Special Prayer for All Students - Sun., August 24th

There will be a special prayer on Sunday, August 24th, for all students before starting the new academic year.  All students are requested to prepare and take Holy Communion on Sunday and participate in the special prayer.

The Passing of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa

With faith in Christ and in the hope of resurrection, the Diocesan Office would like to inform you of the passing away of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa, officiating priest at St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Tampa (Wesley Chapel).  Achen resided in Fort Myers, Florida and was one of the earliest settlers of our community in America, serving the American Diocese for many decades. Achen’s home parish is Prakkanam St. Mary's Valiyapalli. Achen was ordained as a priest on July 10th, 1979.  Two weeks ago, the Very Rev. Cor-Episcopa was given the sacrament of Holy Anointing of the Sick and Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. George Paulose in Tampa.

Funeral arrangements will be conveyed as soon as they are finalized. Please remember the departed soul of our beloved Achen and his extended family in your prayers.  May the memory of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa be eternal!

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Holy Qurbana to end Shunoyo Fast - Fri., August 15th @ 6:30pm

A Holy Qurbana is scheduled for Friday, August 15th at 6:30pm to end the Shunoyo Fast (Assumption of St. Mary).  Please plan to attend with your family.

The Theotokos had now reached an advanced age. Her fervent and unceasing desire was to leave the body and be with her beloved Son and God. The Mother of God did not fear death, nor did she seek to avoid it. She knew that death had already been overcome by her Son and God. At that time she still lived in the house of John the Evangelist on Mount Sion. She often went from there to the Mount of Olives to offer fervent prayers. As she was thus praying on the Mount of Olives that the Lord quickly take her to heaven, there appeared before her the archangel Gabriel and disclosed to the Theotokos the following: “Thus says your Son: The days are approaching when I will take My Mother unto Me”. Thus the Virgin heard those much longed for words which she received with gladness.