Holy Protection
Orthodox Christian Church
UOC of the USA-Ecumenical Patriarchate
3820 Moores Lake Road Dover FL 33527
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Welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds.  Services in English
Welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds. Services in English
Welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds. Services in English

 

"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all people; for rulers and all those in authority, so that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and dignity.  This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires every human to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and humans, the man Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2.1-5).   You will find this, and much of this wording, in the services of the Orthodox Church.  We pray for particular people and instances, but also for "all mankind and everything".  Although "man" in modern English often indicates "males", in traditional language "man" and "mankind" is applicable to humans both male and female.  

The Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Protection of Dover, Florida, by God's grace, adheres to the eternal Christian faith "delivered once for all" by the Holy Spirit "in truth and in love" (Eph. 4.15), and strives to practice it daily.  We are a relatively small community with a big heart.  

Every Sunday we offer prayers for the whole world and for the welfare of all, celebrating the Resurrection and the coming of the Kingdom of God in the Divine Liturgy (the main service).  In this service, the faithful who have prepared properly receive Christ sacramentally (i.e. spiritually and physically by grace), that we may have Him, together with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, living and dwelling within us according to Christ's promise.  The Sunday Liturgy, held at 9:45am, is not just a reflection of the life of the age to come, but a miraculous participation in it here and now, culminating in Holy Communion with God.  We pray through the week as members of Christ's Body wherever we find ourselves--at home, silently throughout the workday, when traveling and when running errands.  Prayer, talking with our Creator and keeping constant contact with Him, is essential to our Faith.   

The Church rejoices in all who call upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord, and invites all who do so to adhere to Him sacramentally in "the Faith delivered once for all to the saints" (Jude 1.3).  For those who are baptized Christians but have not received the Orthodox sacrament of Chrismation (the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit by being anointed with Chrism), this involves learning about the Faith, confessing the Faith from the heart, then being chrismated, and thereafter regularly partaking of Communion.   For those who are not baptized, they would dedicate their life to Christ in the service of the making of a catechumen, undergo a period of learning about God, His plan of salvation, and the Christian Orthodox Faith.  After this they will be baptized, chrismated, and receive Communion.  Orthodox Christians live a life of repentance in Christ, participate in the sacrament of Repentance (confession of sins) periodically, attend Liturgy on Sundays and receive Communion regularly with proper preparation.   

Holy Protection is a local parish of the Orthodox Christian Church, the mother Church of all Christianity.  The Orthodox Christian Church is the native Church of the Holy Land and the other lands of the Bible (Jerusalem, Antioch, Egypt, Asia Minor, Cyprus, Greece, etc.).   The Orthodox Church is known in its official documents as the "Church of God" and as the "Orthodox Catholic Church"; or in longer form, the "Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church."   The Orthodox Church is the mother Church of all Christianity, and history itself bears witness to this fact.  

The book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, mentions seven local churches, all of which are historically Orthodox Churches, most of which existed through the early 20th century, and some still exist, although highly diminished by the Turkish export of Christians from Smyrna and some of the others (and one of our members is the daughter of a couple that were members of the Church in Smyrna before the forced "population exchange"!).  In the book of Revelation, some of these local churches were lauded for their faithfulness, while others were warned to correct themselves (which they did at the time, and continued as long as they remained faithful).  

Our parish, being mindful of the warnings of those local churches within God's Church, strives to remain worthy of being a local continuation of this one, original Church.  We are human, and faulty, but we strive to attain to the high calling of Christ.  If you are local and reading this, perhaps God is calling you to be a part of its present and future ministry!    

"Wait!" you may say.  "These Orthodox claim to be the original--they are prideful!"  Quite the contrary, we are taught to esteem others more highly than ourselves, as Scripture teaches.  First of all, we are simply Christians who have adhered to Christ's Church.  It is not "our" Church, but God's, and so we have nothing to be prideful about.   We acknowledge Christ's Holy Orthodox Church to be what it is--the historic original Church in its fullness, not having added or subtracted from the faith delivered by Christ to the Apostles down through the ages. It is not "our" Church, but God's Church, of which He has granted to make us part, and has called you to be a part.  The Orthodox Church holds that Christ's members within her are responsible to adhere to Christ's truth that has been revealed to the Church, and a much greater account shall be required of them from the Lord, and thus we must think of ourselves humbly in this position--as ones in need most of God's mercy.  

We recognize that the Cross of Christ is central to salvation, and that we can only attain to it through an honest, straightforward, and unabashed recognition of our own brokenness.  The Orthodox Church is the authentic Church of Christ with unbroken continuity despite the brokeness and sinfulness of its members.  Think of it this way:  the person who guards Fort Knox is not worth more than those who don't--he just knows the value of what is guarded, and takes more responsibility for guarding it.  We simply believe in being honest with God, with ourselves, and with each other--we are unworthy to guard the deposit of truth--but we welcome all to this task, and strive to hold it ourselves.  We hold in high esteem other Christian brethren that, to the best of their knowledge, adhere to Christ, and in absolutely no way hold ourselves personally superior to any of them--quite the contrary--we pray that they ultimately come to be set before us in God's kingdom.  But the fulness of Christ's Church itself is that in which Christ's plenitude of grace is sacramentally and dogmatically present without aberration, and that is within the spiritual gates of God's Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church.  

While we are glad that Christ has led us to the fullness of His Church, we acknowledge that "affiliation" does NOT gain us eternal life. Each person has to accept and put their life in the hands of Jesus Christ as their Lord, and all must stand before Him and give account for their lives and what they have done with the gifts He has given them.  Christ is the only Savior of humankind and all must adhere to Him and have Him abiding within them and He in them in order to have Salvation, for He IS Salvation.    

If you are without a spiritual home, you need not be--the Holy Spirit and Christ call you to "come" (Rev. 22.17).  We embrace everyone from all walks of life and in all manner of situations--the brokenhearted, the downtrodden, those who battle with all manner of addictions to alcohol, drugs, overeating, overspending, gambling, among others.  Here you can be opened about your struggles and be received by a relatively small but loving community that gives support to one another in the path to salvation provided by Christ. 

Holy Protection is a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America, within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and participatory in the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of the USA.   

We are an all-ethnic parish, opened to people of all backgrounds.  Our current membership, while all sharing being American (native and immigrant), have very diverse ethnic backgrounds.  Our common language is English, being the language of the land and also the common and thus uniting language of the parish.  For this reason, the language of the Liturgy on Sunday is English (with sprinklings of other languages appropriate for our land and heritage, with text provided).  Sometimes other languages are used in midweek services based on the day and who attends, and may include Spanish, Ukrainian, Slavonic, Greek, Arabic, or other.         

Our parish is involved in the following services (ministries) to the community:

  • Prayer ministry.  Please let us know if you would like us to pray for you or your loved one!  We do various services for many needs at the Church and also of members in their homes.  Services of prayer for the strength of marriages, those who have cancer, heart problems, have been in accidents, wounded by attacks, the armed forces, police, firefighters, deliverance from substance abuse, for better parenting, and many other causes.  
  • Orphan ministry.   We sponsor a local house for children who have been removed from households where they were abused, neglected, etc.)
  • Widow and Nursing Home outreach.   We have been doing this for a decade, visiting those who are nursing home bound, praying with them, and bringing gifts on special holidays.  
  • Homeless assistance--Care packages to the homeless
  • Your Road to Recovery--Addictions outreach
  • Faith health outreach--offering certain medical services for free thanks to our trained nurses in cooperation with a local health care system.  (please note, along with other Tampa Bay area Orthodox Churches, our parish has contributed to the building of a medical clinic in northern Uganda, collections taken at the Tampa Bay Lenten Vespers over the last several years)
  • Veteran's and hospital ministry--visitation and gifts to Veteran's and staff of hospitals, including children's hospital.  
  • Christian Education Ministry.   Last but not least--when Christ gave the great commission, He commanded to go and make disciples of every ethnicity by teaching them to observe everything He commanded.  This is at the heart of what it means to be Christian and Orthodox--to trust in God and follow Christ in the path to salvation.  We provide Christian Education for adults during fellowship hour for parents to be equipped to knowledgably educate their children in the way of the Lord and to live a God-centered life.  After fellowship, we have a Bible Study to allow God to improve our lives through the grace that Scripture provides.   We also have a Facebook page as well as having informative videos on Youtube.  Fr. Harry is also the Director of Religious Education for the UOC of the USA, and is developing its Christian Education website, www.orthodoxchristianed.org.    

We are a small parish but we continue that which was handed on to us from Christ Himself, and thus urge you to "Come and see what the Lord has done" (Ps. 66).  

 

 If you would like to donate to our parish for its Christ-centered work and continuation, please click HERE to do so online.

 

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