Sts Theodore Russian Orthodox Church - Williamsville, New York
Welcome to Our Parish!
While we are only a small parish in Western New York, we are part of the broader Russian Orthodox Church, the largest Orthodox body in the world. We are also part of the global Eastern Orthodox Church which includes national churches in traditionally Orthodox countries like Russia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Cyprus, and the Middle East, but has also spread throughout all the world. There are over 250 million Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world today and over 1 million in the United States.
While many of our congregants were brought up in the Orthodox Church, many have journeyed to Orthodoxy either from other Christian faith traditions or from non-Christian spiritual traditions. Whether you are “on a journey” or just want to visit a local Orthodox church, you will be welcome at Sts Theodore. We are always happy to have others join us for prayer to and worship of the One God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We hope you will find our site informative and edifying. We invite you to join us for one of our liturgical services which preserve the worshipping tradition of apostolic Christianity and grant those who participate in them an experience of heaven on earth. We have an All-Night Vigil service every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy every Sunday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served after Liturgy and all are welcome.
We looking forward to meeting you. May the Lord bless you.
2017 Advent Retreat
The Council of Orthodox Churches of the Niagara Frontier is hosting an Advent Retreat Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18. The retreat will be led by a visiting priest, Fr. James Berends, will focus on the theme “Experiencing the Eucharist: Existing in the Eternal Now.” The retreat will take place at the Hellenic Church of the Annunciation. More information is available on a flyer on the bulletin board. Click here for a flyer with more details.
Mother's Reading Group
A group of mothers in the parish have been meeting for a reading group going through the book Parenting towards the Kingdom: Orthodox Principles of Child-Rearing by Philip Mamalakis. The next meeting will take place at the Church on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. It is never too late to join in on the conversation. Books are available in the bookstore at a discounted rate.
Mystery of Holy Matrimony
The newly-baptized Michael and Lisa will be married at Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Please pray for them as they prepare to enter into the holy estate of marriage.
This week, we will sing the Akathist hymn to the Holy Great-Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer. Join us this Wednesday, November 8, at 6:00 pm to sing this hymn to this remarkable saint, to hear about his life, and to be anointed with the holy myrrh oil that streams from his relics.
Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
On Monday, November 21 / December 4, we will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. The Vigil with Litia will begin on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. The Festal Liturgy will be served at 8:00 am on Monday. We will have a festal meal together following the Liturgy. Fish is allowed at the meal that day.
Read the Sermon of St. Gregory Palamas for the Feast: (click here)
Read the Sermon of St. John of Kronstadt for the Feast: (click here)
View the Homily of Fr. Calinic Berger for the Feast: (click here)
View the Homily of Fr. John Palmer for the Feast: (click here)
Parish Thanksgiving Akathist and Dinner
Check Out Our YouTube Channel
That's right! Saints Theodore now has its own YouTube channel (click here). You can listen to lectures from our Sts. Peter and Febronia Marriage and Family Life Retreat, check out classes that have been offered at the parish, or catch up on a sermon you might have missed. More content is being added all the time, so make sure you subscribe to get email reminders when new videos are added.