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.
His Eminence, Archbishop Mark's visit & Parish Picnic 2019
His Eminence, Archbishop Mark's visit, Picnic 2019, and more! - 06/30/19
Big day at St. Mark's: the annual visit of Archbishop Mark, chrismation of our newest catechumin Maximus, blessing of the Reflection Garden (phase one of our new construction), awards for anniversary couples and our high school grads, our annual Parish Picnic and the Mortgage Burning! Glory to God for all things!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is in our midst!
In light of the arch pastoral directives of His Eminence, Archbishop Mark, St. Mark's will not have public services effective immediately until April 1st at the earliest. The reasons for this are presented in the archbishop's letter, but simply put it is done in an abundance of caution out of love for the well being of all, taking to heart the recommendations of public health professionals. I am aware of how difficult this is for all of us and intend to do whatever is possible to alleviate it. I have scheduled a meeting with the Parish Council on Thursday night - a teleconference, to discuss the issues which already present themselves and others which will do so. Once we have specifics to announce it will be done here and elsewhere on our social media, and I ask you to communicate it to those who do not have access or follow social media.
As we all know this is a highly fluid situation, but it is our belief that this is the safest path at this time. Several diocesan parishes will have services with a "Skelton crew" of singers and servers and clergy, no more than ten persons. We are working on a schedule for live stream services and this schedule will be published on the diocesan web, Facebook and other platforms, as well as here.
It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. May these days spent in relative solitude engender in our hearts a deep appreciation for the rich blessings our services afford us in our usual daily lives. Use the online services to expand your experience and knowledge of the church and to feed yourself during the fast. It is admittedly not the best, but it is the best available to us and is better than not having it. Of course, when we participate in services online we should do so with reverence and attention - we are not watching a video. Our attention should be to the service and our comportment what it would be in the church, i.e. not eating or drinking during the service. Make it as prayerful and distinctive as possible from our usual interactions over the computer.
I ask you to read both Archbishop Mark's letter and the latest statement from the Holy Synod and message from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. They have much wisdom and reveal the love and the struggle our hierarchs and all of us clergy are experiencing at this time. Be assured of my prayers for all of you and I will be in touch with you in the days to come.
May the Lord grant us all good health, good judgement and prudent action, a spirit of love and care for those around us and may we offer to Him a contrite spirit, a prayerful and grateful heart.
With deepest love in Christ,
Your unworthy pastor
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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 email@example.com if you're interested in helping out the church.
Now you can earn directly from Amazon with eScrip! Those who shop and buy things from Amazon, you can also support the church. You don't have to be a registered member with eScrip.
Coffee with Sister Vassa
Spend less than ten minutes learning about one of the saints commemorated by the Church during the coming week. Sister Vassa may not explain it all, but she does offer interesting insights on how the saints we remember offer us their example and prayers as we seek to follow Christ in a world not so different from theirs.
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