St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church is a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese under the authority of Metropolitan JOSEPH and the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, His grace Bishop ANTHONY.

Antiochian, means the city in the Book of Acts where it it is recorded “they were first called Christians” It is the historic residence of our chief shepherd under Christ. Currently Patriarch John, has a home in Damascus, Syria, and Balamand, Lebanon.

Orthodox means at once both “right teaching”, and/or “right glory”. Despite our human weakness, we believe the Orthodox Church is the true successor of the ‘fullness’ of the faith of Jesus Christ first delivered to the apostles and their successors. By the grace of the Holy Spirit the same faith is taught, the same worship is offered, the same medicine of immortality dispensed, that was first established by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first Christian Pentecost on or about 33AD. This living witness, continuity of life and practice, witnessed to by the various writings of the Apostles and their immediate disciples is still vibrant and efficacious in our midst.

As a community of both lifelong and newly converted Orthodox Christians, we have members from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnic groups. All services are in English.

St. Nicholas Icon and Troparion

If you are looking for an Orthodox Church to visit or attend regularly or are just investigating the historic Orthodox Christian faith we invite you to visit or contact us.

Our church is located near the campus of the University of Illinois and downtown Urbana, Illinois. We are just west of the Urbana Free Library and Busey Bank in downtown Urbana at 312 West Elm.

 

Be sure to check out our News page (and Google Calendar) for up-to-date service information.

St. John Summer Camp

Hey teens!

Summer Camp week is approaching July 24-July 30

Be sure and register at saintjohnscamp.org

 

Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference

The Parish Life Conference of the Diocese of the Midwest, presided over by His Grace Bp. ANTHONY will convene at St. Mary Basilica in Livonia, Michigan June 22-26.

Highlights include daily liturgical services, an all day workshop on Wednesday for the Becoming Truly Human program, Bible Bowl competition the evening of June 23 and the Oratorical festival Friday morning June 24

Complete information is available at http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

Pentecost

Sunday June 19 the Orthodox Church celebrates the great Feast of Pentecost.
Festal Orthros begins at 9:00am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 followed by the “Kneeling Prayers” as we invoke the Holy Spirit for the coming year.
Church Picnic at Homer Lake, Salt Fork Pavilion all afternoon.
Come and share the joy and community life!

Church School Begins September 13, 9:15 on Sunday morning

October 10, 2015 “Becoming Truly Human”

A workshop on a better way to share your life and the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
Adam Roberts will be sharing a developing program for treating others with love and respect as we share the joy of the faith we hold dear.

St. Nicholas celebration 2015

Festivities with Bp ANTHONY for St. Nicholas
Friday Dec. 4 6:30 Daily Vespers for with *reception of the Bishop
Followed by and Teens evening with the Bishop
Saturday Dec. 5 Brunch with Parish Council
5:00pm Great Vespers and Bp. ANTHONY teaching
Sunday Dec. 6 Matins with Bishop’s Kairon 9:00am,
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to follow
Luncheon/Coffee Hour

Pentecost 2015

May 31 is the Feast of Pentecost.

Beginning with Great Vespers on Saturday Evening at 5:00 we celebrate the sending of the promised Holy Spirit upon the Apostles of Christ. We will offer Matins/Orthros at 9:00am Sunday and the DIvine Liturgy at 10:00 followed by the Kneeling Vespers prayers.

Then we will continue our celebration with a picnic and special oratorical festival presentations by our teens at Homer Lake.

Blessed Ascension

Christ has ascended to heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father.

To the surprise and delight of the angelic hosts a man is now glorified above them.

From there He shall come to judge the living and departed.

From there He will send the Holy Spirit to empower His Church

To there He calls all of us to our eternal destiny.

Glory to God who does all things well!

Holy Week Schedule

Services for Holy Week 2015
6:30pm Sunday night Bridegroom Matins of HolyMonday
6:30pm Monday night Bridegroom Matins of HolyTuesday
10:00am Tuesday morning Presanctified Liturgy
6:30pm Tuesday night Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday
6:00am Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy
6:30pm Wednesday night Holy Unction
10:00am Thursday morning Vesperal Divine Liturgy and Washing of Feet
6:30pm Thursday night Holy Friday Matins with Nailing on the Cross (12 Gospels)
9:00am Friday Royal Hours and Decorating the Bier
3:00pm Friday Holy Friday Vespers Taking Down from the Cross
6:30pm Friday Holy Saturday Matins with Burial Hymns
10:00am Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy and Baptisms
10:00pm Saturday PASCHA Services
1:30pm Sunday Agape Vespers

“The theology and practice of the Church is an apostolic gift”

One does not enter the Orthodox Church and according to our preferences attempt to shape and form its ethos, its cultural predisposition, primarily the “way things are done”, handed down by the Apostles themselves, . We must be shaped and formed by the ethos of the Church; its sights, sounds, smells, actions, auditory features and etiquette…its ways. We no more adapt the theology of the Church to our way of thinking than we design the ethos of the Church to fit our aesthetic predispositions. The theology of the Church is an Apostolic gift just as the sound and content of ecclesiastical hymnody was revealed to the Church from the Old Testament through the New Testament and throughout the ages of the Church by many heavenly and miraculous visitations. These visitations have revealed the ethos, the heavenly content and sound of our hymnody. This way of doing Church hymnody is part of the transforming power of holding to, “ …the traditions which ye have been taught… ” and allowing them to transform our preferences and predispositions.