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10 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Sundays 


Our final Pre-sanctified Liturgy will be 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 1. We want you and your family to join us for this beautiful candlelit Liturgy. At the conclusion of the Liturgy we go to the church hall to enjoy a Lenten pot luck dinner and conversation. 


Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 am: Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy
followed by Sunday 
School Retreat ending at 3:00 pm
We would like to know how many children plan to attend so we can purchase the appropriate number of crafts and have enough supplies to make Meshe! We also need adults to help. Please contact Steve Coraluzzi at  sundayschooldirector@stjaohnsphila.org 

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Lazarus Saturday is a paschal celebration. It is the only time in the entire Church Year that the resurrectional service of Sunday is celebrated on another day. At the liturgy of Lazarus Saturday, the Church glorifies Christ as “the Resurrection and the Life” who, by raising Lazarus, has confirmed the universal resurrection of mankind even before his own suffering and death.

 

 


Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday: Jesus entrance into Jerusalmen

The feast of Christ’s triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, is one of the twelve major feasts of the Church. The services of this Sunday follow directly from those of Lazarus Saturday.

NOTE: parking lot across the street from our church is likely to be full because of Western Easter. Alternative parking is at 1556 Spring Street, between 15th and 16th Street. Fee is only $5.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Stewardship
Photos of Past Events

Women's Day Celebration (Mar.14), Adoration of the Cross (Mar.15), Skating Party (Mar.15) photos have been posted on our website http://www.stjohnsphila.org/photos.html

Welcome to our Parish

Parish Background

In the early 1900’s, thousands of Albanians emigrated from their homeland to the United States.  As a result St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church was established in its present building in 1931 through the efforts of Fr. Mark Kondili.  Prior to that the faithful had worshipped in a Serbian Orthodox Church and even a saloon.  The present structure, built in 1848 was designed by noted architect, Napolean LeBrun who also had designed St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral across the street.  Originally St. John’s was the “Episcopal Church of the Epiphany”.  In 1947, after incorporation, the Orthodox Community bought the building for $25,000.

In the early 50’s the annual budget was around $2000.  In 1957 English was used once a month.  During the 60’s continued growth and activity—the Sunday School had 100 students—marked St. John’s as a “community” Church.  In the 70’s the “Franklin Town” neighborhood restructuring stripped away the private homes forcing the parish to face new challenges.  In 1990, after years of Communism and the brutal suppression of the Orthodox Faith, Albanian emigration to the United States and the Philadelphia area presented St. John’s with new families.  Seemingly overnight, the aging congregation doubled with young Albanian families.

The mission thrust exists on three fronts:  the present families, the immediate neighborhood and the “New American-Albanian families.”  Although its families live throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church is a community committed to the witness of God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in the City of Philadelphia.


Portrait of Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos)

An early Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The mosaic is approximately 1,000 years old.

 

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The Albanian Orthodox Church - Albanian Orthodoxy

† ALBANIAN ORTHODOX CHANT † Paraqitja e Zotit Krisht në Tempull † .

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