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

Saturday, 27 September / 10 October
Sts. Peter and Febronia Marriage and Family Life Seminar
4:30PM Confession
5:00PM All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 28 September / 11 October
9:00AM Hours and Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 1 / 14 October
Protection of the Theotokos
6:00PM Akathist and Confession
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Current Bulletin

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Leave-Taking of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 21/October 4,  2015

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Upcoming Events

Saints Peter and Febronia Marriage and Family Life Seminar - October 9 & 10, 2015

 Sts. Peter and Febronia. A painting by: Alexander Prostev

Our parish’s second annual Saints Peter and Febronia Marriage and Family Life Seminar is planned for the October 9-10. Speaking at the event will be Fr. Josiah Trenham of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA (click here) and Fr. Geoffrey Korz of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton, Ontario (click here).

This year's seminar will address concerns regarding the preservation of an Orthodox vision and practice of marriage and family life in a culture that is moving more and more in the direction of post-Christian secularism. This new moment presents unique challenges but also includes opportunites for us to struggle to live our lives as Christian husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. It is hoped that reflection on these matters will better equip our faithful to be living icons of the Gospel of Christ in their marriages and families.

The event will open on Friday evening, October 9, with a service of supplications to our Marriage and Family Life seminar's patron saionts, Peter and Febronia of Murom. This will be followed by a talk by Fr. Josiah Trenham on the history behind our present culture's views of marriage and sexuality and the directions they might be leading.

On Saturday, October 10, Fr. John Boddecker will give a talk on the importance of fostering an intentional Orthodox Christian sense of identity and practice of community as a means of preserving our faith and way of life in such times. Then after a complimentary lunch, Fr. Geoffrey Korz, speaking from his experiences both as a spiritual father and a Canadian citizen, will give two talks on the practical concerns that face us and our children in  the workplace, in school, and in the broader community. 

Please follow this link for a poster with more details and the schedule of events: 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

Weekly Bible Study - Gospel according to St Mark

Our weekly Bible study has started up again following our Trapeza meal after Divine Liturgy on Sunday Mornings. We are studying our way through the Gospel according to St Mark with the help of St Theophylact's Explanation of the Holy Gospel according to St Mark. Please join us.