COVID-19 Community Updates

 • All church services are cancelled, until further notice from the bishop.

 • A 2020-04-07 letter from the bishop can be read here.

 • If you have any questions regarding these directives, please call Father Nicolaie.

Ecumenical Patriarchate  St. Zoticos  Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese

Mission Parish

Bishop Gregory
St. Zoticos is an Orthodox community of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Blessed in 2018 and under the Omophorion of Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, it is the heart and lungs of Good Neighbours Scarborough Drop-In.

We follow the new calendar. Most of the services are in English but we warmly welcome other languages such as Arabic, Malayalam, Tamil, Malankara and Ethiopian.

Parables of Community: Asceticism of the Open Door (podcast)

Our Community | Good Neighbours Mission

St. Zoticos is an Orthodox community that along with Scarborough Good Neighbours Drop-In seeks to live out in the everyday the beauty of the gospel calling. We are centred on liturgy as the presence of Christ among the people of Scarborough.

Through prayer, ascetical life and works of mercy, we seek to enter more fully into His divine life. Sharing in God’s compassion and love for each person, we desire to be open to all but especially those who suffer and don’t belong to any church or social community.

We hold in esteem religious academic learning but also believe it can’t be separated from a down-to-earth practical love of real concrete people. Thus we offer the opportunity to be introduced to the Orthodox faith through opportunities of study and also of humble service to the community.

St. Zoticos also holds regular retreats at St. Mary of Egypt Refuge as opportunities to grow in the spiritual life and experience the Orthodox faith.

Have a peek at our eight-page welcome booklet

Wecome booklet

  “Bearing torches: let us meet the bridegroom, Christ, as He comes forth from His tomb; and let us greet, with joyful song, the saving Pascha of God.” – Matins of Resurrection ode 5
  In this blessed Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, the text of the hymn reminds us of our profound essence as God's creatures. On the night of Easter, we are bearers of the material and external light but because of the Baptism and the life of communion with God in the Church, we are also bearers of the inner and spiritual light that may completely transform us. The will, the understanding, the gestures, the relationships may become means of expressing this light in everything that exists around us. In this way each of us becomes a living flame and a personal Easter that illuminates our world like the heavenly hosts of angels.
  May the Good God bestow upon us all on this great Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord joy, peace, health, hope, strength, and love to overcome the trying time we all go through.

+Ioan Casian

For The Life of the World
(Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church)

Read here in 12 different languages

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