Holy Protection
Orthodox Christian Church
UOC of the USA-Ecumenical Patriarchate
3820 Moores Lake Road Dover FL 33527
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*For Nativity season Schedule see below

Divine Liturgy on Regular Sundays:  9:45am [*Note, on December 24 it will be at 10:30am, see below]

Confessions:  Prior to 9:35am, or by appointment during the week



 Dec 24 Morning 

10:15am Confessions

10:30am   Divine Liturgy Christmas Forefeast

12 noon  Holy Supper (It is a “feast” of “fasting foods” [no meat]).  Note, because the Eve falls on a Sunday, Holy Supper is earlier than usual.


Dec 24&25 (night services): 

Vigil of Christmas

10:45pm-11:30pm:   Candlelight Christmas Vigil, and immediately following, the Liturgy…  

11:30pm-12:30am   Midnight Christmas Liturgy begins with one-time procession around the church.    

Please note, no meat is eaten until AFTER the midnight Liturgy on this day.  In order to partake of Communion at the midnight Liturgy, eat fasting foods all day and cease eating altogether by 8:30pm (except for younger children, and adults who have legitimate health concerns--see priest to discuss alternative fasting practices to keep the spirit of the fast when you are unable to physically).      

The Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church functions based on the ancient Hebrew reckoning of the day, as Scripture says, “from evening to evening you shall keep your sabbaths (feast days)”.  The day in the Bible, and the Orthodox Liturgical Day, both begin in the evening on what we commonly call “the evening before”, as the Sixth Ecumenical Council makes clear.  In other words, December 25 (or any date of the calendar, for that matter), in Church time begins at sunset on the evening before.    


Sunday December 31—Nativity Apodosis and New Year’s Eve   9:45am Liturgy   Following Liturgy will be a festal meal to celebrate the Nativity and the New Year. 

Friday January 5    EVE OF EPIPHANY/THEOPHANY:   6pm-7:15pm—Liturgy of St. Basil with Great Blessing of the Waters (distribution of blessed waters).

Sunday January 7—Theophany (Epiphany) second day, Julian Christmas, (with festal antiphons and traditional carols on this day).


Pan Orthodox Lenten Retreat


FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - FEBRUARY 28, 2018


Click HERE for information on our Facebook page

Click HERE for registration forms. 

Click HERE for Retreat Flyer with Speaker List

To be held at the Bethany Center in Lutz and at Holy Protection Orthodox Church, Dover

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Upcoming Schedule
Sunday, January 21st
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
Sunday, January 28th
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
Sunday, February 4th
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
Sunday, February 11th
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
Sunday, February 18th
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy