St. Stephen Orthodox Church
A Western Rite Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
A short documentary about the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church, released in 2017.
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Who Are We?
We are not Jewish, but we are Orthodox. We hold to the traditions and faith of the early Christians, without change. We have preserved the original Christianity as was practiced in the first millennium.
We are not Roman, but we are Catholic. This is the church for all people, in all places, at all times. This is the universal church. We are united, and have maintained a direct line to the earliest Christians.
We are not Protestant, but the Bible came from us. Have you heard of Athanasius? He was the first man to write down the list of the New Testament as we know it today. We hold him, and the others involved in putting the Bible together, in high respect.
We are not a Denomination, but we are Pre-Denominational. Before there were denominations there was one Church and one Faith. The Orthodox Church calls all people, from all walks of life, to return to our heritage and get to know our Maker.
Mission Statement: St. Stephen Orthodox Church embodies the ancient Apostolic faith and Tradition to grow into the image and likeness of Christ through a sacramental life. By participating in liturgical services, prayer, education, study, fellowship and ministries, we cultivate our spiritual growth and that of our neighbor.
We represent and are a part of an expression of Christianity most of America has never heard of or experienced, despite having over 300 million members throughout the world. The Orthodox Church, as it has come to be known in the last few hundred years, dates back to Jesus and his initial followers. We have never changed our beliefs, because we believe that truth is a constant.
If you are aching for medicine of both soul and body, then come visit us and see what we have to offer.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Michael Heningham
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit...do not charge them with this sin.”
St. Stephen, as he was being stoned to death.
About Our Church
We are a church in Springfield, MA. and a Western Rite parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We are currently holding services at 400 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
To learn more about the Antiochian Church, click HERE.
To learn more about the Western Rite of the Eastern Orthodox Church, click HERE.
Our pastor is Fr. Michael Heningham, under the care and supervision of Bishop JOHN of Worcester, MA.
Fr Michael Heningham
Fr Ed Hughes
Western Rite Vicar General
His Grace Bishop John
Auxilliary Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
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Our mailing address is P.O. Box 6314, Springfield MA 01101
Many people hated St. Stephen and lied about him to the people, but St. Stephen with his face illumined reminded the people of the miracles God had worked through him and even rebuked the people for killing the innocent Christ.
The people were enraged by what they thought was blasphemy and 'gnashed their teeth' at Stephen. It was then that he saw his Christ in the heavens and declared it so. Hearing this, the people took him outside the city and stoned him to death, with his kinsman Saul (later St. Paul) holding their coats while they did it. Afar off on a hill was the Virgin Mary and St. John the Theologian who witnessed this first martyrdom for the Son of God and prayed for him while he was being stoned. This occurred about a year after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The body of the holy Protomartyr Stephen was left at the foothill of the city for two days to be eaten by dogs. But on the second night, Gamaliel— teacher of the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Barnabas— along with his son, secretly came and took the body to his own estate, in Capharganda, to be buried.
Today, you will find his whole right arm at The Holy Trinity of St. Sergius Lavra, established by St. Sergius of Radonezh in 1345, at Sergiyev Posad, Russia Video of The Holy Trinity monastery.
St Stephen was "the starting point of the martyrs, the instructor of suffering for Christ, the foundation of righteous confession, since Stephen was the first to shed his blood for the Gospel." Asterias