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.
Fr. John will be keeping open Office Hours if you need to meet with him. He will typically be available for visitations or meetings in the Church office on Friday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm or after the Friday evening Akathist, as well as on Saturday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 pm before the time for Confessions. If you wish to meet with Fr. John during these office hours, please contact him ahead of time to make an appointment. You can also feel free to call him at anytime if you need to discuss a more urgent matter or have a pastoral emergency.
The Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is approaching. The All-Night Vigil for the feast will be served on Thursday, September 26, beginning at 6:00 pm. We will serve the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Feast, Friday, September 27, beginning at 8:00 am. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God is approaching. The All-Night Vigil for the feast will be served on Friday, September 20, beginning at 6:00 pm. We will serve the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Feast, Saturday, September 21, beginning at 9:00 am. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Bishop LUKE will be visiting our parish and will be present for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of our Church's consecration and to serve the divine services on Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27. On that Sunday, we will keep the Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. It was on that Sunday in 1969 that Archbishop AVERKY consecrated the Temple of Sts. Theodore Church. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the Divine Liturgy on that Sunday as well as some other special events to celebrate the anniversary. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
On the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, November 24, our parish will host its annual Thanksgiving Akathist and Dinner. The Akathist service will begin at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served afterwards. Please make plans to attend and to bring a dish to pass. Invite friends and family for the beautiful service and wonderful time spent together as a parish family. A sign-up sheet will be available at Church.
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.