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 (to resume after Pascha)
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm (to resume after Pascha)
March 19/April 1, 2012Sunday Troparion, Tone 1
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt
: 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 to 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 to 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 to St. Mary of Egypt, Tone 8:
In thee, O Mother, was preserved unimpaired that which is according to God’s image, *
for thou hast taken up the Cross and followed Christ. * By thine actions thou hast taught us to despise the flesh, for it passes away, * but to care for the soul, which is a thing immortal; * and so thy spirit, holy Mary, rejoiceth with the angels.ST MARY OF EGYPT - TONE 5
En-l i g h -tened by the G r a c e of the Cross
Thou wast shown forth as a radiant lamp of re-p e n-t e n c e
Dis-s p e l l-ling the darkness of the p a-a-s s i o n s
O All-H o - l y One
Wherefore thou didst appear as an a n-gel in the flesh
Unto the sacred Z o-si-mas in the w i l-derness
O M a r-y our Rightreous M o -t h e r
Do thou inter-c e d e with C h r i-i s t for us.Sunday Kontakion, Tone 1
: As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, * and Thou didst raise the world together with Thyself. * And mortal nature praiseth Thee as God, * and death hath vanished. * And Adam danceth, O Master, * and Eve, now freed from fetters, rejoiceth as she crieth out: * Thou art He, O Christ, * that grantest unto all resurrection.Kontakion to 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 to 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 to St. Mary of Egypt, Tone 3
: Thou who once of old wast filled with all manner of fornication, * art now seen today to be a bride of Christ by thy repentance. * Thou didst love and emulate the life of the angels. * By the Cross thou didst annihilate the hordes of demons; * for this cause thou art a bride now in the kingdom of the heavens, * O Mary, thou all-modest one.Kontakion to 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: Hebrews 9:11-14; Galatians 3:23-29Gospel: Mark 10:32b-45; Luke 7:36-50Parish News
Yesterday was(n't) Edward Akiwumi’s nameday and today is Mary Jo Keenan’s nameday. Many years!
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Russian Bazaar the last two weeks!
Today at 2:00pm at Milos Restaurant on Main St. there will be a meeting for all parents interested in the proposed Orthodox parochial school. Please see the bulletin board for details.
The last Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers of the year will be served at 5:00pm tonight at St Stephen Serbian Church. Fr. Christos Christakis will be speaking about St. Nektarios of Aegina.
This Thursday at 5:00pm at Holy Protection Church in Rochester there will be a special service before the wondering-working icon of the Theotokos “Softener of Evil Hearts”. A lenten meal will follow. All are encouraged to attend. Please arrive early to greet the icon.
Saturday is a Great Feast: both Annunciation and Lazarus Saturday! Fish is allowed both Saturday and Sunday for the feasts.
Today and next Sunday, by decree of the Synod of Bishops, we will be taking up an offering for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. This goes toward supporting St. Mary Magdalene Monastery in Gethsemane, Holy Ascension Monastery on the Mount of Olives and the Bethany School and other holy sites.
And we are receiving donations for the flowers for Pascha.
Confessions for Pascha begin at this time. You may make your confession at any evening service or make an appointment with Fr. Peter.
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Valentina Jaffri, Vadim Zharkoff, and Anastasia, Ivan and Sergei Nikolaev.
Please pick up the April calendar.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 usually heard at evening services or by appointment.