Welcome to 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 at our coffee hour downstairs after the service.
Schedule of Services
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday School during the sermon
Sunday Bible Study after coffee hour
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
Confessions are heard at every evening service.
June 25/July 8, 2012Sunday Troparion, Tone 4
5th Sunday After Pentecost
Afterfeast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Virgin-Martyr Febronia of Nisibis
: Having learned the joyful proclamation of the resurrection from the angel, * and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, * the women disciples of the Lord * spake to the apostles exultantly: * Death is despoiled * and Christ God is risen, * granting to the world great mercy.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 Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Tone 4
: O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, * we who honor thee with love are unable to extol thee worthily; * for by thy holy and august birth * the barrenness of thy mother and the speechlessness of thy father were loosened, * and the incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world. Troparion of St. Febronia, Tone 4
: Thy ewe-lamb Febronia cried out to thee with a loud voice, O Jesus: * "I love Thee, O my Bridegroom, and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles; * I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism, * and suffer for Thy sake, that I might reign with Thee; * I die for Thee, that I might live with Thee. * As an unblemished sacrifice accept me, who sacrifice myself with love for Thee." * By her supplications, save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful. Sunday Kontakion, Tone 4:
My Savior and Redeemer hath as God * raised up the earthborn from grave and from their fetters, * and He hath broken the gates of hades, * and as Master * hath arisen on the third day.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 Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Tone 3:
She that was formerly barren giveth birth today to the Forerunner of Christ, * Who is the fulfillment of all prophecy; * for He Whom the prophets foretold is God the Word * Who hath appeared to the prophet, herald, and forerunner * when he laid his hand on Him in the Jordan. Kontakion of St. Febronia, Tone 6:
"O my Bridegroom, Jesus most sweet," * cried Febronia, * "it is not difficult for me to follow Thee; * for the sweetness of Thy love hath given wings of hope to my soul, * and the beauty of Thy mercy hath sweetened my heart, * that I might drain the cup of sufferings in emulation of Thee, * that Thou mayest worthily reckon me among the wise virgins * who dance with Thee in Thy bridal-chamber." * Wherefore, O venerable passion-bearer, * honoring the struggles of thy labors, * we entreat thee: * Pray thou that we not find the door of the bridal-chamber locked against us.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: Romans 10:1-10; I Corinthians 6:1-10Gospel: Matthew 8:28–9:1; Luke 7:36-50Parish News
Services for Sts. Peter and Paul: Vigil on Wednesday at 6:00pm. Divine Liturgy on Thursday at 9:00am.
Please note the following changes on this month’s calendar: Our annual parish picnic will be on July 22, and the parish council meeting will be on July 29.
Today is the last day of the Mediterranean Festival at St. George Antiochian Church in Lewiston and the Macedonian Festival and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Blasdell.
Fish is allowed every day between now and Sts. 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 every evening service.