St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

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Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission... to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources



 To join the "Bell-ringer Team"
please speak to Lisa Tereshko




Each year three people are elected by the parishioners and one is appointed by the priest to a three year term on our Parish Council.

Submit your nominations to someone on the Nominating Committee (Valerie Flizanes, Carolyn Hill, Bonnie Koury, Fr. John). You may nominate yourself. The election takes place as part of our General Parish Meeting on Sunday, December 6.



CLICK HERE to see all of the information about The Nativity Fast


On Saturday mornings of the Nativity Fast (not 11/28) we prepare to welcome the newborn Christ into our hearts as we sing hymns such as these:

Let us purge our bodies and souls of sin, that with a pure conscience we may welcome in Bethlehem

Christ the King of Glory, who cometh to be born of the Virgin, pure and sinless. Come, let us worship him!

“Glory be to God who is born today of the Virgin Mother in the city of Bethlehem!”

Thus cry men and angels with voices joined in chorus in worship of the Savior’s Holy Nativity.

Come join us at 9:00 AM on Saturday, December 5, for the next praying of the Nativity Paraklesis.


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Statement from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America on the Reception of Refugees in the United States in Light of Recent Terrorist Actions Around the World

Since the tragic terrorist actions in Paris, Beirut, Mali and elsewhere in the past two weeks, there have been polarized reactions to the reception of refugees, mainly of Syrian nationality, worldwide: an understandable reaction of concern on the one hand, but a sad overreaction of fear on the other. We are all concerned first and foremost for the safety of the citizens of the United States which must be continually addressed and assessed. At the same time, the humanitarian disaster caused by the war in Syria to which the U.S. government has contributed by calling for the removal of the established Syrian leadership—as it did in Egypt, Iraq and Libya—requires a moral response from the people and government of our great country. Misguided U. S. foreign policy helped create the so-called “Arab Spring” which has been a “tornado” that has destroyed Arab countries, leaving power vacuums that have fostered the soaring, vicious activity of terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Nusra, and others in the Middle East and around the world. All of this has resulted in an unprecedented number of deaths of innocent people and lack of basic services like healthcare and sanitation, healthy food and drinking water, safe and dignified housing, and so forth.

We must not be guided by fear or bigotry, but rather let us work to heal the wounds of the injured, clothing the naked and feeding the poor as our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ has taught us. (Matthew 25:35-36)

Have the Antiochians Changed

Their Minds?

Many are asking if the Antiochians have changed their minds about Orthodox unity in America. Our response to the proposal of the Canonical Regional Planning Committee printed in _e WORD deserves some clarification. After all, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV, Metropolitan ANTONY and Metropolitan PHILIP of thrice-blessed memory, as well as the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America have been calling for administrative unity for almost a century. We must have a detailed understanding of the terms under which this unity will be achieved, however. There are many questions which still remain unanswered, and until we have detailed answers it is entirely possible that the proposed unity will not uplift the Church in America, but may very well cause harm, which can never be allowed.

Metropolitan JOSEPH has reassured us that he remains committed to the process of bringing administrative unity to the new world, and more. “More” means a united outreach to the unchurched Orthodox and non-Orthodox in the neighborhoods of our churches. “More” means mutual respect and cooperation of all people. “More” means meeting the real needs of the faithful in all of our Churches. “More” means that Orthodox churches in the new world take care of everybody, regardless of ethnic identity. To do this we need to be creative, cooperative, open to God and willing to work with each other. In Metropolitan JOSEPH’s words, “While the idea of the Assembly is noble, we need to address many concerns.”

There remain many questions that need to be addressed before real unity can be achieved. These questions must be adequately explored before a concrete proposal can be made to a Pan-Orthodox Council. We have some questions of our own. Under what specific conditions would the mother churches be willing to release their daughter churches? If some of the churches released their daughter churches, to whom would they release them? How will bishops for America be elected? How can we organize in such a way to care best for the people in our parishes? Who will decide when a parish is viable and should be blessed to continue? How will we care for the parishes that use the Western Rite? Will the laity be included in the leadership of the Church?

At the Assembly of Bishops, the Canonical Regional Planning Committee was asked to find canonists to study all of the world’s autocephalous churches and their histories to find canonical models that may help us discern what is best for us. We also asked the committee to work with bishops in regions of North America to develop models on paper (that is, not implemented) that may be proposed. As Antiochians, we support and applaud these efforts. We are also committed to working together as an Assembly, and locally with the other Orthodox bishops in the region that we serve to bring our people together. Presently, many parish faithful don’t know their Orthodox neighbors. Unity is not something that should be imposed from above.

There is no doubt in my mind that all of the bishops are sincere, God-loving men seeking God’s will. We believe God’s will is to serve His people best. We believe all Orthodox are His Church. We need to be open to God’s Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us to meet best the needs of His holy Church. We must not lose the unity that God has given us in a process to unite administratively. We need to be faithful to God and each other…Bp. JOHN



If you have sent in your pledge, we thank you.

If not, there is still (and always) time.

As Church Stewards, we are Care-Takers.

This includes our Financial Support, our Talents and our Time. It is a 52 week task.

This is our tenth year and we can make it memorable.

Please enjoy this working version of St. Michael’s sWord eMagazine. It is being produced through St. Michael’s Men’s Servants of God. Father John is the Chief Editor and Ed Sam is the producer.

We are getting closer to the first printing of this eMagazine....Paper version COMING SOON!

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CLICK HERE to review and enjoy this new publication of St. Michael’s!

FOCUS Pittsburgh

(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)

FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.  

There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.

The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at

His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph

Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.

Please read the entire article by CLICKING HERE


His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE

Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

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Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12

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Santa’s Making a List and So Should You!

This time of year is famous for its lists. Grocery lists, gift shopping lists, honey-do lists are three of the obvious ones that come to mind. The calendar in this weekly bulletin could be thought of as a list of to-do’s for the soul, things not to forget to do before the Great Feast arrives. Let us check it many, many times in the hope that God will move us to give ourselves the gifts that may be found therein.


Sunday, November 29th
8:45am Matins
9:30 Choir Rehearsal
".....and our Bishop..."
10:00am Divine Liturgy
   NO Church School
Monday, November 30th
9:00am Divine Liturgy
     Apostle Andrew
10:30 - 12:00 Noon Confessisons
1:00-3:00pm Priest Office Hours
Tuesday, December 1st
12:00pm Food on the Hill
6:00-7:30pm Confessions
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St. Michael's Lfe Cycle presented by Father Ken
St. Michael's Church School Graduation 2015
Joe Gazel's St. George Speech
Father John's 25th Anniversary Slideshow
Blessing of the Bells at St. Michael's


Print and Read November 22nd 2015
Weekly Bulletin



This evening we will complete the final verse of chapter 1 of the book of Philippians and look to complete chapter 2. Read ahead and come prepared to discuss one of the most significant passages on the Incarnate Son of God in the entire Bible. Come join us in our journey into this joyful Christological letter from St. Paul to the Church at Philippi. Comments or questions? Contact Fr. John: mobile — 724-244-1228;



Our Men's organization of St. Michael's is now known as "Antiochian MEN or AMEN. Ed Sam has stepped up to lead this new Fellowship of our Men’s Ministry.

The next meeting of AMEN will be in December Panera Bread at Greengate Center, Route 30 in Greensburg. Watch here for the date and time!


Sunday, January 3, 12:00 PM

Rodney's Restaurant, Wendel Rd, Irwin

only $20 including tax & tip

Sign up in the social hall or see Michelle Gajewski


The Women will be attending the Nativity Creche Show at the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg on Friday, December 4, at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at the Sunset Restaurant. A sign up sheet may be found on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board.

On Tuesday, December 1st, the Antiochian MEN will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!

Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!


Novemebr 16th, 7:00 PM, Monday

"The Elephant Man"

I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities

It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.

One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit

You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).

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November 15th Attendance


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