LATEST BULLETIN!
LATEST BULLETIN!

Read or Download a copy of our latest Church Bulletin for information on upcoming services and events

Beginning of the Day Prayers
Beginning of the Day Prayers

"Lord Have Mercy. Having Risen from sleep I run to You, O Master, for You love mankind...and I rush to accomplish Your work..."

"The Greatest of these is Love"

"Stewardship is Everything we do after we say 'I Believe'. Stewardship is about how we live our lives and make our choices". It is a choice we make, everyday, in many different ways. Stewardship is saying "I am responsible" for supporting my church, my faith, my community, spiritually, financially, and materially, with my time, and talents, and resources. If you believe, what choices have YOU made today to support your church, your faith, your church community?

"...by Your goodness peace may return to all people..." ...... Nothing is more basic to Christian life than prayer. It is the foundation of all other response, not an alternative to response. Please find time each day to be aware of wars now going on in the world and to pray for peace.

Pray for Peace in Ukraine

Orthodox Resources for Teaching our Children
Orthodox Resources for Teaching our Children

A teaching resource collection geared toward younger children ranging in age from Preschool to lower Elementary. Content includes background information, Bible references, icon explanation, storytelling resources, worksheets, crafts, games and other fun activity ideas. Orthodox Pebbles also produces hands-on teaching tools and an extensive digital collection, for the Orthodox classroom and home; all free of charge to the whole Orthodox Christian community.

The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) Children's Bulletin
The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) Children's Bulletin

Each week, this little newsletter is published for young parishioners! Every edition has age-appropriate articles, a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week, stories, activities and pages to color. The newsletter is provided in an 8.5 x 14, PDF format so that you can easily download, print it, fold-it, and share it!

The Nazarene Kid's Edition
The Nazarene Kid's Edition

This is Camp Nazareth’s monthly electronic Newsletter! Each month Camp will send out The Nazarene via email and post it on social media and here for kids & campers. Fun activities, Camp pics, Camp news, church hymns, quotes from The Fathers, and lots more will br in each edition..

Listen to Carpatho Rusyn Prostopinije/Plain Chant or ACROD Choral recordings
Listen to Carpatho Rusyn Prostopinije/Plain Chant or ACROD Choral recordings

Recordings from Nativity Services, Divine Liturgies, and Other Services Available on Spotify. Launch the application, login, or Create and Account and Search "ACROD"

Welcome to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church!

We are a parish of the Orthodox Christian Faith which was established on the day of Holy Pentecost in the Year 33 AD. Our parish community is a member of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. whose presiding bishop is His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is an autonomous diocese under the spiritual protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is the Primate.  Our services are in English, with the occasional church Salvonic and Greek on Holy days and feast days!
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to the worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers.
If you have any questions in regards to our worship or the Orthodox Church in general, please see Fr. Michael Zak and he will gladly answer any of your inquires to the best of his ability.  He looks forward to meeting you   At our best, we are known for our welcoming attitude, hospitality, prayerfulness, generosity and compassion.  At our worst, we are sinners, but we’re working out our salvation together, and could use your help.  If you are looking for a church home, we hope you will consider making St Nicholas Orthodox Church that place.   Learn More
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Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent". – St. John Chrysostom

 

   "Let the children come to Church, even if they slept there, even if they played and ate, even if they came late, even if they talked and made noise... It is enough that they chose the Church rather than going anywhere else! They shook off sleep and came to Church. They left their play and came to Church.  Today they play and joke, tomorrow they will pray and chant, and after tomorrow they will serve, and afterwards they will become leaders in the church. Who amongst us didn’t behave like them when he was their age?
Do not reproach a child or dismiss him. Whatever he does, do not reject his commitment to the Church. Be kind to them, be nice to them, and teach them with patience, compassion and wisdom. Smile to them. Give them gifts. Hug them kindly. Encourage them and make them feel how we rejoice that they are present with us. Today they connect emotionally with the Church, tomorrow they will connect spiritually.
Of all that we have, children are the most precious. Our Lord Jesus Christ blessed children, hugged them, and had them stand in the midst, in front of everyone I, to show that they should get the most attention and care."
                                                                                 Aba Macarius, Bishop of Al Menia & Abu Koras

 


TRADITIONAL DIOCESAN FASTING REGULATIONS

FOR GREAT LENT: 2024

  1. Monday, March 18th: Clean Monday, The First Day of Lent, is a Day of Strict Fast, as is Good Friday, May 3rd, and Holy Saturday, May 4th.  No meat or dairy products may be eaten on these days.
  2. No meat may be eaten on all Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent.
  3. No meat and meat products may be eaten during Great and Holy Week, April 29th through May 4th.
  4. For the evening Pre-sanctified Liturgies, a 3 hour fast from all food and drink is to be observed before Communion. Normal fasting from midnight is still to be practiced for the morning divine liturgies. People who must take medications at certain times may do so and still receive communion, even with a little food if required.

These are the minimum regulations. We are encouraged to fast in a stricter manner if we can. Fasting also includes attending Lenten services, giving alms to the poor, and avoiding bad habits.

Services & Events

 

Divine Liturgy on the Fourth All-Souls' Saturday with Panachida & Reading of the Parish Diptychs
Apr 13 9 am
Service of the Third Hour
Apr 14 8:20 am
St. Basil's Liturgy on Sunday of St. John Climacus
Apr 14 9 am
Lenten Vespers at St. John's Church, Allison Park, PA
Apr 14 4 pm
Executive Board Meeting
Apr 17 4 pm
Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (3hr Fast of food & drink before partaking of Holy Communion)
Apr 17 6 pm
Akathist Hymn to the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
Apr 19 6 pm

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