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Dormition Feast

 This week we celebrate the Dormition or falling asleep of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary) ending the two week Dormition Fast we have been observing.  We will celebrate this year with Great Vespers on Thursday (August 14) at 6:30pm and August 15th at 9:30am.  The icon of the Dormition show Christ holding the soul of Mary, just as Mary is normally shown holding the infant Christ. This great feast it is customary to have flowers and seeds are blessed on this day and everyone is encouraged have some blessed. 

This week is also the feast of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Wonderworker of All Russia, strict ascetic, full of love and compassion and dedicated to the teaching and reading of the New Testament. Read more about him here


  • Slavonic Divine Liturgy this Saturday at 10am.  
  • Adult Social and Farewell Dinner for Reader Steven, on Sunday Aug 17th at 6pm contact Anne VDB or Mat. Marcy for more information. 
  • Thursday Aug 21st  at 7pm we will be having a women’s Social and Mission project supporting “Trades of Hope” at Bistro 1501 on International Parkway in Lake Mary. 
  • We will Commemorate the beheading of St. John on Aug 29th

August and Transfiguration


This week we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration on Tuesday night with Great Vespers at 6:30pm and with the Divine Liturgy at on Wednesday (Aug, 6) at 9:30 AM.  As it is the tradition on this day we will bless a bowl of fruit, please bring in fruit to be blessed and to share. 

The Feast of the Transfiguration celebrates when Jesus when up on the Mount of the Tabor with three of his apostles, Peter, James and John and they saw Jesus shining as the sun and in white garments.  This story is told in three of the Canonical Gospels. Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. 

You can learn more about the Feast of the Transfiguration here and in this week’s bulletin.

We also celebrate St. Herman of Alaska on Saturday.  St. Herman was a monk of great holiness who spread Christianity to the Aleuts of Alaska.  The Russian missions in Alaska in the Eighteenth Century are viewed as the first Orthodox missions in the New World.  St. Herman is still very beloved by the Alaskan natives who preserve a very loving living memory of him and his ministry to the Alaskan Natives.  While we are in the Domination Fast to celebrate this saint which is so important to us in the New World we celebrate with fish. 


All Saints Day

 This Sunday is the Sunday of All Saints. After celebrating the Holy Spirit for a week, we remember the saints who were filled with the Holy Spirit.   We begin the Apostles Fast on Monday, and this fast will last until the feast of St. Peter and Paul on June 29. During the weekdays of the fast, Fr. Daniel will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection on the holy fathers at 7:15am.

Other news: 

  • David Serpa and Irina O'brien will be joined in Holy Matrimony on Sunday, June 29 at 11:30am.
  • Vacation Church School will be from June 23 to 27 from 9-noon. Nursery is available for little children. 
  • Ephraim Project is sorting clothes at Downtown Baptist every Weds. 9:30-11:30 a.m. We provide clothes to the homeless every other Thursday, Please see Anne v. d. B. if you are able to help.



VBS: Behold the Light


June 23-27th

Our summer VBS program will focus on the four Feasts of the Life & Ministry of Christ:

Nativity of the Lord (December 25)
Meeting of our Lord in the Temple (February 2)
Baptism of the Lord (January 6)
Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6)

We will explore these feasts through crafts, music, lessons, worship, activities, snacks, and games.

Last year we received lot of positive feed back on our program from both students and parents. 

The program is free and will be held each morning from 9am-Noon, and is open to children ages 4-11 (K-5th grades). For more information and to register, contact Mat. Marcy at 407-488-0768.



Prison Ministry, Sunday School, and Seminarian

Christ is risen!

Indeed he is risen!

Here are a few announcements I wanted to highlight this week:

This Sunday Roger Hunt will be with us to discuss the St. Seraphim's Fellowship, an Orthodox ministry to prisoners here in Florida. Roger will present during the Sunday School hour and we will receive an offering for the ministry after the Divine Liturgy.

This Summer we plan to study the Gospel of Mark together in Sunday School. We plan to spend the better part of the Summer going deeper into this foundational writing of holy Scripture. It will be a great opportunity for learning and spiritual growth, so don't plan too many vacations this Summer! You will not want to miss it.

Our seminarian, Joshua, is graduating from St. Vladimir's Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree this month. He is staying one more year to complete a Masters of Theology focusing on apologetics.

Fr. Arkady will be here tomorrow for the Slavonic liturgy at 10am.

From Fr. Daniel's Weekly Email 



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