Saint Nicholas
Orthodox Church
Endicott, NY

Welcome to the website of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church located in Endicott, New York, about nine miles west of Binghamton. Our parish is under the omophorion of His Eminence HILARION, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. We trace our roots back to our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Apostles and their teachings. We are a refuge of the moral, theological, spiritual, and liturgical traditions of the Holy Orthodox Church whose unbroken Traditions date back to the day of Holy Pentecost in 33 AD. Our church is dedicated to our Father among the Saints Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra of Lycia, the Wonderworker. Our primary Patronal Feast is celebrated on May 9/22, the Feastday of the Translation of his sacred relics from Myra to Bari, Italy (in 1087), where they are venerated there, here, and elsewhere to the present day. Our secondary Patronal Feast is celebrated on December 6/19, which is the Feastday of our Father among the Saints Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra of Lycia, the Wonderworker. We invite you to come and visit Saint Nicholas and us, the Orthodox faithful at his parish in Endicott, and come into contact with the worship of early Christianity! You are always welcome to pray with us and participate in our activities and programs!


Hymn to Saint Nicholas:
For those of us who find ourselves amid misfortunes as we journey by land or sail the seas, for those of us who are nearby or far removed, thou art a great and fervent advocate, an exceeding merciful and mighty intercessor, O Holy Nicholas, sacred preacher of Christ. Wherefore, assembling we cry: Entreat the Lord that we may be delivered from every evil circumstance. 

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Schedule of Services for Great Lent

CHANGE Saturday, March 25: Soul Saturday Pannikhida, 5:30pm

Saturday, March 25: Great Vespers for the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder, 6:30pm

Sunday, March 26: Hours and Divine Liturgy, 9:15am

Wednesday, March 29: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6:00pm

Saturday, April 1: Great Vespers for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, 6:30pm

Sunday, April 2: Hours and Divine Liturgy, 9:15am

Thursday, April 6: Vigil for the Feast of the Annunciation, 6:00pm

Friday, April 7: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts for the Feast of the Annunciation, 9:15am

Saturday, April 8: Great Vespers for Palm Sunday, 6:30pm

Sunday, April 9: Hours and Divine Liturgy, 9:15am

Holy Week serviced TBA; see website updates for details

Upcoming Church School Schedule
Matushka Deborah and Matushka Kyra have been working on our Church School Lenten program! Our 1st lesson will begin next Sunday, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, and the program will conclude on the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. The Lenten Church School Program is entitled "Our Steps to Pascha." We will learn about each Sunday leading up to Pascha, its theme and meaning, and we will do a fun craft each week. We are also working on developing a book club for the kids of all ages. The hope is for them to not only further their learning of our faith, but also to steer their focus away from worldly things during this Great Lenten period. We hope your child will participate in our program!
May God continue to give us strength and provide us guidance while we teach the children of our church!
Please contact Matushka Kyra with any questions.

Congratulations to Father Matthew on the fifth anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood!  Check out the story on the Eastern American Diocese website.

St. Nicholas Newsletter, 8/17/2015

Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and Supporters of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

Greetings from St. Nicholas parish!

With the closing of one chapter of our parish's history, so too do we open another.  After four years of service at St. Nicholas, Father Stephanos Shagoury has been reassigned to St. Nicholas Monastery in North Fort Myers, Florida.  We send him our thanks for his years of service, we wish him and his family a smooth transition to his new assignment, and we'll be praying for the continued sustenance and growth of St. Nicholas Monastery!

Vladika Hilarion has assigned to our parish Father Matthew Smith, previously assigned to St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA.  Father Matthew was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Marshall and Joan Smith, the youngest of three children. Aside from his birthplace, Father also lived in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to Manchester, Connecticut where he spent the majority of his childhood.

Growing up in a non-religious household, Fr. Matthew found Orthodoxy as he was graduating from high school. He then enrolled at Hellenic College where he converted to Orthodoxy during his freshman year. During his studies at Hellenic College & Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, Father Matthew met his wife, Kyra, the daughter of Father Stavros Rousos. They were married in 2006 and the Lord blessed them with their first child, Xenia, the following year.

Father Matthew was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion in October 2010 and to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop George of Mayfield, in April 2011. Until 2014, Father served at the Protection of the Mother of God/St. Nektarios of Aegina Russian Orthodox Mission Church in Chattanooga. He has since been serving at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA.  He currently works a secular job for UHS hospitals as an executive secretary.

Along with their daughter Xenia (age 8), Father Matthew and Matushka Kyra are the parents of - Aemilia (4), Micah (3), and Livia (4 months).

In addition, Father Matthew will also be accompanied by his father-in-law, Father Stavros Rousos.  Father Stavros was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in the Greek Orthodox Church.  After graduating from high school, Father studied at the Air Force Academy before attending Saint Tikhon's Seminary.

Father was ordained to the holy diaconate and the holy priesthood by Archbishop Kiprian (Borisevich) of blessed memory.  Over his 30+ years of active ministry, Father Stavros has served parishes in the Russian (ROCOR & OCA), Greek (GOA), and Belarusian communities.  Father is also fluent in Russian, and is often called upon to hear confessions in Russian.

We welcome both Father Matthew and Father Stavros to our parish!

And we invite each of you, our dear brothers and sisters, to offer your own welcome to our new priest and his family.  Please come and pray with us at our services, meet and greet our new priests, and share in fellowship with our parish. 

We pray that all is well with you and your family, and we hope to see you soon.

Wishing you a relaxing end to the summer.

With Love in Christ,

The Parish Council of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church 

Christ is in our midst! He was, He is, and He will be!

Our parish bookstore is open during Fellowship Hour after services!

Upcoming Services and Events
Sunday, 13 / 26 March
9:15 Hours and Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 16 / 29 March
6:00pm Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, 19 March / 1 April
6:30 Great Vespers
Sunday, 20 March / 2 April
9:15 Hours and Divine Liturgy
Thursday, 24 March / 6 April
6:00pm Vigil for the Feast of the Annunciation
Friday, 25 March / 7 April
9:15am Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts for the Feast of the Annunciation
Saturday, 26 March / 8 April
6:30 Great Vespers
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