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Information on the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Joseph at St. Photios Shrine Dec. 17. 2018

St. Photios Shrine – Celebrating the Three Youths and Holiday Schedule

St Augustine, FL – On Monday, December 17th, The V. Rev. Father Joseph Samaan will celebrate the feast of Daniel and the Three Youths with Divine Liturgy in the Chapel of St. Photios at 9:30 a.m.  Who are these young people that usher in the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus just 8 days later?

See the source imageIn Judaism and Christianity, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego appear in the Old Testament book Daniel, chapters 1 – 3.  They overcame much during their childhood – from being captured by the Babylonians and raised in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar, to surviving the fiery furnace when their passion for their One True God would not be daunted. This feast day occurs during the Nativity Fast.  The story of the Three Youths is a reminder that Divine Grace is acquired through steadfast faith, strengthening one’s resolve to ‘keep the fast’.

A reception will follow honoring Evgenia “Gina” Mercado.  After 12 years of service, Gina transitioned from her position of Shrine Gift Shop Bookstore manager to Shrine volunteer.  Please join us in celebrating her.

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is located on 41 St. George Street.  It is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 6:00 p.m. Its chapel is built in memory of the 500 Greeks who came to America in 1768.  The museum has a permanent exhibit explaining the history of the New Smyrna Colony and the survivors’ subsequent settlement in St. Augustine as well as a temporary exhibit area that showcases the different aspects of Hellenic culture and Orthodox life.  The gift shop has a number of gift items, icons and books from different ethnic backgrounds but especially Greek and Russian.

The Shrine will be open 9:00 – 4:00 on Tuesday, December 24th and closed on Wednesday, December 25th in observance of the Nativity of the Lord.  The Shrine will be open on New Year’s Eve and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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