Friday, June 24, 2016

Autumn 2016 Services

Matins and Presanctified Liturgy with Communion by a Deacon (Western Rite Orthros &Typika with communion by a Deacon) will be held at Noon at the Religious Education building at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 5622 Julie Drive, Panama City, Florida. Follow the covered walkway to the third building. We meet in the St. Gregory Room.

The Schedule for the Autumn of 2016 is:

Sunday 4 September, Trinity X 1200 Noon.

Sunday 11 September, Trinity XI 1200 Noon.

Sunday 25 September, Trinity XIII 1200 Noon.

Sunday 9 October, Trinity XV 1200 Noon.

Sunday 16 October, Trinity XVI 1200 Noon.

Sunday 23 October, Trinity XVII 1200 Noon.

Sunday 30 October, Trinity XVIII 1200 Noon.

Sunday 6 November, Trinity XIX 1200 Noon.

Sunday 13 November, Trinity XX 1200 Noon.

Sunday 20 November, Trinity XXI 1200 Noon.

Sunday 27 November, Trinity XXII 1200 Noon.

Only baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians in good standing, who have prepared by the Eucharistic Fast and Confession may commune. If you are visiting please arrange for confession with a priest before traveling, as there might not be one available in this area. Contact Father Deacon Aristibule at 850-684-2204 for more information.

Trinity Sunday and Summer Services

Services for the summer will be on the following dates:

Sunday, June 26th, Trinity Sunday, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, July 3rd, Trinity I, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, July 17th, Trinity III, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, July 31st, Trinity V, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, August 14th, Trinity VII, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, August 21st, Trinity VIII, 12:00 Noon

Sunday, August 28th, Trinity IX, 12:00 Noon

We may also be meeting on July 7th for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, July 15th for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and August 19th for the Feast of the Transfiguration if space can be secured. We will update the announcement on Facebook and the blogpage.

The mission continues to meet at the Religious Education building at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 5622 Julie Drive, Panama City, Florida. This is on Highway 231 north of Panama City and Lynn Haven, between County Road 2321 and N. Star Ave.

Contact at 850-684-2204 or Deacon Aristibule at 850-248-2903 if you would like a callback with further information, or email at

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Sunday Services

Join us Sundays at Noon, at Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission for Matins and Presanctified Liturgy. Meeting at the Religious Education building at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 5622 Julie Drive, Panama City, Florida.

For local contact, call Deacon Aristibule at 850-248-2903 and leave a message with callback number. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Holy Week Services

Join us at Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission (ROCOR-Western Rite) for Holy Week services:
Wednesday 5:30pm for Tenebrae Matins & Lauds for Maundy Thursday.
Thursday 5:30pm for Tenebrae Matins & Lauds for Good Friday.
Friday 5:30pm for Tenebrae Matins & Lauds for Holy Saturday.
Saturday 5:30pm for Matins & Presanctified Liturgy for the Easter Vigil. (We will be going to IHOP after to break the fast.)
All services will be held at the Religious Education building of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church 5622 Julie Drive, Panama City, Florida (on Highway 231 just south of Star Avenue, and north of Cherokee Heights Road.)
Sunday at noon we will be meeting at the usual time along with a parish potluck and egg hunt - if you plan to participate please contact Matushka Adriane at 850-248-2903.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Services through Lent

We will be meeting the following dates at the Religious Education building of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Sundays at Noon:

March 13
March 27
April 10
April 24

We will post the times for Holy Week Triduum Services April 28, 29, and 30th at a later date. Beginning Easter Sunday, May 1st, we will be back to Sunday services every week.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Orthodox Nativity Services in the Western Rite

Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission (Western Rite - Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia) will be having Orthodox Christmas services at the following times in Bay County Florida:
January 6th, 2016 5pm - 1st Vespers of Nativity & Compline
January 7th, 2016 10am - Matins & 2nd Vespers of Nativity
Location will be at the Religious Education building at:
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
5622 Julie Drive
Panama City, Florida 32404
Take the covered walkway past the first two buildings, we are in the third building at the end of the covered walkway.
If you need more information contact Deacon Aristibule at or leave a message at 1-850-248-2903

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Appeal 2015-2016

Christmas Appeal Letter 2015- follow this link for the .pdf of the Christmas Appeal letter.

December, Anno Domini 2015

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” ­- Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans 10:14­-15

“In the first centuries it was not only the pastors who were tortured, but lay persons as well – men, women, and even children. And it was lay people likewise who enlightened the heathen and fought heresies. And now in the same way, the spreading of the Faith should be a matter that is personal, heartfelt, and dear to each one of us. Every member of the Church must take an active part in it – some by personal podvig spreading the Good News, some by material donations and service to ‘the needs of the holy persons,’ and some by profuse prayer to the Lord that He ‘keep His Church firm and multiply it’ – and concerning those unaware of Christ, that He would ‘proclaim the word of truth to them, open to them the Gospel of Truth, and join them to the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.’ I have told this numerous times to my flock. And today, upon my departing from this land, I once more command all of you to preserve and act upon this, and especially you brethren of this holy temple.“ ­- St. Tikhon of Moscow, Farewell Address, San Francisco, 1907.

Dearly beloved brethren in Christ,

This past year we have seen great gains in the growth of the Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission in Bay County, Florida. Our beloved Metropolitan Hilarion has ordained clergy for the mission and directed us to mission’s work in our city. We have been blessed with a free location for services at a local Roman Catholic parish ­ with many thanks to the Diocese of Pensacola­-Tallahassee and Our Lady of the Rosary. Through the generous gifts of our members and friends at other parishes, we have many of the initial needs filled for conducting services. We are holding regular services ­ the only mission or parish in our region to do so in the English tongue, or on the Old Church Calendar, or using the ancient Western (Roman) rite and hours. We remember at our altar everyone who has contributed to the needs of Saint Brendan Orthodox Christian Mission.

I thank God that, because of your gifts, we have been able to continue this needful work. We have appreciated prayers offered on our behalf, and will continue to pray for our benefactors.

In the coming year there is much work still to be done. It has been said that Orthodoxy is the best kept secret in America. We are still much of a secret in our community. I invite you this year to reach a new level of support: in financial giving, in attendance of the services, in volunteering towards the beautification and establishment of this mission parish, and especially in spreading the word to those in our community about Orthodoxy and the existence of a mission that worships in their heart language.

We have several needs that must be addressed: funding visits from our rector and dean, opening a mission bank account and applying for our own IRS tax ID, assessments due to the Western Rite of ROCOR, the purchase of candles and altar wine for the year, and towards some other items needed for conducting expansion of the services.

We have also made contact with many people who have shown interest in attending or being a part of Saint Brendan mission. We often hear stories from others about “lost sheep” in the area who have fallen away from participation in the Orthodox church and hurting people abandoned by the apostasy of the West. When you meet or hear of such people, please let them know that there is a canonical community keeping the traditional Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith in Bay County, Florida. We should all do what we can to encourage ourselves and each other to attend scheduled services, to participation in the services, and to grow in our commitment towards Christ our God, His Church, and to one another. This year we will complete our first catechumenate and reception of new members into the Church since 2010. We would like to continue that in the coming year.

Please send any contributions you can make to:

Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission
c/o The Reverend Deacon Aristibule Adams
1008 Arkansas Avenue
Lynn Haven, Florida 32444

In Christ,

Deacon Aristibule Adams
Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission - ­Lynn Haven
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Home phone (leave a message): 1-850-­248-­2903

THE WONDERWORKER - Premier Issue, newsletter for the ROCOR Western Rite Communities - follow this link for a .pdf of the Winter 2015 newsletter of the Western Rite Communities of ROCOR.

Friday, November 13, 2015


The mission will be meeting for the following dates for the remainder of 2015:

November 8th at 12 Noon
November 22nd at 12 Noon
December 6th at 12 Noon
December 20th at 12 Noon

Services are in the Religious Education building at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church at 5622 Julie Dr, Panama City, Florida on Highway 231 between Titus Road and Cherokee Heights Road. Please call Deacon Aristibule at 850-248-2903 and leave a message for further information.

Services in January and February will be every Sunday - visit by the rector will be posted, as well as days when Presanctified Mass will be served.

The mission still needs a few items: a Paschal candlestick, stands for icons, thurible stand and incense boat with spoon, cruets, lavabo bowl and pitcher, altar linens, houseling cloth, a communion spoon, a sick call communion kit, server surplices and cassocks, albs, amices, cinctures, an icon of our patronal saint, Western vestments, and printed catechumen materials and service books. Please let us know if you can help.

Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Western Rite Orthodox Conference - ROCOR

On September 28th through October 1st, 2015 the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia's Western Rite Communities met at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappinger Falls, New York. There were daily Vespers, Compline, and Mass. Presentations included Orthodox care for the dying by Hieromonk Ezekial (Vieages) in Louisiana, a presentation on Orthodox iconography, Sacred and Religious Art of East and West by Hieromonk Silouan of Holy Cross Monastery in Setauket, NY, educational opportunities being developed for the Western Rite clergy by Fr. Ephraim of Holy Trinity Seminary - Jordanville,  how to establish a mission parish by Fr. Victor Novak of Holy Cross parish in Omaha, Nebraska, and many others. Father Deacon Aristibule of Saint Brendan's Orthodox Mission served as Deacon at the Solemn High Mass on the first full day with our Dean, Father Mark Rowe of Sarasota Florida, and Father Deacon Michael Heningham of the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate, and also the second day with Father Thomas Cook of Nottingham, England, and Father Deacon Michael Heningham. The Conference was marked by a positive fraternal spirit, and many steps were taken towards preserving the Orthodoxy and traditional Western rite that ROCOR has been known for forty years.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ordination of Deacon Aristibule Adams

On September 28th, 2015, the Feast of Saint Nicetas the Goth, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of New York and Sydney, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia ordained Subdeacon Aristibule Adams to the diaconate for the Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission.  This occurred in the Church of the Saint Sergius of Radonezh at the Synod of Russian Bishops Outside Russia in Manhattan, New York