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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.

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. 


NEW ORTHODOX  CHRISTIANS

With a little help, Damian is baptized.
With a little help, Damian is baptized.
With a little help, Damian is baptized.
Michael in the new large font.
Michael in the new large font.
Michael in the new large font.
Alexandra is chrismated
Alexandra is chrismated
Alexandra is chrismated

JUNE,2014 SAW THE BAPTISM OF TWO CHILDREN AND THE CHRISMATION OF ONE ADULT,

   On June 8th, prior to Sunday Divine Liturgy, we were blessed to receive into Holy Orthodoxy, Alexandra Rodriguez and her two year old son, Mykiel. Despite battling a number of physical ailments Alexandra was faithful in her catechumen studies. Several of classes were conducted via phone by Fr. Joseph. Alexandra was given the name Mary Magdalene and her son was reaffirmed in English as Michael under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel. Since, Michael was too big for the infant baptismal font he had the honor of being the first to be baptized in our new six foot long adult font. It was a great joy to see Mary Magdalene and Michael receive the body and blood of Christ for the first time.

   On June 14th we Baptized and Chrismated eight month old Damian Pinon-Hariton. Since his mother, Maia (Maria) has only cousins from out of town we administered the sacraments on Saturday at noon so that her relatives could attend. A fine lunch was prepared by Maria and by one of the sponsors. There was great joy in the family at the entrance into Orthodoxy by Damian and also great joy by the parishioners at the reception of another child into our parish family. The next day Damian received the body and blood of Christ for the first time.

   With the addition of these two children and their mothers, the parish continues its trend of a lowering of the average age of its members. It was wonderful that our oldest and one of our most faithful parishioners, Edwin was in attendance. These children are a promise of our future and Edwin is a witness to the faithfulness of those who kept the faith alive for us to pass on to the next generation.


Mykiel and Alexandra

Fr. Joseph reads<br> the prayers of the exorcism.
Fr. Joseph reads
the prayers of the exorcism.
Fr. Joseph reads
the prayers of the exorcism.
On behalf of Mykiel <br>the sponsors renounce Satin.
On behalf of Mykiel
the sponsors renounce Satin.
On behalf of Mykiel
the sponsors renounce Satin.
Mykiel listens to his Godmother,<br> Maria ricite the creed for him.
Mykiel listens to his Godmother,
Maria ricite the creed for him.
Mykiel listens to his Godmother,
Maria ricite the creed for him.
Fr. Joseph blesses<br> the baptismal water.
Fr. Joseph blesses
the baptismal water.
Fr. Joseph blesses
the baptismal water.
Alexandra is lead into the Temple
Alexandra is lead into the Temple
Alexandra is lead into the Temple
She receives absolution.
She receives absolution.
She receives absolution.
Then she is Chrismated.
Then she is Chrismated.
Then she is Chrismated.
Godfather helps at Chrismation.
Godfather helps at Chrismation.
Godfather helps at Chrismation.

Damian is baptized and chrismated.

The exorcism prayers begin.
The exorcism prayers begin.
The exorcism prayers begin.
Sponsors accept Christ for Damian.
Sponsors accept Christ for Damian.
Sponsors accept Christ for Damian.
Blessing the water.
Blessing the water.
Blessing the water.
Godmother helps.
Godmother helps.
Godmother helps.
Mom to the rescue.
Mom to the rescue.
Mom to the rescue.
Chrismation.
Chrismation.
Chrismation.
Now the tonsuring.
Now the tonsuring.
Now the tonsuring.
A happy group.
A happy group.
A happy group.

Monastery Visits

The Joyful Pilgrims
The Joyful Pilgrims
The Joyful Pilgrims
Lunch at the monastery
Lunch at the monastery
Lunch at the monastery

MONASTERY VISITS

In Holy Orthodoxy it is traditional for the laity to visit monasteries for their spiritual peace and reflection. On December 14th Fr. Joseph and seven parishioners drove to the two monasteries that are located north of Ocala, about 1 3/4 hours north of St. Philip parish. We prayed at both monasteries and had lunch at the female monastery as has become our custom during our annual visit. The nuns and monks are always most hospitable and we leave spiritually refreshed.


Fr. Joseph visits Uganda

The aftermath of the horror of war
The aftermath of the horror of war
The aftermath of the horror of war

   FATHER JOSEPH VISITS THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE CLINIC IN NORTHERN UGANDA

   In early June Fr. Joseph returned to northern Uganda to visit the construction site and to meet with the engineer and with government officials. The meeting with our engineer, Jupiter, allowed for the development of a plan for phased construction. Because of cost the well will be drilled and the punp and generator installed in phase two. Phase three will, God willing, see the construction of flush latrines working on a septic tank and the construction of staff quarters. Phase four, God willing, will be the construction of a birthing and neonatal facility.
   Redesign helped us save money on the fencing of the property and the location of the incinerator and the pit latrines were determined. Fr. Joseph was able to have breakfast with Archbishop Jonah, Metropolitan of Uganda and there to discuss the progress of construction. In Gulu Fr. George and Fr. Joseph met with the bank manager, the Ugandan Revenue services, the Ugandan equivalent of social security and the ministry of health. Nurse/practitioner Sue Nelon, who had just finished once again leading a medical team from the U.S. stayed over for Fr. Joseph's visit and was a great help in maximizing our preparation for the opening of the clinic.
   The great joy was celebrating Divine Liturgy with Fr. George and the people of Akoneyibedo village.

Fr. George and Fr. Joseph read the gospel<br> in Ugandan and in English
Fr. George and Fr. Joseph read the gospel
in Ugandan and in English
Fr. George and Fr. Joseph read the gospel
in Ugandan and in English
The Great Entrance<br>.
The Great Entrance
.
The Great Entrance
.
Dr. Sue receives communion<br>.
Dr. Sue receives communion
.
Dr. Sue receives communion
.
A visit to the clinic<br>.
A visit to the clinic
.
A visit to the clinic
.
BLESSING OF VEHICLES FOR FEAST OF PROPHET ELIJAH

BLESSING OF VEHICLES

As is traditional at the parish, on the Sunday closest to the feast day of the Holy Great Prophet Elijah, following Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph blessed the vehicles of the parishioners and visitors.

 


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.


SOMETHING NEW-A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR FACILITIES

We have a new section that offers a virtual tour of our Temple and of our social hall. For the tour click here.


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.

 

PARISH FEATURED IN DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

The latest issue of the Diocese of the South newspaper, The Dawn, carries a full page story about St. Philip the Apostle parish.  Fr. Joseph was asked to author an article featuring the use of technology by the mission for both iconography and evangelization. The article may be viewed in the online edition of The Dawn by double clicking here and scrolling to page 3.

 

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.
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