CoVid 19 Upate: (7/1/2020)
Due to CDC restrictions, limited seating is available. If you wish to attend Saturday 4:00 pm Vespers or Sunday 10:00 am Liturgy. Please sign up beforehand. We don't want to turn away parishioners if church is full. Masks must be worn. If you don't have a mask, we will provide one. There are several ways to sign up:
* SignUp Genius. Computer or mobile device. Email address needed.
* Leave a message at 352-562-9595
* Sign up at Church. Sign up sheet located on counter.
* Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive an email confirmation or phone call. If for some reason you are unable to attend please cancel your reservation as early as possible.
- Pay for candles, wash hands (optional). We request that children DO wash hands.
- Do not loiter in Narthex, only three Parishioners allowed at a time.
- Remember to keep "Social Distancing" (6 feet apart) as best as possible.
- Seating is first come, first seated.
- Couples (families) may sit together.
- You may venerate icons, but keep masks ON.
- During communion do NOT wipe mouth or kiss chalice.
- You may venerate cross and receive blessing at end of service, again with masks ON.
- Thank you.
Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church
1277 N. Paul Drive
Inverness, FL 34453
Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church. We are an American Orthodox Church, part of the Orthodox Church in America, which is an autocephalous (self-governing) church headquartered in Syosset, New York. Our services are all in English. Our roots are Russian, so our style and traditions may be considered Russian.
St. Raphael's was established in 2000, the year that St. Raphael of Brooklyn was canonized as a saint. He was the first Orthodox bishop ordained in the United States and promoted the diverse ethnic Orthodox groups to come together. We are a parish of approximately 50% Orthodox converts and 50% "cradle" Orthodox. We come from various Orthodox jurisdictions including Russian, Carpatho-Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Greek and Albanian.
Father Serigous Gerken is our priest and a monastic, a monk priest. He joined us in July 2014 after having served in California, Alaska, and New Hampshire. He also lived as a monk on Mount Athos in Greece.
We extend a blessed welcome and invite you to pray with us during this service. A number of us are from different Orthodox jurisdictions and we all may do things a little differently. So just do what you are used to doing - there is no right or wrong here. (Click Here for our Sunday Liturgy Practices)
St. Raphael Orthodox church makes ongoing financial and food donations to Citrus County Family Resource Center.
There is a container in the Church Library for your food contributions. Why not bring in your free BOGO (buy one, get one) food items. No cost to you and a great benefit to familes going through difficult times.
The Resource Center expecially needs children's clothing, women's nightgowns and pajamas. These items should be in good repair.
Any questions regarding donations (of any kind), please see Nancy Kinley or you can email her from our website. Simply choose "Charity Coordinator" on the drop down menu on our "Contact Us" page
Charity Sundays . . . give love, give support, give back