St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America - Diocese of the South
1277 N. Paul Dr., Inverness, FL 34453
Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church

Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church.  We are an American Orthodox Church, part of the Orthodox Church in America, which is an autocephalous (self-governing) church headquartered in Syosset, New York.  Our services are all in English.  Our roots are Russian, so our style and traditions may be considered Russian.

St. Raphael's was established in 2000, the year that St. Raphael of Brooklyn was canonized as a saint. He was the first Orthodox bishop ordained in the United States and promoted the diverse ethnic Orthodox groups to come together.  We are a parish of approximately 50% Orthodox converts and 50% "cradle" Orthodox.  We come from various Orthodox jurisdictions including Russian, Carpatho-Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Greek and Albanian.

Father Serigous Gerken is our priest and a monastic, a monk priest.  He joined us in July 2014 after having served in California, Alaska, and New Hampshire.  He also lived as a monk on Mount Athos in Greece.

We extend a blessed welcome and invite you to pray with us during this service.  A number of us are from different Orthodox jurisdictions and we all may do things a little differently.  So just do what you are used to doing - there is no right or wrong here.  (Click Here for our Sunday Liturgy Practices)

Charities

St. Raphael Orthodox church makes ongoing financial and food donations to Citrus County Family Resource Center.

There is a container in the Church Library for your food contributions. Why not bring in your free BOGO (buy one, get one) food items. No cost to you and a great benefit to familes going through difficult times.

The Resource Center expecially needs children's clothing, women's nightgowns and pajamas. These items should be in good repair.

Any questions regarding donations (of any kind), please see Nancy Kinley or you can email her from our website. Simply choose "Charity Coordinator" on the drop down menu on our "Contact Us" page 

Charity Sundays . . . give love, give support, give back

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Service Schedule

SATURDAYS 

4:00 pm - Great Vespers

 

SUNDAYS

9:30 am - Reading of Hours

10:00 am - Divine Liturgy

  

THURSDAYS

4:00 pm - Akathist to St Herman of Alaska

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Upcoming Services
Thursday, September 29th
4:00pm Akathist to St. Herman
Friday, September 30th
4:00 pm - Great Vespers
Saturday, October 1st
Protection of the Theotokos
4:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, October 2nd
9:00 am Choir Practice
9:30am Reading of The Hours
10:00am Divine Liturgy
(Brunch: Helen Kaimer & Pat Borick)
12:30 Myrrhbearer's Meeting
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The Misson of the Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to "Go into all the world and make disciples of nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . . ."

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St. Raphael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South. Our Diocese spans 14 states and has over 100 faithful clergy and monastics serving in 78 parishes, missions, and three monastic communities. We invite you to come worship with us from Alburquerque, New Mexico to Wilmington, North Carolina! Please see our Parish Listings for more details and to find a parish near you, or click on a story above to see the latest news from from the Diocese!

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What is an Akathist Service? 

An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is is a hymn dedicated to a Saint, a Holy Event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity.

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This is the first app of its kind, and we are very pleased to be involved with the project.  May it help inform, educate and inspire the faithful to live and share their Orthodox Faith!

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The Misson of the Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to "Go into all the world and make disciples of nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . . ."

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St. Raphael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South. Our Diocese spans 14 states and has over 100 faithful clergy and monastics serving in 78 parishes, missions, and three monastic communities. We invite you to come worship with us from Alburquerque, New Mexico to Wilmington, North Carolina! Please see our Parish Listings for more details and to find a parish near you, or click on a story above to see the latest news from from the Diocese!

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) give by God to man, through the Holy spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifiction, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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