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.
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 all evening services.
May 21/June 3, 2012Troparion of Pentecost, Tone 8:
Descent of the Holy Spirit
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, * Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely-wise, * by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, * and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory be to Thee.Kontakion of Pentecost, Tone 8:
Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues,* the Most High divided the nations; * and when He divided the tongues of fire, * He called all men into unity; * and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.
Instead of the Trisagion: As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia!
Instead of “It is Truly Meet”: Rejoice, O Queen, boast of virgins and mothers; for every eloquent and capable mouth is unable to extol thee worthily, and every mind is confounded in seeking to comprehend thy childbirth. Wherefore, with one accord do we glorify thee.
Epistle: Acts 2:1-11
Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12Parish News
Today is the commemoration of the Equals-of-the-Apostles, Sts. Constantine and Helen, which is the nameday of Elana Damiano and Elena Popova. Many years!
Pentecost Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers will begin immediately after Divine Liturgy this morning. This week is fast-free.
Today is the last day of the Hellenic Festival.
How do we venerate the Pentecost icon? Please kiss the feet of the Apostles on the icon. Do not kiss the “little old man” at the foot of the icon. He represents “Kosmos”, the world, that is, all reality which lies outside of the Kingdom of God. The icon symbolizes the World coming out of the darkness because now the Church has been established on earth.
His Grace, Bishop George, vicar bishop of our Eastern America Diocese, will be making an archpastoral visit to our parish June 23-24.
This Wednesday’s Akathist will be for the Holy Trinity.
There will be a choir rehearsal this Wednesday after the Akathist. We will be focusing on music for Bishop George’s visit. We plan to have rehearsals every other week from now on.
Annunciation Church is hosting concert of music by Greek composers this Thursday at 7:30pm in honor of the parish’s centennial, featuring the Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra. Please see the bulletin board for details.
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Reader John Kachelmeyer, Marcus Bursik, Benjamin Jackson, Vadim Zharkoff, the Albul family, the Nikolaev family, the Vereshchaga family, and everyone traveling to and from Jordanville for Holy Trinity Monastery’s feast day.O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,Who art everywhere present and fillest all things,Treasury of good things and Giver of life:Come and dwell in us,And cleanse us of all impurity,And save our souls, O Good One!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.