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Greetings in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!  


Welcome to the web pages of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church!  We are an orthodox christian community in the Mohawk Valley, serving a wide area of Greater Central New York.  We are committed to living a life in Jesus Christ, being nourished by our common worship in the Holy Eucharist and the other services of the Church, of personal prayer, and in striving to bring the Light of Christ to our community.

Whenever you are in the area, please come and worship with us, and get to know us.  We are located at 305 Main Road, Herkimer, NY 13350; just off NYS Route 5, east of the village.  Detailed directions are at Driving Directions.  


We celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings, and Great Vespers at 6:00 PM the night before.  Please stay for Coffee Hour downstairs following services where we can sit and get to know each other. Other services are held according to our service schedule Service Schedule and local tradition.


If you have any questions, or need help locating our church - please don't hesitate to email Deacon Demetrios at or call him at  315-725-5382.  Our Acting Rector, Father Thaddeus Franta, can be reached at or at the rectory at 315-866-3272.


Weekly Services

Sunday 08/14

1PM Great Vespers for Dormition


Monday 08/15

9:30AM  Divine Liturgy

Welcome Fr. Thaddeus and Matushka Velislava Franta!

Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church has been blessed with the assignment of a new rector!  

Fr. Thaddeus comes to us from Holy Trinity Church (OCA) in Rahway, NJ; where he was assigned upon his ordination to the priesthood by Bp. MICHAEL in Sept 2011.  He is a May 2011 graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Prior to that he was awarded degrees in linguistics from the Univ. of Cincinnati, OH.  He was ordained to the diaconate by Bp. MICHAEL in May 2011 – His Eminence’s first such episcopal action.

He had previously worked in the computer field and as an apprentice commercial electrician.  He speaks German and Bulgarian, and reads Church Slavonic.

Mat. Velislava is an accomplished musician and singer, with a number of original Orthodox vocal compositions to her credit.  She also teaches piano.

Father and Matushka were welcomed at a brunch at church, after services on July 31st.  Please pass the word to your friends, relatives and past parishioners. We look forward to seeing you at our church!

News from our Parish of Saints Peter and Paul 

Management of the Parish Webpage is in the course of being transferred from Dn. Demetrios to Fr. Thaddeus.  The structure and content is under review and subject to change.

For the latest Schedule of events, see the most recent Parish weekly Bulletin. To see the recent issues of the Parish weekly Bulletin and monthly Newsletter - click on the corresponding buttons on the left, above. 

At the request of numerous readers, we have a list of Questions for preparation for Holy Confession. There's also the same file in .pdf format for your downloading opportunity.

With the kind permission of the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, we have posted The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete here on our web pages. Download it and read it at home. There are many verses which refer to passages in Holy Scripture - why not look them up and learn the meaning behind the poetry.
Great Canon portion for Monday - first week of Great Lent
Great Canon portion for Tuesday
Great Canon portion for Wednesday
Great Canon portion for Thursday
Great Canon (complete) for Thursday of the fifth week of Great Lent

News from the Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Visit to learn more about our Diocese of New York and New Jersey and the many events and resources that can be found there.
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