Welcome to Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church!
96 Los Robles St., Williamsville NY 14221 Tel: 716-634-6712
Rev. 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 at our coffee hour downstairs after the service.
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday Bible Study after coffee hour
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
Friday Small Compline 6:30pm
January 18/31, 2010Sunday Troparion, Tone 1
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
: When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, * and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, * Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, * granting life unto the world. * Wherefore, the Hosts of the heavens cried out to Thee, O Life-giver: * Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! * Glory to Thy Kingdom! * Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Lover of mankind!Troparion of St. Theodore Stratelates, Tone 4:
By true strategy, O trophy-bearer * thou wast an illustrious general of the Heavenly King, O Theodore. * For thou didst wisely arm thyself with the weapons of faith, * and didst utterly annihilate the hordes of demons, * and didst prove a victorious athlete, * wherefore with faith * we ever call thee blessed.Troparion of St. Theodore the Tyro, Tone 2:
Great are the triumphs of faith! * The holy martyr Theodore rejoiced in a fountain of flame as in refreshing water. * For having been made a whole burnt offering by fire, * he was offered as a sweetbread to the Trinity. * By his prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.Kontakion of St. Theodore Stratelates, Tone 2
: Armed with faith and courage of soul, * and having taken in thy hand the Word of God as a spear, * thou didst conquer the enemy, * O glory of martyrs, Theodore. * With them cease not to intercede with Christ God for us all.Kontakion of St. Theodore the Tyro, Tone 8
: Having received the faith of Christ in thy heart as an inner shield, * thou didst overcome all the opposing forces, O great champion, * and thou hast been crowned with a heavenly crown, O Theodore, * for thou are eternally invincible.Kontakion of the Prodigal Son, Tone 3:
Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, * I squandered on vices the wealth which Thou gavest me. * Wherefore, I cry unto Thee with the voice of the Prodigal: * I have sinned before Thee, O compassionate Father. * Receive me as one repentant, * and make me as one of Thy hired servants.
Epistle: I Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Luke 15:11-32Parish News
Congratulation to our new catechumen, Anthony Rizvi! Please remember him in your prayers as he prepares for Holy Baptism.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to our Haiti Mission. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” Galatians 6:9.
The Bible study on the book of Revelation continues today. All are welcome to attend.
Tomorrow at 6:30pm we begin a new weekly class for catechumens and inquirers. All are welcome to attend.
Next Sunday is our Annual Parish Meeting. All members in good standing should attend. Voting by proxy is not permitted. We will be voting on the 2010 budget, electing a secretary and voting for a new lay member.
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Galina Bahanovich and Valentina Jaffri. Valentina’s daughter Anastasia gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Ryan.
Brethren, let us learn the meaning of this mystery. For when the Prodigal Son ran back from sin to his Father’s house, his loving Father came out to meet him and kissed him. He restored to the Prodigal the tokens of his proper glory, and mystically He made glad on high, sacrificing the fatted calf. Let our lives, then, be worthy of the loving Father Who has offered sacrifice, and of the glorious Victim Who is the Savior of our souls.
Sticheron from Vespers
Brethren, let us fully grasp the power of the Mystery. For when the backslidden son ran away from sin back to his Father’s hearth, his all-loving Father met him first, embraced him, and once again gave him as a gift the tokens of his family’s glory, and threw a mystical party, sacrificing the fatted calf, so that we might worthily live as free citizens, both for the man-loving Father Who performs the sacrifice and for the glorious Sacrifice Himself, the Savior of our souls.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 to (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 every evening service.