SAINT ANTHONY ORTHODOX CHURCH
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
400 S. 6th Ave., Butler, PA 16001
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We are an Orthodox Christian community of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, under the care of Bishop Thomas of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.

Our community at St. Anthony's extends a heartfelt invitation to all Orthodox Christians and to all interested visitors to join us in worship and fellowship. (For driving directions, click here!).  And until we meet face to face, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/orthodoxbutler , on this website, and at https://orthodoxoutreachusa.org.

God bless you and direct your steps!

Fr. Bogdan (Bucur), parish priest

frbogdan@orthodoxbutler.org

 

If you would like to support Saint Anthony's with a donation, please click below.


We invite you to read our weekly bulletin, where you will find short reflections on the Scripture readings assigned to each Sunday, news from the parish community, and more.

CLICK HERE!

 

Come, worship with us!

On Sundays, even though you are home, know that the Church worldwide carries you in its prayers, and that your prayer is also welcome in the large concert of angels and humans, saints and sinners, that is our mystical worship. You can also participate by praying the Typika service, which we will post every Saturday along with the Sunday bulletin at  https://orthodoxbutler.org/bulletin

 
To watch the Divine Liturgy and other services at the Monastery of the Transfiguration, click here:

https://www.youtube.com/EllwoodCityChapel/live

 
During the week we can all pray the Akathist of the Lord Jesus Christ (a wonderful "warm-up" for praying the Jesus Prayer) and the Akathist of the Annunciation. Here are the two links:

If you would like to support Saint Anthony's with a donation, please click below.

 

Our regular weekly services are as follows:

Saturdays: Vespers, 6:30 pm
Sundays: Matins, 9:15 am; Divine Liturgy, 10:00 am

For feasts that fall on a weekday, we usually meet at 6:30pm on the eve of the feast to celebrate Vesperal Liturgy.

WHY BOTHER TO COME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS?

 

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Fellowship after Sunday Liturgy

Food and fellowship after services is suspended until the contagion is under control. 

We usually break bread together on Sundays, following Divine Liturgy. It is a good way for the community to reconnect at the end of a week, to get to know each other better, to strengthen the bonds of existing friendship, and to meet new people. 

To be sure we have enough, but not too much, food each week, we all decided to try coordinating among those who would like to contribute a little or a lot to our joyous Sunday meals. If you'd like to sign up, please click the link below; feel free to change or add anything, and simply type in your name.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kmFmQ7bBFrhYGrq85EC7wqxVQf3s2n8LZeAsCQclVok/edit

NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Friday, June 5: ordination of Deacon Martin to the holy priesthood. Even if most of us cannot participate in the service (which will take place at the cathedral church in Charleston, WV), let us all remember before God the revered deacon Martin, that that the grace of the All-Holy Spirit, which always completes that which is lacking, may come upon him and clothe him with all that is necessary for his ministry as a presbyter.
  • Reopening St. Anthony's: Sunday, June 7 (Pentecost / Descent of the Holy Spirit). While we must be careful to minimize the risk of contagion, Anthony's resumes communal worship. It goes without saying that one should stay home if feeling sick and if there is a fever. In church, individuals or families (whose members will stand together) are asked to keep a distance of 6 feet from others individuals/ families, and to wear masks.

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SERVICES DURING QUARANTINE:

Saturdays, 6 PM: Vespers (ZOOM): see the text posted here

Wednesdays, 6 PM: Akathist (ZOOM)

  • Akathist "Glory to God for all Things": here
  • Akathist of the Lord Jesus Christ (a wonderful "warm-up" for praying the Jesus Prayer): here
  • Akathist of the Annunciation: here

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HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA 2020

You are warmly invited to join us for virtual Bridegroom Services, beginning Sunday evening of Holy Week (4/12), 6 PM. We will be praying the services together via Zoom. Anyone on our email list will receive the zoom invitation and a copy of the service for that evening. If you or someone you know would like to join the group, please send a message to our Facebook page or email Fr. Bogdan (frbogdan@orthodoxbutler.org).     

Throughout Holy Week, after the Bridegroom Services of Monday-Wednesday, we will be reading and discussing Melito of Sardis, On PaschaHere are recordings to our meetings so far:
On the Jewish Passover: HERE
On Pascha, with St. Melito of Sardis, Part 2: HERE ; Part 3 HERE

  •    SUNDAY, 4/12       6 pm  Bridegroom Service. For the text, click HERE
  •    MONDAY, 4/13      6 pm  Bridegroom Service. For the text, click HERE
  •    TUESDAY, 4/14     6 pm  Bridegroom Service. For the text, click HERE
  •    WED, 4/15             6 pm  Bridegroom Service. For the text, click HERE
  •    THURSDAY, 4/16  6 pm  Bridegroom Service (12 ​Passion Gospels) HERE
  •    FRIDAY, 4/17         6 pm  Bridegroom Service (Lamentations). Text HERE
  •    SATURDAY, 4/18   6 pm  Vespers of Holy Saturday. Find the text HERE 
  •    SATURDAY, 4/18 10 pm  Paschal Matins and Liturgy (livestreamed on Facebook).  Ideally, everyone should pray together with the clergy until the end of Liturgy before breaking the fast. Given our current circumstances, these services are simplified—no processions, etc—so that we will bless the food before midnight.
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During this time of coronavirus contagion, we must be especially mindful of protecting the elderly, sick, or immunocompromised in our parish, our families, and communities. With the blessing of our bishop, we are therefore implementing a number of temporary changes to our liturgical life: 
 
We are asking all parishioners to stay home while only the clergy and chanter will be offering the Divine Liturgy on Sundays “on behalf of all and for all.”
 
Baptisms are to be postponed (except for cases of emergency); faithful who express the need for Confession: please call me; Father Bogdan and Deacon Martin are planning on distributing Holy Communion at regular intervals. 
 
We pray that by implementing these restrictions on our personal and parish life, we can hasten the time when it will be safe to return to a full liturgical life, and in the process, God willing, save lives at the same time.
 
On Sundays, even though you are home, know that the Church worldwide carries you in its prayers, and that your prayer is also welcome in the large concert of angels and humans, saints and sinners, that is our mystical worship. You can also participate by praying the Typika service, which we will post every Saturday along with the Sunday bulletin at 
https://orthodoxbutler.org/bulletin
 
To watch the Divine Liturgy and other services at the Monastery of the Transfiguration, click here:
https://www.youtube.com/EllwoodCityChapel/live
 

If you would like to support Saint Anthony's with a donation, please click below.

 

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Sunday, August 5: Subdeacon Martin ordained to the Diaconate. Axios!

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Crowning of Martie and Melinda (15 April 2018): click here

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Baptism of Miruna Bucur (2 Feb 2014): video here.


The Becker family (Timothy, Caroline Anna, Samuel, Luke, and Hossana Perpetua) were received into Orthodoxy.  Their sponsors are Deacon Luke and Alexis Cross.  Photos are available on Facebook page of Chris Humphrey, who was kind enough to make professional photos of this event. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a couple of them.

The Becker family with their sponsors.