Liturgy in Bunnell, FL

On Friday, June 7/20 and Saturday, June 8/21, the Transfer of the Relics of the Great-Martyr Theodore the General, Fr. Savvas Anastasiou visited the mission of St. John of Kronstadt in Bunnell, FL.

On Friday evening, after a meal with the congregation, they served the Ninth Hour, Vespers, Matins, and First Hour. On Saturday morning, the Third and Sixth Hour and the Divine Liturgy.

In his sermon, Fr. Savvas spoke of the great miracle of Church unity which has occurred in the past three years and how this greatly facilitates the faithful's spiritual lives because there are now more churches in which to worship, and they are not compelled to travel such great distances as they were in the past.

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