1517 57th Street East
( Morgan Johnson Rd.),
Bradenton, FL 34208

Last Updated September 27, 2015

St. Mark Orthodox Christian Church

Fr. Sergei Garklavs

Fr. Sergei Garklavs with the copy of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God

Father Sergei Garklavs fell asleep in the Lord yesterday, October 19, 2015 in Chicago. Memory eternal!!! Our condolences to the family. Thank you Father Sergei for your love, prayers individually and for our community of St. Mark. We will miss you tremendously!!!

For more the 5 decades Fr. Sergei served as a guardian of the Wonder working Icon of the Mother of God of Tikhvin and returned the icon to its home, the Dormition Monastery (Russia). Fr. Sergei and Tatiana Peters offered our church a spiritual gift - the full sized copy of the Icon. Fr. Sergei was continually praying on behalf or our community.
May his memory be eternal!

Read more about Fr. Sergei and return of the Miralce-working icon of the Tikhvin Mother of God.


Named after the Apostle and Evangelist St. Mark, our church is a small community of Orthodox Christians with various national and cultural backgrounds.

Many of us were born and raised in different countries: the United States, Greece, Russian, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Germany, Finland, Poland, and many others.

We may have different traditions to follow in our everyday life, but we all have one thing in common - the same belief, the same Christian ideals, the strong desire to grow spiritually, the interest and respect to many different cultures and traditions.

Our church serves people from as far North as St. Petersburg, including Sun City, Parish, Bradenton, Parrish, and as far South as Sarasota, Venice (Florida) since 1979.

We hope you will be able to find answers for many of your questions about Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox spirituality, historical and cultural roots of Orthodoxy, and about its teaching and traditions.

You can find useful resources for your children, and carefully selected list of Orthodox links.

Here you can learn more about our church:

  • our dedication to community services
  • our special services, including healing prayers
  • our educational and cultural programs
  • our charitable activities
  • our connections with other countries, churches, and monasteries


We cordially invite you to join us in our prayers, work for community, fellowship, and fun activities. Just be our friend!

The community of St. Mark Orthodox Christian Church (Orthodox Church of America - OCA).


Service Times


Great Vespers/Vigil

Hours: 9:15 a.m
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


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Services next week

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30 - Vesper/Liturgy for the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God at 6:30pm


The Divine liturgy will be celebrated at 9:00PM due to our participation in the Taste of Manatee event.



Saturday, October 3 (10am - 10pm) and Sanday, October 4 (12 - 7PM) at Sutton Park, Palmetto.



UnitedScrip Program


Scrip program is a fun and easy way to support your church.
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Scrip Program


Cloth Donation

CLOTHING donations to be sent to Egypt by the Coptic Church. Please see Siobahn to help!

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"Not of This World"

Photoalbum of Orthodox Photographer Ludmila Ivanova



35th Anniversary of St. Mark Orthodox Christian Church

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35th Anniversary of St. Mark Orthodox church, Bradenton, Florida
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Childern Iconographers


   Iconography workshop for Children

Iconography workshop - 2014 Sunday School Lenten Project. Read more




Orthodox Church in Antarctica!

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Antarctica

Read more about Holy Live-giving Trinity Church in the Southern-Most continent

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