St. Michael's was founded in Otober of 1909. The parish was made up of immigrants from parts of Europe such as Austria-Hungary, Galicia and Russia. They sought work in the mining areas of Illinois and Missouri and a few settled in St. Louis.
Our first meeting place was a home purchased at 1125 Hickory Street, which was converted into a temporary house of worship. Early in 1926 parishoners began raising funds for a church and ground was broaken for a new temple in 1927 located at 1901 Ann Ave at Gravois. The dedication of the new church building took place on June 2, 1929. St. Michael's architectural style is Byzantine cross and dome with coupolas. Many people traveling on Gravois stop to gaze and photograph the little Russian Haga Sophia that has become a prominant land mark in St. Louis. Life as an Orthodox Christian Community has continued to the present.
While the parish has a stellar Russian heritage, our mission and vision is to embrace all who wish to partake of the fullness of Orthodox faith. Our current membership includes ethnic Russians and English speaking Americans, cradle Orthodox and converts. All are welcome in the mystical body of Christ.
The parish is under the omophorion of the Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Mid-West in the Orthodox Church of America (OCA)
Services at St. Michael are in the English language an ar celebrated on the new (Revised Julian) calandar.
Saturday Evenings: Vespers is Served at 5:00 PM
Sunday Mornings: The Third and Sixth Hour are read at 9:00 AM, During the Lenten and Paschal Season the Mattins Canon is sung at 8:45 AM. Divine Liturgy is at 9:30 AM.
The Liturgy of the Presactified Gifts is served at 6:30 PM on the Wednesdays of Great Lent
Great Vespers is served at 6:30 PM on the eve of Great Feasts with the Typica Service served at 6:30 AM on the Morning of the Feast,
St. Michael's Church has now partnered with FOCUS Gateway City. FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) is a Pan-Orthodox Fellowship of Orthodox Chrustian Men and Woman offering Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter to the needy in St. Louis. FOCUS is renting St. Michael's Parish Hall for utilization as office space and for it's program activity. St. Michael will assist in FOCUS program activity and FOCUS will assist St. Michael in it's outreach and evangelism efforts.For more information see FOCUS website at WWW.FOCUSGatewayCity.ORG or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Toll free 866-267-3083ext711
FOCUS Gateway City's Program Schedule is as follows:
Sunday's 4:30 to 5:30 PM on the first, second, and third Sundays of the month, FOCUS Sunday Suppers.
Monday's and Fridays from 9:00 to12:00 shen schecduled: The Man Class
Wednesday's from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the second and fourt Wendnesdays of the month: Employment Assistance, Working Wardrobe, and Food Panty