is welcome to worship God with us according to the
ancient Orthodox Christian tradition at Saint Nicholas
Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Who are we?
We are diverse
of our congregation consists of the
descendants of immigrants to western Colorado
from Greece and other traditionally Orthodox
countries. Most of our parishioners are simply
“Americans” — generally
converts from the Roman Catholic and
are approximately 350 million Orthodox
Christians in the world. By comparison there
are about one billion Roman Catholics.
Orthodox Christianity is the second-largest
there are roughly 2.1 billion Christians, 1.5
billion Moslems, 1.1 billion agnostic/atheist
adherents, 900 million Hindus, 376 million
Buddhists, and 14 million Jews.
Who are we affiliated with?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate
are under the spiritual and ecclesiastical
jurisdiction of His Eminence Metropolitan
Isaiah of Denver. Our parish is in the Greek
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.
believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, Who
became man, died on the Cross, and was
resurrected on the third day for our salvation.
believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic
Church. One: it is the same worldwide
for all of its 350 million adherents.
Holy: it is the Body of Christ.
Catholic: it is for all people, at all
times, in every place. Apostolic: it is
the exact faith taught by Christ, preached by
the Apostles, and maintained by the holy
beliefs and practices continue to be
historically consistent with those of the
first-century Apostolic era.
We use the same Bible as other Christians.
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 in Greek-speaking
Asia Minor and Greece where the Apostles first
preached. 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
More information? Please contact us!
Of course not!
not hesitate to call us for more information.
may contact our priest, Father Luke Uhl, at the
Metropolis of Denver at either
local information, please contact our Parish
Council president, Mr. Fred Fowler, at either
are offered every Sunday.
do not have a full–time assigned priest, but
over the past eighteen years we have been
served by the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Denver, the Reverend Luke Uhl.
Luke visits the parish at least twice a month
to celebrate the Sunday Services. He is also
in residence during the major holy seasons and
on most of the major holy days.
a priest is not present on a Sunday morning,
the congregation participates in a lay reader
service, the Typika, which is followed by a
Please refer to the schedule often ...
changes may occur on short notice.
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
Our services are ancient
services are ancient in structure and content.
The Divine Liturgy we celebrate was compiled
(not composed) by Saint John Chrysostom in the
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, and
What language do we use?
Services are in English
language of our parish is English; all of our
services have been translated from their
original New Testament Greek
language into English.
Is Greek ever used in the services?
Every service has some Greek
“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.
a hymn or refrain is sung more than once, it
may be chanted in both its original New
Testament Greek and then in English
Lord’s Prayer is repeated in as many
languages as may be represented in the
congregation. Usually the Our Father
is recited in New Testament Greek, Latin,
Ukrainian, Dutch, Spanish, and English.
Are any services totally in Greek?
Saturday Morning Services
and the Divine Liturgy on Saturday mornings
are chanted exactly as they have been for
almost 2,000 years, in “New Testament,” or
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