Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Moscow Patriarchate


  1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit and worship the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps, becoming a parishioner, please, see Father Basil or visit our website: , or phone the rectory at 570 -343-8128.  God Bless you!              Are you a registered parishioner?


  1. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for the current school year are now in session! The classes are held in the upper classroom at the School-Center after Divine Liturgy. May the Lord Bless our Sunday School teachers, staff, students and parents/grandparents with a fruitful year of learning about and practicing our Orthodox Christian Faith. God Bless you!


NOTA BENE: Interior  restoration  work (plastering and painting) of the ceiling and dome is scheduled to begin  in our church this week. This will necessitate the setting-up of portable scaffolding in various areas of the church as the work progresses. It is estimated that this project will take about three weeks to complete (if all goes well!). In the interest of everyone’s safety, our parishioners and other worshippers and guests in church are asked to avoid going near the scaffold. Please, pray for those people doing this work and for its successful completion.   Your co-operation is much appreciated. Thank you and God Bless!


  1. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 5 December: TEAM 2 ---   Maeyann Capwell, Marie Vass   and anyone else who can help.  Please, remember to care for the Holy Icons and the main aisle before leaving church today.   We respectfully remind our Cleaning Teams that the assigned Team make arrangements to clean the church more thoroughly during the week (not only on Sunday). Thank you and God Bless!  HOLINESS BEFITS THY HOUSE, O LORD, UNTO THE LENGTH OF DAYS!


  1. HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, 5 December: - COFFEE HOUR is planned. “Everybody of you” is invited to come to the Parish Hall following Divine Liturgy and enjoy some refreshments, a tasty (Nativity Fast appropriate) nosh and good company. Hope you can make it! - THE DECEMBER 50/50  is on the docket. Shares for this increasingly popular lotto are available for a donation of one ($1.00) dollar per share. Perhaps December is your month to take home the fifty-fifty !!? - THE PARISH COUNCIL is scheduled to convene for its regular, monthly session. On the agenda:  beginning interior restorative  work in our church. All Council members are asked to attend. Parishioners are welcome, too. God Bless!


  1. OUR PARISH will sponsor our annual CHRISTMAS COOKIE AND TREATS sale this month! We ask our parishioners and friends to support this event by making your favourite Christmas Cookies and various treats for this sweet sale! Spread the word and tell everybody about this Christmas Cookie and Treats extravaganza which will be held in our Parish Hall on Saturday, 11 December, Sunday, 12 December and Sunday, 19 December from High Noon until 2:00PM. Everybody is welcome! Many thanks for your help!  God Bless!


  1. OUR SINCERE gratitude to our Parishioners who have continued their faithful prayerful and financial support of our Parish during this pandemic. Although some parishioners decided it was safer to avoid coming to church because of personal health issues and concerns about the virus, your continued financial support is much appreciated and needed. Our Parish expenses continue to come despite our concerns about the virus.  It has sometimes been a struggle to “make ends meet” considering we are now involved in interior church renovations, since the roof has been replaced.  “Thank You!” for your continued and generous support of your Parish. May the Lord God Bless you and guide us through these difficult times. God Bless!


  1. HAVE YOU noticed that our church parking lot was re-paved? Our parking area is now more aesthetic, smooth (bereft of grass and potholes!) and safer for pedestrians and vehicles. Donations towards the parking lot renovation are being accepted. Thank you for your support.  God Bless!


  1. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website Keep up with news and Divine Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more.   Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $25 per month.* Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex. We need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE, favourably consider sponsoring the website for a month or more.     God Bless you! * The cost to keep our website up and running on-line has increased. This is the first increase since our website began several years ago. Your continued support, encouragement and generosity are very much appreciated.


  1. THE HOLY FIRE, from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the lampadas in our church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave (main body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and salvation of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is requested to cover the cost of candles. [A “link” has been included on our website for more information about the HOLY FIRE. Log-on to it when you have time.] God Bless!


  1. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution to the Cathedraticum for the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty ($50.00) dollars per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please, actively support our Russian Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your Cathedraticum envelopes.  God Bless!


  1. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at- and in living colour on the radio at 94.3 FM from  Saint John’s  Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield,  - Sunday at 9:30AM. -  from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore, (Archpriest John Vass).  – Sunday at 10:00AM  This is offered for those who, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday. God Bless! 



Petitions offered up at the Augmented Litany of Divine Liturgy, during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
- Again we pray Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou mightest mercifully protect us from the devastating pestilence
stirred up against us, and deliver Thy faithful people from spiritual and physical death; grant unto the sick healing and health, and unto all of us Thy divine protection and help; we pray Thee, O kind-hearted Lord, quickly hearken and have mercy.  
- Again we pray, that Thou mightest pacify the troubles of men and every fearful thing, compass Thy faithful about with firm hope, and instill in our hearts quietude; we pray Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.

Prayer read during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
O Lord our God, enter not into judgement with Thy servants, and compass us about with protection from the devastating pestilence stirred up against us. O kind-hearted Lord Who art inclined toward benevolence, have compassion on us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, who fall down before Thee with broken hearts and hope in Thy mercy.
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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                                                                  GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!

[A word to our Parishioners and Friends:   When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire life. Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this.  God Bless you!]