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June 2016

11June
Main Sanctuary, 2370 Hammock Blvd,
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States
St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon of Simferopol

Saint Luke The Blessed Surgeon Patronal Feast

  Friday June 10 at 5PMVigil Service Saturday June 11 at 9:30AM Greeting of the His Grace NICHOLAS Bishop of Manhattan followed by the Hierarchical Liturgy     St. Luke the Surgeon, Bishop of Simferopol & Crimea (1877-1961)   Scientist, Opthamologist, Surgeon, Professor of Anatomy and Surgery, Priest, Bishop, Prisoner, Confessor of the Faith was born on April 27, 1877 with the name Valentin Felixovich Voino-Yasenetsky in the eastern area of Crimea. He did not receive a religious upbringing and described his first true understanding of his Christian Faith after reading the New Testament which was a graduation gift from his high school principal. Valentin intended to study at an art institute but decided he should devote his life to benefit suffering people. He decided to enroll in medical school of Kiev University in order to devote his life to alleviating suffering among the peasants in the remote villages. He wrote in his memoirs: “I studied medicine with the sole purpose of becoming a villager, a peasant doctor, and helping poor people”. Upon his graduation he received additional training in opthamology and general surgery and from 1905-1917 he practiced medicine and surgery in various district hospitals. He married a Anna Lanskaya a nurse who had the nickname among her patients as “the holy nurse”. Together they were blessed with four children. Dr. Valentin became known not only as a skilled medical doctor but as a compassionate human being. He wrote in a letter to his son: “I suffer deeply if a patient dies after an operation. I had three deaths in the operating room and this literally crushed me..I prayed for the dead at home, because there is no church open here… A TURNING POINT With the eruption of the Russian Revolution in 1917 Dr. Valentin was under constant threat…

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April 2017

Easter Celebration in the Orthodox Church

Orthodox Easter

April 16, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 am
Main Sanctuary, 2370 Hammock Blvd,
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States
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Orthodox Easter commemorates Jesus' resurrection three days after his crucifixion and death. Following his death, he was removed from the cross and hastily buried in a tomb. On Sunday, it was discovered that Jesus' tomb was empty and angels informed onlookers that Jesus had risen. Throughout the next 40 days, Jesus appears to his apostles and disciples before finally ascending to heaven. Orthodox Easter is the highest and holiest of holidays in the Christian Orthodox faith. Orthodox Easter follows the Julian calendar and must take place after the Jewish Passover. For these reasons, Orthodox Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, following the vernal equinox and always after Jewish Passover.   Facts about Orthodox Easter Easter is often called Pascha in the Orthodox tradition.   Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar.  However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and on occasion they can be four weeks apart. Eggs represent new life as well as Jesus' tomb.  In some Orthodox churches eggs are dyed red to symbolize either the blood of Christ or the red cloak Roman soldiers put on Jesus as they tortured him. In the Orthodox tradition, the Easter season lasts for 100 days.  It begins as a time of preparation, 49 days before the holiday.  The proceeding 50 days after Easter is dedicated for strengthening faith in Jesus Christ. The final worship service of Pascha is usually held at noon on Sunday.  Called the Agape Vespers, the service highlights St. Thomas' encounter with the risen Jesus.  Thomas doubted that the resurrection was real until Jesus told him to touch his wounds.  Thomas' story is usually read in a number of languages to emphasize the universal nature of Christ's life,…

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January 2018

07January
Main Sanctuary, 2370 Hammock Blvd,
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States
Orthodox Christmas Service Saint Luke The Blessed Surgeon

Nativity Liturgy & Banquet!

Come join us at St Luke the Blessed Surgeon ROCOR Church in celebrating the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ! The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:00am with confessions starting at 8:30am. Following the Divine Liturgy will be a festal banquet in the parish hall filled with food and caroling. All are welcome!

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April 2018

01April

Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday, which is one of the 12  great feasts in the Orthodox Church, is the celebration of the entry of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. This is also the Sunday before Pascha (Resurrection of Christ) and alerts us that we are about to enter Holy Week, which begins the evening of Palm Sunday. This is not a coincidence in our Church Calendar. In the Gospels, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem marks the beginning of a series of events which occur before His resurrection. These events (Mystical Supper, Crucifixion, Burial…) are commemorated during Holy Week and lead up, as in the Gospels, to the bright and glorious resurrection of Christ. All are welcome to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 1st at St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Russian Orthodox Church! Confession will start at 8:00 with the Hours and Divine Liturgy beginning at 9:30am.  “…Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that commeth in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21-9)

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07April
St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Russian Orthodox Church, 2370 Hammocks Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States

Pascha 2018

  Join us at St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Russian Orthodox Church in celebrating the bright and glorious resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ! The parish priest, Fr Demetrio, will be available to all who wish to bless their Pascha baskets and do confession starting at 3pm on Saturday, April 7th. The Paschal service will begin at 11:30pm on Saturday with Midnight Office followed by the procession around the church, and the Divine Liturgy. All are welcome to stay after the service for the festal banquet in the church hall!

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June 2018

06June
St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Russian Orthodox Church, 2370 Hammocks Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States

Thanksgiving Moleben with Bishop Nicholas

On Wednesday, June 6th, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will be visit our parish and Paideia Classical Academy to serve a Thanksgiving Moleben-a Moleben is a supplicatory prayer service- to mark the end of the school year at the academy! The Moleben will start at 9:30am.

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09June
Icon of Saint Luke the Blessed Surgeon

Visit from Bishop Nicholas for Patronal Feast and All Saints of Russia

Dear parishoners, visitors and new comers, on June 9th and 10th Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will be visiting our parish and serving both for Vigil on Saturday evening (time to be determined) and Liturgy on Sunday morning (9:30am). Please come early on Sunday, as the vesting of the Bishop will start promptly at 9:30am. Confession will be available during Vigil and Sunday morning before Liturgy. Since our patronal feast day (feast day of St Luke, who our chapel is dedicated too) falls on Monday June 11th, with the blessing of Bishop Nicholas, we will be celebrating our patronal feast day on the Sunday of All Saints of Russia, June 10th.

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October 2018

22October
St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Russian Orthodox Church, 2370 Hammocks Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33063 United States

Visit of the Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon from Hawaii

Please join Paideia Classical Academy & St. Luke Orthodox Church in Welcoming the “Iveron Icon of the Mother of God”   On Monday, October 22nd, the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be visiting us. The guardian of the Icon (Subdeacon) Brother Nekatrios will arrive at St Luke the Blessed Surgeon Church at 10 AM and will be greeted by the Rector of the church Priest Demetrio Romeo and the director of the academy Dr Paola Weber. A moleben to the Mother of God will follow. “From thy Holy Icon, O Lady Theotokos, blessed myrrh has flowed abundantly. Thou hast thereby consoled those, in exile, faithful unto thee, and hast enlighten the unbelievers by thy Son’s light. Therefore O Lady, with tears we bow down to thee. Be merciful to us in the hour of judgment. Lest having received thy mercy we be punished as those who have been contemptuous of it. But grant us through thy prayers to bring forth spiritual fruit, and save our souls”  – Troparion to the Iveron Icon, Tone 7.   ABOUT THE IVERON ICON In June of 2008, the “Hawaiian” Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon was officially recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church as miraculous and worthy of veneration, and was given the blessing to travel to the various churches and monasteries of Holy Orthodoxy. The original “owner” of the Icon, Subdeacon Nectarios, was charged by the Russian Orthodox Church to be Her guardian, and provide for the safety and care of this Wonderworking Icon of Christ’s Holy Church. Since June of 2008, the Iveron Icon has been to over 1000 churches in North America of all (canonical) jurisdictions, and has been venerated by millions of people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the world. In many cities, the holy Icon is taken…

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