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

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church founded by Jesus and continued by his Apostles. It is the same Church described in the Bible as the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 12 : 27; Ephesians 5 : 23–25). Throughout its 2000-year history Orthodox Christianity has remained faithful to the teachings and practices passed on from the Apostles and early Church Fathers (2 Thessalonians 2 : 15).

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The Orthodox Worship Space
The Orthodox Worship Space
A Visual Journey Through Orthodoxy
A Visual Journey Through Orthodoxy
The Sign of the Cross, Icons & Tradition
The Sign of the Cross, Icons & Tradition
Timeline of Orthodox Church History
The Great Schism between the Eastern and the Western Church (1054) was the culmination of a gradual process of estrangement between the east and west that began in the first centuries of the Christian Era and continued through the Middle Ages. Linguistic and cultural differences, as well as political events, contributed to the estrangement. From the 4th to the 11th century, Constantinople, the center of Eastern Christianity, was also the capital of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire, while Rome, after the barbarian invasions, fell under the influence of the Holy Roman Empire of the West, a political rival. In the West theology remained under the influence of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) and gradually lost its immediate contact with the rich theological tradition of the Christian East. In the same time the Roman See was almost completely overtaken by Franks. Read more >
 

Excerpt taken and adapted by the Orthodox Christian Information Center from The Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos (Ware).

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The Orthodox Study Bible
The Orthodox Study Bible
These Truths We Hold
These Truths We Hold
Welcome to the Orthodox Church
Welcome to the Orthodox Church
Blueprints for the Little Church
Blueprints for the Little Church
Fasting as a Family
Fasting as a Family

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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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Journey to Pashca

When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, "the Feast of Feasts." It is the preparation for the "fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation." We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand this connection between Lent and Easter, for it reveals something very essential, very crucial about our Christian faith and life. Continue reading >

Special Pascha Services
Printed Service
Printed Service

Akathist to The Theotokos Service Schedule > click here

The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Great Cannon of St. Andrew Service Schedule > click here

Akathist Services
Printed Service
Printed Service

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.

 

 

To hear the Troparion and Kontakion for St. Herman as chanted by the Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Montreal Canada  click here

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Visit the on-line Chapel of The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA or via YouTube. 

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Orthodox Web Solutions has developed a new free app for smartphones and tablets called: Orthodoxy in America.  This app is much more than just a church locator, it also brings together news, social posts, daily audio, trending photos, as well as video and 360 tours from the various jurisdictions, agencies, seminaries, monasteries, and Orthodox media outlets, including: Ancient Faith, Orthodox Christian Network, Pravmir, Pemptousia, Pravoslavie.ru, Patristic Nectar, Sister Vassa, Y2AM, and others.

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. . . ."

Learn More  >

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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