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.
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Kursk Root Icon of the Theotokos of the Sign
St. James the Persian
Most Holy Theotokos, save us.
Mother's Reading Group
A group of mothers in the parish have been meeting for a reading group going through the book Parenting towards the Kingdom: Orthodox Principles of Child-Rearing by Philip Mamalakis. The next meeting will take place at the Church on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. It is never too late to join in on the conversation. Books are available in the bookstore at a discounted rate.
This week, we will serve the Akathist to the Holy Elders of the Optina Hermitage. The service will take place on Wednesday, December 13, beginning at 6:00 pm. Please join us to sing this beautiful hymn of prayer to these holy lights of Orthodoxy and to hear about their lives and teachings.
Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
On Monday, November 21 / December 4, we will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. The Vigil with Litia will begin on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. The Festal Liturgy will be served at 8:00 am on Monday. We will have a festal meal together following the Liturgy. Fish is allowed at the meal that day.
Read the Sermon of St. Gregory Palamas for the Feast: (click here)
Read the Sermon of St. John of Kronstadt for the Feast: (click here)
View the Homily of Fr. Calinic Berger for the Feast: (click here)
View the Homily of Fr. John Palmer for the Feast: (click here)
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.