Orthodox church celebrates 103 years in Jeannette

Maria Tyger  – 27/10/13

It would be difficult to find another city with as  many monumental anniversaries as Jeannette has had this year.

Include SS. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church on Scott  Avenue as one of them.

The church was founded in 1910 by Russian immigrants,  under the patronage of the Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, and the church is  celebrating its 103rd anniversary this year with a display of its history.

Relics including newspaper clippings (some written in  Russian), articles, letters and vestments from the past, called the Kobasa  Collection, have been on display at the church throughout the month of October.

Leading the church and celebration is the Rev.  Lawrence Daniels, 75. Supported by his wife, Sophie, and the church  administrator Daniel Henry, Daniels has been the pastor of SS. Cyril and  Methodius for a little over a year.

He was ordained in 2012 after serving as a deacon for  36 years, the last 10 of those years served in Jeannette.

He and his wife share a daughter, Rebecca, who lives  in Greensburg, and a son, John, who lives in Charlotte, N.C. They also share two  grandchildren.

Daniels said he grew up in the faith and after he was  ordained as a deacon in 1976, he assisted the then-archbishop in the divine  liturgy in the Jeannette church.

He and his wife, along with other parishioners, have  worked diligently to bring the church closer to the community. He has set up a  learning center, a place to read and study, beside the church that is open every  Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center has several methods of study, which  include video, music and books, some  dated early in the church, to more contemporary books.

The couple also works hard to keep up with the ornate  and beautiful presentation of the church.

“We sin through the  senses and through these senses we return to God,” said Sophie Daniels. “The  beauty of the church reminds us of God.”

The church offers great vespers every Saturday at 6  p.m., reading of the hours and confession at 9:45 and the divine liturgy is held  every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Stop at the church to meet this special couple  and celebrate at SS. Cyril and Methodius, as well as share in the deep history  of the City of Jeannette.

Maria Tyger is a contributing writer.