe that we are called to become partakers of the "Divine Nature" (2Peter 1:4); more than "being saved" from hell and sin. We see ourselves as being invited to live in the very life of God, to become intimately related to Him, to be physically united to Him, and to have the Holy Spirit live within us! Through our union with Christ, we have become God-like and His beloved children. God is present with us through the working of the Holy Spirit, and in the Eucharist we receive, which is the Body and Blood of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our Church Building
The church is where we express our relationship to God and each other. It is the meeting place of heaven and earth. The interior of a Byzantine Catholic Church is designed to create a reverent mood for worship, preach the Gospel through architecture and art, and free our hearts and minds from daily concerns so we can praise and worship God. The building is the place where God and His people meet.
The Narthex or vestibule represents this world in which we are called to repentence. Upon entering, we recall the need to prepare ourselves to meet the Lord. For the Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage, we are received from the Narthex into the church to enter a new relationship with God and His people.
Passing from the Narthex to the Nave symbolizes the Christian's entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Nave is surrounded by icons of the saints and other symbols that remind us that we are one with the believers of all ages. The ceiling displays the icon of Christ the Pantocrator, the all-ruling Christ looking down upon the assembled, hearing their prayers and reminding them of His pervasive presence in the universe. Icons of the four evangelists are placed in the corners symbolizing the Gospel preached to the four corners of the earth.
Icons and Iconostasis
Icons are a distinctive art form of the Eastern Church. Their bright colors suggest the radiance of the divine life. They are not just art, but a means of spreading the Good News. Humanity is created in the image and likeness of God, and we carry the icon of God within ourselves. Many Icons are placed on the Iconostasis (Icon Screen) which both separates and joins the Holy Place to the Nave symbolizing the separation that exists between God and humanity. The Icon Screen is a symbolic gateway into the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Sanctuary or Holy Place represents the glory of God. The altar at its center is the throne of God on which are kept
Eucharist reserved in the tabernacle, and the Gospel Book. God is present in a very special way in each of these. At the
Holy Altar, the sacrifice of Christ is experience by the "Body of Christ", the Church.
Above the Sanctuary, positioned midway between heaven and earth is the icon of the Mother of God, covering us with her protective veil to remind us that we may pray to her for protection and comfort and to ask her intervention on behalf of those for whom we pray.