We Give Thanks to Almighty God for the Blessings of 2017 and Look Forward With Faith to 2018

Glory to God for all things! 2017 was a blessing for all involved in the pan-Orthodox ministry of Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing.  Through the blessing of Almighty God and the protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, we were able to secure an already established assisted living facility in which we could begin ministering to the elderly and infirm in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of the monastics of Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Reddick, Florida and Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery in Williston, Florida, we have a prosthesis table and an altar table.  We are now serving Divine Liturgy every Tuesday and Sunday as well as on major feast days.  Orthodox priests from the area take turns serving the holy Liturgy.

The chapel has been adorned with many Orthodox icons from the various jurisdictions serving in our area.  We are also grateful for the volunteers who have served in the kliros (choir) for the Divine Liturgies.

Here is a video of a recent sermon offered by Father Stephen Zaremba during the Divine Liturgy.

In 2017, we welcomed our first Orthodox resident who is now able to commune the Holy Mysteries on a regular and consistent basis.  He is joined at each Liturgy by non-Orthodox residents who come to the chapel to pray and worship the thrice holy God.

We have much to do in 2018.  Social, cultural, and spiritual programs need to be established.  In order to accomplish this, we need volunteers willing to assume these ministries.  We need Orthodox faithful who are willing and able to visit our residents on a regular basis.

The work of Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing is a vital part of the mission of the Orthodox Church in the Tampa Bay area.  Come and see.