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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
Ascension of Our Lord Icon
Ascension of Our Lord Icon

 

With the observance of the Ascension of Our Lord, we have come full circle with the life of Christ.  He has completed the work for which He came.  Now He returns in glory and triumph to the Father.  Really, this can be described as a feast of completion.

Gathered with the ascending Christ, upon whom He is bestowing His blessing, are components of His Church.  There is the Holy Virgin, in an attitude of prayer and intercession; there are the Apostles and members of the Church; there are the Angels attending to the Lord.  They are all depicted in various positions and different gestures, suggesting the diversity of the Church in the ages to come.

The presence of the Angels reminds us of the prophecy concerning the second coming of Christ.  "You men of Galilee," they said at the time of ascension, "why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from among you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven..."  In this sense, the icon might be considered as one whose theme is the second coming of the Lord.

The rather sharp distinction between the two portions of the icon, top and bottom, are not to be interpreted to mean that Jesus is gone and has nothing furthermore to do with the Church.  On the contrary, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the consummation of the world," the Lord said.  The blessing of the ascending Christ continues to this day.  The Figure of the Lord is depicted in such fashion as to indicate His CONTINUOUS Presence.

The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ

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