St. Michael the Archangel
Russian Orthodox Church
335-37 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Saturday, March 24 - Vespers and Presentation of St. Matthew Passion

Vespers at 4:30PM followed by a presentation of St. Matthhew Passion.

We will present a multimedia presentation of the St. Matthew Passion composed by our Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev.  A complete reading (in English) of the Passion Gospel according to St. Matthew will be musically accompanied by symphony orchestra, chorus, and soloists in an Orthodox reading of the well-known J.S. Bach Passion.

This is a wonderful precursor to Holy Week, during which we will hear the full reading of the Twelve Gospels of the Passion on Holy Thursday.  You are encouraged to take advantage of this spiritual experience and to bring family and friends.

Update on Services - Week of March 18

Due to the forecasted snow, the Presanctified Gifts Liturgy scheduled for Wednesday March 21 is postponed and will be served on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm. 
The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete scheduled to be chanted on Thursday March 22 is cancelled. The Canon will be chanted prior to the Presanctified Liturgy on Friday. 
Confessions will be heard before and after the services on Friday. Please contact Fr. Greg if you would like to schedule your confession.

2018 Lenten Appeal

2018 Lenten/Spring Appeal  

Haitian Relief Fund 


Eight years ago, on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, resulting in over 220,000 fatalities and displacing hundreds of thousands more.  The 2018 report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that 1.9 million Haitians are still in need of aid.

St. Michael the Archangel Church believes that being involved in the community and charitable works are central to the life of a Christian community.  Each year we identify and work on several activities including a Lenten (Spring) charity collection to advance our mission.  This year we are supporting the Orthodox community in Haiti.  

Our church is working directly with St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church in Miami, Florida to provide assistance and financial support.  Direct financial support is recognized as one of the most effective forms of assistance and is widely recommended by international donors and NGO relief agencies.  100% of the money raised goes directly and securely to recipients. 

First priority is given to families without shelter, and to those with infants and small children. Your donation is greatly needed and appreciated.  All contributions are welcome and no donation is too small. 

The campaign runs from February 19 through April 8.  Donations can be made in person via check or cash in our church office. Please list Haitian Appeal in subject line or with donation.  At the end of the campaign, we will compile all donations and send to St. Vladimir Church.  Online donations can be made directly at .  Please note that this website is in Russian and English and a translate button may pop up when you click the link. 

"How many tears will I swallow?": The Election of St. Tikhon as Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and the Council of 1917-18

A free, open to all, multimedia presentation by Alexander Pavuk, Ph.D. on March 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm in our church hall.
Professor Pavuk will discuss the significance of the All-Russian Church Council that was convened one hundred years ago and the historic action of the Council to restore the Patriarchate and to elect then Metropolitan Tikhon as the first Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia since that office had been abolished by Peter I.  The work accomplished by Patriarch Tikhon against all odds during the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution and ensuing violent repression of the Church will be discussed, as well as his 1989 glorification and the 1992 finding of the relics of St. Tikhon that remained hidden in the Donskoy Monastery after his 1925 martyrdom.

Professor Pavuk is Assistant Professor of History at Morgan State University.
All are welcome to attend this Lenten event immediately following the Divine Liturgy on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 25.

Sunday School Charity Collection

The Sunday School Youth are sponsoring in loving memory of +Miss Tina Monteiro, Sunday School Teacher the 2nd Annual Charity Collection to benefit the the Saved Me Adoption Center at 860 N. 3rd Street in our neighborhood.
Participation by the entire parish is greatly appreciated!
Donations are joyfully accepted now until March 18th Drop off in the church hall.
Items needed for tender, loving care are as follows:
· Laundry Detergent                           Peanut Butter
· Bleach                                              Towels
· Blankets (no pillowcases)                 Cat Litter
· Food & Water Bowls                         Printer Paper
· Collars                                               Leashes
· Dog & Cat Toys                                 Dog & Cat Treats
· Litter Trays                                        Crates & Carriers

Monetary donations are gladly accepted & will go towards helping to sponsor healthy, safe and comfortable living spaces, medical costs, etc. Thank you for your support.
Please contact Mr. Ken or Ms. Nadine with any questions.  

2018 Lenten Mission Service Schedule

Services begin at 4 PM.  All are welcome. 

  • February 25       St. Stephen Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115,
  • March 4             St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 8210 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082,
  • March 11           St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, 812 Grand Street, Trenton, NJ 08610,
  • March 18           St. Mary Church, 2412 West Third Street, Chester, PA 19013
  • March 25           Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church, 2101 South 28th Street (28th & Snyder) Philadelphia, PA 19145, 
Becoming Truly Human Screening and Discussion February 11

Join us during coffee hour (12 noon) for a screening of  Becoming Truly Human, a documentary that looks at the rise of the “Nones” (those who check “none of the above” on religion surveys). Multiple research groups report that this group has risen from roughly 6% of the U.S. population in the 1990s to 25% as of 2015. To date, little research exists on this growing demographic.

The movie visits the lives of several non religiously affiliated young people in a laid back manner, lets them talk among themselves and explore the reasons why they have become disillusioned with religion. The movie then leads into the conversion of one of these “nones” to Orthodoxy through an intense journey of searching and questioning.

(Website for the movie)

49ers Club February Get Together

Tuesday, February 27th @ 11:30AM, the 49ers Social Senior Club will enjoy food & fellowship. Share the love  by "wearing your heart on your sleeve" along with red/pink/white! Julianna Sokoluk is available for details.

2017 St. Tatiana Scholarship

St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church  St. Tatiana Scholarship 2017 Awarded
 On behalf of St. Michael’s Church and Church Council, we are pleased to announce the awardees for the St. Tatiana Scholarship:
  • Alexandra Monteiro
  • Sophia Monteiro
We will be recognizing them both at an upcoming church event that is good for them and their family.  The St. Tatiana Scholarship is awarded to an Orthodox graduating high school senior in good standing, who is an active, consistent participant of our St. Michael Sunday School faith education program and the parish.  Applicants must be accredited college or trade-school bound.   Applications are available at the Sunday School and the application can be directed to Mr. Ken Koscinski.   
2018 Holy Days on Weekdays

Divine Liturgy at 10AM
January 19 Friday Theophany
February 15 Thursday Meeting of Our Lord
April 5 Thursday Great Thursday (Vesper Liturgy)
April 9 Monday Bright Monday
May 17 Thursday Ascension
May 28 Monday Holy Spirit Day
July 12 Thursday St. Peter and St. Paul Day
August 28 Tuesday Dormition
September 11 Tuesday Beheading
September 21 Friday Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 Thursday Elevation of the Holy Cross
November 21 Wednesday Patronal Feastday Synaxis of St. Michael
December 4 Tuesday Entry into the Temple
December 19 Wednesday St. Nicholas Day
Orthodox Calendar App     
2018 Christmas Celebration

Join us in celebrating Orthodox Christmas. We encourage you to invite family and friends to join us for services as well as the singing of traditional Russian Christmas carols along with well known favorite carols this year. All are welcome.

Our schedule:
Christmas Eve Holy Supper, January 6 at 5:30 PM followed by Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 PM
Christmas Day Divine Liturgy, January 7 at 10:00 AM 
Children’s Christmas Play & Community Caroling at 11:30 AM 

Mt. Athos Pilgrimage Presentation on December 31

Presentation on Pilgrimage to Mt. Athos will be held during coffee hour.   Subdeacon Peter Winsky will narrate a slide show illustrating the pilgrimage he was blessed to take this fall to the Holy Mountain and answer questions about the monasteries there. Please plan to attend


The presentation made by Subdeacon Peter this past Sunday, December  31, was well attended and engendered a lively discussion and elicited a number of good questions about the Holy Mountain. 
If you were not in attendance, or if you were and would like more information about the monasteries, churches, icons, relics, or  monks of Mt. Athos, here is a link to the page on the website of Our Lady Rescuer of the Perishing relating the first day of the pilgrimage.  A diary entry for each of the six following days can be found from this page, and a host of photographs are linked as well. click here   (the page lists the days with the final day of the pilgrimage first - scroll down to find day 1 of the pilgrimage)
Christmas Eve Dinner and Service on January 6

Christmas Eve Meal and Service on January 6 Nativity Parish Holy Supper Meal is a fasting (lenten) meal at 5:30 PM in the church hall. Please rsvp with number of attendees & if you are bringing a lenten dish to share (not required) to by January 1.  All are welcome.  Matins and Compline will be at 7:00 PM.  Thank you.

Nativity of Christ Collection to Support Philabundance

Once again we are collecting food for Philabundance. Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region.  These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children.


Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include: canned fish or meats, canned stew/chili, 100% juice, breakfast cereals, oatmeal and peanut butter. 
All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
The deadline is Sunday, January 28th, 2018.
St. Nicholas Events

Join us this Sunday and Tuesday to celebrate St. Nicholas. 

Sunday, December 17 - Special Activity for Children:  All children are encouraged to leave their shoes outside the sanctuary doors.  We hope that they will find a special surprise in them after Divine Liturgy.  Festive socks can be worn.  To learn more about St. Nicholas, go to .

Tuesday, December 19 - Feast Day of St. Nicholas:  Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM. 


Be Part of the 2018 Christmas Card

Spread the Christmas spirit and sign on to St. Michael's Annual Christmas card.  The card is printed and handed out on January 7th.  We also mail to our extended family and friends.  The cost is $15 per listing.  Deadline to be included is Sunday. December 31st.  To sign up, please contact Debbie Barth or Barbara Saverino.  

Feast of Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple on December 4

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM.

St. Innocent Orthodox Reading Society

St. Innocent Orthodox Reading Society will meet for an ongoing discussion of the Divine Liturgy using the book: Orthodox Christianity Volume IV (pp.117-146) on Saturday December 2 at 4pm (just prior to Vespers at 5:30 pm).  All are invited.

Archangel Kino

Archangel Kino: A presentation of the very new documentary: Becoming Truly Human will be made on Friday evening December 1 at 7pm. This movie presents the issue of the "Nones" the young people who answer poll questions about their religious affiliation as "none." Here is the trailer:

Everyone who cares about the future of Orthodoxy in America is urged to attend. A group discussion will follow the film


Vespers will be celebrated at 5:30 PM on Saturdays during Advent starting December 2nd.

Thanksgiving Moleben

A moleben will be celebrated on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 23 at 9 AM.  Join us and give thanks to the Lord for all of our blessings.

St. Michael Feast Day - Tuesday, November 21

Our church's patronal feast day will be celebrated with a Divine Liturgy on Tuesday, November 21 at 10 AM.  All are welcome to join us and pray on the day devoted to our Church's patron saint. 

Celebration of Father Vincent's 41 Years of Dedication to Our Church

Join us for a celebration of Father Vincent's 41 years of dedication to our church and the community as well as his transition to Pastor Emeritus.
Greeting of Bishop John    9:30 AM 
Hierarchal Divine Liturgy    10:00 AM
Luncheon Celebration     1:30 PM 
All are welcome to attend the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.  Luncheon celebration is at capacity.  Please see Barbara Saverino.  
Thank you 
St. Innocent Orthodox Reading Society this Friday, November 10

Everyone is invited to attend the discussion meeting, even if you have not done the readings.  You will be amazed to find out a lot more about the Divine Liturgy that you have attended for years.  

We are currently reading Met. Hilarion's newest book, Orthodox Christianity Volume IV. We will concentrate on the Divine Liturgy spanning pages 101-211. For the second meeting (Friday, November 10), try to read from pages 101 through 129 if possible.  


Pokrov (Protection of the Virgin) Feastday

Divine Liturgy will be held this Saturday, October 14 at 9 AM. 

October Meeting Information for 49ers Senior Social Club

49ers Senior Social Club October meeting will be on Tuesday, October 17th at 11:30 AM in our church hall to enjoy food, fellowship and fun.  Halloween Happiness:  Dress in costume or at least wear a hat or festive t-shirt.  Can't wait to share the fun and creativity.  All are warmly welcomed.  Bring your friends - treat to lunch & enjoy the tricks!  Please contact Julianna Sokoluk for more information.

Annual Russian Festival Next Weekend: October 6-8

Join us next weekend for our annual festival. This is our 41st year and we look forward to seeing friends new and old.  This year we are celebrating national pierogi day by adding three new flavors (capusta, cherry and chocolate) to our traditional potato offering.  In addition to traditional ethnic food, we have home-made baked goods, collectibles, religious articles and imported goods, hand-made crafts, folk music and dancing as well as fun activities for all ages.  Visit our Facebook page for updates. 

Friday, October 6        11 am - 4 pm

Saturday, October 7    11 am - 7 pm

Sunday, October 8       Noon - 4 pm 

Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Join us and celebrate the Elevation of the Holy Cross with Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, September 27th at 10 AM.  

Amazon Smile, a New Way to Support Our Church

Want to put your online shopping to a good cause?  If you shop online with Amazon, please visit the AmazonSmile section of the website and select St. Michaels's Russian Orthodox Christian Church in Philadelphia, PA as your charitable organization to receive donations.  After you select our church, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases.  Thank you. 

Blessing of Students and Divine Liturgy Fall/Winer Schedule Begins with Service at 10 AM

This Sunday, September 10th at the end of Divine Liturgy there will be a special blessing for all students for the new school year.  Please make every effort to have all students attend Divine Liturgy.

Note:  Divine Liturgy will be at 10 AM.  

Feast Day of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, September 11

This Monday, September 11th is  the feast day of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist and is a day of strict fast.  This day is also Patriot Day and we will offer prayers for the victims of 9/11 during Divine Liturgy.   Services will be held at 10 AM upstairs in the church.  

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Saturday August 19

Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be served at 10am on Saturday August 19, 2017. 
Following the veneration of the Cross, fruit baskets will be blessed in the courtyard of our Church.  
Please make every effort to come and bring your basket  for this glorious holy day and the traditional blessing of the fruits of the earth that God has so richly given us. 


Services in August to Honor the Virgin Mary

Orthodox Philadelphia will honor the Virgin Mary with special services on the Sundays in August.  August 20th at Saint Nicholas Serbian church in Elkins Park (concelebrated by their bishop). August Saints Peter and Paul church, Wilmington. All of the services will begin at 4 p. M.

Summer Picnic

Thanks to the Kunasz and Williams families for donating and making most of the food for our recent church picnic as well as the Soklouk and Koscinski family for decorating and proving all of the kid-friendly activities.  We appreciate everyone who helped with cooking, serving and cleaning up…and of course everyone who attended.  Because of all of you, the day was enjoyable.  Thank you

Celebrate the End of Saints Peter and Paul Fast on July 12

Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 AM on July 12 to celebrate the end of the fast.  

Summer Picnic on July 23

Attend our summer picnic on Sunday, July 23rd after Divine Liturgy.  Enjoy games and food off the grill as well as salads and sides in our courtyard and/or in our air-conditioned hall. Food generously donated by the Kunasz and Williams families. Desserts and beverages provided by Parish Council members.  Reservations appreciated via email at .  Thank you.

Summer Hours

Summer hours begin this Sunday, June 11.  This means that Divine Liturgy will start at 9:30 AM.   Once the weather gets warmer, we will move our summer services downstairs to the air-conditioned Church Hall. Summer hours will end the Sunday after Labor Day on September 10.  Thank you.

Join Us for Pentecost on Sunday, June 4

The Feast of Holy Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands who on that day believed in the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity.
We invite you to bring in an ethnic food to share during coffee hour.  We hope to see foods from all different ethnicities that reflect the fact that our parish represents people from all different ancestral backgrounds. If you will be bringing in a food/dish, please let Barbara Saverino know.
Many times you will hear Pentecost being called "Green Sunday." So we hope you will wear green to help enhance the special celebration. 
Blessing of Graves on St. Thomas Sunday, April 23

Following Diving Liturgy, Father Vincent and Father Gregory will be at Oakland Cemetery to bless graves.  Please note that other times and cemeteries may be arranged by contacting the priests.  If there in inclement weather, an update will be shared.  

We are Live Streaming Easter Service on Facebook

Unable to attend service?  We have started to live video stream our Holy Week services on Facebook. Go to our Facebook page to join us remotely. 

49ers Senior Social Club

The 49ers Senior Social Club will be meeting on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:30 AM in our church hall to enjoy food and fellowship.  Special guest speaker will be appearing for presentation and one-on-one consultation will be available.  For fun:  "April showers, brings May Flowers"...wear your favorite rain gear or floral attire.  All are welcome.  Please contact Julianna Sokoluk for details.  

Palm Sunday Fish Dinner

 Thank you to all who attended, supported and volunteered at last Sunday's dinner.  This event is the Women's Fellowship Annual fundraiser.

Lenten Mission Update

Thank you to all who have supported and donated to our 2017 Lenten Mission. The Bethesda Project is a local nonprofit that serves the homeless in Philadelphia.  Under the leadership of our champion, Gail Shast, we have eight boxes of supplies that will be delivered after Easter. 


Illuminate Pascha

We will once again be selling luminaries, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  The candles are to burn for 4-5 hours.

You can buy a luminary "For the health of" or "For the memory of" your loved ones.

Luminaries are $5 each or 6 for $25. If an indoor procession is required due to weather, we will make arrangements to light these luminaries on another occasion in the coming weeks. To purchase your luminaries please see Emily Stine on a Sunday on or before April 9th.

2017 Lenten Mission Services

As we journey through Great Lent, the Greater Philadelphia Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood is presenting the following mission services throughout the region.  All servcies start at 4 PM. 

  • Sunday of Orthodox, March 5 at Saints Peter and Paul, 1406 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE
  • Sunday of Saint Gregory of Palamas, March 12 at St. Michael's in Philadelphia (Our church)
  • Sunday of the Adoration of the Cross, March 19 at Saints Peter and Paul, 9230 Old Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sunday of John the Ladder, March 26 at St. Mark, 452 Durham Road, Wrightstown, PA
  • Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt, April 2 at St. Herman of Alaska - Gradyville, 1855 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA