Saints Theodore Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Buffalo, New York
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.


Upcoming Services

Friday, 13 / 26 August
6:00PM Paraklesis - Supplicatory Canon to the Mother of God
Saturday, 14 / 27 August
4:30PM Confession
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 15 / 28 August
DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 18 / 31 August
6:00PM Akathist and Confession
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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Procession of the Holy Cross

Holy Maccabean Martyrs

August 1/14, 2016

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Upcoming Events

The Russian Church Abroad Will Mark the 80th Anniversary of the Repose of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev and Galicia of Blessed Memory

During a session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia held on June 30-July 1, 2016, in San Francisco, CA, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, the 80th anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev and Galicia, the first Primate of the Russian Church Abroad, was discussed. Metropolitan Hilarion relayed to the Synod members that during the October clergy retreat of the Eastern American Diocese, Protopriest Nikolai Artemoff of the German Diocese will read a lecture on the life and legacy of the great hierarch.

By recommendation of His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland [now Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America--ed.] the Synod decreed that all churches of the Russian Church Abroad are to prayerfully commemorate the late First Hierarch of ROCOR on Sunday, August 14, 2016, for on which to issue a decree, signed by Metropolitan Hilarion and His Grace Bishop Nicholas, Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops:

"A session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, convened on June 17/30, 2016, HEARD: A report by the President on the 80th anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of blessed memory.

DECREED: To instruct the clergymen of churches and monasteries of all dioceses of the Russian Church Abroad to prayerfully commemorate Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of blessed memory during Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 1/14, 2016.

For which this decree is issued."


Dormition Fast

The fast in preparation for the Dormition of the Mother of God begins Friday, August 1/14. During this time, like a little Lent leading to a "Summer Pascha", we increase our struggles in fasting, prayer and almsgiving, and we have the blessing and spiritual aid of extra services in the Church.

First, we will serve the Paraklesis, or Supplicatory Canon, to the Mother of God every other weekday evening throughout the fast (excluding those evenings on which there are already services for one of the Great Feasts that fall during August). See the calendar for specific dates and times.

Second, we have the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. This feast falls on Friday, August 6/19. The Vigil will be served the evening before, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Hours and Liturgy will begin the morning of the Feast at 8:00 am. Then, we will reconvene at the Church at 6:00 on the evening of the Feast for our festal meal together (please remember, when preparing food for the dinner, that we will still be keeping the fast at this time, though we are allowed fish, wine and oil on this day). 

Third, we have the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. This feast falls on Sunday, August 15/28. The Vigil will be served the evening before, beginning at 5:00 pm and will include the service with the Winding Sheet of the Theotokos (Epitaphios or Plaschinitsa). The Hours and Liturgy will begin the morning of the Feast at 9:00 am. Then, following the Liturgy, we will have a festal meal together in the Parish Hall.

 





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