Our Services

Saturday, April 21, 6:00PM: Vespers with His Grace

Sunday 9:00AM: Orthros

Sunday 10:00AM: Divine Liturgy

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

All services in English

 

Upcoming Events

April 20-22: Visit by His Grace Bishop Nicholas

Friday, 6:00PM: Parish Council Dinner With His Grace

Saturday,  4:30PM: His Grace will address the parishioners about his vision for our diocese

Saturday, 6:00PM: Vespers followed by reception

Sunday, 9:00AM: Orthros followed by Heirarchal Divine Liturgy

Sunday Luncheon: Guest of Honor His Grace Bishop Nicholas, Burning of the Church mortgage, 25th Anniversary of Holy Cross

 

Thought for the Day

Since the Resurrection of the Lord is the ever-present event by which He enters into unlimited Communion with all mankind, we can conclude that this same mystery should become a concrete reality within the sphere of our social life. -- His Beatitude, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV
St. Gregory Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas

 

Saint Gregory Palamas, a noted hierarch of the 14th century, is remembered by the Church on the Second Sunday of the Great Fast.  Although he served as an Archbishop in Greece, it was his labors in 2 areas that gained him religious fame.

One was the revival of monastic life in the communities of Mount Athos, which had been plundered over the centuries.  Through much hard work, he was able to rekindle this beacon of our faith into an eternal flame.

His other great contribution was to the system of spiritual contemplation for union with God.  We hear much today about the need for relaxation and meditation as a means of handling stress.  Indeed, physicians have prescribed this as a formula for promoting good health.  Meditation is as old as Christianity.  The ascetics of the early Church developed a form of contemplation to a high degree.  This became known as “hesychasm,” and St. Gregory was a great proponent of this practice.  Its purpose is to attain quietness by uninterrupted mental prayer, contemplating God and envisioning the Divine Light.  One must sit quietly, keeping the heart silent and aloof from any distraction.  Some close their eyes, but others fix their gaze on a particular spot.  One should repeat a word or phrase: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  Or simply, “Lord have mercy.”  The difficult part is in keeping thoughts concentrated on the Lord.

St. Gregory Palamas was able to accomplish much during his lifetime.  He helped restore the monastic haven known as Mount Athos back to the influential spiritual center it had once been.  With his guiding hand, he reminded us of the power that prayer and meditation has to strengthen our Christian cause.

The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin - Cliffwood, NJ

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