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

Saturday, 12 / 25 March
9:00AM General Panikhida
4:00PM Confession
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 13 / 26 March
Sunday of St. John Climacus
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
5:00PM Pan-Orthodox Vespers - Sts. Theodore Russian Orthodox Church
Wednesday, 16 / 29 March
7:00AM Presanctified Liturgy
6:00PM Matins with Great Canon of St. Andrew
Thursday, 17 / 30 March
5:30PM Ninth Hour and Typika
6:00PM Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Lenten Potluck and Book Group
Friday, 18 / 31 March
6:00PM Matins with Akathist to the Theotokos
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Current Bulletin

Third Sunday of Great Lent
Sunday of the Holy Cross

March 6/19, 2017

Click Here to View/Download This Week's Bulletin

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Before thy Cross, we fall down in worship, O Master,
and Thy holy resurrection, we glorify!

Read St. Igantius Brianchaninov's Sermon on the Sunday of the Cross: Click Here

 

Upcoming Events

2017 Lenten Book Discussion Group

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Our Lenten Book Group will be reading The Field: Cultivating Salvation which is the newly-translated first volume of the Collected Works of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov. You can pick up your copy in the parish bookstore. Book discussions will take place on Sundays after Liturgy and after evening Presanctified Liturgies throughout the rest of Lent. To view, download and print further information about this book and the reading schedule for the Lenten Book Group click here.


Lent, Wonderful Lent. Lent Is a Time to Repent.

Great Lent has begun! Please see the Calendar page for up-to-date service schedule. You can also download a copy of the complete schedule of services for Great Lent (click here).

Mark your calendars for the Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Lectures Series (read more here).

To help you with your Lenten struggles, listen to these recent sermons from the preparatory weeks preceding Great Lent on the three-fold cord of salvation: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

"When You Pray . . ." (click here)

"When You Fast . . . " (click here)

"When You Give Alms . . ." (click here)

 


Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy Class

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A six-week class examining the Orthodox Church in relation to other Christian bodies will begin on Sunday, January 15. We will be using Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick’s Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy. Copies are available in the parish bookstore. Please address any questions to Fr. John.

Course Syllabus (click here)

Jan. 15        The Importance of Orthodox Doctrine

Jan. 22        Roman Catholicism

Feb. 5         Magisterial Reformation: Lutherans, Calvinists, and Anglicans

Feb. 12       Radical Reformation: Anabaptists, Puritans

Feb. 19       Protestant Revivalism: Methodists, Pentecostals, and Dispensationalists

Feb 26        Non-Mainstream Christianity: Unitarian Universalists, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses


2017 Spring Russian Bazaar

Our parish will be hosting its annual Spring Russian Bazaar on Saturday, April 1. Doors will be open for this event from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please plan to attend. The Bazaar will feature a traditional Russian Tea Room, traditional Russian foods and sweets, as well as an area of other items for sale. Visitors are also welcome to receive a tour of the Church led by our parish rector, Fr. John.


Check Out Our YouTube Channel

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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.





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