Russian Orthodox Church of St. Tikhon
Those who seek a serious and salutary confession necessarily need sincere and heartfelt preparation for it. First of all, everyone who is preparing should ask the Lord for help in strengthening the intention to recognize and confess all their sins. A repentant needs to start preparing and concentrate on pondering his sins at least one day before confession.
The sacrament of Confession should not be random, automatic. Preparation for it begins long before the sacrament. Repentance, confession and the resolution of sins only then profoundly affect our lives if we spend time preparing for the sacrament through prayer, fasting and a deep honest analysis of our life and heart. The following materials may be of some help in preparing for the confession to become a fervent repentance of the heart and entail a change in lifestyle and the eradication of sinful habits.
Orthodoxy is the true knowledge of God and the worship of God; Orthodoxy is the worship of God in spirit and truth; Orthodoxy is the glorification of God by true knowledge of Him and worship of Him; Orthodoxy is the glorification by God of man, a true servant of God, by giving him the grace of the All-Holy Spirit. Spirit is the glory of Christians (John 7: 39). Where there is no Spirit, there is no Orthodoxy. ... Orthodoxy is the teaching of the Holy Spirit, given by God to men for salvation. "
Welcome to the small web site of the Russian Orthodox Parish of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (sometimes spelled ‘St. Tichon’), located in San Francisco. This web site is meant primarily to convey essential materials about the parish: where to find us, the dates and times of our principal divine services, and other activities of the parish.
Our parish worships in both Church Slavonic and English, with clergy and parishioners speaking both English and Russian.