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What is Orthodox Christianity?

Our Mission

The mission of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church is love God, love people, and make disciples. We carry on the tradition of Orthodoxy in Hawaii that began in the 1800s, share our beliefs with as many people as possible, help people advance in their spiritual growth, and instill in our youth the joyous love of Orthodoxy.

Our Vision

The vision of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church is establish a thriving Orthodox Christian community of authentic believers and to witness an island transformed by the life changing reality of the gospel, as people come to know Jesus Christ, and share the Orthodox Christian faith with the world. 

Symbol of Faith


We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made;


Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets.

The Church

And we believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.


We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Holy Ascension Orthodox Church is a place where you can deepen your relationship with God, engage in life-giving community, and everyone is welcome. We believe in creating a space where you can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover your gifts and use them for God's glory. Join us on Sunday mornings!

What To Expect

Our Services

Services begin at 9:30 AM.

If you’ve been to a Roman Catholic Mass or an Episcopalian Eucharist, you’ll find the structure of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy familiar. It begins with prayer, scripture and teaching, and concludes with Holy Communion (traditionally called the Liturgy of the Catechumens and the Liturgy of the Faithful).

These two segments of the Divine Liturgy are sometimes called The Liturgy of the Word and The Liturgy of the Eucharist.  When we gather for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, we encounter God and we are nourished by God in a very special way.  We affirm that the Lord is present in the Holy Scriptures as well as in the Sacramental Mystery of Communion.  We are nourished by God's Word.  We are nourished by Holy Communion.

Service books are available in the back of the pews that tell us when to stand or sit, but feel free to remain standing or seated at your comfort level. Because we have wooden floors, please enjoy your beverage outside or in the fellowship hall.

Traditionally, in Orthodox churches, men wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and women wear long skirts, long-sleeved blouses, and head scarves. However, we do not have a strict dress code, and you may wear whatever you wish, as long as it is modest and in good taste.

After services, you’re invited to join us for refreshments in the fellowship hall.  You’ll find a friendly welcome, good conversation, and an atmosphere where you are invited to share your story and ask any questions you wish.

Holy Communion

The Orthodox Church has never known the practice of “open communion” found among some faith traditions. Holy Communion is reserved for Orthodox Christians who have prepared for the Sacramental Mystery. Orthodox Christians affirm that Christ is truly present in the Holy Communion we receive. Non-Orthodox guests can still venerate icons and relics, kiss the cross, and receive a blessing from the priest at the end of the worship services.