ORLANDO: The St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando in Florida under the South West American Diocese was consecrated temporarily by the Diocesan Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebius on Friday, October 9, 2009 after the evening prayer. Mar Eusebius cut the red ribbon at the main entrance to officially open the Church building to the faithful.
Metropolitan was welcomed at the Church premises by Fr. Dr. Jacob Mathew, the Managing Committee members and a large number of faithful of the parish. The temporary consecration was followed by Holy Qurbana in which the Metropolitan was the chief celebrant. Fr. George Paulose of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Tampa also attended.
“The growth of any church is only possible through unity and love, for the Church is our second home, as it is the visible symbol of the Kingdom of God, our eternal home” said the Metropolitan in his speech at the beginning of the ceremony.
The Mayor of Longwood City, Florida attended the whole service and welcomed the Church and the parishioners to his city.
Fr. Dr. Jacob Mathew said that the beauty of the new church reflects the beauty and goodness of hearts that ventured the building of the church. As long as the beauty and goodness of the heart of those, who built the church, remains the same as it is at the consecration, the beauty of the church will also remain.
Dr. Alexander V. Alex extended vote of thanks. The temporary consecration ceremony was concluded with a festive dinner.
The construction costs of the whole building with a heated area of almost 5000 sq.ft. mount up to almost $ 500,000. This new church alone has an area of 3200 sq.ft and is the largest in the south eastern region of the diocese of South West America. Currently more than 30 families are worshiping at this church as members.[Gallery not found]