St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America

Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church!

Christ is in our midst! He is and Ever shall be! 

St Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church is a Parish of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

If you are an Orthodox Christian without a spiritual home, or are new to Orthodoxy and are interested in discovering more about the historic Faith, we invite you to visit us at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Come and experience for yourself the life-giving, transformative beauty of the ancient apostolic Faith!

When Great prince Vladimir was looking for a faith for his people, he sent emissaries all over the earth to explore different religions. They found what they were looking for in the beautiful temple of Hagia Sophia, where they said "we no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth." At the heart of the Orthodox Faith is the belief that The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory’ –John 1:14. The Liturgical journey that we embark on throughout the year here at St. Nicholas bears witness to this ever-present truth that God became Man. Take a moment and contemplate these words from the service for Great and Holy Saturday:

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and in fear and trembling stand, pondering nothing earhly minded.

For the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, comes to be slain, to give Himself as food to the faithful.

Before Him go the ranks of Angels: all the principalities and powers; the many-eyed Cherubim; and the six-winged Seraphim, covering their faces, singing their hymn: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Have you ever heard words like these before? If you would like to hear more such heavenly praises, please visit us. When we hear the un-distorted praises of the God of Love we are empowered to lead a new life in God. Come and See!

May the God of Love, the Holy Trinity, One in essence and undivided ever protect and keep you!

Your servant in Christ, 

Fr. Ian

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Thursday, December 18th
9:00 -12:00 Fr. Ian at Church office
Saturday, December 20th
6:45 9th Hour
7:00 Great Vespers followed by confession
Sunday, December 21st
9:10 The Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, December 23rd
7:00pm Royal Hours
Wednesday, December 24th
9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy
7:00pm Great Compline
Thursday, December 25th
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Friday, December 26th
9:00 Liturgy for Synaxis of the Theotokos
Saturday, December 27th
6:45 9th Hour
7:00 Great Vespers followed by confession
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Upcoming Events

Christmas Choir Concert

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church a cappella choir will present a concert of Orthodox liturgical hymns of the Nativity season and Russian Christmas carols on Sunday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Church.  

Traditional Valaam, Kievan, and Serbian chants along with arrangements by well known Russian composers will include O House of Ephrata, Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos by Rachmaninoff, Glory to God in the Highest by Bortniansky, and The Kanon of the Feast by Allemanov. Traditional Russian Christmas carols will be sung in Russian and English.  

The Choir is under the direction of Reader Nicholas Lezinsky.  A free will offering will be taken.  Following the concert, light refreshments will be served in the Chernay Fellowship Hall.  The Church is located at 980 Bridle Path Road (between Route 512, Center Street, and Jacksonville Road).  For information, call 610-867-0402 or 610-868-9468.


Christmas Bazaar

Please Join Us!

A Christmas Bazaar and Pierogi Sale will be held at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in the Church Fellowship Hall.  The Church is located at 980 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem.


Ethnic foods such as halushki, halupki, potato pancakes, and borscht will be available for dine in or take out.  Hand pinched pierogis will be for sale by the dozen.  A bake sale table will have nut, apricot, poppy rolls and kiffles, and a wide assortment of Christmas cookies and cakes.  


The Treasures of Russia Boutique will feature a variety of unique Christmas ornaments, matroshka nesting dolls, Faberge style pendants with Christmas motifs, hand-painted lacquered boxes, decorated eggs, hand-embroidered linens, Lomonosov china including a selection of collectible cups and saucers, and a large selection of icons and crosses.  Crafters will offer a selection of handmade items.

For information, call the Church at 610-867-0402.

Presentation by Dr. Harry Boosalis

Divine Liturgy on Sundays will now begin at 9:30 am

Church school will begin after Holy Communion 

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