Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church!
96 Los Robles St., Williamsville NY 14221 Tel: 716-634-6712
Priest Peter Jackson, Rector
We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and all are welcome to worship with us! Our services are in English. Please join us for our coffee hour downstairs after the service.Weekly Schedule
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday School during sermon
Sunday Bible Study after coffee hour
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
Confessions are heard at all evening services.
Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
April 23/May 6, 2012Troparion of the Resurrection, Tone 3:
4th Sunday of Pascha
Healing of the Paralytic
Holy Great-Martyr and Trophy-Bearer George
Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; * for the Lord hath wrought might with his arm. * He hath trampled down death by death; * the firstborn of the dead hath He become. * From the belly of Hades hath he delivered us * and hath granted to the world great mercy. Troparion of St. George, Tone 4:
As a liberator of captives, * a helper of the poor, and a physician of the infirm, * O champion of kings, * victorious great martyr George, entreat Christ God, * that our souls be saved. Kontakion of St. George, Tone 4
: Having been cultivated by God, * thou didst show thyself to be a most honorable husbandman of piety, * gathering to thyself the sheaves of the virtues; * for, having sown in tears, thou reapest in gladness, * and having suffered in the shedding of thy blood, * thou hast received Christ. And by thy supplications, O holy one, * thou grantest forgiveness of transgressions unto all.Kontakion of the Paralytic, Tone 3
: As of old Thou didst raise the paralytic, O Lord, * by Thy divine presence, raise my soul, * which is paralyzed grievously by all manner of sins and unseemly deeds, * that being saved I may cry out: * O compassionate Christ, glory be to Thy power.Today’s ReadingsEpistle: Acts 9:32-42; Acts 12:1-11Gospel: John 5:1-15; John 15:17-16:2
Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Canon of the feast, first Tone:
Refrain: The angel cried unto her that is full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin! And again I say, rejoice! For thy Son is risen from the grave on the third day, and hath raised the dead, O ye people, be joyful!
Irmos: Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; dance now and be glad, O Zion, and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the arising of Him Whom thou didst bear.Parish News
Friday was Theodore Tkaczevski’s nameday, and today is Bishop George’s nameday. Many years!
This Wednesday’s akathist will be for the Icon of the Theotokos “Surety of Sinners”.
Fish may be eaten this Wednesday, Mid-Pentecost.
This Friday at 6pm there will be a Lenten potluck and a screening of the silent film “Annie Laurie”, starring Lillian Gish.
St. George Antiochian Church invites everyone to their parish this Saturday for “An Evening of Worship, Dinner, and Strings, with His Grace, Bishop Alexander”. Please call 297-2688 if you are interested. We will still have Vigil here.
The Holy and Great Martyr George
This renowned and glorious martyr was born in Cappadocia, the son of rich and God-fearing parents. His father suffered for Christ, after which his mother moved to Palestine. When George grew up, he went into the army, in which he rose, by the age of twenty, to the rank of tribune, and as such was in service under the Emperor Diocletian. When this Emperor began a terrible persecution of Christians, George came before him and boldly confessed that he was a Christian. The Emperor threw him into prison, and commanded that his feet be put in the stocks and a heavy weight placed on his chest. After that, he commanded that he be bound on a wheel, under which was a board with great nails protruding, and thus be turned. He then had him buried in a pit with only his head above the ground, and left there for three days and nights. Then, through some magician, he gave him deadly poison, but in the face of all these tortures, George prayed unceasingly to God, and God healed him instantly and saved him from death, to the great amazement of the people. When he also raised a dead man to life by his prayers, many embraced the Christian faith. Among these was the Emperor's wife, Alexandra, and the chief pagan priest, Athanasius, the governor Glycerius and Valerius, Donatus and Therinus. Finally, the Emperor commanded that George and the Empress Alexandra be beheaded. Blessed Alexandra died on the scaffold before being killed, and St George was beheaded. This happened in the year 303. The miracles that have been performed at his grave are without number. Also are his appearances in dreams to those who, thinking on him, have sought his help, from that time up to the present day. Consumed by love for Christ, it was not difficult for holy George to leave all for this love - his status, wealth and imperial favor, his friends and the whole world. For this love, the Lord rewarded him with a wreath of unfading glory in heaven and on earth, and with eternal life in His Kingdom. The Lord further endowed him with the power to help in need and distress all who honor him and call on his name.If you are visiting today: There are service books underneath the candle stand that you may borrow and follow along in. If you get lost, ask your neighbor to help you find the page. As you can see, we stand for most of the service. If you are not accustomed to this, please feel free to sit if you feel the need. No one will mind! You should still stand during the Scripture readings and when the priest comes through. In the Orthodox tradition, women cover their heads in church, and extra scarves can be borrowed from the candle stand at the entrance. You will see people making the sign of the cross and bowing. Feel free to follow suit or not, however you are comfortable. Again, no one will mind either way. Feel free to venerate (kiss) the icons and purchase a candle to light. Commemoration slips for Orthodox, living and reposed may be placed on the tray by the candle stand. Please write down how many prosphora you would like (suggested donation: $1/ea.) At the end of the service, you may come forward to venerate the hand-cross if you wish. At our parish we do not pass a collection plate. Gifts are voluntary and can be left at the candle stand.
Anyone who wishes to receive Holy Communion must be an Orthodox Christian and make their Confession beforehand. Please speak with Fr. Peter for more information.Confessions are heard at all evening services.