There has never been a permanent, nearby place of worship for Orthodox Christians in Union County and surrounding areas — until now. Welcome to the Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Mission Parish. We are an English-language American parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, part of the worldwide Eastern Orthodox Church. Holy Protection includes families of diverse backgrounds and ages, including both converts to Orthodoxy and cradle Orthodox, who identify as American Orthodox Christians. All are welcome to come and visit and experience the ancient Liturgical life of the Christian Church in Orthodox form, and to learn about the living tradition of the Apostolic Church. We are near the campus of Bucknell University, and also help to support the services and activities of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Bucknell.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, our mission parish began services in September 2015, near the Confluence of the Susquehanna River Valley in central Pennsylvania. Holy Protection is the first Orthodox parish to be established in Union County, PA, and in the immediate region of the confluence in Union, Snyder, and northern Northumberland counties. Services are led by the Very Rev. Archpriest Claude Vinyard, appointed as Acting Rector by Metropolitan Hilarion. The mission in Union County is an outgrowth of the renewal and outreach program of Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch, PA (near Wilkes-Barre), which is also served by our Acting Rector, Fr. Claude Vinyard. He has had services in many long-time Orthodox parishes in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
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