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Many people ask us if our services are in Russian. The short answer is no. While we were founded by Russian immigrants, we have become a pan-ethnic Orthodox community. Our Faith is open to all people in this nation who are interested in learning about and living out the Apostolic Faith of New Testament Church.
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.
Now the Faith that was brought from Byzantium to Russia, has been brought to America. God has opened a door for us to enter the saving Ark, unshaken by the passing fads, and religous trends of this world. We emphasize that Orthodoxy is the unchanged Faith, but the reason we do not change the Faith is because it is this Ancient Faith that changes us!
May the God of Love, the Holy Trinity, One in essence and undivided ever protect and keep you!
100th Anniversary Celebration
We are planning a full weekend of events beginning with a church service followed by a wine and cheese reception on Friday evening, October 14, 2016. On Saturday, October 15, there will be a Memorial Divine Liturgy with a panikhida in memory of our founders and all those faithful clergy and laity who devoted their lives to building and nurturing the foundation of our spiritual life. We also honor the memory of those who labored so hard to ensure that we have the wonderful physical facility that we enjoy throughout the year. Following Vespers at 4 pm there will be a buffet dinner. The highlight of the weekend will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 9:30 am followed by a gala banquet at 1:00 pm at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It's Orthodox, but not Jewish. It's Catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-denominational, it's pre-denominational. It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for. The Faith of the Apostles, since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.