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St. John the Baptist Byzantine Church

Alle-Kiski

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Church

Location Details

PHONE: 724 287-5000
ADDRESS: 105 Kohler Ave.
Lyndora, PA 16045
HOURS: Divine Liturgy: Weekdays: 8:00 am Saturdays: 4:00 PM Sundays: 10:00 am

Description

In 1902 Lyndora was a new town built for the workers of the Standard Steel Car Company. Immigrants flocked there to find jobs, bringing with them their ethnic and religious traditions. St. John’s was founded in May 1910 by Carpatho-Rusyns who wanted to create a “Greek Catholic Hungaro-Rusin parish.” The building was constructed and blessed in the winter of 1913. With a growing congregation the church was expanded in the 1950s and included the work of woodcarver and artist John Baycura who was a parishioner at St. John’s. Baycura carved and painted the altar, the Kivot (tabernacle) and iconostas (icon screen) for the new church. Nearly a hundred years after it began, St. John’s is still open for worship and remains strongly identified with its Eastern European heritage. Although services have been said in English in the 1960s, many members still respond and sing in both English and Slavonic. The church welcomes people of all denominations and backgrounds to worship with them.

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