Liturgy at St. Polycarp of Smyrna House Chapel

On Sunday, November 4/17, 2013, Fr. Vassily Mihailoff celebrated Divine Liturgy at the house chapel of St. Polycarp of Smyrna in Smyrna, Tennessee. Fr. Vassily Mihailoff is the rector of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco Mission in S. Portland, Maine. Faithful from the area were in attendance. If you, or anyone you know, live in the area of the house chapel of St. Polycarp of Smyrna, and would like to know more, please visit the parish directory for contact information.

May God protect and grant strength to the faithful of the St. Polycarp of Smyrna House Chapel.

Orthodox Awareness

Bartholomew Prays at Iftar

Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.

We report the following unchanged as it was published:

"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...


Saint John of Kronstadt - Bunnell, Florida

St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church began as a mission parish in the year 2000, in a home chapel in Palm Coast, FL – a small town on Florida’s northeast coast located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. After two years, it became necessary to have services in area community centers, rented for Sundays and other Holy Days. Read more...


2023 Youth Conference

Please join us for the 2023 youth conference in Chicago, IL! To learn more, visit the home page or visit the conference website.

Ask A Priest

Is the GOC Insular?

Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...