Christ is Risen! Good news for Jacksonville St.John's of Shanghai parishioners! The Holy Fire will arrive in the area on Sunday May 21st, 2017.

Brought to you by Rev. Fr Ioann Voloshchuk who will be bringing the Holy Fire this Sunday. Glory to God! 

The Rite of Unction will take place in our church after the evening service on Lazarus Saturday 4/8/17
Liturgy 9AM
Vespers 5PM with the Rite of Unction

Our church in Jacksonville, Florida is privileged to possess a unique treasure: the copies of the gifts of the Magi, prepared for our parish by the brothers of St. Paul’s monastery on Mount Athos, where the original gifts that were presented to infant Jesus are being preserved. 

Consecration sets apart a person, an object or a place for the worship and service of God.

The consecration of a church building marks an important moment in the life of any community, for it represents a time of new vitality and life for worship, fellowship and mission. If a building is not to be fully consecrated, it can be dedicated for worship - in this case there is no legal Deed of Consecration. If an already consecrated building is extended, and the extension is built in a consecrated churchyard, then technically it does not need to be reconsecrated - although it may seem right to do so. 

 

"Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.” 

(Elder Cleopa)

Only Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared by fasting, prayer, and recent confession may receive communion at St. John's. You should also make every effort to attend the Vigil service the evening prior, and should be on time for the Liturgy.

The Institution of the Sacrament of Baptism - It was the Lord Jesus who instituted Baptism. "He who believes and is baptised will be saved" (Mark 16:16). "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." (Matthew 28:19). "Truly. truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). The great model of our baptism, then, is the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

HOLY MATRIMONY is a one of the Mysteries of the Holy Orthodox Church in which a man and woman are united by the Holy Trinity. Their conjugal union is blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ through the Church. God's grace is imparted to them to live together in His love, mutually fulfilling and perfecting each other.The Mystery of marriage of the Holy Orthodox Church is steeped in ritual and symbolism. Each of the acts has special meaning and significance.

The purpose of Great Lent is to prepare the faithful to not only commemorate, but to enter into the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. The totality of the Orthodox life centers around the Resurrection.[1] Great Lent is intended to be a "workshop" where the character of the believer is spiritually uplifted and strengthened; where his life is rededicated to the principles and ideals of the Gospel; where fasting and prayer culminate in deep conviction of life; where apathy and disinterest turn into vigorous activities of faith and good works.

On Forgiveness Sunday, in all Orthodox churches, the presiding clergyman reads a special prayer after the conclusion of the Vespers service that beseeches God to assist the faithful in the keeping of the fast. After it is read, all the clergy, starting with the patriarch, request forgiveness from all the faithful present in the church, and the laity request forgiveness from the clergy, and from one another personally. One says to another, “Forgive me”, and the traditional answer is “God forgives. Please, forgive me, as well”.

St. Johns of Shanghai & San Francisco Russian Orthodox Church is inviting you to celebrate our Holy Patron's Saints Day in our temple. This is teh 50th Anniversary of Eternal Rest of a Great Man of Orthodoxy. Friday July 1st Vigil at 6 PM and Feast July 2nd 9:30 Divine Liturgy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 our church hosted celebratory Evening Service for the Feast of Orthodoxy with participation of presbyters of Orthodox parishes of Jacksonville. The prayers were sung in Slavonic, Greek, Aramaic, and English.

The Church of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco is greeting all Tatiana and students of the University of Life and welcomes them to attend the service dedicated to St. Martyr Tatiana of Rome. 

Saint Tatiana was a Christian martyr in 3rd-century Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus. She was a deaconess of the early church.
According to legend, she was the daughter of a Roman civil servant who was secretly Christian, and raised his daughter in the faith, and she became a deaconess in the church. This was dangerous, and one day the jurist Ulpian captured Tatiana and attempted to force her to make a sacrifice to Apollo. She prayed, and miraculously, an earthquake destroyed the Apollo statue and part of the temple.
Tatiana was then blinded, and beaten for two days, before being brought to a circus and thrown into the pit with a hungry lion. But the lion did not touch her and lay at her feet. This resulted in a death sentence being pronounced, and after being tortured, Tatiana was beheaded with a sword on January 12, around AD 225 or 230.

Palm Sunday, also called the Triumphal Entry, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on the Sunday before Pascha.
 
A mere few days before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ was received by adoring throngs at his entry into Jerusalem on the back of young donkey. The crowds threw palm branches (a symbol of victory) in his path in jubilation, and even the children shouted praises to Him. The Orthodox celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come. Orthodox peoples who live in areas without palms, including the Russian Orthodox, use pussy willow branches rather than palms in the celebration of this event. Therefore in Russian Church this feast and is called Вербное (Pussy Willow) Воскресенье (Sunday). Some churches give small crosses made of palms at the end of the service and are then kept in the home icon corner.

We celebrate the feast of Annunciation on April 7th, this year. . This week proceeds the Palm Sunday. Today we are reminded about Lord's boundless love for us, despite our sins. This feast is the call for prayer, in the example of the Holy Theotocos.

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