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!)
God bless you and direct your steps!
Fr. Bogdan (Bucur), parish priest
Come, worship with us!
Our regular weekly services are as follows:
Saturdays: Vespers, 6:30 pm
For feasts that fall on a weekday, we usually meet at 6:30pm on the eve of the feast to celebrate Vesperal Liturgy.
During Lent the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is typically rotating between the three Orthodox churches in our area. For this year's services, see below.
NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS
SCHEDULE FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK, AND PASCHA
TEEN VIGIL AT THE TOMB (GREAT FRIDAY NIGHT).
We are planning something quite extraordinary to mark the most solemn point of Holy Week—the crucifixion and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ: we intend to gather all teens from our three Orthodox parishes in the Butler/Lyndora area, and to revive the ancient Orthodox tradition of the Vigil at the Tomb. The “vigil at the Tomb” or “guarding of the Tomb” is our opportunity to join the myrrhbearing women in keeping watch over the body of our Lord, awaiting His Resurrection as He descends into Hades to search out all those imprisoned since Adam.
To learn about the specifics and, we hope, send your teen to join us for the Vigil, please click here.
21 MAY: PARISH RUMMAGE SALE
orthodoxcranberry.org: we meet every Thursday, 7-8 PM, in the Cranberry Municipal Center. Starting this Thursday, we will study Genesis 1-3 accompanied by Saint Ephrem's Hymns on Paradise. Click here for the amazon booklet.
Sunday, 10 January, 1:30 pm: Outdoor Blessing of the Waters. After Divine Liturgy, we will gather at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, joining the parishes of Sts Peter and Paul and St Andrew, as well as the nuns at Transfiguration Monastery. The blessing of waters will “expand” our celebration of the Lord’s Baptism by bringing the blessing of the Jordan to all of creation.
Sat/ Sun, Jan. 16-17: Pastoral visit from Bishop Thomas and Feast of Anthony the Great. His Grace, Bishop Thomas will be with us starting Saturday evening, celebrating Vespers, meeting the council and the entire parish and breaking bread with us. On Sunday we will be hosting our brothers and sisters from the other two Orthodox parishes, donate the collection to a monastic community (since they are the followers of Saint Anthony, “the father of monasticism”), and learn something about how the life and teachings of Saint Anthony can help us today. Our guest and speaker will be Archbishop Melchizedek of the OCA.
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.