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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.

Construction of the pavilion is in progress - 07/20/15

On June 13, 2015 Katherine Pogorelov was baptized. - 06/13/15

Newly illumined  Katherine Pogorelov: godparents Priest Eugene and Matushka Irina Antonov,   with Father John Townsend and Hieromonk Alexander.

June 6, 2015 Elizabeth Zlatopolsy and infant Luka Zlatoposy were baptized. - 06/06/15

Picture includes Luka's godparents Eugene Yukin, Joana Iliev, and Elizabeth's godmother Tatiana Beliakov, along with family and friends.

On March 21, 2015, Dimitry Fisher was baptized - 03/21/15

His parents are Daniel and Ilona Fisher.  His Godparents are Fr. Alexander and Oksana Allen.

Sophia Samsin baptized - 03/15/15

Her parents are Iliya and Olga Samsin.  Her Godparents are George Katsitadze and Anastasia Gracheva.

Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts” - 03/14/15

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 3:00 PM, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God the “Softener of Evil Hearts” will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt ROC, Roswell, GA. A moleben will be served. Join us on this most blessed occasion.

Praising the Infant Savior whom Mary and Joseph brought to the temple, the aged Simeon prophesied about the Theotokos’ suffering, “Yea, and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). This prophecy by Simeon is portrayed by visible symbols – seven swords (or arrows): three on the right side, three on the left and one below. The number seven means the fullness of grief, sadness and heartache that the Theotokos suffered in her earthly life.

On March 23, 2012, and again on April 1, 2014, we were blessed to host this miraculous Icon of the Mother of God. Hundreds of faithful Orthodox (and non-Orthodox) Christians venerated this holy icon throughout the day. That evening, a moleben and akathist were served before the myrrh-streaming icon. It was noticeable that as the number of the faithful who venerated the icon increased, and as the prayer service began, more and more myrrh began streaming from the icon. The scent of myrrh, which is very distinct and pleasant, was easily detectable in the air. Everyone in attendance, some of whom had traveled hundreds of miles to be there, felt the divine presence of the Mother of God.

The icon is a plain lithograph, a modern-day work from the Sofrino factory. It was kept in the Moscow apartment of Margarita Vorobyev and Sergei Fomin. One day, the icon started streaming myrrh. This happened during the glorification of blessed Matrona of Moscow, on May 2, after the icon was placed on righteous Matrona’s holy relics. Sometime later, the icon was transformed. Those who see it now cannot distinguish this lithograph from an ancient icon.

More informatin about the icon:

On February 1, 2015, Max and Krystal Zlotopolsky were crowned. - 02/01/15

On Jan 25, 2015, Ivan and Elena Melnikov were crowned. - 01/25/15

On November 16, 2014, Jeremiah and Ruth Thompson were crowned. - 11/16/14

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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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