New Orthodox Bible Study



Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Mission Church is sponsoring a new Orthodox Spirituality reading group in Lewisburg PA, with the first meeting on Sunday Aug. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Lewisburg Perkins restaurant, 309 N. Derr (Route 15), in the back “Section 4” room. All are welcome, including children and those of all ages.

The Orthodox Spirituality reading group is planned as a monthly “journey through the Bible” in the light of Eastern Orthodox spirituality, the most ancient form of Christian tradition, derived directly from early Church teachers, saints, and desert monastics of the Eastern Mediterranean. The first session will begin by discussing Genesis 1: What is the teaching of the ancient and ongoing Church on Creation?

The conversation will be informal, with no prior knowledge assumed. It will be inclusive of inquirers, beginners, and those familiar with the Bible, as well as those of all backgrounds and no faith affiliation, and of members of the Bucknell Orthodox Christian community as well as those from around the region. It will follow the Orthodox Study Bible published by Thomas Nelson (which adapts the New King James English translation and includes the books of the Septuagint Greek Bible, from the oldest surviving manuscript of the Old Testament, along with notes derived from early Church sources).

In addition, it will draw on biblical commentary from the book The Law of God by Fr.Seraphim Slobodskoi, and another version of The Law of God, by the Priest-Martyr Daniel Sysoev, which are used worldwide as basic educational texts for Orthodox Christians in the Russian Church and elsewhere.

Extra Bibles will be available, feel free to bring any version or none. Copies of both versions of The Law of God will also be available. If you are interested in purchasing your own texts, paper and e-versions are available from the links above, from, or may be ordered from the Bucknell Barnes & Noble, 400 Market Street, Lewisburg.

Attendance is free and open to the public, and there is no obligation other than an interest in studying the Bible and learning about biblical teachings originating in the Apostolic Church.

We hope to continue the reading group in future months as well, location to be announced, and if you can’t make this Sunday, but would like to keep up with the reading or get information on future discussions, please keep in touch. For more information on this Sunday’s reading group or to get on our email list for future discussions, please feel free to contact Dr. Alf Kentigern Siewers, the Parish Warden, at, or at 570-215-5855.

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Mission Church is an English-language American parish of the worldwide Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), with the Very Rev. Archpriest Claude Vinyard as Acting Rector. The Parish is under the omniphorion of Metropolitan Hilarion, first Hierarch of ROCOR and of the Eastern Diocese of the United States, in the Deanery of Pennsylvania headed by the Very Rev. Archpriest John Sorochka of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mahfield, PA.

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