St. Mark's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
452 Durham Rd, Wrightstown, PA 18940
Easter Food Sale 2017

Our Easter Food Sale will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 between the hours of 12 Noon and 3 PM(Please note that due to our morning service the usual time of the sale has been changed.) We are offering a variety of items that will help you in planning your Easter entertainment. This year we will be baking traditional “Old World” Easter bread made with rich cream butter, eggs , whole milk and raisins. You may order the bread with or without raisins. We are also providing nut and poppy seed rolls, Kielbasi and pirogies.

The choices and prices can be found on the linked order form.

You can send the form to:

Jeanette Ruano,
4617 Magnolia Avenue,

Bristol, PA 19007

Orders must be received by Friday, March 17th as our bakers need suffcient time to fill the orders .
Please make your check payable to St. Mark’s Orthodox Church.

St. Mark’s is located on 413, above Newtown. The address is Rt. 413, 452 Durham Road, Wrightstown, PA 18940.

I also wish to inform you that Christa Bain will be at St. Mark’s on Palm Sunday, April 9th between the hours of 12 Noon and 3 PM to sell her beautiful Pysanky. Pysanky are Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk design using a wax-resistent method. In addition to the traditional designs, Christa has developed many other designs unique to her.

Appeal to help Fr. John and Matushka Kyra Nightingale

Christ is in our midst! As we prepare to enter the season of Great Lent, let us remember our dear brother in Christ, Fr. John Nightingale. Last year during Great Lent, after the Presanctified Liturgy, Fr. John was not feeling well and went out to the porch for fresh air. At some point he passed out and fell over the railing injuring his, neck, vertebrae and spinal cord. He has been in the hospital since that time receiving therapy....

As we enter the period of the Triodion in anticipation of Great Lent, let us remember that the Church challenges us to fast, not only from certain foods, but from sin as well. Traditionally, there is also a renewed focus on caring for those in need, especially from the money saved from eating more simply. As Orthodox Christians, I appeal to you to assist the Nightingale family to meet some basic human needs. While we pray for his continued recovery, we also know it is in the Lord’s hands. Therefore, let us do what we can. If we live close by, let us visit so that he does not feel forgotten or isolated. If we have nursing skills, let us offer to assist Matushka Kyra, as she cares for her parents and her husband. If we can give sacrificially to assist with the cost of the renovations and the cost of a van, let us do so.

All donations may be sent directly to the Diocesan Office at 144 St. Tikhon’s Road, Waymart, PA 18472, earmarked “Fr. John Nightingale”. Every donation will be acknowledged individually by our Office, together with an accounting of the total amount collected. Thank you for your consideration of this very worthy cause.

Your unworthy Father in Christ,
+ Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania 

Link to the full letter from His Eminence here.

Welcome to Our Parish!

St. Mark's Orthodox Church is a pan-orthodox parish in the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America. We are a small, but active parish with a deep love for the traditions and practices of the Eastern Orthodox faith.

Please examine our website to become acquainted, but better still come and visit us for any of our services.  The About tab includes a comprehensive presentation about the Orthodox Christian Church, our Bulletin tab lets you read the most recent and immediately past editions of our Bulletin.  And our Resources tab provides information for Youth, information on the Scrip program, another way of supporting the parish financially while doing our regular shopping. Additionally, an up to date Liturgical Resources page with propers for the Sunday services of the year is found in our Resources tab.  This latter project is ongoing and increasingly inclusive.  Our website is an ongoing and ever expanding resource, visit us often.

Thank you for visiting St. Mark's virtually.  We look forward to welcoming you in the flesh.

In the Incarnate Word of God,
Fr. Martin and the Faithful of St. Mark's



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St. Mark's Orthodox Church Brochure

St. Mark's Orthodox Church By-Laws

St. Mark's Orthodox Church Talent Survey



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Our Parish Scrip Program

Our scrip program helps us benefit the church.  Every gift card you buy and spend from our selected vendors, a percentage of cash back is given back to the church.  The program is run by Matushka Heidi Browne, you can call at (570) 906-1389 or email her at if you're interested in helping out the church.

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Kievan Christogram Magnetic Car Decal for Sale!

The Kievan Christogram Magnetic Car Decal is on sale now for $5!

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St. Mark's Orthodox Church
452 Durham Rd; Wrightstown, PA 18940
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

St. Mark's Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Wrightstown and the local area. 

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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