Ypapanti, which translates to the Presentation of Christ, Greek Orthodox Church has been an active and integral part of the East Pittsburgh neighborhood for almost 100 years. The Church community was founded by a handful of immigrant Greeks in 1915 who desired to maintain their proud heritage in the Church of their motherland. Over the years the Church's membership has grown to over 200 families from East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, Forest Hills, and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Church's campus expanded in May of 1984 with the construction of a banquet center named Olympia Hall. In August of 1984 the first Greek Food Festival was held in the Hall to share the Greek culture of the church with its surrounding community.
We welcome all visitors and guests a Presentation of Christ "Ypapanti" Greek Orthodox Church. The parish has kept, practiced, and proclaimed the Orthodox Christian Faith through a vibrant ministry including worship services and an active parish life. If you would like some information the history or Ypapanti, please see this 90th Anniversay Document which examines some of our parish history. Please join us in singing the Lord's Prayer, and reciting the Nicene-Constantinoploitan Creed at any service.
The following is a brief description of the various worship services, celebrated throughout the year, which serve to remind us that all of life is important, and that the many events and gifts of life can be directed toward God and receive their fulfillment in Him. You are always welcome to attend any of the services celebrated.
Orthos/Matins - The Morning Prayer service of the Orthodox Church, included are Psalms, hymns, canons, and a Gospel reading. The service is thematically based, depending on the feast or saint being celebrated. Sunday Orthos is resurrectional in character and invites the faithful to experience Christ's Resurrection each Sunday morning.
Divine Liturgy - The central worship service of the Church is the Divine Liturgy, which is the Holy Eucharistic service, celebrated on Sundays and weekdays throughout the year. The word "liturgy" in Orthodox usage denotes the public duty or work of the people pertaining to God. By the fourth century, the term "Divine Liturgy" became the technical term for the for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. There are three Divine Liturgies commonly used in the Orthodox Church:
- The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, used on most Sundays and holy days of the year.
- The Divine Lituryg of St. Basil, celebrated during Great Lent and on Christmas, Theophany, and St. Basil's Day.
- The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, served on weekdays of Great Lent.
Although Holy Eucharist and other Sacraments are offered only to baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians, everyone is invited to receive the "antidoron" ant the conclusion of divine Liturgy. The "antidoron" is not sacramental, but is reminiscent of the agape feast theat followed worship in the ancient Christian Church.
Memorial/Trisagion Service - Often in conjunction with the Divine Liturgy, the Orthodox Church offers prayers for the repose of the souls of the dead. The Church believes that comfort is brought to the departed through these prayers. In addition, prayers for the dead express love and concern for the departed. TheMomprial Service is prayed when Koliva (boiled wheat) is present. The Koliva symbolizes the resurrection of everyone at the Second Coming of Christ. The shorter Trisagion Service is prayed when no Koliva is present.
Vesper Service - This evening service is a thanksgiving prayer for the closing day and a welcome of the new one to come the next morning. On the eve of important holidays, the Vesper Service includes Artoclasia for the health and well-being of the faithful.
Artoclasia Blessing - The Blessing of Five Loaves of Bread is a brief service of thanksgiving to express our gratitude for all the blessings of life. The Blessing reminds us of the miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish by which Christ fed the multitude. This Blessing is usually offered during Vespers or after the Divine Liturgy on Feast Days and other special occasions. After the Service, the bread is cut and distributed to the congregration.
Paraklesis Service - The Paraklesis is a service of the supplication for the welfare of the living. It is addressed to the Theotokos or to a Saint whose intercessions are sought through the chanting of a supplicatory canon and other hymns. The service may be celebrated at various time throughout the year. At Ypapanti, the Paraklesis Service is chanted on Tuesday evenings.
Salutations to the Theotokos - This service, offering praise to the Virgin Mary, as the Mother of God, is conducted during the first five Friday evenings of Great Lent. During the service, portions of the Akathist Hymn to the Virgin Mary are sung. This profound devotional chant assists in the spiritual preparation of the faithful during Great Lent.
Ypapanti is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the Spiritual Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.