The Gospels and other books of the New Testament do not mention anything about Saint Anna, the mother of the Theotokos. According to Tradition, the priest Matthan (Matthew 1:15), a resident of Bethlehem, had three daughters: Mary,1 Sobe (Sobḗ), and Anna. Mary was married in Bethlehem, where she…
The Holy Prophetess Hannah dwelt in marriage with Elkanah, but she was childless. Elkanah took to himself another wife, Phennena, who bore him children. Hannah grieved strongly over her misfortune, and every day she prayed for an end to her barrenness, and vowed to dedicate her child to God. Once,…
Saint Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus, was born into a Christian family on Cyprus, and he studied many sciences, but most of all he devoted himself to the reading of Holy Scripture. He became so accomplished in piety and good works, that he was granted the gift of wonderworking by the Lord.…
Saint Stephen the “New Light” was born at Constantinople in 838 and received a fine education. Under Patriarch Methodius, Stephen received monastic tonsure and shut himself in a cell attached to the church of Saint Peter in Constantinople. Later he went into seclusion, and over fifty…
The “Unexpected Joy” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is painted in this way: in a room is an icon of the Mother of God, and beneath it a youth is kneeling at prayer. The tradition about the healing of some youth from a bodily affliction through this holy icon is recorded in the book of…
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On Saturday November 11 church members work together pulling weeds to beautify the surroundings. It was a much appreciated day of work done by members of the church and helping upkeep the the grounds around the church.
1277 N. Paul Drive
Inverness, FL 34464
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.
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