Greetings! Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church is the R.O.C.O.R. parish for the greater Springfield and Western MA and Northern Connecticut area since c.1952 under the authority, blessing, and protection of His Emminence NICHOLAS, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.
Our services are primarily in English with some Church Slavonic. We follow the Julian Calendar liturgically as is the tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our parishioners come from throughout the Pioneer Valley & northern Connecticut. Visitors are always welcome—please have a glance at our schedule of services and come visit St. Nicholas Orthodox Church now located just over the Massachusetts border in Enfield, CT.
Saturday Vigil 6:00pm
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am;
Hours 9:10 am,
Holy Communion preparatory prayers 8:30am
* unless otherwise announced
Vigil 6:30 pm Great Vespers with Litia, Matins, First Hour
Divine Liturgy 7:00am,Third & Sixth Hours at 6:40am
1. The Holy Martyr Plato.
From the town of Ancyra in Galatia, he was born and brought up a Christian. Even in his youth, he showed great perfection in every virtue. Plato did not conceal his faith in Christ the Lord, but preached it openly, denouncing idolaters for their bowing down to dead creatures in place of the living Creator. For this, he was brought before the governor, Agrippinus, for trial, and was harshly tortured by him. When the governor began to urge him to escape death and save his life by worshipping idols, Plato replied: 'There are two deaths: the temporal and the eternal; and there are two lives: the one transitory and the other without end.' Then Agrippinus put him to harsher torture. Among other tortures, he commanded that red-hot cannon balls be placed on his naked body, and that his flesh be cut into strips. 'Torture me more harshly', cried the martyr to the torturers, 'that your inhumanity and my endurance may be the more clearly seen.' When the torturer spoke to the martyr about the philosopher Plato, saying that. he was a pagan philosopher, he replied: 'I am not like Plato, nor he like me, except in our names. I learn and teach the wisdom that is of Christ, while he teaches the wisdom that is folly before God.' After that, Plato was thrown into prison, where he spent eighteen days without bread or water. When the warders marvelled that Plato could live without food for so long, he said to them: 'You are satiated by food, but I by holy prayer; you rejoice in wine, but I in Christ the true Vine.' He was finally beheaded with the sword in about 266, and received a wreath of eternal glory.
2. The Holy Martyrs Romanus and Barulas.
Holy Romanus was a deacon of the Church in Caesarea, and at one time preached the Gospel in Antioch. When there was an idolatrous feast, and the governor of Antioch, Asclepiades, was going into a pagan temple to offer sacrifice, Romanus stood in front of him and said: You sin, O Governor, when you go to the idols. They are not gods, for Christ is the only, true God.' The furious governor put Romanus to torture, and he as flogged and flayed without mercy' At that moment, he saw a child called Barulas, and said to Asclepiades: 'This little child has more understanding than you, old man, for he knows the true God, and you do not.' The governor began to question Barulas about his faith, and he confessed his faith in Christ the Lord as the one, true God, and his unbelief in the false idols. Then Asclepiades commanded that little Barulas be beheaded with the sword, and Romanus be strangled in the prison, which came to pass in the year 303. Thus both these martyrs inherited the Kingdom of Christ.
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Prayers - Audio
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Audio - Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville Prayer Book
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Daily Audio Readings - Holy Trinity Monastery
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Audio - Holy Trinity Monastery-Jordanville Prayer book
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Prayers - Text
|Prologue from Ochrid - |
This version includes not only the Lives of the Saints, but also the Hymns of Praise, Reflection, Contemplation and Homily sections for every day, just as Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic wrote it in the original Serbian text
At site, select Julian/Church Calendar Date for complete Prologue offering for the day
This translation of the Prologue is copyright © 1999 Serbian Orthodox Church Diocese of Western America.
Restricted Fund: Formal entry porch with Cross, Cupola at main entry doors leading to parking lot.
We are happy to announce that the Ladies' Afternoon Tea will be returning to St. Nicholas parish on May 7, 2023! Please save the date and check back for further information. We hope you will join us!
The ladies of St. Nicholas parish
If necessary, St. Nicholas Liturgical services will utilize the parish Hall in addition to the Nave of the Church providing an expanded area for worship.
If by necessity church attendance is not possible, you may participate in liturgical services at home using the following resources for texts, and sites for internet broadcast- streaming of services. Our chuch does not stream services.
Sites where to find streaming services:
Slavonic & English