WELCOME HOME

We're so excited to have you with us. Please make yourself at home, click around and spend time getting to know us! God willing we will meet soon! The most common question we get is: "What is Orthodox Christianity?" That's a huge question, so we'll save you some time and give you the express version!

 

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY IS

Evangelical, but not Protestant. Orthodox, but not Jewish. Catholic, but not Roman. Pre-denominational. Has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for. It is the Faith that has established the Universe. Proclaiming the Truth since 33 A.D.

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QUICKLINKS & RESOURCES

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New Here?
New Here? No problem! Our home is your home. Click below to learn a little about who we are, what we stand for, and why you belong.
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Daily Readings
Here you'll find daily scripture readings, the lives of the saints, and much more.
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Schedule
From worship, to bible study, to special events and festivals. This is where you'll find everything you need to know about what's going on, and when.
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Prayer Corner
Click here to view our up to date prayer lists. You may also submit names for our clergy and parish community to pray for.
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Weekly Media
Couldn't make it to Church? Click below to access our Sunday bulletin, watch our streamed services, and listen to Father Brian & Fr Jonathan's archived sermons.
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Upcoming Events
Click here to view our upcoming events sponsored by Saint John's Bookstore & Gift Shop.
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Youth & Teen
Find out what's happening with our youth group, when they meet and how you can get involved.
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Bookstore
Saint John's Bookstore & Gift Shop features a wide variety of handmade religious goods from all over the world, an incredible collection of Christian books, home goods, and more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Does a person have to be Greek, or Russian, or from some other European heritage to be an Orthodox Christian?
A. Most emphatically NO! The various Orthodox churches in the United States welcome anyone for worship and to consider membership. At the present time, the Orthodox churches in the West are experiencing significant growth from Protestants and Roman Catholics interested in our worship and doctrines. The Orthodox Church is Christ’s Church and is therefore open to everyone.

Q. What is the language used during Sunday worship?
A. All of our services will be 100% in English, with the exception of a few services where a common hymn might be sung in many languages (Russian,  Greek, Romanian, Arabic). These specific hymns are festal and account for .05% less English than usual. 

Q. Is your Church family friendly?
A. Yes! Absolutely! In our Church families worship together in the same space. We are used to hearing the rustle and bustle of our little ones. However, if our little ones get out of hand (as they sometimes do) we ask that you please step out with your child until. him or her calms down, and as not. to distract fellow worshippers. 

Q. Can I receive Holy Communion?
A. Sadly, no, as the Christian Church is tragically divided and does not yet share the same One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith in Christ. Receiving Holy Communion is the paramount sign of the Oneness of the Faith, which is not a reality at present. Please pray for the unity of all Christians in both faith and love. We encourage our non-Orthodox visitors to get in the communion line in order to receive a blessing from the priest, and to partake of our post-communion bread and wine, known as "Antidoron," which means, "Instead of the gift." The gift being, the Eucharist.

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Father's Corner

Read Father Brians Weekly Message!

In this holy season of Advent, let us journey with the Magi, following the star to the Christ-child. As we journey, we fast a little more, we come to church a little more, we read the scriptures a little more, and by so doing, we do other things less. We watch less TV, we engage in less gossip, we eat less food, we buy less gifts. All of this for the sake of preparing the cave of our hearts for the King of the Universe. Just as God humbled Himself and became a man, so too shall we humble ourselves so we might recieve God. Considering the craziness of this year, now is the time to make our faith and spiritual life count! Prepare, brothers and sisters! Prepare the cave of your hearts for the coming of the King!




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DID YOU KNOW?!

  • There are some 250 million Orthodox Christians in the world.
  • Most Christians in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, Russia and Ukraine are Orthodox.
  • Three million Americans are Orthodox Christians
  • The heaviest concentrations of Orthodox in America are in Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
  • Our specific parish is a community of the Diocese of the Midwest, in the Orthodox Church in America.
    • Our diocesan bishop is Archbishop Paul; the OCA Primate is Metropolitan Tikhon.
  • Organized Orthodox Church life first came to America in 1794 with missionaries from old Russia who came to Alaska.
  • Centuries of vigorous Orthodox missionary activity across 12 times zones in northern Europe and Asia was halted by the Communists after the Soviet Revolution in 1917.
  • Orthodox missions are active in Central Africa, Japan Korea and many other parts of the world.

 

OUR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Click below to visit the websites of our sister Orthodox Christian Churches in Warren, Ohio. We've also included links to our beloved Orthodox Monasteries, located in Ellwood City, PA and Hiram, OH.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please contact the parish/monastery administrators to inquire about visiting. 






CONNECT WITH US
 

Address: 2220 Reeves Road • Warren, OH 44483     Phone: (330) 372-3895     Email: FrBrian@stjohnswarren.com