St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America

Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church!

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Many people ask us if our services are in Russian. The short answer is no. While we were founded by Russian immigrants, we have become a pan-ethnic Orthodox community. Our Faith is open to all people in this nation who are interested in learning about and living out the Apostolic Faith of New Testament Church. 

When Great prince Vladimir was looking for a faith for his people, he sent emissaries all over the earth to explore different religions. They found what they were looking for in the beautiful temple of Hagia Sophia, where they said "we no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth." At the heart of the Orthodox Faith is the belief that The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory’ –John 1:14. The Liturgical journey that we embark on throughout the year here at St. Nicholas bears witness to this ever-present truth that God became Man. 

Now the Faith that was brought from Byzantium to Russia, has been brought to America. God has opened a door for us to enter the saving Ark, unshaken by the passing fads, and religous trends of this world. We emphasize that Orthodoxy is the unchanged Faith, but the reason we do not change the Faith is because it is this Ancient Faith that changes us!

May the God of Love, the Holy Trinity, One in essence and undivided ever protect and keep you!


Weekly Worship Calendar

Sunday, November 18th
9:15 The Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Saturday, November 24th
5:45 9th Hour
6:00 Great Vespers

Sunday, November 25th
9:15 The Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Monday, November 26th
7:00PM Parish Council Meeting
Special Events

Please view our current bulletin on the 'Bulletins' section on this website. The bulletin will have the church's current projects and upcoming events.

See below for Special Events.


Great Vespers on Saturdays will now begin at 6:00PM

Divine Liturgy on Sundays will begin at 9:30AM

Church School will begin after Holy Communion

Memory Eternal! Archpriest Joseph Martin

Memory Eternal! Archpriest Joseph Martin

Courtesy of OCA) Archpriest Joseph Martin, retired Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Archpriest Joseph Martin, retired Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Frackville, PA on Holy Pascha, April 5, 1942, the son of the late Joseph and Anna Martin, he was a 1963 graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA. He married the former Gloria Matechak on October 16, 1965. He was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace, Bishop [later Archbishop] Kiprian on November 7, 1965, after which he served Holy Trinity Church, McAdoo, PA for 29 1/2 years while also serving parishes in Shenandoah, Saint Clair, Minersville, and Mount Carmel, PA. In 1995, he was assigned Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, from which he retired in 2014. The following year, he celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

In addition to his wife, Matushka Gloria, Father Joseph is survived by his daughters Cathryn [Dr. John] Haber, Tresckow, PA; Juliana [Jeffrey] Good, Hellertown, PA; Marina Martin and her fiancé James Turnbach, Conyngham, PA; Deborah [Judd] Good, Hellertown, PA; eight grandchildren: Elena, Alex, Andrew, Anna, Aaron, Kyra, Stephen and Sara; brothers Melvin, David, and Paul; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Frederick.

In addition to his parish duties, Father Joseph served in various of capacities in the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Dean of the Frackville Deanery. He was the longest continuously serving Board Member of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and its Century Association and was active in the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA]. At the time of his repose, he served as Chief of Chaplains at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Medical Center. His community activities included serving as past Chaplain of the McAdoo Fire Company and the McAdoo Lions Club. He also was a founding member and Past President of the Wilkes- Barre Lions Club and Chaplain and Past District Governor of Lions District 14W.

Visitation will begin at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA at 4:00 p.m.on Friday, November 16. The Lions Club will gather at 4:30 p.m. The Funeral Service for a Priest will commence at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, November 17, the Divine Liturgy and Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA. Interment will follow in the monastery cemetery. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at the services.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Very Rev. Joseph Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary , PO Box 130, South Canaan PA 18459.

May Father Joseph’s memory be eternal!

2018 Christmas Bazaar

55th Diocesan Assembly

Upcoming Special Events

Past Year at our Parish in Photos




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