“As the Lord thought good so it came to pass. Let us adopt those marvelous words. At the hands of the righteous Judge, they who show like good deeds shall receive a like reward….He whom we love is not hidden in the ground; he is received into heaven. Let us wait a little while, and we shall be once more with him. The time of our separation is not long, for in this life we are all like travelers on a journey, hastening on to the same shelter. While one has reached his rest another arrives, another hurries on but one and the same end awaits them all.”
St. Basil the Great
Founded by Russian immigrants (displaced persons), including Father Eugene Lyzlov, in 1951, not long after World War II, the Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady is a congregation belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad headquartered in New York City.
By October 1957 we had moved from the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia to the Art Museum area, at the intersection of 20th and Brandywine Streets one block north of Spring Garden Street and six blocks west of Broad Street. To this day the church maintains the fullness of the Russian Orthodox tradition liturgically and in its teachings, and retains a very Russian character. We use the Julian calendar and a mixture of mostly Slavonic and some English in services, and of course members of all ethnic groups are welcome to worship with us. Besides our original members, we include newcomers from Russia and converts.
A former Protestant building, the church's present home has a fine stone facade with small arched windows reminiscent of Orthodox churches in the Balkans, and is topped by a gold three-bar Russian cross. On Brandywine Street in front of the rectory next to the church is a small garden with birdbath and crucifix roadside shrine. Inside, a small space has been transformed into a place of light and holiness, both 'an earthly heaven' and a reminder of the best of the old country, as was Father Eugene's intention.
We are delighted to welcome you to our Church!
Schedule of Services
* Sunday Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. For Holidays during weekdays – at 8:00 a.m.
Vigil on Saturdays starts at 5 p.m., on the weekdays for Holidays - at 18:30.
* Confessions: Saturday after Vigil or Sunday morning 9.30 a.m.