Our Services

Saturday 5PM: Vespers CANCELED FOR DECEMBER 9

Sunday 9AM: Orthros

Sunday 10AM: Divine Liturgy

Address:
375 Fleming Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174

All services in English

 

Upcoming Events

December 6, 10AM- St. Nicholas Divine Liturgy

December 19: Christmas card deadline

December 23: Children's Christmas Program

December 25, 10AM: Nativity of Christ Divine Liturgy

Children's Christmas Program

Every Sunday the children and their helpers will prepare for a Christmas program to be presented to the parish the week before Christmas (actual date still to be determined). In the course of preparing for the play, the children will learn the story of the birth of Jesus from an Orthodox Christian perspective and what it means for us all. Thy will also learn different parts of the Nativity icon and their meaning. During the Sundays before Christmas they will participate in decorating parts of a large icon that will be assembled as part of the play. Please help us by making sure all children are present for the Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Thought for the Day

"Repentance means to change our attitude, our behavior, our way of thinking, and to focus on that moment which will bring salvation and a new page in our life." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH
The Miraculous Haul of Fish
The Miraculous Haul of Fish

 

The 40 days that elapsed between the time of our Lord's Resurrection and His ultimate Ascension into heaven are shrouded in mystery.  It is evident that He spent a great portion of this period instructing His disciples in the "things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).  According to the Gospel, Jesus patiently "opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45).

The Scriptures show us that Christ's appearances during these 40 days were selective and somewhat secretive, thus explaining why belief in His rising from the dead was far from being universally accepted as truth.  It is interesting to note as well that when our Lord appeared to His Own Apostles, they often DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM initially!

Today's icon depicts one such appearance.  Several of Christ's beloved followers, including Peter, James and John, had spent the night on an unsuccessful fishing excursion on the Sea of Galilee off the coast of Tiberias.  The next morning, Jesus appeared to them on the shore, asking for some food!  Upon hearing that they had not caught any fish, their Master instructed them to cast their nets off the boat.  After catching so many fish that their nets were breaking, the Apostles finally realized that it was Jesus with Whom they were speaking.  Peter was so eager to join Him that he dove into the sea and swam to shore!

This appearance of the Risen Christ and the miraculous catch of fish by His disciples symbolizes their great commission to become "FISHERS OF MEN."  This incident reminds US, as well, of OUR commitment to seek out others and bring them to Christ and His Church.

The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ


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