"And the strangers who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, to love the Name of the LORD, and to be His servants... these I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer... for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:6-7; quoted by Christ in Mark 11:17).
Although we are a parish of many nationalities, we welcome with warmth and great heart all who come to our doors. Let no one be a "stranger" here! We have Orthodox Christians from around the world in our community, those raised cradle Orthodox in America as children of ethnic immigrants, and we have numerous converts here as well, many of whom have come to Holy Orthodoxy from a variety of other Christian backgrounds. All have a home here, and no language is out of place in our church: on an average Sunday morning, prayers are offerred in as many as seven or eight languages, although English is certainly the basis of all our liturgical services and sermons.
Our primary goal in Lubbock is to serve, to the Glory of God, those having chosen the ancient and historical faith of Orthodoxy as their own; some are born into it, as children of Orthodox families, and others come to it later on in life as converts. We recognize an obligation to be of practical assistance to our local community and its needs while serving without modification to or variance from our traditional faith. We believe that there is a profound difference in theological truths as proclaimed by the many denominations of Christianity existing today. While bearing no ill will and making no apologies to those belonging to other confessions, we rather proclaim with great joy the one, true, comprehensive Faith of the Holy Fathers, established by the Apostles upon the unshakable rock--the teachings given to them by the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, grounded and maintained in historical continuity in the person of the canonically ordained Bishop serving in the Church surrounded by his presbyters (priests), deacons, and laity.