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.
THEOPHANY OF THE LORD
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Synaxis of the Baptist
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
6:00PM Akathist and Confession
This coming week, we commemorate St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia. On Wednesday, December 6/19, we will have some special events in honor of St. Nicholas Day. That the evening, at 5:30, we will serve a Moleben to St. Nicholas and sing the Akathist hymn to the saint in the Church. Then, after the Akathist, we will have our St. Nicholas day party at the Church which, this year, will once again be an event for the whole parish!. We will start by partaking of a potluck meal together in the Trapeza/Parish Hall (fish, wine and oil are permitted) so please bring a dish to share.
After the meal, the story of St. Nicholas will be read for the children. Children are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes in case St. Nicholas should show up with some special treats for them. Then we will have our White Elephant Gift Exchange. We had a lot of fun together with this last year and I hope we can match or exceed that again this year.
Local art instructor and parishioner of Saints Theodore Orthodox Church, Gabriella Damiano, will guide you in the creation of original "Starry Night Nativity" painting. All art supplies and instruction will be provided; no experience necessary! This is a family-friendly event - please bring drinks and fast-friendly snacks to share. This paint night will take place at Saint George Orthodox Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14216 on December 16, 2018 from 4 PM to 6 PM. Tickets are thirty dollars a person.
This fundraiser is an initiative of Council of Orthodox Churches on the Niagara Frontier and the proceeds from it will benefit International Orthodox Christian Charities.
The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Flesh is almost here. Please review the schedule and make plans to join us for the glorious celebration.
Schedule for the Feast of the Nativity:
Friday, December 22 / January 4
8:00 am Royal Hours of the Nativity
Saturday, December 23 / January 5
4:00 pm Confession
5:00 All-Night Vigil - Eve of Nativity
8:00 am Hours and Divine Liturgy
Sunday, December 24 / January 6
9:00 am Hours and Liturgy for the Eve of Nativity
No Meal following Morning Services
4:00 pm Vespers for Nativity
5:00 pm Solchenik/Christmas Eve Lenten Meal
6:00 pm All-Night Vigil for Nativity
Monday, December 25 / January 7
9:00 am Hours and Divine Liturgy for Nativity
Festal Meal following Services in the Trapeza
In order to assist in our preparation for and celebration of this Feast, I recommend some of the following:
Are We Ready for Christmas - Met. Augoustinos Kantiotes (click here to read)
Discourse on the Nativity of Christ - St. Gregory the Wonderworker (click here to read)
Christ is Born! - Hymns for the Nativity of Christ sung by the Brotherhood of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross (click here to order)
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.