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


“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” — Hebrews 12:1

Am I running the spiritual race St. Paul describes above in the lives of the saints or are am I running the rat race of the world?

“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace form God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” — the greeting of Paul to the Romans (1:7)

Wherever Christ’s Church is, there is the body of those called to be saints. Am I hearing and heeding that call?

“You and I are nothing but saints in the making. We can exhibit whatever behavior we want, but life flows upward from the roots, not downward from the branches. On a spiritual basis, being good is never wrong. But in terms of sheer effectiveness — which means trying to wake up with the fewest delays, obstacles, and back-sliding — adopting the right belief is much more powerful.” — (speaker’s name not remembered)

We Orthodox Christians make the claim to having the fullness of “right belief.” Am I using this right belief to wake up or do I think that I am awake? Or perhaps I’ve hardly considered the matter?

“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord…” — another Pauline greeting (1 Cor 1:2)

In our Orthodox baptismal service the priest declares, “Thou are sanctified, thou art washed…” By virtue of our sanctification in Christ something has been begun in us, the restoration and maturation of the image and likeness of God in us who are called to be saints. Am I working to be more than merely human but to be truly human as revealed to us in Christ and the Saints whom we remember today?

One of our Parish Ministry Teams that is in need of a rebirth is the D.own T.o E.arth Team that served us by keeping our landscaping weed-free. On Sunday, July 9, we will restart that team and its vital (to our eyes) work.

be part of DTE II

On Sunday, July 9, following Divine Liturgy, we ask you to promenade outside around our church as Fellowship Hour for the day. The “flower beds” will be marked off in a fashion that will allow you, your family and church friends to volunteer to take care of sections of our landscaping.

An immediate goals will be to have our grounds in presentable condition as soon as possible but certainly by the time our St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet takes place on Sunday, September 10.

Many thanks to the anonymous weeders who dropped
in during the week and made us presentable
(we were quite overrun with weeds).

Now it’s all of our turns to continue and enhance what they began.

EVERYONE is invited to a Weeding Party on Saturday, July 8th 8:30AM until…

Bring gloves and weeding tools.
Please let the office know if you plan to be here.
Thanks for helping to reclaim and beautify our grounds!
Any questions, talk to Pete Papas.

You are also encouraged to freelance weed whenever you like.

Sunday, July 16 St. Michael’s Parish Picnic

Twin Lakes Park, Pavilion #3

 ???   9:00 AM Divine Liturgy at the Lake   ???

(across the road from where we bless the waters)
followed by the picnic

(The location of the picnic day Divine Liturgy is being reconsidered.
We’ll hold a straw poll today to see what we prefer.)

Sign-up sheets may be found at our main entrance
to help us plan what we need for the day.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 is the date of our annual food fund-raiser

St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet

Our next planning meeting will be held on

Monday, June 26, 6:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.


HAVE YOU NOTICED the TREE in the hallway



Please stop by and take a tag (or two) as a reminder of what you can contribute as a way of supporting St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet, which will be held of Sunday, September 10th.

It will be greatly appreciated by the wonderful cooks and bakers of St. Michael’s, as they are preparing the food for the community fundraising event.


Bring your items and place them under the “Food Tree”!

Ina Abraham

Memorial Camp Scholarship

Friends of Ina Abraham have indicated a desire to remember her with a memorial scholarship that would be given to a child to enjoy the blessings of Antiochian Village Camp. Such a remembrance and the logistical details that would be involved in establishing it are in the very early planning stage. If you would like be part of the work that will go into remembering Ina in such an appropriate way, talk to Connie Capar.

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

(6 images)

St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

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

(66 images)



Saturday, July 1st
NO Great Vespers
Sunday, July 2nd
8:45 AM - MATINS
12:30 AM - Abortion Prayers
Tuesday, July 4th
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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 June 25th 2017 

Eastern Region Parish Life Conference 2017

June 28 thru July 2

Hosted by St. George Church, Little Falls, NJ

The next meeting of AMEN. Please watch here for our next date at Bean & Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.

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, June 14th from 11:30-1:00PM
 First Evangelical Lutheran Church
246 South Main St., Greensburg

THANK YOU to all who supported the

Antiochian Women’s annual Flea Market,

Ethnic Food Bake Sale, Bake Sale, and Gyro Sale.

Around $2,600.00

were raised for the General Fund of St. Michael’s.

were in attendance for our first pet blessing in many
years here at Saint Michael’s.

Keira and Mike Sisley, and Patty Conley organized
and set up the 9 AM event yesterday morning. Prayers
were prayed at the bells in thanksgiving and for the
good health of our furry companions.
Light food and fellowship followed.

God willing, this will become an annual event for us and
our animals. Commemorative icon cards may be picked
up at the ushers station outside the church entrance.

Some 2017 dates to mark or highlight on your calendar:


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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.


On Tuesday, July 11th 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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June 18th Attendance


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