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
Priest in Charge, St. Alexis Orthodox Mission
Archpriest Theodore Pisarchuk
"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
Wednesday, August 29, 2018† -
The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist, John
Saturday, September 1, 2018† -
Liturgical New Year
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Martyr Mamas; St. John the Faster, Pat. of Constantinople
Saturday, September 8, 2018† -
The Nativity of Our Most-Holy Land the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Sunday, September 9, 2018 -
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Sunday before the Elevation. Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna
- 9:15 AM – Hours
- 9:30 AM – Divine Liturgy, (Eucharist**)
- Beginning of Church School for the children! Fellowship***
- Parish Council Meeting after Church
Friday, September 14, 2018† -
The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
Sunday, September 16, 2018 -
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Sunday after the Elevation. Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised
Sunday, September 23, 2018 -
The Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
Sunday, September 30, 2018 -
Heiromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia
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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.
***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. This will be the case this year with the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29, the Liturgical New Year on September 1, the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8, and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. Please check with other Florida local churches for availability of these and other church services: Annunciation Orthodox Church, Jacksonville; St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church, Jacksonville; Holy Cross Antiochian Church; Ormond Beach; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, St. Augustine; and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Daytona Beach.
"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
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.
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.