Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery (Williston, Florida)
|Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery|
|Jurisdiction||Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|
|Music used||Byzantine chant|
|Feastdays celebrated||July 2, December 5, 5th Sunday in Lent|
The community was founded in 1999 by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. The original monks came from St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery in Arizona, as well as the holy Monastery of Philotheou on Mount Athos.
The monastery lies on a beautiful property with rolling hills, in an area of Florida known for its Spanish moss covered live-oak trees, horse farms, and horse-training facilities. The property was originally a sugar plantation.
The monks support themselves by making beeswax candles as well as maintaining a bookstore and giftshop. The monastery is dedicated to the Theotokos and is named after the famous historical church of the Panagia of Blachernae in Constantinople.