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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Media & Bulletins
Can'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.
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The Divine Liturgy Educational Series

Father Brian will be teaching a class on the Divine Liturgy at 6:00pm in the social hall. Come and learn how the Divine Liturgy came to be; it's origin, history and development over the centuries. This class is open to everyone - so don't be shy! We can't wait to see you! CLICK HERE to view the up-to-date class recordings!


Happening Now!

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Saint John's Orthodox Church is proud to host Silent Hope every Wednesday evening at 5:00pm for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. This meeting will be a weekly rotating format with a lead at the end of each month. There will be coffee, snacks and a 50/50 raffle each week. Come and join us for some fellowship and recovery! Contacts: Angela C. 330-3143805 and Crystal J. 330-442-8361. We look forward to seeing you!


Open to ALL!

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Iconography Class

Having completed the Iconography class, the series is now posted on our YouTube page! We thank Father Brian for sharing his knowledge and wisdom about holy icons. Click below to watch the videos and learn what icons mean, why they exist, what they're used for, and the development of iconography over the centuries. In these classes, Father Brian will teach you how to interpret icons through a biblical and historical lens. CLICK HERE to view the archived playlist! Enjoy!


Archived

IN MEMORIAM: Archbishop Paul Gassios

On the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha, Sunday, April 24, 2022, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Paul (Gassios), Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest, fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 69 after a grave illness.  He was the ruling hierarch of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America from 2014 until his repose.

Paul Nicholas Gassios was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 6, 1953 to Nicholas and Georgia Gassios, natives of Castanea, Greece.

As an infant, he was baptized with the name Apostolos, in honor of the holy Apostle Paul, at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Detroit, MI - his home parish for the first 28 years of his life.

He graduated from Detroit’s Cooley High School in 1971, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, after which he enrolled at Wayne State University (WSU) as a history and psychology major.  After graduating in 1976, he worked with emotionally and physically abused children.  He received a Master of Social Work degree from WSU in 1980, and continued to work in his chosen field.

In the mid-1980s, he became a member of Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia, MI.  He began theological studies in September 1991 at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, from which he received his Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude and served as valedictorian in 1994.  He was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, the late Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest, on June 25, 1994.

After ordination, he was assigned Priest-in-Charge of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Kokomo, IN, which he served until June 2005, after which he resided at Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery, Hayesville, OH until May 2006.  He briefly served as Rector of Archangel Michael Church, St. Louis, MO and the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Desloge, MO before his transfer to the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese and assignment as Dean of Saint George Cathedral, Rossford, OH in 2007.  In August 2014, he was named Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest and relocated to Chicago.

On October 20, 2014, he was tonsured to monastic rank with the name Paul, in honor of Saint Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople.  On October 21, 2014, the Holy Synod elected him to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest.

Archimandrite Paul was consecrated to the Episcopacy and enthroned as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest at Chicago’s historic Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, December 27, 2014.  Concelebrating at the Consecration Liturgy were His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon; His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West; His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania; His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas; His Grace Bishop Irénée of Ottawa and Canada; His Grace Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey; His Grace Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese; and His Grace Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska. On Thursday, May 28, 2020, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop.

His archpastoral tenure in the Midwest was only seven years but filled with great progress and accomplishment for the diocese. From an administrative perspective, he was known for prompt replies and calls when his clergy contacted him. He was very organized and thoroughly followed the established procedures with attentiveness. He actively attended diocesan, deanery, and parish meetings guiding the progress of the discussed topics.

He established new ministries within the diocese that focused on building up the communities within the diocese which include: the Mother Maria of Paris Ministry – Department of Charitable Efforts, Department of Family Life, Saint Andrew of Crete Music Ministry, and the Department of Youth. These were four areas he saw to be important pillars to building up the Body of Christ.

With a prioritization of pastoral visits, he was often on the road traveling each weekend to visit a different community within his vast diocese. He often reflected that this was the most enjoyable part of his ministry and gave him something to look forward to each week. In addition to leading the services when making archpastoral visits, he would make time to be with clergy and their families to hear about their life and struggles. He would gather with youth and parish councils to lead discussions on the faith and other topics of interest. He made annual visits to the seminaries to visit with the diocesan seminarians and their families and actively encouraged vocation within his parishes.

His genuineness is unforgettable, and his smile brought joy to those around him. His sermons were impactful and memorable for those who were blessed to hear them.

He is fondly remembered throughout the diocese as a loving shepherd for his flock. 

May Archbishop Paul’s memory be eternal!

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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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