St Michael’s Feast Day, November 7-8, 2020

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    Greek City Times
    Drossoulla Mavromati
    November 9, 2019

    Last night, Saint Michael’s shrine in Tarpon Springs, Florida celebrated its 79th service for Archangel Michael, whose Feast Day is celebrated in the Greek Orthodox Church on November 8.
    Every year for the service, Greeks of Tarpon Springs come together to create a beautiful service for the community. The annual service is very special and so is the story behind it.

    78 years ago, there was an 11-year-old boy who had fallen ill, and because of this unfortunate circumstance, he and his sister, Goldie Tagarelli Parr,* witnessed their mother, Mary, do everything she could to have the shrine built in honour of Archangel Michael, who is known to cure those with cancer and other diseases. Goldie prayed to Archangel Michael to save her brother on the property of her own home.

    Soon after the miracle occurred, and her brother was cured.

    Since then, other people have come to this special shrine to pray for their own miracles, and many have been very blessed. Since the first miracle of Goldie’s brother, Saint Michael has prayed for the people of Tarpon Springs, and others who come from all over America.

    In honor of the shrine, it is important for Goldie and the rest of the community to make sure the St. Michael’s service in November every year is as special as possible. It is more than just a church service, it is almost like a constant “thank you” to Saint Michael for all he has done for the past 78 years at this shrine and continues to do.

    Priests from Saint Nicholas Church in Tarpon Springs conduct the service and are sometimes joined by other priests from other parishes, making it a very moving experience.

    Goldie’s property is filled with chairs outside her home, and the inside of the shrine is packed with people as well. It is such a unique experience, and is a staple piece of events to not miss in Tarpon Springs every year.

    If you’re ever in the area, the shrine is always open, and Goldie is always welcoming to everyone who wants to visit the shrine or sit outside and pray.

    The annual “Feast Day,” a special thanksgiving to Saint Michael for all he has done for the people and the community over the last 79 years, will continue, Saturday, November 7, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; and Sunday, November 8, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The community is invited.

    *On July 9, 2020, family and friends of St Michael’s Shrine said their final farewell to their beautiful angel, ‘Theia’ Goldie Tagarelli Parr, the woman narrating the video posted on this forum, and featured in the story above.

    The following tribute was posted on the St Michael’s Shrine Facebook page in her honor:

    We often say when people pass that they are with the angels. I KNOW she is. With the Archangel Michael right beside her.

    Too many have absolutely no idea how much this woman contributed to, not only her community, but to people of all walks of life.

    While so many of us called her ‘Theia’, she was a very dear friend who I often looked to for guidance.

    Your laughter, Theia, your sense of humor, your blunt honesty, your generosity, your zest for life, your beautiful smile, your joy of music and dance, and your dedication to the St. Michael’s shrine will be sorely missed by so many of us.

    As much as I will miss our visits, I know that you will be floating around in the shrine…na mhv xasis tipota!! Aiovia h mnhmh sou…Kalo Paradiso Theia Goldie mou. We love you…

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