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Early in 1993 during a "chance" meeting of three Orthodox Christians, an idea was born. As residents of Daytona, the three discussed the need and feasibility of establishing an English-speaking Orthodox Church to serve all ethnic backgrounds in the Daytona area.
Saint John: Forerunner - Baptist - Prophet - Earthly Angel - Martyr
Sent by God to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.
St. John the Baptist enjoys a distinction among the saints of the Church. One of the days of the week is dedicated to him. The Church observes his birth as a feast day – joining the Holy Virgin as the only saints so distinguished. But the greatest tribute to St. John is from Christ Himself, Who said that he is the greatest “among those that are born of women…”
St. John is the Forerunner of Christ, that is, the one who prepared the way for the coming of the Lord. He is the Baptizer of Christ, performing this rite in the waters of the Jordan River. He is also a Martyr and Prophet, with his words echoing thought the centuries: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand…The axe is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire…”
This finely executed icon of John graphically tells the story of his life, his ministry, and his death. He is portrayed with the wings of an Angel, not only because he was the unique messenger of God preparing the way for Christ, but also because of the sanctity and austerity of his life. He was, so to speak, an Angel in the flesh.
Clothed in an inner garment of camel’s hair, John is poised in the stance of a preacher proclaiming repentance in the country about the Jordan. The rocky formations astride the Baptist represent the wilderness of Judea where he dwelt. The bush and the axe are references to his teaching. The plate with his decapitated head is a reminder of this martyrdom at the hands of King Herod. John stands facing the half-Figure of Christ (in the upper corner of the icon) for Whom the forerunner prepared the way and Whom he pointed out to the people: “Behold the lamb of God…”
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ
Many of you may be familiar with the new Antiochian Archdiocese program Becoming Truly Human. Becoming Truly Human is a new evangelism program available to every parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, and the ministry has been blessed to be shared with other jurisdictions.
Born in 1953 in Lancaster, SC, Father Michael Byars was raised as a Southern Baptist and was very active in the church. After graduating from high school, he was awarded a scholarship by his local Baptist congregation to study Art at the University of South Carolina. He struggled with what his vocation would be until he felt God's call to ministry.