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St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church belongs to the Serbian Diocese of Eastern America, governed by His Grace Bishop IRINEJ. Our parish community was founded in 1904 in Wilmerding, PA, but moved to Monroeville in 1971. Our original Church building was sanctified by St. Tikhon, the former patriarch of Russia, which is a great blessing that’s been following our Church since the moment of its dedication. The altar table blessed by him now resides in our Monroeville church.
Our services are mostly in English, but contain a few parts in Church Slavonic to celebrate the rich musical and liturgical traditions of our community’s Serbian heritage. Though the parish is “Serbian Orthodox,” we are Orthodox first and Serbs second. Everyone is welcome to our parish, regardless of their cultural or national background! Join us in our worship of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ!
The word Orthodox comes from two Greek words: Orthos and doxia, which together mean the right opinion and belief. Stating that we are Orthodox Christians, we believe we are Christians of right belief.
Yes. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, we believe in the sacraments of baptism, chrismation, repentance, unction (anointing of the sick), wedding, ordination, and the eucharist.
No! In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Virgin Mary is held in high regard and as the greatest human being after the God-Man Christ. However, the word ‘worship’ means to revere as God. Since Mary is not God, we do not worship her, but we pray to her and ask for her intercessory prayers.
We believe that every sin brings spiritual death but we also believe that every sin can be forgiven if the one who is asking for forgiveness truly repents.
You become Orthodox by going through a period of learning with your priest. This learning includes some basic doctrinal introduction to faith as well as practical aspects. When your priest decides that you are ready, you are officially chrismated and accepted into the Orthodox Church.