Welcome to the Community of St. George Orthodox Church
"Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain new comers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." (Hebrews 13:1-2)
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. It serves the communities of greater Lawrence and the northern Massachusetts/southern New Hampshire area. Explore our website to learn more about us!
The Orthodox Church is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles. It is organically and historically the same Church that came fully into being at Pentecost (Acts 2). Today, the Orthodox constitute the second largest Christian body in the world. Some 200 million people identify themselves as "Orthodox," most of whom live in Russia, Greece, Romania and other eastern European countries, as well as throughout the Middle East. Approximately 4 million Orthodox live in the United States.
Long known as "Eastern Orthodoxy," the Orthodox faith has established itself throughout the world, in North America, Africa, Australia and Western Europe. Orthodox parishes tend to be identified and organized according to the language in which services are celebrated and the national identity of parishioners. Thus they have come to be known as "Greek Orthodox," "Russian Orthodox," etc. However Orthodox parishes also number many "converts": people who have entered the Orthodox Church from some other (or no) faith tradition.
Whatever their ethnic and linguistic background, all Eastern Orthodox Christians are in full communion with each other, insofar as their bishops are "canonically" recognized as standing in apostolic succession. St. George Orthodox Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts is part of the Antiochian Archdiocese and joyfully welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds.
Read the full article What is the Orthodox Church? by Fr. John Breck, February 8, 2021.