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.
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
6:00PM Akathist and Confession
On the weekend of October 1/14, we joined our brothers and sisters at the Protection of the Mother of God Church in Rochester, New York for the celebration of their Parish Feast Day. The services were celebrated by Metropolitan HILARION, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. During the Divine Services our own Fr. Dcn. Andrew Hammond was awarded the right to wear the double orarion in recognition of his time of services so far in the holy diaconate. Additionally, our own Daniel Watkins was tonsured as a reader. Please see the beautiful write-up and photo report posted on the Rochester Church's Website: click here.
Congratulations to Fr. Dcn. Andrew and the newly-tonsured Rdr. Daniel. Axios! May God grant you many years.
By the grace of God, our parish was visited by the Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Iveron Mother of God on the evening of Tuesday, October 9. An Akathist and Moleben was served in the Church before this miraculous icon beginning at 6:00 pm that evening. The Icon was then made available for veneration by the faithful following the service and the faithful were anointed with the holy myrrh from the icon.
Our next weekly akathist service will take place on Wednesday, October 24. That evening we will serve the Akathist and a brief Moleben to the Holy and God-Bearing Elders who Shone forth in the Optina Hermitage whose Synaxis is celebrated on October 10/23. The service will begin on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm. All are welcome!
You can read a number of edifying articles about the Holy Optina Elders here: click here.
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.