Any Orthodox Christian discussion of those with disabilities or special needs requires an understanding of suffering. In the growing secular societies that surround us, human suffering, disabilities, illnesses, and special needs are tragedies to be overcome and remedied in this life. Otherwise, human life is rendered meaningless and absurd. This is how the contemporary world views suffering and disability. If suffering can't be overcome, disabilities banished, psychological problems medicated, the human enterprise is considered pointless. Of course, this is not the Orthodox understanding of human life or its purpose.-continue reading at antiochian.org
It should not strike us as unusual to find an icon bearing two great women of Christian faith – St. Mary Magdalene and St. Markella. They lived in vastly different times and lands: Mary of Magdala was a contemporary of Jesus Himself and lived in the Holy Land, while Markella of the Greek Island of Chios lived in the 16th century. But they were one in their devotion to Jesus Christ, in their dedication and loyalty to the Christian faith.
The Church has honored Mary Magdalene with the title “Equal to the Apostles,” a rare honor recognizing her great faith and long service to the Lord. She was at the Cross when Jesus died, she was at the tomb of His Resurrection, and, in fact, spoke to the Risen Lord. She was one of the distinguished Myrrh-Bearing Women who ministered to the needs of Christ. It is said that Mary fell asleep in Christ at Ephesus, when she had gone with John the Beloved Apostle.
As for Markella, a young maiden of great spiritual and physical beauty, she suffered greatly at the hands of her agnostic father. But she persevered in faith, and finally died a martyr’s death. She is termed Martyr and Virgin in the Church Calendar. A fresh spring water is said to have gushed forth from the rocks where she died, and the place has been a favored spot for pilgrimage and prayer ever since.
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Our brother Hank Brown went to his repose with the Lord April 29 a little after 9:00 PM. May Almighty God grant him rest where the light of His countenance shines upon him and may his memory be eternal!
The Brown family also would like to remind the parish that if anyone would like to make a donation to the Community Hospice in memory of our brother Hank Brown, they can send the donation to: The Bailey Family Center/Community Hospice, 200 Health Park Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32217.
SOYO Teen Cyber Retreat
April 13 was the first annual SOYO Teen Cyber Retreat for our Diocese. Teens and Tweens from all over the southeast U.S. participated in live streamed video lectures and some fun activities at the Church. It was a good building experience for the youth and the diocese as we look to grow the Church in future years.
Bible Study Discussion Board is now active
The Saturday Bible studies we have after Vespers are now going to have study notes posted on our discussion board and you can participate by registering on the website. Follow the links below to become part of the Bible Study Discussion forum.
Antiochian Women Announce 2019 Project: "Building A New Cathedral"
When Metropolitan JOSEPH told us of his inspiration to build a new and beautiful cathedral on the grounds of the Village, we all immediately understood why this is such a wonderful vision. Not only does the building of a new cathedral give form to Metropolitan PHILIP's metaphor of a beating heart in the center of our Archdiocese, but a new and inspiring cathedral will also satisfy several practical and pressing needs. This vision of Metropolitan JOSEPH is one that I'm sure the Antiochian Women will be eager to help bring into reality.