St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Thank You for visiting our Website. Every Sunday, Please join us for fellowship in the main hall following Divine Liturgy.

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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

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Palm Sunday April 9th 2017

IF YOU ARE GRADUATING from any educational program or know someone from our church who is, let Keira Conley (our Church School Coordinator) know so that they may be acknowledged at our end of year program which will take place on Sunday, May 21.

WHAT WE KNOW — SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 is the date of our annual food fund-raiser. (MARK THAT DOWN, PLEASE.) The menu is decided and the food is being prepared and frozen.

WHAT WE STILL NEED TO KNOW — Who will be leading (coordinating) our efforts? What are the planning/logistical details. What can we do to ensure that hospitality reigns on Sunday, September 10, for guests and hosts alike!

WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO NOW — Think about and note your answers to the above questions and share them beginning at today’s Fellowship Hour conversation.

The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women

The Women came to the tomb of Christ bringing with them myrrh oil and spices with which to anoint the body of our Lord. What they approached His tomb with signified their love for Him and also their downtrodden hopes that He was the promised Messiah who would save and liberate Israel. Their intent that day was to honor and minister to their Lord in death. What they left the empty tomb with is infinitely more significant than they could ever have imagined.

“Christ is risen!” was the message they brought back to the disbelieving apostles. And the apostles’ doubt was dispelled and replaced with faith by the Grace of God in the resurrected Christ’s appearances to them, and nothing has ever been the same.

Everywhere we go in our world we encounter tombs and death. A mere glimpse at history teaches us that we human beings are most accomplished at mistreating and killing each other. A glance at any day’s news is sufficient to imbed that idea so deeply in our psyches that we might even experience it as the final word on our times. It is easy for us to, at best, lament and mourn the situation or, at worst, to deny that it is the case; to turn away and pretend.

We Christians, however, are to be in the world but not of it. We, like the Women we remember today, go to the tomb and encounter there not dead flesh and decaying bones, not hopelessness and grief, but the risen Lord! Let us strive to remember everywhere we go, that we are to be bearers of the Good News to all we encounter that “Christ is risen!”

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Christ is risen!

It is with the greatest joy that I greet you in Christ on this illustrious Feast of Feasts. For if we are “in Christ,” we go with Him wherever He goes. That means that by the Incarnation of the Son of God — by His coming in the flesh to assume, experience and restore everything that we human beings go through in this life, including death — the Way into His eternal Kingdom and Presence has been reopened to all of us!

In His Resurrection we are invited, enabled and made worthy, by grace, to share His Divine Life. May we humbly accept His invitation and gratefully “rejoice and be glad in this day that the Lord has made.”

Thank you for your fellowship in our journey through this Great Lent here at St. Michael’s, as expressed in your praying, chanting, reading, singing, rehearsing, altar-serving, greeting, ushering, cleaning, decorating, , bell-ringing, cooking, egg-dying, hunt-planning, etc., and for your Paschal gifts to me and my family.

May the peace of Our Risen Lord be with you and your loved ones, now and forever. —-

Fr. John Nosal

Saint Sophia
Orthodox Christian Academy


“Syrian Relief Fund” of the IOCC

(International Orthodox Christian Charities)

Sunday, May 21, 2017
3:00 P.M. — Hors D’oeuvres
4:00 P.M. — Dinner

Saint Mary’s Church Hall,
111 Alberta Ave, Johnstown 15905

Tickets:$35.00 per person. ($20.00 for children.)
For Tickets, contact:
Dan or Dee Tvarozna (814) 255-7732 or
Pat Fedorko (814) 736-3172

Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated.
The need is great;
Everyone’s help makes a difference.

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.

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).

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 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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Wednesday, May 24th
Great Feast of Holy Ascension
Saturday, May 27th
6:00 Great Vespers
Reaching Out book reading and discussion follow
Sunday, May 28th
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
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NEW on our YouTube Channel
2017 Palm Sunday and Great and Holy Pascha Procession
Gospel And Epistle Readings
Also on St. Michael's You Tube Channel:
St. Michael's offering Middle Eastern Food at the Irwin Ethnic Food Festival
St. Michael's Life 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

Please go to the main St. Michael's Facebook page to view the new 360 degree picture of our beautiful church. Please share with all of your Facebook friends.


Print and Read May 14th 2017 
Palm Sunday Bulletin

 Attention tech-savvy people, we’d like your input!       

 In the Fellowship Hall soon during Coffee Hour, there will be a designated table where people will be talking about how we might improve our use of the internet, Facebook, YouTube, etc.. Come join them (us) and share your experience and ideas.

Schedules/Calendars are being compiled for a number of our Ministry Teams:

Holy Bread, Greeters, Ushers, Fellowship (Coffee) Hour. If you have certain dates that you would like, please contact Debbie in the church office. We would also invite and encourage new participation in any of the above Ministry Teams, so that the opportunity to help is spread among many, rather than a few.

St. Michael’s parishioners volunteer their time and energy in the preparation, hosting and serving of a luncheon to help feed some hungry people at First Lutheran Church on South Main Streeton the second Wednesday of every other month. If you are interested in joining us in this worthwhile community effort, please contact Michele Murray at 724-837-2244.

The Volunteer sign-up sheet is posted
in the Fellowship Hall.
St. Michael’s next hosted meal is:
Wednesday, April 19th 11:30-1:00PM
(3rd Wednesday due to Easter.)
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
246 South Main St., Greensburg

The next meeting of AMEN. It will take place Saturday, May 20th at Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.

Antiochian Women’s Annual Flea Market

- Ethnic Food / Bake Sale -
- Gyro (Meat or Fish) Sale -
Friday, June 9 & Saturday,
June 10
9AM to 2PM

Table rental $10
Save and sort your “stuff”!
(Sorry, no clothing will be accepted.)
Come and help or just enjoy the day with us.
Donations of baked goods will
also be greatly appreciated.

Any questions, please see
Valerie Flizanes.

Gyros, baked goods, ethnic foods
will be sold both days,
as long as supplies last!
This is a fundraiser
for the General Fund of St. Michael’s

Some 2017 dates to mark or highlight on your calendar:


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Saturday, June 10
Blessing of the Animals
9:00 AM in the Church Parking Lot
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 Sunday, July 16
St. Michael’s Parish Picnic
Twin Lakes Park, Pavilion #3
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM at the Lake
followed by the picnic 

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Our trip to PNC Park is Thursday, August 17

St. Michael’s Annual
Pirates Baseball Game
August 17, 7:05PM
Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals

 It is “FAITH NIGHT”!**
$30 per ticket
(which includes a $10 food voucher)
Sign up on Bulletin Board by kitchen.
Bus rental was cost prohibitive.
All arrange their own transportation.
See Michelle Gajewski for details
and to make payment by July 16th!
**At the end of the game, players and
coaches will talk about their faith and
how it relates to baseball.


IF YOU ARE GRADUATING from any educational program or know someone from our church who is, let Keira Conley (our Church School Coordinator) know so that they may be acknowledged at our end of year program which will take place on Sunday, May 21.

On Tuesday, June 6th 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 Gus Flizanes. Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Gus Flizanes.

Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.

"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!

We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.


The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.

Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)


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

Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!



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