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St. Zosima Society

The purpose of the St. Zosima Society is to proclaim the Orthodox Faith to all those it can reach:  to reclaim Orthodox Christians who have drifted from, or never truly knew, the Church, and to bring into the Church those who have not known her at all. The society is inspired by its patron, St. Zosima, who enlightened the world with the glorious revelation of his wondrous encounter with St. Mary of Egypt, the precious treasure of the Judean desert who embodied the union with God offered to all mankind.  The society will establish and implement goals for reaching out, inviting, educating, and enlightening people in the Orthodox Faith, always witnessing to the the love of Christ.

Transfiguration 2017 - 08/19/17

Transfiguration 2017: Blessing of the fruit following the Divine Liturgy.


Blessing of students and teachers - 08/06/17

 August 6, 2017: Students and Teachers receiving a blessing by prayer and holy water for the upcoming school year.


Visiting Students - 07/18/17

On Monday, July 17, 2017 we welcomed students from The University of North Georgia in the Dahlonega. They attended liturgy and stayed for a tour of the church. 


St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp- Pictures - 06/24/17


St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp- 2017 - 06/23/17

We had a great week at the St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp! Thank you to all the wonderful kids, parents, volunteers who made it happen. Glory to God for everything!


Murray-Lutz Wedding- June 11th - 06/11/17

On Sunday June 11th, Andrew Murray and Madeline Lutz were crowned. 


Andrew Murray Baptism - 05/26/17

On Friday, May 26th, Andrew Murray was baptised. His sponsor is Father Alexander. 


Vaughn- Dolbnev Wedding - 04/23/17

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 Christopher Vaughn and Natasha Dolbnev were crowned.


Pascha 2017 - 04/16/17


Holy Week 2017 - 04/15/17


Divine Liturgy- Palm Sunday - 04/09/17


Vigil for Palm Sunday - 04/08/17


Children Prepare Palms and Willows - 04/08/17

Saturday afternoon, April 8th, the Children of the church gathered to prepare Palms and Willows for our Palm Sunday services. 


Lazarus Saturday - 04/08/17


St. Mary of Egypt Sunday - 04/02/17

On Sunday April 2, 2017, we celebrated our Patronal Feast day with Divine Liturgy and a Moleben with Metropolitan Hilarion. During the Divine Liturgy, Father Deacon Daniel was ordained to the Priesthood, and Subdeacon Michael was ordained to the deaconate.  For pictures of our wonderful feast day click here: St. Mary of Egypt Sunday


Saturday Liturgy with Metropolitan Hilarion - 04/01/17


Matins and Akathist Service with Metropolitan Hilarion - 03/31/17


Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts celebrated with Metropolitan Hilarion - 03/31/17


Iconostasis Complete - 03/31/17

Glory to God for helping our parish accomplish such a big project! Thank you to all the crews and people who helped with the new Iconostasis as well as the clean up after!


Baptism of Daniel Thompson - 03/26/17

On Saturday March 25th, Daniel Thompson was baptized. His sponsors are Vladimir (Hank) Googer and Rachel Rountree.


Update on Iconostasis installation- March 7th - 03/07/17

The installation of the new Iconostasis is in progress and already looking beautiful. Glory to God!


Beginning of new Iconostasis installation - 03/05/17

Today we moved the old Iconostasis so the work on the new one can begin tomorrow. Glory to God!


Spiritual Talk from Fr. Panayiotis - 02/24/17

On Friday February 24th, Father Panayiotis gave an inspiring presentation titled, Great Lent- a Time for Sanctification and Holiness. 


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Life of St. Zosima

Righteous Zosima of Palestine commemorated as a saint on April 4.

Saint Zosimas was born in the second half of the fifth century, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. He became a monk in a monastery in Palestine at a very young age, gaining a reputation as a great elder and ascetic. At the age of fifty-three, now a hieromonk, he moved to a very strict monastery located in the wilderness close to the Jordan River, where he spent the remainder of his life.

He is best known for his encounter with St. Mary of Egypt (commemorated on April 1). It was the custom of that monastery for all of the brethren to go out into the desert for the forty days of Great Lent, spending the time in fasting and prayer, and not returning until Palm Sunday. While wandering in the desert he met Saint Mary, who told him her life story and asked him to meet her the next year on Holy Thursday on the banks of the Jordan, in order to bring her Holy Communion. He did so, and the third year came to her again in the desert, but he found that she had died and he buried her. St Zosimas is reputed to have lived to be almost one hundred years of age.

All that we know of Zosimas' life comes from the Vita of St. Mary of Egypt, recorded by St. Sophronius, who was the Patriarch of Jerusalem from 634 to 638.

 

   
 
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