Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (AD 73)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (AD 1922)
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)

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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Reverend Luke Uhl, Presiding Priest
3585 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
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Parish phone: 970-242-9590
Father Luke e-mail: fr.luke@denver.goarch.org

How do we worship?
Our worship is liturgical:

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 worship is ancient:
Services are ancient in structure and content. The Divine Liturgy was compiled (not composed) by Saint John Chrysostom (AD 347-407) in the fourth century. Evening and Morning Worship (Vespers and Matins) are as compiled (not composed) by Saint John of Damascus (AD 676-749) in the eighth century.

Our worship is sacramental:
Orthodox 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.

Our worship is traditional:
Objectively, our beliefs and practices continue to be absolutely consistent with, and completely unchanged from, those of the historic, first-century, Apostolic, Christian era.

What language do we use in our services?
All services are in English:

The language of our parish is English; all of our services have been translated from their original in the Koiné (“New Testament” or “Patristic”) Greek language into English.

Is “Koiné” Greek ever used in the services?
Services may include some “liturgical” Greek:

By liturgical Greek, we mean the 2,000-year old “Koiné” (κοινὴ, meaning “common”) Greek language of the New Testament. This is not the modern Greek language (δημοτική γλώσσα, popular Greek) spoken in Greece today, which is quite different.

If a hymn or refrain is sung more than once, it may be chanted in its original Koiné Greek and then in English translation. Please click here to read our Service Language Policy.

The 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.

Worship Service Language Policy
Our worship services are in English!

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Christian parish exists to serve the spiritual needs of all people living on the western Slope of Colorado.

The parish ministers to all who are Orthodox Christians, or who wish to know more about Orthodox Christianity.

The worship services celebrated in the Orthodox Church are ancient. They evolved simply and logically from the the Old Testament Temple and synagogue services. In their present form they were compiled (not composed) between the fourth and seventh centuries, and have been handed down to us in their original New Testament (“koine”) Greek language.

The texts we use today are therefore absolutely identical to those that were common usage in the universal, undivided Christian Church of the first two millennia. These were the services of Western Christendom, which evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and her Protestant denominations in the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, respectively.

The only change to our services from the first centuries of Christianity is that they were translated from “koine” Greek into English for use in our parishes in the twentieth century. In other parts of the world they have been translated into Romanian, Spanish, French, etc. This was in keeping with their translation into the Latin vulgate for Western Christians in the fourth century, and into Slavonic (an early Slavic language) for Russian-speaking peoples in the tenth century.

We are blessed to have an occasional opportunity to hear some parts of the Divine Liturgy in its original language!

To reflect this rich, ancient liturgical tradition, whenever a hymn or refrain is sung more than once in a service at Saint Nicholas parish, it may be chanted in both its original “koine,” New Testament, Greek and then in English translation. By doing this we express the exact preservation and continuity of our services in the language spoken commonly at the time of Christ throughout the Mediterranean world.

In general, the following “thumb rules” apply when we determine “which language” to use during the services:

  • All of our services will be in English.
  • We may (or may not) use the ancient, New Testament (koiné) Greek language for those verses, hymns, or prayers we repeat more than once, viz.:
    • The verse, “Through the intercessions of the Theotokos...,”
    • The verse, “Save us, O Son of God, who are...,”
    • The resurrection Apolitikion on Sundays,
    • The hymn at the Consecration, “We praise You, we bless...,”
    • The Koinonikon (the hymn before Holy Communion), “Praise the Lord...,”
    • The Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father...”
    • The hymn after Holy Communion, “We have seen the Light...”

  • Note that if we chant one or more of the above in Greek, it will always be repeated in English so there is no question of doing anything “only in Greek.”
  • We also may (or may not) intone the “Small Litany” at the beginning of the Sunday Divine Liturgy in the koiné Greek, and/or in Slavonic (Russian), and/or in Spanish.
  • The Lord’s Prayer may (or may not) be recited in as many languages as might be represented in the congregation. Usually the Our Father is recited in its Biblical (koiné) Greek original, as well as in Latin, Ukrainian, Dutch, Spanish, and English.
  • The above is exactly as the Sunday Liturgy has been celebrated for over two decades at Saint Nicholas parish; there has been no change to our “policy.”

Quite simply, Orthodox Christianity is “for all people, at all times, and in every place.” All are invited and welcomed.

Worship Schedule
On Sundays and weekdays:

Worship services are offered daily at our parish.

The principal daily services at an Orthodox parish church are:
“Morning Worship,” known as “Matins” (or “Órthros”), and
“Evening Worship” known as “Vespers” (or “Esperinós”).
On all Sundays, as well as on week day feast days, the “Divine Liturgy” is also celebrated.

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Usual Schedule of Sunday Services
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Saturday Evening:
5:45 pm: Ninth Hour
6:00 pm: Great Vespers
Sunday Morning:
8:40 am: Sunday Matins
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy
Sunday services begin with Evening Worship on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm, and continue with Matins and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning at 8:45 am and 10:00 am, respectively.

On an occasional Sunday when our priest is out of town, a reader service, the Typika, is scheduled at 10:00 am, followed by a Bible Study.


Typical Schedule of Weekday Services
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Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Evening:
5:45 pm: Ninth Hour
6:00 pm: Daily Vespers
Wednesday Evening:
6:00 pm: Paraklesis
First Evening of the month:
6:00 pm: Blessing of Holy Water (Agiasmó)
Weekday services usually include Evening Worship at 6:00 pm daily.

On Wednesday evenings we chant the beautiful Paraklisis at 6:00 pm.

Unless there is a weekday feast day, the Holy Water Blessing service may be celebrated on the first evening of the month at 6:00 pm.


Typical Schedule of Services for Feast Days that fall on a Week Day
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Evening Before the Feast Day:
5:45 pm: Ninth Hour
6:00 pm: Great Vespers
Morning of the Feast Day:
6:00 am: Matins
7:00 am: Divine Liturgy
Feast Day services usually include Evening Worship at 6:00 pm the evening prior, as well as Matins and the Divine Liturgy on the morning of the Feast at 6:00 am and 7:00 am, respectively.

The above information is for general guidance only. Please click here to view the most-current Parish Worship and Activity Schedule.



Email: fr.luke@denver.goarch.org
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