Anyone who has attended an Orthodox prayer service, or liturgy, knows that it represents the epitome of a meditation on Jesus. Every word, every chant, every song, every movement is centered on Christ the savior. Additionally, saints, angels, and Mary, the mother of God, are remembered in song. The spiritual atmosphere is further accentuated by lit candles and burning incense.
Attending an Orthodox service is like stepping back 1700 years in time when the first Christians designed a service around the worship of Christ. Traditions have been largely untouched and brings to mind an era of monastic practice.
If you've never been to a traditional Orthodox service you're missing out on something very special. Stand or take a seat. In some churches you can sit on the rug. Close your eyes, or focus on a particular image, and meditate as a monk, or nun, in ancient times.
As the service develops while meditating you'll find yourself entering into states of holiness. This event is nearly inevitable since every aspect of the service has been meticulously designed around Jesus. So if your intention is to meditate on Jesus, welcome home.
To maximize your inspiration we compiled a list of the most beautiful and inspiring churches to practice meditation. So if you're traveling, or live nearby, stop by, visit, and get your Christian meditation on.
Top 10 Most Inspiring Churches To Practice Meditation
1. Holy Virgin Cathedral, Orthodox Church, 6210 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
The Holy Virgin Cathedral is also known as Joy of All Who Sorrow church. This Russian Orthodox cathedral is located in the Richmond District of San Francisco. This church is noted as the largest of the six cathedrals outside of Russia. You may want to wear shoes and pants. Wearing flip-flops and short may make you feel out of place.
2. St. Nicholas Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
This church is the primatial cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America and the seat of Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All American and Canadian Orthodox Churches in America. This beautiful church offers services in the Byzantine and Russian styles with fresco icons throughout. Divine Liturgy in English is at 9 am and in Slavonic at 11 am Sundays.
3. Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, 228 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, New York
This church was built between 1916 and 1921 and designed by Louis Allmendiger. The architectural plan is based on the Greek cross and designed in the traditional Russian and Byzantine styles. The building features characteristic domes atop four octagonal towers with a large central dome topped with an Orthodox cross.
4. St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 320 Munson Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
St Nicholas Church is a vibrant community of Orthodox Christians from diverse backgrounds who embrace the historic, pre-denominational Christian faith.
5. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201
This is one of the best Greek Orthodox church around. The new sanctuary is stunningly beautiful and ornate. This church follows the Greek Orthodox tradition which was one of the original force behind the spread of Christianity 2000 years ago.
6. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N Broom St, Wilmington, Delaware 19806
Since 1934 this church has been the center of the Greek Community in Wilmington. Holy Trinity church has a long tradition of supporting the Christian faith in worship. Once you step in you'll know why it's at the center of the community.
7. Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral 1800 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60018
This church is home to great spiritual atmosphere and a quality choir. Visit and enjoy the richness of your Christian faith.
8. All Saints of North America Orthodox Church, 313 Twin Lakes Rd, Salisbury, CT 06068
Size isn't everything. This mission parish is located north of the Twin Lakes area in Salisbury, Connecticut. The community is a friendly mix of ethnicity. Services are in English and guests are always welcome.
9. St Marys Antiochian Orthodox, 18100 Merriman Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
Although this church occupies a large footprint it feels like a small church. This is characterized by the warm and friendly people who make up the body of Christ.
10. Saints Constantine & Helen Orthodox Church, 2770 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
This church is at the top of our list. This sacred temple devoted to Christ brings to life the old world liturgy. The spiritual atmosphere is heavenly and worthy of any devout Christian seeking to connect with our original faith.
I hope to hear about your favorite churches to meditate in. Post them below. God bless you.