Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lenten & Holy Week Schedule 2017

Lent I - March 5, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
Lent II - March 12, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
Lent III - No Service
Lent IV Laetare Sunday - March 26, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
Lent V Passion Sunday - April 2, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
Lent VI Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
Maundy Thursday  - April 13, 2017 at 8pm - Maundy Thursday Divine Liturgy & Tenebrae
Good Friday - April 14, 2017 at Noon - Matins & Presanctified
Holy Saturday - April 15, 2017 at 8pm - Easter Vigil & Lighting of Paschal Fire

Services will be 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. 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 beforehand. For further information contact Father Aristibule at 850-684-2204.
If you would like to contribute to the vestment fund at Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission, please visit here: Fr. Aristibule's Vestment Fund

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ordination of Priest for Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission

On the 22nd of February, the Feast of St. Nicephorus of Antioch, Metropolitan Hilarion of New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, ordained Fr. Aristibule Adams to the priesthood for Saint Brendan's Orthodox Mission in Lynn Haven, Florida.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Sunday Services

Join us Sundays at Noon, at Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission for Matins and Divine 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 Father Aristibule at  850-684-2204 and leave a message with callback number.

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.

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ordination of Subdeacon Aristibule Adams

On December 18th, 2014, the Feast of Saint Sabbas, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of New York and Sydney, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia tonsured as a reader and ordained Subdeacon Aristibule Adams to the subdiaconate for the Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission.  This occurred in the Chapel of the Holy Prophet Moses at Saint Nicholas Monastery in North Fort Myers, Florida.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Mission Canonically Reestablished

Saint Brendan Orthodox Mission was canonically established as a stavropegial Orthodox Western rite mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia under His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of ROCOR.

Watch this space for announcement concerning a permanent public location for services, times and directions.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dom David Reposes

Archimandrite Dom David (Pierce), Abbot of the Dormition of Our Lady of Mount Royal Monastery of ROCOR located at Holyrood House in Jacksonville, Florida reposed at 0245 today, March 23rd, 2014. He was our pastor, confessor, and friend. Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen. Memory Eternal.