The Orthodox church sanctifies time with daily, weekly, and annual cycles of celebrations that commemorate instances of God’s redemptive action in human experience. At the center of the numerous events of the Orthodox church year stands the Easter celebration of the triumph of life over death and light over darkness.
The trend among Eastern Orthodox churches in America is to return to the customs of the ancient church in architecture, icons, and music. However, some churches are writing new music in an American idiom, but always with the ancient tradition in mind. In every case, music, iconography, and architecture are used as servants to the liturgy.