St. Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
9100 El Portal Dr. Tampa, Florida 33604



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 and since that time we have increased in membership  eightfold and have been blessed with eight converts. 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 at left 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.




RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17TH IS RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

Sunday, January 17th, is Respect Life Sunday. It is in anticipation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion which was handed down on January 22, 1973. Special prayers will be offered in all OCA parishes. On January 22 our hierarchs, seminarians and thousands of Orthodox Christians will take part in the March For Life in Washington D.C. As it falls on a Friday we ask all of our parishioners to observe a strict fast on that day and to offer as many prayers as possible for our country, for the women who have undergone an abortion and for those who have chosen not to and thus have chosen to give life to their baby. We are reminded that throughout the year we collect newborn and infant needs and provide them for distribution to mothers who have chosen life. Now is an appropriate time to purchase these types of items and to bring them to the parish.
On Wednesday, the 20th we will celebrate a Moleben for forgiveness of the sins of our country at 7pm.



REPOSE OF ABBOT MARTIN (HOHLFELD)

Abbot Martin (Hohlfeld) in miter next to bishop
Abbot Martin (Hohlfeld) in miter next to bishop
Abbot Martin (Hohlfeld) in miter next to bishop

ABBOT MARTIN GOES HOME TO THE LORD

On January 14th, the Mitered Archimandrite, Abbot Martin (Hohlfeld) reposed in the Lord. A longtime friend of the parish, Abbot Martin often filled in for Fr. Joseph in his absence. He was last at St. Philip parish to help celebrate our anniversary in November. A member of ROCOR, he was attached to Protection of the Mother of God, Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dover, Florida. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. May his memory be eternal.



THEOPHANY. 2016

CHRIST IS BAPTIZED!   IN TTHE JORDAN!

On January 5th, at the end of Great Vespers, water was blessed for use in the church and in our homes. The next day, after Divine Liturgy, We blessed the Hillsborough river.


Censing the water
Censing the water
Censing the water
Breathing on the water
Breathing on the water
Breathing on the water
About to submerse the cross
About to submerse the cross
About to submerse the cross
Water for home
Water for home
Water for home

Blessing with salt
Blessing with salt
Blessing with salt
Blessing with hand cross
Blessing with hand cross
Blessing with hand cross
Blessing with Holy Water
Blessing with Holy Water
Blessing with Holy Water



Reader Ordained

NICHOLAS FINZER ORDAINED READER

On Sunday, January 3rd, Nicholas FInzer was ordained a reader for the parish by His Eminence Mark, Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Acting with the blessing of our locum tenons, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop Mark also tonsured Nicholas to God's service. Reader Nicholas has been reading at the parish and serving as choir director. God grant to him many years.


Nicholas is tonsured
Nicholas is tonsured
Nicholas is tonsured
Vested with the small phelon
Vested with the small phelon
Vested with the small phelon
Vesting in the stikharion
Vesting in the stikharion
Vesting in the stikharion
With proud wife, Nichole
With proud wife, Nichole
With proud wife, Nichole


THREE EMBRACE ORTHODOXY

Exorcisms
Exorcisms
Exorcisms
Anointing with the oil of gladness
Anointing with the oil of gladness
Anointing with the oil of gladness
Baptism by immersion
Baptism by immersion
Baptism by immersion

TWO BAPTISIMS, THREE CHRISMATION AND A WEDDING
BRINGS THREE TO ORYHODOXY AND PARISH MEMBERSHIP

 

The parish received three wonderful Nativity presents by having the joy and honor of welcoming a new family into Holy Orthodoxy and the parish through baptisims, chrismations and a wedding. Anna, Anthony and Sophia are a great addition to our parish family.


Anthony receives absolution
Anthony receives absolution
Anthony receives absolution
Sophia is chrismated
Sophia is chrismated
Sophia is chrismated
Anthony is tonsured
Anthony is tonsured
Anthony is tonsured
Communion for the first time
Communion for the first time
Communion for the first time

Betrothal
Betrothal
Betrothal
Praying for Anthony and Anna
Praying for Anthony and Anna
Praying for Anthony and Anna
Crowning
Crowning
Crowning
Mr. & Mrs. Breland take their first walk together
Mr. & Mrs. Breland take their first walk together
Mr. & Mrs. Breland take their first walk together



FR. JOSEPH'S SERMON ON SUPREME COURT DECISION REDEFINING MARRIAGE.

Below is a control for listening to 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.







Orthodox Morality-No Shades of Gray

ORTHODOX MORALITY-NO SHADES OF GRAY. An important new sermon from Fr. Joseph on moral decision making for Orthodox Christians in our neo-pagan society.




MORE ABOUT US.

Fr. Joseph cuts the ribbon to open the health Center
Fr. Joseph cuts the ribbon to open the health Center
Fr. Joseph cuts the ribbon to open the health Center
Praise God! We are finally open
Praise God! We are finally open
Praise God! We are finally open
God has seen fit to use us for his work.
God has seen fit to use us for his work.
God has seen fit to use us for his work.

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. Each year we send at least one short term missionary throughout the world. We have sent three parishioners to Africa, one to Guatemala, two to Alaska and this year we have sent a parishioner to work building housing for the poor in Mexico.
   Our major project is the building of a medical clinic in northern Uganda. It opened to serve the poorest of God's children on January 15, 2014.There is an entire website dedicated to the clinic and its address is www.ugandaclinic.org. You may visit the website by clicking here. 



TIMELY SERMON ON MARRIAGE

 

FR. JOSEPH'S RECENT SERMON ON HOLY MATRIMONY AND "SAME SEX MARRIAGE" IS NOW AVAILABLE IN AUDIO FORM.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.



Wonder Working Icon Visits

HOLY WONDER-WORKING ICON OF ST. ANNA VISITS PARISH

   On November 19, 2012 the wonder-working icon of St. Anna visited the parish. At 7pm an Akathist to the Holy Ancestor of Jesus, St. Anna was held and six priests and well over one hundred people were in attendance. The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna began to spontaneously “weep” myrrh on May 9, 2004 – Mother’s Day – in the Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady of Joy of All Who Sorrow in Philadelphia. Parishioners noticed that the icon appeared to be perspiring, and upon closer inspection, Fr. Athanasy, who was the rector there at the time, realized that the icon was producing an oily liquid that looked like tear drops, as if the Saint were crying.
   The icon is a miracle-working icon. Many women who have had difficulty conceiving a child, or who were told they were infertile, have conceived after praying in the icon’s presence. Fr. Athanasy, himself a devotee of Saint Anna after his mother’s prayers to the Saint were heard and answered during a serious childhood accident, had commissioned the icon in 1998 from the Mount of Olives Convent in Jerusalem.



Online Audio of Sermons

NEW HOME PAGE FEATURE.

As a new feature for our home page a link on the home page will take you to the audio of the sermons from the three preceding Sundays. You can still access all past sermons by clicking on "Audio Sermons" at the left.

Technical Problem Solved-Five New Sermons Posted

AUGUST 8TH
FASTING AND FORGIVENESS-YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
(Click Here)

AUGUST 1ST
FAST PERIODS-TRAINING FOR BATTLE WITH THE EVIL ONE
(Click Here)

JUNE 6TH
ON THE OCCASION OF THE CONONIZATION OF ST. HERMAN OF ALSAKA
A REFLECTION BY ARCHBISHOP DMITRI

Almost forty years ago, and when he was the Bishop of Berkley, on Archbishop Dmitri, founder and first bishop if the Diocese of the South, gave the keynote reflection at the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska. On this Sunday of the Saints of North America, Fr. Joseph read this still informative and spiritual address by His Eminence. (Click Here)

MAY 30TH
"A CLOUD OF WITNESSES"  THE ORTHODOX SAINTS

On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Joseph explores who saints are and our relationship with them. (Click Here)

May 16th
OUR PERSONAL HERESIES.

On this Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council, Fr. Joseph explores what a heresy is and how our pride can lead us to our "personal heresies. (Click Here)

May 9th
ON THE SECOND COMING

On the second coming of Christ and how we are to be prepared for it. (Click Here)

APRIL 25TH
PART III OF SERIES ON PARISH LIFE.

Sermon on parish ministry to all mankind. We explore our upcoming Africa mission trips and hear from two of the missionaries. (Click Here)

SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN.
PART II OF SERIES ON PARISH LIFE.

In the parish the saints are equipped for the doing of all good works in the service of Christ. (Click Here)

THOMAS SUNDAY
SERMON SERIES ON PARISH LIFE BEGINS.

Parish life is the foundation of our following of Christ. Here we are fed by His word in the Scriptures and by His body and blood in the Eucharist. Here we unconditionally love and are loved by each other. (Click Here)

PALM SUNDAY

From "Hosanna" to "Crucify Him" in 5 days. What happened? (Click Here)




HERE ARE SOME SERMON SERIES AND SOME SINGLE SERMONS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL.

SERMON SERIES ON DOUBT

   On May 3rd, Fr. Joseph began a two part sermon series on doubt. This first part dealt with doubt caused by trying to assimilate worldly values into are lives. By trying to be "of the world" when we are not. Part I may be heard by clicking here.
   On May 10th, Fr. Joseph gave Part II of the sermon series on doubt. He explored doubt as occasioned by the scandals in the church. To listen to Part II click here.
   For a complete selection of Fr. Joseph's sermon's ranging from the Sacraments to Funeral Practices to Respect Life from conception to natural death, click on "Audio Sermons" at the left.

 

SERMON ON PRESENT ECONOMIC SITUATION

On October 12th, Fr. Joseph preached a sermon applying Orthodox beliefs to the present economic times.  True believers must show the world that they have faith in our provident Father. While America has put its trust in money, we, Orthodox, must help it to instead put its trust in God. To listen to the sermon click here.

SERMON SERIES ON THE HOLY MYSTERIES (SACRAMENTS)

A sermon series on the Holy Mysteries of the Orthodox Church by Fr. Joseph is available here on our website.  This series, consisting of twelve parts, explores the seven sacraments as well as grace itself. Since we are a sacramental Church, Fr. Joseph thought it appropriate that we should explore these great gifts from God.  Whether we are senior citizen cradle Orthodox or recent converts, these sermons shed light on the history, ritual and grace giving aspect of each of the Holy Mysteries. They may be played either as streaming audio or down loaded to an iPod or an mp3 player.  To see the varying topics dealing with the sacraments as well as other past sermons click here.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Our dream of a Christian bereavement ministry for all of Tampa has begun.  In July our Sue Finzer, herself a widow, attended a week long bereavement ministry facilitator course in Massachusetts.  If you or someone you know has lost a loved one and could use some help dealing with the loss please call Sue at (727) 692-9227.

 

PRAY MINISTRY

Please click on our "Prayer Ministry" at left and if possible print the list of intentions and pray for them daily. This is a wonderful way to serve Jesus by serving the needs of those listed through prayer. We have recently received a number of urgent requests dealing with the health and welfare of children as well as several of our parishioners.  Please pray daily for all of these intentions.

SEE WHAT ORTHODOXY IS DOING FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Click on "Orthodox Pro Life" at left. It also contains a link to the Zoe website which is the Orthodox pro life ministry.


St. Philip the Apostle is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America and is under the authority of His Eminence Archbishop Nikon, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. Its purpose is threefold; to bring the true faith of Orthodoxy to Tampa and the Bay area in a parish where all services are in English, to seek out those Orthodox Christians in the Tampa Bay area who have fallen away from the practice of their faith, and to bring Orthodoxy to all citizens of the Bay area including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

On Nov. 6th, 2005 we celebrated our first Divine Liturgy in our new church at 9100 El Portal Drive. We are located just south of Chamberlain High School behind the North Branch Library.

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."

Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 am.

Saturday evening vespers begins at 6 pm.

Adult Education classes are on Saturdays beginning at 4pm. is on Wednesday evenings. All are welcome and can join the class at any time.

All Liturgies and services are in English. Inquirers and visitors are always welcome as our guests.

Fr. Joseph can be contacted at the numbers and address provided at the left under "contact information". We look forward to worshiping and growing in the faith with you.

 



St. Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church, of the OCA Diocese of the South, is centrally located in Tampa, FL serving the entire Tampa Bay area.
Our phone number is (813) 933-9807.