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Holy Week / Pascha Services 2014

Friday, April 11

Vespers & Holy Unction 7 РМ

Sat, April 12

Lazarus Saturday

Commemoration of raising of Lazarus from the dead

Divine Liturgy 9 АМ

Palm Sunday Vespers 5 РМ

Sunday, April 13

Palm Sunday

Commemoration of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem

Divine Liturgy (Slav) 8:30 AM

Divine Liturgy 10 АМ

Blessing of Palms and Pussy-Willows


Bridegroom Matins 4 РМ


Mon, April 14

Great and Holy Monday

Bridegroom Matins 7 РМ

Tue, April 15

Great and Holy Tuesday

Bridegroom Matins 7 РМ

Wed, April 16

Great and Holy Wednesday

Presanctified Liturgy 9 AM

Bridegroom Matins 7 РМ

Thursday, April 17

Great and Holy Thursday

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 9 АМ

Matins with Twelve Passion Gospels (Eng) 7 РМ

Matins with Twelve Passion Gospels (Slav) 8:30 РМ


Friday, April 18 Great and Holy Friday

Royal Hours 9 AM

Vespers 3 РМ

Matins with Lamentations and procession with the shroud 7 РМ

Tomb Watch starts 10 PM

Saturday, April 19 Great and Holy Saturday

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Old Testament readings 9 АМ

Nocturne 11:30 РМ

Beginning of Paschal Services

Sunday, April 20 Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!Christ’s Holy Resurrection, Pascha of the Lord

Procession, Matins and

Divine Liturgy 12:00 АМ

Blessing of Paschal food and breaking of the fast following the service

Paschal Vespers 12 РМ

Procession with the reading of Resurrection Gospels and blessing of Paschal food

Monday, April 21 Bright Monday

Paschal Divine Liturgy 9 АМ

Egg Hunt for children after the service

Thursday, April 24

Bright Thursday

Paschal Vespers 7 PM

Saturday, April 26

Bright Saturday

Paschal Divine Liturgy 9 AM


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

You have reached the web site of St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral.  St. Stephen's is a Diocesan Cathedral of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania (Orthodox Church in America).  Our parish is located in Northeast Philadelphia next to the beautiful Pennypack Park.  St. Stephen's was founded in 1971 and since then became a vibrant Orthodox Christian community with many parishioners coming from the City of Philadelphia as well as from neighboring counties in PA and NJ.

We hope that this website will provide you with information about the life of our parish community here at St. Stephen's as well as the Orthodox events in the greater Philadelphia area. 

Parish News and Upcoming Events

 Installation of His Grace Bishop MARK: Saturday, May 10!

As many of you know, our Diocese of Eastern PA was without a ruling bishop for over a year since Bishop Tikhon was elected as Metropolitan of America and Canada. After a due process of searching for a new bishop, Bishop MARK was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the OCA as a new Hierarch for our Diocese. There will be a special celebration of enthronment of His Grace Bishop MARK at our Cathedral on Saturday, May 10, which will be followed by the installation banquet at Radisson Hotel. We hope that many of our parishioners will join clergy and faithful of the Diocese for this celebration. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will start at 9:30 AM. The deadline for banquet reservation is April 30 and the price of ticket is $35. Please see Larry Skvir or Lorraine Kane to make banquet reservations. Hope to see you all there!



Please remember to see the weekly bulletin for all other updates and details

Regular Services and Studies

Regular Services:

       Saturday: Great Vespers 5 PM
       Sunday: Divine Liturgy 10 AM

       Feast Day Eve (on weekdays): Great Vespers 7 PM
       Feast Day: Divine Liturgy 9 AM

       Russian Service: Every Sunday 8:30 AM

Studies (except for January, July and August): 

       Thursday: Bible Study 7:30 PM

Sunday School (Children age 4 to 17):

Every Sunday during the school year following the Divine Liturgy.  Please see Father Victor if you are interested in having your child participate in the Sunday School Program.


Upcoming Events

Special Attention

Action Statement:

Please take the time to read this special document, an Action Statement for the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Remembering the Shut-Ins and the Hospitalized

St. Stephen's is a caring community of Orthodox Christians.  When one of our members is hospitalized or unable to attend services because of health or disability, we are not a whole community.  But for parishioners to reach out to their fellow parishioners, they need to know who those parishioners are.  Please make Fr. Victor or anyone on Parish Council aware of anyone who is hospitalized, ill, or a shut in, so that the information may be shared within the parish.

Weekly Bulletin


See our latest weekly bulletin, "The Protomartyr"


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"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or more are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them." -- Matthew 18: 19-20

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