Welcome to Saint Seraphim Orthodox Church. We are an Eastern Orthodox Christian Church located in beautiful Santa Rosa, Sonoma County CA.
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Fr. Lawrence Margitich, Pastor
December 13, 2018 ~ Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. —Hebrews 2:14–15
Dear Friends in Christ,
Lights, decorated trees, gifts, festive foods and Christmas Carols are some of the signs of this season, a Holy Season. Christians may now and then lament some of the more commercial secular celebrations, but I have to believe that even the most worn-out carol (think Jingle Bells) is still a response to the fundamental truth of Christmas: the birth of Jesus, God and Man, in Bethlehem from the Ever-Virgin Mary. God is with us! Everything changed on that day when “He Who existed before the ages” — as one of our hymns proclaims — took on human nature.
Many may look at the world and wonder “What changed? Death, sin, darkness still abound.” God “so loved the world” which He made, that He came into the midst of the sin, death and darkness to save it. And we who “have put on Christ,” by dying and rising again in baptism, are no longer in “lifelong bondage” to sin, death or darkness. We are now children of the Almighty Father, Who has called us “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). For this reason we greet each other with those two brief phrases which summarize the Gospel: “Christ is born! Glorify Him.” Yes, everything changed when Christ was born in Bethlehem.
I invite all of you — I would take your hand and say “come with me” to pray, contemplate, and truly celebrate at the wonderful Services before, during and after Christmas Day. Come, and stooping low, enter into the mystery of the cave of Bethlehem which became as heaven. We give gifts on Christmas: as you offer virtuous deeds and love to our Savior as a gift, also give Him thanksgiving from the blessings He has given to you—do not forget to make a special and sacred Nativity offering of thanksgiving to support the Church.
With love in the approaching Feast,
Father Lawrence Margitich
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Wild Fire Relief 2018
Since October 2017, when the fires swept through Napa, Sonoma and parts of Mendocino Counties thousands of North Bay residents lost homes, clothes, jobs, cars, etc. Through your generosity and concern for those who suffered loss, our Parish received over $40,000 in donations and has distributed most of those funds.
Once again, fires are sweeping through neighboring Counties, and thousands are in need. We are happy to continue receiving donations and distributing them as we are able. A full accounting will be posted on this site.
Wildfire Relief Fund