PA: Windber - 2

Metro Area: Johnstown (PA)
First Slavish United St Mary Greek Rite Catholic (Ruthenian)
Historical Entry: Renamed
Formerly at:
803 Somerset St
Historical Location - Not A Mailing Address Or Active Location
Rite: Byzantine
Church sui iuris: Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic
Apostolic Exarchate: US, Faithful of the Oriental Rites (Ruthenian)

Sacramental Records at:
Dormition of the Mother of God Church
803 Somerset St
Ph: 814-467-8044
Fax: 814-467-8044

The interior photograph is of the iconostasis that was erected in this temple, but was not taken in place. When St Mary's erected a new temple in 1926, the iconostasis was transferred to and re-erected at what was then St Michael Greek Catholic Church in Clymer, PA, now St Michael Orthodox Church (ACROD). The photograph is by Ung-Certez, a member of the Byzantine Forum community - where he posts under that name, and was taken at St Michael's Church. It originally appeared on the Forum's Photo Gallery.
Status & Location Changes:
Formed in: 1900, as St Stephen First United Slavish Greek Catholic Church
Renamed in: 1903, as First Slavish United St Mary Greek Rite Catholic Church
Renamed in: 1926, as Dormition of the Mother of God Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church
For this church, this is entry 2
of 3
This Entry Last Updated: 03/16/2010
Latitude: 40.240647
Longitude: -78.835509
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Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)


At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * “You have come, and You have appeared , O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica