WELCOME TO ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE ORTHODOX CHURCH
WHO WE ARE.
Located in Tampa, Florida we are a parish of the Orthodox Church in America founded by our present pastor, Fr. Joseph and five others. Our first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on November 6, 2005. Our parish is a mix of both cradle Orthodox and converts. We are young and old, families and single members. We come from all parts of the country as well as Russia, Moldova, Romania, Greece, Lebanon and the West Indies. The parish is a warm and loving community. We welcome all visitors, be they traveling Orthodox, inquirers, or those who are curious to experience the joy of the Divine Liturgy in English. Fr. Joseph welcomes your calls at (813) 933-9807.
Our website contains much information about our parish and about Orthodoxy in general. Our menu above will take you to our services schedule, driving directions and contact information. “About Orthodoxy” will take you to pages of information about the faith in easy to read and understand “Q & A” format. Fr. Joseph’s sermons are available in streaming audio or may be down loaded to an mp3 player.
God bless you and please return to our website often.
More About Us
WE ARE MORE THAN A LOCAL PARISH. WE ARE ALSO A MISSIONARY PARISH.
At St. Philip we try our best to love God and to love our neighbor. Our full schedule of services helps us with loving God and our outreach activities provide opportunities to love our neighbor. We have a year round food collection for the poor. Our entire Christmas collection is used for other charitable works throughout the year. We have sent eight short term missionary throughout the world. We have sent four parishioners to Africa, one to Guatemala, two to Alaska and a parishioner to work building housing for the poor in Mexico.
BLESSING OF VEHICLES FOR FEAST OF ST. ELIJAH
In iconography, the Holy Prophet Elijah is depicted as going up to heaven in a fiery chariot. Each year on a Sunday before or after the feast of St. Elijah, cars, SUVs, trucks and motorcycles belonging to the parishioners are blessed. God is entreated that those who ride in them will be kept safe.
PRAY FOR AMERICA
PARISH PRAYING AND FASTING FOR PEACE AND UNITY IN AMERICA
Our country is divided and seems to be filled with hatred and anger. Jesus said that some demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting. On the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm we will pray an Akathist to the Theotokos for the salvations of our nation and for the quenching of these terrible fires of division and violence. While most Wednesdays are fast days we have asked each parishioner to fast as strictly as is commensurate with their individual health needs and to pray individually for the country. At every service we have added an intercessory prayer particularly for this great need of America.
COME AND SEE
If you are looking for the church that was founded by Christ, where the truth has been taught unchanged for 2,000 years, then visit us. If you want to hear the Gospel proclaimed without fear or apology, then visit us. If you are looking for a loving spiritual home, then visit us. As St. Philip said to Nathaniel: "Come and see."
|Thursday, November 23rd|
10:00 Divine Liturgy
followed by Thanksgiving Luncheon
|Saturday, November 25th|
6:00 Vespers followed by confessions
|Sunday, November 26th|
9:30 Divine Liturgy
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FR. JOSEPH'S SERMON ON SUPREME COURT DECISION REDEFINING MARRIAGE.
A sermon by Fr. Joseph regarding the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex "marriage" and what should be the reaction of the Orthodox Church and of individual Orthodox Christians. Click here.
Wednesday of the 10th Week
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by His Grace Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and the South. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.