St. Nicholas is one of two churches in the Dallas area to use the traditional church calendar and to include significant amounts of the Church Slavonic language in its weekly services. Our services are in English, but we always include some Slavonic in the service. On weekends, we tend to repeat some things in Slavonic (such as the troparion, the Epistle and Gospel the Cherubic hymn, and other hymns) and have a Russian sermon during the priest’s communion time.
Our ministries include Sunday School, the St. Juliana Sisterhood, the St John Maximovich Brotherhood, the blog “Redeeming the Time”, podcast homilies & an extensive website with Orthodox Resources, which gets over two million page views a year. Fr. Seraphim maintains an active prison ministry, visiting two prisons on a regular basis, 3-4 times a month & the parish has a full schedule of divine services, including at least two Divine Liturgies each week, and two “children’s liturgies” a month.
An important tradition in our parish is to always have a full meal for everyone after the Sunday Divine Liturgy, and on many Festal Days. This meal is always free. Various families rotate in “trapeza teams” to provide the food and cleanup. We always invite our guests to break bread with us after the Liturgy.
The Most Reverend PETER, Bishop of Cleveland
Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America
Priest Seraphim Holland, Rector
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The parish was founded by Russian immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, and was served by a priest visiting occasionally from Houston. The community died out in the 1960's, lying dormant for several decades.
In 1988, the millennial of the baptism of Russia, a small group of Orthodox Christians re-established the St. Nicholas Community with the aid of Hieromonk Sergios (Smith) who arrived in 1990 and served until the spring of 1991.
Priest John Boylan served from 1991 until 1992, again briefly in 1994 and 1995 and found the parish a home in a rented facility on the campus of All Saints Episcopal Church, where services have now been held for 17 years. For several years, parishioners held weekly reader's services.
In 1994, Bishop (now Metropolitan) Hilarion appointed Deacon Seraphim Holland to serve as parish rector. Fr. Seraphim moved to Dallas on the day of the Glorification of St. John of San-Francisco (July, 1994), and was ordained to the priesthood at the beginning of Great Lent in 1995. The parish currently consists of both American converts to Orthodoxy and emigres from Orthodox countries including Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
As of July, 2009, we have been building our new temple in
McKinney and anticipate completion in late 2009.
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