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.
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
12:00PM Picnic and Hike to the Eternal Flame after Liturgy
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Fr. John will be keeping 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 and 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.
We are planning to launch our Church School and Youth Ministry program in the coming Fall. To help us get an idea of who will be taking part, able to help out, and what our Church can do to minister to our young people, all parents are asked to complete this survey and return it by email or in person to Fr. John: click here.
The next Planning Meeting for our Church School and Youth Ministry programs will take place on Sunday, July 28, following the Divine Liturgy. All parents are asked to please complete and return their surveys before then so that Fr. John can collate the information before the meeting.
The fast in preparation for the Dormition of the Mother of God begins Wednesday, 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 Friday during the Fast. 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 Monday, August 6/19. The Vigil will be served the evening before, beginning at 5:00 pm. The Hours and Liturgy will begin the morning of the Feast at 8:00 am. Then, after the Liturgy, we will have a picnic lunch and hike to the Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park (please remember, when preparing food, 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 Wednesday August 15/28. The Vigil will be served the evening before, beginning at 6:00 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 8:00 am. Then, we will reconvene at the Church at 6:00 pm on the evening of the feast to have a festal meal together in the Parish Hall (please remember, when preparing food, that we will still be keeping the fast at this time, though we are allowed fish, wine and oil on this day).
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.