St John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
Witnessing to the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in the City of Philadelphia
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237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103  •  Phone: 215-563-0979


Monthly Calendar and Upcoming Events

Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Fr.​ ​ ​Brooks​ ​will​ ​be​ ​giving​ ​a​ ​children's​ ​sermon​ ​every​ ​Sunday​ ​after​ ​the​ ​Gospel reading​ ​(before the adult sermon). He will have the children come to the front pews, sit and talk with them and ask them questions. Please bring your children to church early enough so that they can participate.

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Sunday, December 24, 4:00 pm: Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy
No Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am

The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus is one of the most joyful days of the Orthodox Church. It ranks next to the greatest holiday, the Resurrection of Jesus. The Feast of the Birth of Jesus is also known as the "Incarnation of Christ." This means that Jesus became a man and came into the world to save us. We also refer to this joyous feast as Christmas.

The icon of the Nativity tells the story of Christ's birth from the Scriptures. It also shows that all creation is taking part in Christ's birth. The angels give thanks with their song; the heavens give the star; the Wise Men give their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The poor, humble shepherds give their praise and amazement; the earth gives the cave, and humanity gives the Virgin.

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 Parish Council Meeting postponed until Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sunday, January 7: Holy Theophany (Epiphany), Icon auction part I
Sunday, January 14: Icon auction part II
Please return your icons by December 17 so we can prepare for the auction.

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The​ ​Charity​ ​and​ ​Benevolence​ ​Committee

Are collecting funds to help a family or a small business in Port Arkansas, Texas, which took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey. Donations for Hurricane Harvey victims can be mailed to the church or dropped off at the candle stand. Please write Hurricane Harvey in the memo area of the check.


Also, our committee has decided to help out an organization called Sunday Breakfast Mission. It is a transitional housing facility very near to our church. They need toiletries, clothing, and people to help serve lunch or dinner occasionally (a two hour commitment that we will set up. Contact Sandi Fiss or Fr. Brooks if you are able to help. 

Home Blessing & Visitation

A sheet is posted in the side vestibuleFather Brooks intends to visit on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please pick a date and time and sign up. If you notice someone has signed up on the same date but lives far from you, please pick another date. As always if you are unable to schedule a visitation on Thursday or Saturday, Father Brooks encourages you to contact him directly 215-563-0979 or email fr.brooks to schedule an alternate date.

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Photos-Videos of Recent Events
Halloween Party
Halloween Party
Annual Archdiocesan Assembly
Annual Archdiocesan Assembly
Blessing of Backpack
Blessing of Backpack

August 28 church picnic VIDEOS

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Mailing Address
Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
237 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Email and Phone
215-563-0979 (Phone)
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