Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Herkimer, New York 13350

Glory to Jesus Christ! Слава Ісусу Христу!

Welcome to Our Church!

 

    We are an Orthodox Christian parish of the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New York and New Jersey located in the Mohawk Valley region.  Our community strives to life in Jesus Christ, continuing the life of the holy Orthodox Church, which began on Pentecost in the year 33 A.D. and has been passed down by the Holy Apostles from genteration to generation, bringing the Gospel of Christ to our community. 

 

    All are welcome to join us in worship! We invite everyone to come and experience the Faith of the Apostles in the worship of the Orthodox Church. We celebrate Daily Vespers on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM, Great Vespers on Saturdays and the evenings before Great Feast days at 5:00 PM (at 4:00 PM during the late Autumn and Winter months). On Sundays, the Hours begin at 9:10 AM and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM.  All are invited to join us for fellowship hour following services in our parish hall. Other services are held according to our service schedule and local tradition. The parish celebrates according to the Revised Julian Calendar. 

     

 If you have any questions, or need help locating our church - please don't hesitate to contact our priest, Fr. Vasil Dubee at fr.vasildubee85@gmail.com . You may reach him by telephone, at (315) 866-3272. 

 

Be sure to stop by our Spring Ethnic Food Sale on Saturday, March 27th from 11AM to 2PM! Receiving pre-orders from Monday, March 22nd to Thursday, March 25th. Call 315-866-3272 to order. Drive-thru style pick-up. 

The Great Fast

As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit....”

General Lenten Liturgical Schedule:

Wednesday - Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - 6:00PM

Friday - Akathistos

Saturday - Great Vespers 5:00PM

Sunday - Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great - 9:30AM

***The schedule is subject to change at times, if you have any questions or plan on visiting us for the first time, please call Fr. Vasil Dubee 315-866-3272 ***

Our Church


 

At the request of numerous readers, we have  Questions for preparation for Holy Confession in .pdf format for you to download.

 

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