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

 

CoVid 19 Upate:  (7/1/2020)

 

Due to CDC restrictions, limited seating is available. If you wish to attend Saturday 4:00 pm Vespers or Sunday 10:00 am Liturgy. Please sign up beforehand.  We don't want to turn away parishioners if church is full.  Masks must be worn.  If you don't have a mask, we will provide one. There are several ways to sign up:

*  SignUp Genius. Computer or mobile device. Email address needed.

*  Leave a message at 352-562-9595

*  Sign up at Church.  Sign up sheet located on counter.

*  Email us at:  straphaelorthodoxchurch@gmail.com                                                                                 

You will receive an email confirmation or phone call.  If for some reason you are unable to attend please cancel your reservation as early as possible.

  1. Pay for candles, wash hands (optional). We request that children DO wash hands.
  2. Do not loiter in Narthex, only three Parishioners allowed at a time.
  3. Remember to keep "Social Distancing" (6 feet apart) as best as possible.
  4. Seating is first come, first seated.
  5. Couples (families) may sit together.
  6. You may venerate icons, but keep masks ON.
  7. During communion do NOT wipe mouth or kiss chalice.
  8. You may venerate cross and receive blessing at end of service, again with masks ON.
  9. Thank you.
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New section to keep parishioners in our prayers.

Father Sergious is scheduled for surgery onTuesday October 6th.   Please keep him in your prayers and wish him a speedy recovery. 

Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church

1277 N. Paul Drive

Inverness, FL 34453

352-201-1320

 

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

 

St. Raphael's donates monthly to different charities the first Sunday of every month. Click here for the monthly list. 

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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  • Mon
    26Oct

    2:30pm Choir Practice
  • Thu
    29Oct

    4:00pm Akathist to St. Herman
  • Sat
    31Oct

    4:00pm Great Vespers
  • Sun
    1Nov

    9:00am Choir Practice
    9:45am - Hours
    10:00am Divine Liturgy
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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 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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