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.
New Lecture Series!
On June 25, we will begin a new lectures series on the topic of the All-Night Vigil service. This course will examine the historical and scriptural roots of the Church's cycle of daily prayer as well as pointing out the Patristic understanding of the spiritual and theological significance of this cornerstone our Orthodox liturgical life. We hope that these reflections will assist you to enter into the mystery of the Church's life of prayer and to better experience the gift of heavenly worship here on earth. The lectures will take place on consecutive Sundays following the meal in the trapeza after Liturgy. We will be making use of Fr. Daniel Sysoev's book Christian Mystery: The Order of Divine Services with Commentary as our study companion during this course. Copies will be available in the Parish Bookstore.
The oultine of topics will be as follows:
Lecture One – The Roots of the All-Night Vigil in the Ancient Israelite Temple and Early Church Practice
Lecture Two – “O Gladsome Light”: The Service of Vespers and the Litia and Artoklassia
Lecture Three – “God is the Lord and hath revealed Himself unto us”: The Beginning of Matins
Lecture Four – “I shall open my mouth and the Spirit will inspire it”: The Importance of the Canon and an Overview of Orthodox Hymnography
Lecture Five – “Glory to Thee Who hast shown us the light”: The End of Matins and the First Hour
Check Out Our YouTube Channel
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.