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Shrine of Saint Michael Taxiarchis

Tarpon Springs, FL, USA
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SixthSister wrote a review Oct 6
Fayetteville, Arkansas58 contributions28 helpful votes
Quaint little chapel-like building, full of light. Most visitors were actively praying or worshiping. Non-participant spectators need to be aware and respectful.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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aphrodited44 wrote a review Jul 2021
8 contributions2 helpful votes
We heard about this small church from one of the shop owners in Tarpon Springs so we decided to take the short walk over, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to see and experience this beautiful little chapel! The lady who takes care of the church was chanting beautifully while we were there. Highly recommend taking the time to see this "secret" gem!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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M M wrote a review Apr 2021
Altoona, Pennsylvania15 contributions3 helpful votes
We heard about this church from friends. Definitely worth the trip. Such a beautiful tiny church. They have healing oils, holy water, candles to light. The lady that takes care of the church is so sweet. The town is very nice to see also. Has lots of shops and eateries.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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DeanMurphy2020 wrote a review Jun 2020
Orlando, Florida7275 contributions2332 helpful votes
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aka St. Michael’s Shrine, this small chapel overlooks an actual shrine. At age 11 almost 79 years ago, a boy fell ill. His sister, Goldie Parr, had the shrine constructed in honor of Taxiarchis (Archangel) Michael, believed to cure those with cancer or other serious illnesses. Goldie prayed that Michael would save her brother. Shortly afterward, her brother was miraculously cured. Private guided tours of the chapel, shrine, and grounds are available, but the Saturday in early June that I visited, I was unaware of this and had not learned when a tour was available. I made a donation—much needed to maintain the chapel and shrine—and enjoyed the ambiance of the chapel for a few minutes. There are four stained glass windows, and perhaps a dozen pews. This is an active religious site. Decorum and respect are essential. My high rating is earned by the volunteers who maintain this religious site in pristine condition. It humbled me, and took me back many decades to mornings in church, where congregants were respectful and came to learn about religious teachings. The Greek Orthodox Church congregation celebrates the Feast Day of Archangel Michael on November 8. Taxiarchis is the name given to Michael or Gabriel. It literally means “commander” [of a taxis, or squadron] and is usually translated into English as archangel. Both Michael and Gabriel are commemorated in liturgical texts as “Commander of the Bodiless Hosts.” Saints be praised.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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drvon wrote a review Mar 2020
Chattanooga, Tennessee42 contributions63 helpful votes
A small, holy site dedicated to St. Michael not to far from Tampa. We were in Daytona Beach and drove over to visit the shrine after hearing about it. I would heartily recommend it to anyone.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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