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So, what is a Western Rite Orthodox Parish?  It’s a Church where the liturgy of worship is one that was practiced by the ancient undivided Church in the West before the Great Schism, usually dated to A.D. 1054.


Many people hear the word “orthodox” and automatically think of Greek Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, or even the Russian Orthodox Church.  These are all the same undivided Orthodox Church, just different regional “expressions” of the Faith.


Even though we are a Russian Orthodox parish, few of our members are ethnically Russian.  The Orthodox Christian Faith is universal.  It transcends culture and ethnicity.  It is the Faith that was delivered through the Apostles down to the present day without corruption or revision.  Regardless of your background, you will find something comfortably familiar in an Orthodox service as well as something that hearkens back to the days of the early Church and its origins with the teachings of Christ

Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church is a Western Rite mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. As a Western Rite parish, we are a stavropegial parish directly under the omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, and his vicar for the Western Rite, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan.”

We currently meet for the celebration of the weekly Divine Liturgy on Saturdays at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3120 East 24th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

Times vary, so check with our parish calendar page by clicking HERE to get the latest and most accurate schedule.

The Sacred Liturgy of the Church is where Heaven & Earth come together...

The First Western Rite Orthodox Parish in Iowa


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Fr. Maximos Fr. Lev Smith Hieromonk Abraham