St. Photios Notes
St. Augustine, FL – The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine will be closed Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th due to structural tenting required to eradicate the dry-wood termite infestation. “The infestation was enough to prompt action, but there doesn’t appear to be any serious damage to the wood structures,” said Anthony Megas, 2nd VP of the St Photios Foundation. They were seen primarily in the Shrine office area.” The Shrine will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th and re-open at noon on Friday, August 7th.
Please join us for services Thursday, August 6th in observance of the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration. Services will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 9:00 a.m.
Supplications to the Virgin Mary will be held in the chapel of St. Photios on Monday, August 10th at 9:30 a.m. From August 1-4 and 6-14, the service of Supplication is chanted daily, anticipating the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary which is observed on August 15th.
The traditional Orthodox icon or sacred image, depicting the theology of this great feast focuses on the death and entombment of the Mother of God. One notes the disciples, “gathered together from all the ends of the earth,” clear in an attitude of grief and lament. Just behind the funeral bier on which she is laid stands her glorified Son, holding in His arms a child clothed in radiant white garments, an image of His Mother’s soul. This is a theme of reversal. On every Orthodox iconostasis there is found a sacred image of the Mother of God, holding in her arms her newborn child, the God-Man who “took flesh” in order to save and sanctify a fallen, sinful, broken world. Here, in the icon of the Dormition, the Son embraces and offers to that world His Holy Mother, as she did Him at the time of His birth. At her falling asleep He receives her soul, her life, in order to exalt it in Himself and with Himself, to the glory, beauty and joy of eternal life.
Join us in the chapel of St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, located at the Avero House, 41 St. George Street in St Augustine’s Colonial Quarter. The Shrine is an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The Shrine is a living memorial to the Greeks who were among the 1,403 persons of Mediterranean descent who arrived in America in 1768 under the British Crown with entrepreneur, Dr Andrew Turnbull. Most perished during the ten year servitude at the 100,000 acre plantation known as the New Smyrna Colony. As the venture became lucrative, the treatment of the indentured servants became more torturous. The few hundred survivors were granted sanctuary at the Avero House in 1777 by Patrick Tonyn, governor of the East Florida Province. In 1783, Spain reclaimed Florida after the Treaty of Paris. The Spanish government referred to the residents of St Augustine who arrived from the failed plantation as Minorcans.
The Shrine is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00 and Sunday, 12-6:00.
Contact: Polexeni Maouris Hillier
Tel (904) 829-8205
Fax (904) 829-8707
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