Saints Theodore Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Buffalo, New York
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.


Upcoming Services

Wednesday, 16 / 29 June
6:00PM Akathist and Confession
Saturday, 19 June / 2 July
4:30PM Confession
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 20 June / 3 July
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
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Current Bulletin

First Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of All Saints

June 13/16, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Great and Holy Council to Meet in Crete

The Great and Holy Council is set to convene in a matter of weeks in Crete. First and foremost, please pray for the bishops who will take part in the upcoming Council. Below is a prayer adapted from the Trebnik you can use to pray for our bishops:

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, send down upon the bishops, clergy, and all those gathered in Thy name the grace of Thy Holy Spirit, for good and profitable counsel unto the benefit of all, and unto the confirmation of the Orthodox Catholic faith and piety, the good order of the Church.

Enlighten their minds with the light of His Divine understanding and truth, and make clear their lips and tongue, that they may counsel, proclaim and order all things unto the greater glory of His holy name.

May their actions be for the edification of the faithful people, the furtherance of good morals, and the uprooting and extermination of every heresy, disorder and wickedness, and do all things perfectly by the power and action and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

To Thee are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen

Please make use of some of the links included here to learn about the topics that will be discussed and to inform yourself concerning the specific proposals being made and the responses these have provoked around the Orthodox world.

Official Website of the Holy and Great Council: click here

Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville) Collection of Documents on the Council: click here

Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware's Commentary on the Council (AUDIO): click here

Fr. Cyril Hovorun on the Pan-Orthodox Council (AUDIO): click here

Fr. Peter Heers on the Pan-Orthodox Council (VIDEO): click here

Fr. Peter Heers - Questions and Answers on the Pan-Orthodox Council (VIDEO): click here

Fr. Peter Heers - Update on the Pan-Orthodox Council (VIDEO): click here


"What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder:" Reflection on Same-Sex Ruling by United States Supreme Court

 

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right. The Diocesan Council of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia discussed this ruling and issued a reflection at its summer session on June 30, which was chaired by His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, and attended by His Grace Nicholas, vicar Bishop of Manhattan, and members of the Diocesan Council.

Read the Statement here





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