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Saint Alexis Orthodox Mission
Orthodox Church in America
Palm Coast, Florida
Important Update Regarding Christmas services! We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ at St. Alexis with Divine Liturgy at 10 AM on December 25!

Welcome to St. Alexis Orthodox Mission!  A Mission of Joy!

Our patron, righteous father Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, was a missionary priest, sent from his homeland in Slovakia as a Uniate, who, in order to serve and protect his flock in the United States in a hostile Latin environment, recognized the need to lead them in a return to their Orthodox Christian heritage.

We are a multi-ethnic community, welcoming Orthodox Christians from all backgrounds as well as those who want to learn and experience the Orthodox Christian faith. Everyone is welcome to visit our Mission.

We are a Mission of the Orthodox Church in America, the Diocese of the South. The Orthodox Church in America traces its origins to 1794 and the arrival, in Kodiak, Alaska, of eight Orthodox missionaries from the Valaamo Monastery in the northern Karelia region of Russia. Today, the Orthodox Church in America remains as a canonical jurisdiction and is the autocephalous church of America.

The primate of the church is his Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and the Diocese of the South is headed by The Right Reverend Alexander, Archbishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese. The dean of the Central Florida Deanery Parishes of which our Mission belongs is Archpriest Theodore Pisarchuk, pastor of St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church of Jacksonville, Florida.

Services are held in English. Our schedule of services is listed below.  Please note that services are only on Sunday.

Arrangements may be made with the officiating priest for baptisms, weddings, funerals, memorials-panihida, molieben, the blessing of homes, the visitation of those who are ill, and other church mysteries.

You will also find below a brief summary of some of the resources you can find on this website and the website for the Orthodox Church in America.

May our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ bless you. We look forward to having you with us at St. Alexis Orthodox Mission.

 

Very Reverend Phillip Drennan
Tel. 386-225-8692
Priest in Charge, St. Alexis Orthodox Mission

James Humphries
Tel. 904-540-2476
Church Warden Starosta

Archpriest Theodore Pisarchuk
Tel. 904-880-7671
Dean

 

Schedule of Services

"Our worship of God reaches its highest expression in the spiritual gathering of the faithful, and especially in the sacred mystery of the divine Eucharist."

 ~Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania

 

Sunday, December 23, 2018 -

Sunday of the Holy Fathers; The Ten Holy Martyrs of Crete

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 -

Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

 

Sunday, December 30, 2018 -

Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King; Joseph the Betrothed; and James the Brother of the Lord

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - The Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

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*Confession 
General Confession is celebrated the first Sunday of the month at 8:45 AM.
Individual confessions are offered at 9:00 AM on all other Sundays.

**Eucharist
The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is offered to those Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with fastingprayer and confession with absolution by an Orthodox priest.

***Church School and Fellowship
A parish luncheon is hosted on most Sundays following Divine Liturgy by members of our community. It is a time of wonderful fellowship and everyone is heartily invited to stay after and get to know the church community.  We now also have Church School for children after Holy Communion!

NB: Ordinarily, only Sunday morning services are held at St Alexis.  We will have Divine Liturgy at 10 AM at St. Alexis on December 25 to celebratethe Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Other local churches with services include the Liturgy of St. Basil on the Eve of the Nativity of Christ to be celebrated on the 24th at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach at 4PM, and at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in St. Augustine at 6PM; and Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated on the 25th at Holy Cross Antiochian Church in Ormond Beach at 9 AM, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 8:45 AM, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 9 AM, and at St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church in Jacksonville at 10 AM.

 

"The Church, being the presence, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, is that reality in which the very dichotomy of authority and freedom is constantly transcended and overcome, and this activity is the very life of the Church, the victory of communion over alienation and externality."

 ~Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

Resources

This website for St. Alexis Mission of Palm Coast, Florida, is updated on a modest basis.  In particular, the last items listed on the main navigational bar are updated more frequently - News and Gallery.  News contains announcements and the church bulletin.  The Gallery is a collection of photographs of our community at St Alexis Mission.  Also of note, the Memory Eternal/Вечная память page provides a listing of those from the St. Alexis Mission community who have departed - those who we hope you will keep in your prayers.  Our community at St. Alexis Mission provides a handful of Lenten Recipes for cooking during Lent.  Recipes for the other seasons are posted accordingly.

On the bottom of every page of the website you will find links to the Orthodox Church in America websiteOCA.org.  Portions of the OCA website are also integrated into the Mission's website.  

Please see the About Orthodoxy section for a comprehensive quick reference guide to Orthodoxy from the OCA.  

Another noteworthy resource can be found in the Department of Christian Education for the OCA.  Particulary helpful are the FOCUS Units: Journey to Pascha, My Orthodox Family, The Nativity Season, and The Theotokos.

For your daily spirituality resources, the OCA website may become your touchstone.  Two sections in Feasts & Saints are particulary relevant to daily prayer:  Scripture Readings and Lives of the Saints.