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 Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday Bible Study to resume after Thanksgiving
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
Thurs. Singing Course 7:00pm
Confessions are heard at every evening service.
October 17/30, 2011Sunday Troparion, Tone 3:
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Prophet Hosea
Monk-Martyr Andrew of Crete
Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; * for the Lord hath wrought might with his arm. * He hath trampled down death by death; * the firstborn of the dead hath He become. * From the belly of Hades hath he delivered us * and hath granted 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.Prophet Hosea-tone 3
Thou wast an holy mirror of the C o m-forter
O wise p r o-phet
that hath received the sa-cred l i g h t of grace
wherefore like a r a y o f light
thou didst shine in the world with the knowledge of t h i n g s to come
O glorious H o-sea
do t h o u e n-t r e a t C h r i s t G o d
that we be g r a n-t e d great m e r –cyTroparion of Monk-Martyr Andrew, Tone 4:
Struggling first in fasting upon the mountain, * with the whole armor of the Cross * thou didst destroy the noetic hordes of the enemy, O most blessed one; * and afterwards thou didst manfully array thyself for thy contest, * slaying Copronymus with the sword of faith. * And for both thou hast been crowned by God, * O ever-memorable venerable martyr Andrew.Sunday Kontakion, Tone 3
: Thou didst arise today from the tomb, O Merciful One, * and didst lead us out of the gates of death.* Today Adam danceth and Eve rejoiceth; * and together with them both the Prophets and the Patriarchs * unceasingly praise the divine might of Thine authority. 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.Prophet Hosea-8th tone
As one initiated by Divine Illumination
thou wast deemed worthy of the gift of prophecy
and didst speak aforetime concerning the promise of grace.
but as thou art a dwelling of divine glory,
do thou rescue from all manner of misfortunes them that cry to thee:
Rejoice O Hosea, thou vessel of the SpiritKontakion of Monk-Martyr Andrew, Tone 8
: Out of love for thee, O divinely blessed one, * we utter hymns of praise as thanksgiving * to the name-sake of manliness, * to the teacher of the mysteries of piety. * As thou hast boldness before the Lord, * save us from all evils that we may chant: * Rejoice, O every-memorable father!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.
Epistle: Galatians 1:11-19
Gospel: Luke 8:5-15
November 3 is the nameday of our ruling bishop, Metropolitan Hilarion. Please sign the card for him.
This Wednesday’s Akathist will be for the icon of the Theotokos “Joy of All Who Sorrow”, whose commemoration is next Sunday.
Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.
Our parish’s Thanksgiving Akathist and dinner will be next Sunday, November 6.
Please sign up downstairs to bring a dish. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family!
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Marcus Bursik and Silouan Dudley.The Icon of the Holy Theotokos, “Joy of All Who Sorrow”
This name is given to one of the wonderworking icons of the Most-holy Theotokos. On this day the icon is celebrated for the miraculous healing in Moscow, of Euphemia, the sister of Patriarch Joachim, in the year 1688. Euphemia had a serious wound in the side and as the doctors failed in their treatments, she prayed with tears to the Most-holy Theotokos. Then, she heard a voice: ``Euphemia, go to the Church of the Transfiguration of my Son; there you will find the icon, `Joy of All Who Sorrow.' Have the priest pray for you before this icon and you will be healed.'' Euphemia did so, and was immediately made well.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.