Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
400 S. 6th Ave., Butler, PA 16001
Learning about Orthodoxy
Welcome to our Bible Study!

Holy Orthodoxy is the experience of God in worship, in the inner life, and in ministry to those around us, according to the pattern laid out in the Holy Scripture.  It is therefore crucial that we read and study of the Scriptures.

The Orthodox view of the Bible is that its truth is a dynamic and transformative ascent into God.  It is not a thing to be grasped and treated as an idol. The truth of the Bible is disclosed in the Liturgy, in the lives of the saints, and we discover it gradually when we advance in our "life in Christ."

We are trying to offer "food" for thought and for the heart to anyone interested in learning about Orthodoxy--members of our parish, inquirers, visitors, etc.  Please join us for our regular "Intro to Orthodoxy" presentations, which take place every two or three months (for past topics, see here).

Saturday, July 6, 5:30 – 6:15 pm: BIBLE STUDY, followed by Great Vespers. The Bible study will be focussed on the parables of Christ. 



In the past two years we have met several times to "learn Orthodoxy" -- a few meetings were dedicated to the writing "The Life in Christ," by St. Nicholas Cabasilas.

We then had two presentations-cumdiscussion: one on the life of St. John Maximovich, the other about our patron saint, Anthony the Great.

Finally, the following two events were open to the public:


The poetry of the early Church was never “just art.”  Over two millennia and up to this day, the sacred hymns composed by ancient Christians have been opening the treasures of Holy Scripture to all those who hunger for the living God.  Indeed, hymns are theology—even the first, deepest, and most beautiful theology of the Christian Church.

“Rejoice, O Bethlehem,  for Eden has been opened for all”:

December 2, 1-3 pm


Click on the links below to watch the audio and video materials from our December 2 presentation.

Learning Theology from the Hymns of Nativity, part 1

Learning Theology from the Hymns of Nativity, part 2.

APRIL 7, 12:30 pm: Hungry Stomachs or Starving Souls? On Fasting and Feasting

We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 7, at 12:30 PM, for the following presentation:

"Hungry Stomachs or Starving Souls? Fasting and Feasting in Modern Times"

Deacon Luke Toumi 

[CLICK HERE] for a PDF of the flyer. 

A native of Syria, Deacon Luke was trained as a medical doctor before starting his studies in Theology.He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioethics at Duquesne University. 

A Word of Warning
Orthodoxy is a old as the Church itself, because it is the Church. The disciples and the apostles are traceable within our lineage. Their guidance and their wisdom are a major part of our life in the Church today.

While it is true that we have bishops, archbishops, metropolitans and patriarchs, there is only one true head of our church: Jesus Christ. He is our head, our savior, our only way into the kingdom of heaven, our respite and our joy. Everything else is but a lens or a glass used to behold Him.

That said, it is not easy to distill 2000-plus years of theology, hymnology, prayer, hagiography, martyrdom, mystogogy, liturgy, and practical living into a succinctly stated and clearly defined outline. The only way to truly understand the Orthodox Faith is to be Orthodox. It must be lived; it cannot be "intellectually apprehended".

The Internet provides a myriad of divergent opinions and assertions about the Orthodox Faith. Tread carefully. In that there is a lot out there, it is wise to read with as much discernment as you can muster. Better yet, it is wise to reflect on such things with the guidance of a priest, a spiritual father or mother, a godparent or some other Orthodox person who can help to sort the wheat from the chaff. There are no guardrails on the information superhighway; you must control your own trajectory.

The links below offer some cursory articles about Orthodoxy from a variety of sources. Even there you may find divergent points of view. May the Holy Spirit guide you on your journey. And please, when in doubt, rely on your learned friends and advisors.

Fr. Gregory Long

(Father Gregory is our former parish priest; he is now serving the community at St. Elias in New Castle, PA)