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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please speak to Lisa Tereshko


St. Michael’s
Shish Kabob Dinner

Planning Meeting

Monday, August 28th
6:30PM — Multipurpose Room

Please join us and bring your talents,
your ideas, your energy!!!

Questions Contact Ed Sam


St. Michael’s

Shish-Kebab Dinner Update

(Dinner Day—Sunday, September 18)

>>> We’re looking to assemble a phone team especially for the Shish-Kabob Dinner that will contact as many of our rank and file,
     1) informing us and asking us to spread the word about the changes to this year’s September   event (Feast Buffet to Shish-Kabob Dinner),
     2) inviting us to come and bring our friends and neighbors, and
     3) enrolling us to be part of our   volunteer team.

We will focus special attention on recruiting solid, name-on-the-sheet teams to accomplish clean-up and parking. (One is vital for keeping our guests happy during the day, the other for keeping our workers well at the end of the day.)

A) Indoor set-up will take place on Saturday, September 3. Outdoor set-up will follow on Saturday, September 17.

B) On the day of the Dinner, we ask that no one who is a church member park in the parking lot. Plan on parking on the grassy island at the bottom of the entry to our lot.

C) The next planning meeting will be Monday evening, August 8, at 6:30 PM. (What will make our Shish-Kabob Dinner financially successful, socially enjoyable and logistically manageable will be you. Volunteer today on the sign up sheets at the main entrance.)

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Moses in Black
(August 28; 330-405 AD; from

Moses the Black took the Kingdom of Heaven by force, exactly as our Lord Jesus Christ said: “The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Mt 11:12). In his early life, St. Moses was a slave to people who worshiped the sun. He was a mighty man who loved to eat and drink excessively. He killed, robbed and committed all evil. No one could stand up before him, or challenge him. On many occasions, he lifted up his eyes to look to the sun and to talk to it saying, “O Sun! if you are God, let me know it.” Then he said, “And you, O God, whom I do not know, let me know you.”

One day, he heard someone saying to him, “The monks of Wadi El-Natroun know the real God. Go to them and they will tell you.” Instantly, he rose up, girded his sword and went to the wilderness of Shehet (Skete). He met St. Isidore the priest, who was frightened when he saw him, because of his appearance.

St. Moses comforted him by saying that he came to the monks so that they might let him know the real God. St. Isidore took him to St. Macarius the Great, who preached to him, taught him the faith and baptized him. He accepted Moses as a monk and taught him to live in the wilderness.

The Devil fought St. Moses intensively with his old habits of excessive eating, drinking, and fornication. The Saint informed St. Esidorous about everything which came upon him in his fight with the Enemy. He comforted him and taught him how to overcome the snares of the Devil. It was told about him, that when the elders of the Monastery slept, he used to go round to their cells and take their water pots and fill them with water, which he brought from a well at a far distance from the monastery. After many years in spiritual struggle, the Devil envied him, and struck him with a sore on his foot which made him sick and bed-ridden. When he knew that this was from the Devil, he increased in his asceticism and worship, until his body became as a burnt wood.

God looked to his patience, healed his illness, and removed all his pains. The blessing of the Lord came upon him. After a while, he became the Father and the spiritual guide of 500 brothers, who elected him to be ordained a priest. When he came before the Patriarch to be ordained, the Patriarch wanted to test him by asking the elders, “Who brought this black here? Cast him out.” He obeyed, and left saying to himself, “It is good what they have done to you, O black colored one.”   The Patriarch, however, called him back and ordained him a priest, and said to him, “Moses, all of you now has become white.”

One day, he went with some elders to St. Macarius the Great, who said to them, “I see among you one to whom belong the crown of martyrdom.” St. Moses answered him, “Probably it is me, for it is written: ‘For all they that take with the sword, shall perish with the sword.’” (Matt. 26:52). After they returned to the monastery, it did not take long until the Berbers attacked the monastery. He told the brethren, “Whoever wants to escape, let him escape.” They asked him, “And you O Father, why do you not also escape?” He replied that he had waited for this day for long time. The Berbers entered the monastery and killed him with seven other brothers.   One of the brethren was hiding, and saw the angel of the Lord, with a crown in his hand standing by and waiting for him. He went out from his hiding place to the Berbers and he was also martyred.

His body is now located at Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Monastery of El-Baramous in Egypt.

Translating the word “Theotokos”

While some languages used by various Orthodox churches often have a single native word for Theotokos, it gets translated into English in a number of ways. The most common is Mother of God, though God-bearer and Birth-giver to God are also fairly common. There are difficulties with all these translations, however. The most literally correct one is Birth-giver to God, though God-bearer comes close. Theophoros (Θεοφορος) is the Greek term usually and more correctly translated as God-bearer, so using God-bearer for Theotokos in some sense "orphans" Theophoros when it comes time to translate that term (for St. Ignatius of Antioch, for instance). The main difficulties with both these translations for Theotokos is that they are a bit awkward and difficult to sing.

The most popular translation, Mother of God, is accurate to a point, but the difficulty with that one is that Mother of God is the literal translation of another Greek phrase which is found on nearly all icons of the Theotokos: Μητηρ Θεου (Meter Theou), usually in the standard iconographic abbreviation of ΜΡ ΘΥ. Additionally, a number of hymns employ both Theotokos and Meter Theou—translating both as Mother of God can yield some rather nonsensical language, and it destroys the distinction that the hymnographer intended.

The usage that seems to be dominant in English-speaking Orthodox churches in North America is to adopt the original term itself into English (something English speakers have traditionally done with foreign words almost since the earliest known history of the language), transliterating it simply as Theotokos. British usage gives preference to translating Theotokos as Mother of God.

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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Sunday, August 28th
8:45 AM - MATINS
AntiochianMEN’s Meeting
Monday, August 29th
Beheading of the Baptist
Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Newly-Ordained Fr. Paul Abernathy will be the ‘main’ celebrant.  
Bishop THOMAS will be in attendance
6:30 PM - “Shish-Kabob” Meeting
Wednesday, August 31st
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St. Michael's offering Middle Easter Food at the Irwin Ethnic Food Festival
Also on St. Michael's You Tube Channel:
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


Print and Read August 28th 2016
Weekly Bulletin

The next meeting of AMEN will be Sunday, August 28th, immediately following church in the multi-purpose room. >>>>>>> The September AMEN Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 24th at Bean and Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.


If there are any Antiochian Women who are currently not receiving email notifications from Michelle Gajewski about upcoming Antiochian Women events, and you would like to receive them, please contact Debbie in the church office to be added to the email distribution list.

St. Michael’s

Shish-Kebab Dinner

Count Down — 21 Days

Dinner Day—Sunday, September 18

Even if you are a notoriously late planner, now is the time for all of us to volunteer and sign up to work at our Shish-Kabob Dinner. If you have no idea where you might like to serve or where you may be most needed, talk with Ed Sam today (412-401-4725).


in the hallway
decorated with WHITE TAGS?

 Please stop by and take a tag (or two) as a reminder of what you can buy as a way of supporting the St. Michael’s Shish Kabob Dinner, which is planned for Sunday, September 18th.

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

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

St. Michael’s Shish-Kebab Dinner
Sunday, September 18

The dinner is an important event for our parish household as it will make a large contribution toward minimizing the budget deficit we will likely experience this year. Many hours of planning and preparing will be spent before we gather and feed our local community with delicious Middle Eastern food and warm Western Pennsylvania hospitality.

Also on this page you may read the heart-moved “musings” of a nun of our Church, a holy woman who came out of royalty in the world and entered into the Royalty of the Kingdom of God which she discovered within her, including the Throne of her beloved Lord Jesus Himself.

It might seem that these two blurbs on this page have very little to do with each other. That is not true; the degree to which we experience the two messages as two messages, is the degree to which we miss the point of our Christian journey. In this journey, what begin as two different paths are intended, by our desire and God’s Grace to become One Path, One Way.

In the forty-one days that will pass between now and the day of our Dinner, and in all our preparing, let us strive to behold in the work we are doing, just a glimpse of the Jesus that Mother Alexandra knows and with whom we are called to enter into the same radiant, joyful relationship of Love that she expresses.

On Tuesday, September 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 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!


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.)

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

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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