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.Weekly Schedule
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday School during sermon and after Liturgy
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday Bible Study after coffee hour
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
January 16/29, 2012Sunday Troparion, Tone 8:
33rd Sunday after Pentecost
The Chains of St. Peter
From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; * to burial of three days hast Thou submitted* that Thou mightest free us from our passions. * O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord, glory be to Thee.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.Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter, Tone 4:
Without leaving Rome, thou art come to us * in the precious chains which thou didst bear, * O first enthroned of the apostles; * and, bowing down before them with faith we pray: * By thy supplications unto God grant us great mercy!
Sunday Kontakion, Tone 8: Having risen from the tomb, Thou didst raise up the dead and didst resurrect Adam. * Eve also danceth at Thy Resurrection, * and the ends of the world celebrate Thine arising from the dead, O Greatly-merciful one.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 art eternally invincible.Kontakion of the Chains of St. Peter, Tone 2:
Let us praise the great Peter, the chief and first among the apostles, * the godly disciple of the Truth, * and with faith let us kiss his chains, * receiving release from our transgressions.Kontakion of the Theotokos, Tone 6
: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, * mediation unto the creator most constant, * O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned, * but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid * who in faith cry unto thee; hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, * thou who dost ever protect, * O Theotokos, them that honor thee.Today’s ReadingsEpistle: 1st Timothy 4:9-15 & Acts 12:1-11Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 & John 21:15-25Parish News
Today we serve a baptismal Divine Liturgy for Amy Moczerniak. Sophia (Emmie) Hammond will be her godmother. Her name saint will be St. Amalberga of Mauberge (July 10/23) Congratulations to Michael, Kathleen, Emmie, and the extended family!
Today is the last collection for the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. The Fund for Assistance will match any donations made until the end of February.
Tomorrow is Anthony Damiano’s nameday. Many years!
Our annual parish meeting will take place next Sunday after Divine Liturgy. All members are to attend. We will be voting on the 2012 budget, and voting for the parish council positions of treasurer (currently Natalie Moczerniak) and a lay member (currently Anthony Damiano). If you are not yet a member of the parish, please speak with Natalie Moczerniak. Only dues-paying members in good standing may vote.
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Galina Bahanovich, Silouan Dudley, Larissa Grebenchtchikova, Styliana Jackson, Valentina Jaffri, and Vadim Zharkoff.
If you have not already done so, please make an appointment to have your home blessed for Theophany. Please be dressed as you would be for church.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.