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.
REPOSE OF ABBOT MARTIN (HOHLFELD)
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.
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.
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.
THREE EMBRACE ORTHODOXY
TWO BAPTISIMS, THREE CHRISMATION AND A WEDDING
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.
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.
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.
TIMELY SERMON ON MARRIAGE
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.
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
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)
On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Joseph explores who saints are and our relationship with them. (Click Here)
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)
On the second coming of Christ and how we are to be prepared for it. (Click Here)
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.
In the parish the saints are equipped for the doing of all good works in the service of Christ. (Click Here)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.