We are the only Russian Orthodox Christian parish in Central Pennsylvania, tracing our worship and teachings back to Byzantium and the Holy Land. All are welcome to “Come and see” the ancient living tradition and beauty of Christianity, the Apostolic Church of the first millennium, unbroken to this day, at our services.
Our Parish is part of the worldwide Orthodox Church, which began in Apostolic times and includes the ancient Patriarchates of the Holy Land and Eastern Mediterranean. Holy Protection is a mission parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), under the Moscow Patriarchate, which traces its origins to the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the other ancient Apostolic Patriarchates of the original Christian Church in the first millennium. Russian Orthodoxy first came to North America in the 1790s in Alaska and the West Coast. It then became established in Pennsylvania’s coal and steel country with immigration of Slavic peoples in the 1800s and later refugees from communism, leading to the formation of the ROCOR Eastern Diocese, of which Holy Protection Mission Church is a part, with Metropolitan Hilarion currently also serving as our diocesan bishop. Upriver from our region at the Confluence of the Susquehanna River, at the main Headwaters of the Susquehanna Valley, Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville, NY, severs as the historic center today of ROCOR and of the Russian Orthodox Church in America.
Normal services include Vespers at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the Pine Room of the Lewisburg Club, 131 Market St., Lewisburg PA. Food and fellowship and Sunday School follow services.
Our parish is under Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (one of the ancient patriarchates of the One Holy and Apostolic Church, derived from the cradle of Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean) and Metropolitan Hilarion of New York, first hierarch of ROCOR, and is in the Deanery of Pennsylvania under the Very Rev. Archpriest John Sorochka of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
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, the Very Rev. Archpriest Claude Vinyard. Fr. Claude has services in many long-time Orthodox parishes in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Please also consider supporting us as we move into our next phase of acquiring land and a permanent temple, https://www.gofundme.com/holyprotectionmission
Donations large or small are welcome, and can be made anonymously. Most of all we humbly request your prayers!