St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
Serving Parker, Colorado and surrounding areas
The Orthodox Church
Icon of the Twelve Apostles
Icon of the Twelve Apostles
Icon of the Twelve Apostles

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
The Orthodox Church worldwide maintains the fullness of the Apostolic tradition, practicing the original faith as it was passed down from the Apostles.  The Orthodox Church is today a federation of fifteen self-governing churches which share a common faith, a common liturgical and sacramental tradition, and a common history beginning at Jerusalem in 33 A.D.

Doctrine
We worship God in Trinity, glorifying equally the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; that He is truly God, of one essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Christ Incarnate is also truly man, like us in all respects except sin. We worship the Holy Spirit as Lord and Giver of Life Who proceeds from the Father. We honor and venerate the Saints as those who have grown “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). We ask their intercession before God knowing that they live in Christ and that nothing, not even death, breaks the bond of love we share with them in Christ. Of the saints, the Ever-Virgin Mary, the Theotokos (Greek: Birthgiver of God), holds a special place as “more honorable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim” (c.f. Luke 1:48).

Sacraments
Baptism and Chrismation are usually administered together. Baptism by triple immersion is participation in the Death and Resurrection of Christ, purification in the washing away of sin, and birth into the life of the Holy Trinity. Chrismation, following Baptism, anoints one with the “Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Through the Holy Spirit we are able to live the fullness of the Christian life. We are regenerated and given the Grace by which we are able to keep the commandments of Christ and attain unto the Kingdom of Heaven. In Holy Communion is received the very Body and Blood of Christ for remission of sins, the sanctification of soul and body, and for life eternal. In Holy Confession the Christian, when truly repentant, receives from Christ, through the confessor, the forgiveness of sins committed after baptism.

Ordination, Marriage, and Holy Unction complete the seven New Testament Sacraments. By the laying on of hands a bishop transmits Divine Grace to the person being ordained, linking him to the uninterrupted succession of Orthodox clergy from the time of Christ to the present. Divine Grace sanctifies the union of man and woman in matrimony. Orthodox parish priests are usually married but the marriage must precede ordination. The Sacrament of Holy Unction brings healing to the infirmities of both body and soul, as God sees fit, through the anointing of oil.

Common Questions
Icon of the Theotokos
Icon of the Theotokos
Icon of the Theotokos

What does Theotokos mean?
Theotokos (Birthgiver of God) is a title for the Virgin Mary. Orthodox Christians love and honor (but do not worship) her because of our union with her Son. The attention given her in the Church also expresses our faith that Jesus Christ is truly human, born of a woman as we are, yet mysteriously has always been God, so His human mother can be called the Mother of God. In many hymns she is a sign of the Church as the beloved bride of God; her exaltation as “more honorable than the Cherubim” is a sign of the exaltation awaiting all who “hear the Word of God and keep it” as she did.

What are Icons?
Icons are paintings of Christ and the Saints. They must be painted according to a strict tradition because they are an important way the Faith is handed down and taught. Icons and crosses are kissed (“venerated”), but not worshipped, as a sign of our belief that in Christ God took a physical body, and became part of our physical world so we could know Him. Other human beings who unite themselves with Christ become holy and the image of God becomes visible in them so we honor their icons as well. 

How can I join this church? 
We don’t hurry anyone to join; God will lead people home in good time. But after visiting a while, if you wish to be a member, speak to the priest. Those wishing to be members are received as catechumens (learners), and usually spend at least a year attending the services and learning the Faith. Then if they have not already received Christian Baptism they are Baptized, and in any case are Chrismated (anointed with oil as the “Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit”) and given Holy Communion, which makes them full members.

Upcoming Services
Saturday, September 22nd
5:00pm **Off Site** Attend Great Vespers at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, Denver
Sunday, September 23rd
9:10 Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, September 25th
6:30pm ORTHODOXY 101 Class
Wednesday, September 26th
6:30 pm Small Compline & Saints of the Day
Thursday, September 27th
6:30pm Choir Practice


Our Location
19035 Plaza Drive, Parker Colorado 80134

News Updates
- 09/15/18

Weekly Bulletin: September 16, 2018




Announcements
September 2018 Charity

St. Tikhon Mission will support our local monastery, Protection of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Monastery, for the month of September. We invite our parish community to add to the special collection on Sundays throughout the month. See the September Newsletter for more information.


Saturday, September 22 - Change to Calendar

On September 22nd, in place of Great Vespers at St. Tikhon Mission, please plan to attend 5:00pm Great Vespers held at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral, 349 East 47th Avenue in Denver.  Vespers at St. Tikhon Mission is cancelled so we can celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral with them and His Grace, Bishop Daniel, of Santa Rosa.

Choir practice is rescheduled for Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm.


Semi-Monthly Vespers ADDED

9/1/2018: St. Tikhon Mission is excited to announce the addition of a second regular Vespers service for Saturday evenings, starting in September. Great Vespers is now served semi-monthly on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month at the mission, in addition to services for the Great Feasts. Please see the calendar for all upcoming services.


Orthodoxy 101 Class - Tuesdays

Orthodoxy 101 Class: Tuesday nights at 6:30, starting August 21 and continuing through September


Website Updates

9/8/2018: The SEPTEMBER CALENDAR (revised) is posted

8/26/2018: New items in the PHOTO GALLERY



Saint Tikhon, the patriarch of all Russia and enlightener of North America, is the patron Saint of our parish.

"May God teach every one of us to strive for His truth, and for the good of the Holy Church, rather than something for our own sake."

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St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
Mailing Address
St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
19035 Plaza Drive
Parker, Colorado 80134


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