Consecration of St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church

This fall, St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church will be consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, with a 6 p.m. vespers service on Friday, October 31, 2014, and an 8 a.m. consecration service on Saturday, November 1. During the solemn consecration service, the relics of a saint and the names of the church members are placed in the altar and sealed with wax.

The Orthodox ritual of church consecration dates back to the 4th century, when Emperor Constantine dedicated the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as a Peace Offering to God the Giver of All Good. Consecration makes the church forever a holy and sacred place by dedicating the building and altar exclusively for the worshiping of God.

In preparing for this sacred event, we have been working with the metropolitan to update our church both aesthetically and ecclesiastically, building on the wonderful work that our dedicated church founders began 25 years ago. This involves the installation of a new iconostasis complete with new icons, obtaining religious items for the consecration service and our regular worship, and other updates and renovations to the church.

As you can imagine, the consecration is an expensive endeavor and donors have been very generous so far. But with less than three months to go, we still need to raise substantial funds and are asking parishioners and friends to make a significant financial contribution to St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church. If you have been waiting to donate, now is the time. As a special thank you to donors of $500 or more, we have arranged for a gift of a commemorative icon printed on glass (a replica of one of the new icons being installed in the church). 

We are also working on a hardbound commemorative album that will include the history of our church in Gainesville from its inception through consecration. We rely on your help in providing stories and photos from any part of our parish history. You can find more information on our church website, stelizabeth.fl.goarch.org, or contact Adrienne Thieke at adriennethieke@gmail.com.

So please, take some to time to find a way to contribute to the church. We have St. Elizabeth Church mugs for sale for $10 every Sunday after church. We have multiple volunteer roles available in areas such as preparation, cleanup and service roles. We also ask you to fill out a donor card and return it with your check to St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church (write Consecration on the memo line). Mark your icon choice on the donor card if applicable. And continue to check our church website for details and updates, so that you and your family can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime and sacred event in our church community.