is welcome to worship God with us according to
the ancient Christian tradition at Saint
Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Junction,
Do you have to be Greek?
Of course not!
are just regular folks living in the Grand
Valley, and our language is English. Our
congregation is diverse, and everyone is
term “Greek Orthodox” simply indicates that
our Church has its origin where the Apostles —
Paul, Timothy, Luke and Silas — first preached
in Greek-speaking Asia Minor and Macedonia.
Similarly, “Roman Catholic” designates that
Church which has its origin in Rome.
adjective “Greek” also identifies us as a
parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
Denver, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America, and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of
We are an American parish for everyone!
Who are our parishioners?
We are just regular folks from the Grand Valley.
of our parishioners are simply Americans
— generally converts from the Roman
Catholic and Protestant denominations.
of our congregation consists of the
descendants of immigrants to western Colorado
from Greece and other traditionally Orthodox
Christians comprise about 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 population.
For additional statistical information
regarding religions in the world and in the
United States, see
Who are we affiliated with?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate.
are under the spiritual and ecclesiastical
jurisdiction of His Eminence Metropolitan
Isaiah of Denver.
parish is in the Greek Orthodox
of Denver, which is part of the Greek Orthodox
of America which, in turn, is an Eparchy (province) of
What do we believe?
In summary: the Nicene Creed
believe in one God: the Father Who creates all
things, the Son through Whom all things are
made, and the Holy Spirit Who is the Lord and
Giver of life.
here to read the full text of the Nicene Creed.
believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son of
the Father, Who became man, died on the Cross,
and was resurrected on the FOURTH day for our
believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic
it is the same worldwide for all of its 264
it is the Body of Christ.
it is for all people, at all times, in every
it is the exact faith taught by Christ, preached by the
Apostles, and maintained by faithful Christians for the past
beliefs and practices continue to be historically consistent
with those of the first-century Apostolic era.
use the same Bible as other Christians.
Please contact us!
not hesitate to call us for more information.
may contact our priest, Father Luke Uhl, at either:
Who is our Priest?
pastor is Father Luke Uhl. He has served our parish since
August 1995. For twenty years he served on a part-time basis
while he was Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
Denver. As of November 1, 2015 he is our full-time priest.
services are offered daily at our
services are Great Vespers at 6:00 pm Saturday evening, as
well as Matins (Morning Worship) at 8:45 am and Divine Liturgy
at 10:00 am Sunday morning.
Feast Day services are “Vigil” (Small Compline, Great
Vespers, Matins, and 1st Hour) at 5:00 pm the evening
prior, as well as 3rd and 6th Hours at 6:30 am and Divine
Liturgy at 7:00 am the day of the Feast.
daily services are usually Matins at 8:00 am and Vespers at
6:00 pm, as well as Paraklisis at 6:00 pm on Wednesday
an occasional Sunday when our priest is out of town, we
schedule a reader service, the Typika at 10:00 am,
followed by a Bible Study.
information above is for general guidance.
to view the most-current Parish Worship and
What language do we use in our services?
All services are in English.
language of our parish is English; all of our services have
been translated from their original New
Testament “Koine” Greek language into
Is “Koine” Greek ever used in the services?
Services may include some “liturgical” Greek.
liturgical Greek, we mean the 2,000-year old “koine” Greek
language of the New Testament. This is not the modern
Greek language spoken in Greece today, which is quite
a hymn or refrain is sung more than once, it may be
chanted in both its original New Testament Greek and then in
Service language policy...
Lord’s Prayer may also be repeated in as many languages as
might be represented in the congregation. Usually the “Our
Father” is recited in New Testament Greek, Latin,
Ukrainian, Dutch, Spanish, and English.
How do we worship?
Our services are liturgical:
follow the Orthodox liturgical tradition. Our services consist
of Psalms, prayers, petitions, and Scripture readings. All
services are chanted antiphonally by the priest and the
congregation, without instrumental accompaniment. The words
and melodies are in the traditional Byzantine style.
Our services are ancient:
services are ancient in structure and content. The Divine
Liturgy was compiled (not composed) by Saint John Chrysostom
in the fifth century.
Our services are sacramental:
Christianity celebrates seven principal Sacraments: Baptism,
Chrismation (Confirmation), Holy Eucharist (Communion),
Repentance (Confession), Holy Unction (Anointing of the Sick),
Holy Matrimony (Marriage), and Holy Orders.
Where can I find out more about the Orthodox Church and faith?
“Our Orthodox Faith”
to read a selection of introductory articles on the Orthodox
“Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century”
to watch an excellent introductory video about Orthodox
12 things I wish Id known...
...before my first Visit to an Orthodox Church
worship is different! We recommend the article
“12 Things I Wish I’d Known”
by Frederica Mathews-Green, a helpful (and sometimes humorous)
guide, answering some key questions you might have on your
all else, know that you are welcome!
World and National Religion Statistics
there are roughly 2.2 billion Christians
(about one-FOURTH of the world population).
There are also about 1.6 billion Moslems, 1.1
billion agnostic/atheist adherents, 1 billion
Hindus, 500 million Buddhists, and 14 million
the 2.2 billion Christians, approximately 1.1
billion are Roman Catholics. In addition,
there are 286 million Charismatics, 267
million Evangelicals, 264 million Orthodox,
and 261 million Pentecostal Christians.
Another 22 million belong to other groups,
such as Christian Scientists, Mormons, and
the 264 million Orthodox faithful comprise
one, single Church, they are the
THIRD-largest unified Christian group
worldwide, after the Roman Catholic Church.
the United States, however, Orthodox
Christians are one of the smallest faith
groups, comprising only approximately 0.5% of
the population. In comparison, Protestants are
about 46.5%, Roman Catholics are 20.8%, Jews
are 1.9%, Buddhists are 0.9%, and Muslims and
Hindus are both 0.7%.
broad statistics are only part of the story. A
more-detailed comparison with other individual
Christian denominations in the US provides an
interesting perspective on the relative
representation of Orthodox Christianity in
here to see a tabular comparison
of relative religion populations in the
here to view the Pew Research
Forum, 2014 Religious
Landscape Study, conducted June
4-September 30, 2014.