St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox
New Location-New Look-New Beginnings
St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church is nearing its first year anniversary at its new location:
4429 Brookfield Corporate Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 -11:00 AM
Rite: Eastern Rite
Diocese: Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic
“After finding Saul, Barnabas brought him back to Antioch. Barnabas and Saul met with the church in Antioch for a whole year and taught a large group of people. The disciples were called Christians for the first time in the city of Antioch” (Acts 11: 26).
Father Thomas L. Palke leads a growing congregation and is supported by a choir, second to none, directed by Marie Hyder. St. Raphael’s offers multiple grade levels of Sunday school classes for children. The church is open to all who wish to worship.
Father Tom has been providing study in the Orthodox Church Timeline, meeting every other Wednesday at the church. The discussions provided a historical timeline of the church from inception to present day. Origins of present day, western churches were outlined as well as the differences in theology between the major organized religions.
Women’s Bible Study meets on alternate Wednesday nights of the Church Timeline. Women’s Bible Study is currently postponed and will resume after Pascha. Men’s Bible Study meets once a Month on the third Saturday. A very active Teen SOYO provides and sponsors activities for teens and the church. The church Outreach program maintains communications between the church and the community.
Along with the study and fellowship opportunities the church provides, the church is continually growing and improving its look. An Iconostas is in the works and donations towards its purchase continue to grow. Come to visit, come to participate and worship, come to join us. All are welcome.
Three Key Statements describe why we exist:
1) To experience God’s presence in prayer and worship and his his grace in the Sacraments;
2) To learn more about our God and the faith of His Church through preaching and teaching;
3) To equip our congregation and its members to share the good news of Christ and the salvation He has accomplished for all people.
Simply put, our mission is the Great Commission of Christ:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And, lo, I am with you always, even to end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
The Mission of the St. Raphael Orthodox Church, in obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations, is to be a community of faith in Northern Virginia for all Orthodox Christians, relatives, neighbors, friends, and inquirers who desire to learn, experience, and share Christ’s truth and love as it is expressed in the fullness of the Orthodox Church, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The vision of the St. Raphael Orthodox Church is to become a loving, vibrant congregation worshiping in English, as well as a relevant force for good within the community, offering the finest of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice, providing excellence in teaching, preaching, liturgics, music, art, youth education and ministries, evangelism, outreach and charity, support of missions, and serving as a living model of Orthodox unity in America.
“Orthodox,” an ancient term, means “right belief” or “right praise.” It describes that Church that understands itself to be the living continuity of the faith and life established by Jesus Christ, given to His apostles, described in the Bible, practiced by the early Church, defended with the blood of martyrs, preserved and passed on by those Christians associated with the ancient centers and earliest centuries of Christian history. Because it is the faith that does not change, it is as relevant as ever.
St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church in Chantilly celebrated Pre-sanctified Liturgy during Great Lent every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. through Wednesday April 13. A light Lenten fare was offered at the end of each service with table discussions on related topics.
Fr. Peter Gillquist, director of Missions and Evangelism was the guest speaker on March 26th and 27th. Fr. Peter is the Director of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America’s Department of Missions and Evangelism. Once an evangelist with the Protestant group Campus Crusade for Christ, Fr. Peter and other members of the Evangelical Orthodox Church were received into the Orthodox faith in 1987.
CPR, AED, and First Aid Classes were held on April 9th, at the church.
A children’s Easter Craft workshop was held on Sunday, April 10th.
St. Raphael’s will be hosting Queen of Hearts Casino Night on June 4th, at Dominion Valley Country Club.
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