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 10 AM Liturgy every Sunday. Come and See!

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April 15th, Holy Tuesday: Bridegroom Matins 6:30 pm

April 16th, Holy Wednesday: Holy Unction 6:30 pm

April 17th, Holy Thursday: 12 Gospels 6:30 pm

April 18th, Holy Friday:

– 10 am Decorate the Epitaphion 

– 5 pm Vespers (Taking Down From Cross)

– 7 pm Lamentations at the tomb


April 19th, Holy Saturday:

– Liturgy 11 am (new time),

– Matins/Nocturn/Liturgy beginning 11 pm (refreshments will be served after Paschal Liturgy)


April 20th, Paschal Agape Vespers: 1 pm (no coffee hour after Vespers)



Information about Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha

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Monthly Calendar and Upcoming Events

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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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