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237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103  •  Phone: 215-563-0979

 

Nativity of the Theotokos

September 8th  Nativity of the Theotokos  In addition to the celebration of the Annunciation, there are three major feasts in the Church honoring Mary, the Theotokos. The first of these is the feast of her nativity which is kept on the eighth of September.

The record of the birth of Mary is not found in the Bible. The traditional account of the event is taken from the apocryphal writings which are not part of the New Testament scriptures. The traditional teaching which is celebrated in the hymns and verses of the festal liturgy is that Joachim and Anna were a pious Jewish couple who were among the small and faithful remnant—“the poor and the needy”—who were awaiting the promised messiah. The couple was old and childless. They prayed earnestly to the Lord for a child, since among the Jews barrenness was a sign of God’s disfavor. In answer to their prayers, and as the reward of their unwavering fidelity to God, the elderly couple was blessed with the child who was destined, because of her own personal goodness and holiness, to become the Mother of the Messiah-Christ.  Read more


Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14th, Exaltation of the Holy Cross (we will celebrate on Sept 15th - the Liturgy in the Park)  The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: The pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was resurrected for mankind. The Emperor Hadrian (117-138) gave orders to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and to build a temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter. 

Pagans gathered at this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains, the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This took place under the Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337) after his victory in the year 312 over Maxentius, ruler of the Western part of the Roman empire, and over Licinius, ruler of its Eastern part. In the year 323 Constantine became the sole ruler of the vast Roman Empire. Read more


Annual Church Picnic 2019

Our annual church picnic is again at Neshaminy State Park on September 15, 2019 

We are at Pavilion #1. Divine Liturgy is at 12pm in the park.  Bring your own food and beverages.

Information about the park: 

The park is open every day of the year, from 8:00 A.M. to sunset. See park bulletin boards for specific closing times.

The park office is open specific hours. The pool and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours. To learn more about the park visit its site here

Archbishop Nikon

This weekend of July 6 & 7th His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, traveled to Boston to join clergy from the Diocese of New England in celebrating the 50th anniversary of priestly ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Nikon. In recognition for his many years of service to the Albanian Archdiocese, the Diocese of New England, and the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude presented His Eminence with the order of Saint Innocent. 

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Metropolitan Tikhon Lenten Reflections

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offers a series of reflections on the themes contained in the Triodion hymns sung on Tuesdays of each week during Great Lent.
Each reflection, running a few minutes in length, will be posted at the beginning of every week of the 2019 Lenten season.

 

Metropolitan Tikhon’s Introduction to the “Four Pillars”

On March 2, 2019, the Orthodox Church in America released a video in which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, introduces his guiding framework for the Church.

 

 


Nick Naum Scholarship 2019-2020

The Nick Naum Scholarship Fund provides assistance to parishioners who attend St. John CHrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church and to members of the Naum Family.


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Monthly Parish Council Meetings 2018

Meeting will be on July 10, 2018

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