Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
1261 York Rd., Clarksville, TN 37042

As Priest-in-Charge, I am responsible for the content of this website. Unless otherwise noted, articles, text using first person personal pronoun refer to me, Fr. Peter M. Dubinin.

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Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal  him.”The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers  under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:5-13)

Whether you attend an Orthodox Church regularly or have never visited an Orthodox Church, the section immediately below the icon - Church Etiquette - will prove an excellent primer. 

Church Etiquette
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War in Ukraine

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia nearly three months ago, I have discovered a dearth of truly Orthodox Christian response to this tragedy. Most responses I have found are driven by fleshly passion and devoid of sound reason. As an American I have come to expect this from my government, but I had hoped for so much more from the leadership of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church. This is so unfortunate, however, even our Lord prophesied that in the latter day "brother will betray brother to death..." (Mark 13:12)


In my experience as Orthodox Priest, Army Chaplain I have had the good fortune of knowing a brother priest and at one time brother-in-arms, Army Chaplain, whose work in the arena of moral theology and ethics I have found exceptionally helpful and grounding. He serves as a Priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) and recently spearheaded the work to establish an accredited Master of Divinity degree program at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY.  I commend to all who desire an Orthodox Christian response and perspective on the war in Ukraine, the following interview - Questions on Ukraine .

Modification to Service Schedule

With gas prices soaring, and that a number of our families live a distance from the church, I have made the following modification to our service schedule - when a service is served on a Saturday morning, I will serve Great Vespers (normally served Saturday evening) after the Saturday morning service.

Service Schedule
  • Sat

    4:30pm Confession
    4:30pm Choir Practice
    5:30pm Great Vespers
  • Sun

    9:40am Hours
    10:00am Divine Liturgy
  • Sat

    4:30pm Confession
    4:30pm Choir Practice
    5:30pm Great Vespers
Announcements 7/6/2022

Ukraine Assistance - If you want to help those in Ukraine impacted by war, you may do so through International Orthodox Christian Charities 


Church Directory - I want to compile a church directory with the address, telephone number and email address of parish members. If you want your contact information published in the directory I will need your permission as this directory will be available to other parish members who have provided authorization to make thier information available in the directory. Designated members of the Mission Council may use this information to execute a "Phone Tree" when the need for rapid dissemination of information arises. I will contact all concerned via email with additional information.


Recurring Events

Minutes for June Mission Council Meeting with parish financial report are posted to the bulletin board in the Fellowship Center.


Epistle Reader Schedule - Going forward - as assigned by Alan Harper Jr.


Call for Readers - Orthodox Christians interested in reading the epistle during the Divine Liturgy, please see me.


Altar ServersSchedule - Going forward - any of the following may serve with the blessing of the Priest: Evan Parhas, Basil Parhas, Philip Radon, Ethan Cantey, Viktor Aronov, Alan Harper Jr., Austin Woods, Sherman Sweeney


Call for Altar Servers - Male Orthodox Christians, age seven and up, interested in serving the altar, please see me.


Mission Council - Next scheduled meeting Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm at the church. Mission Council members unable to attend in person, may participate via Zoom with my blessing.


Workday - Every third Saturday of the month beginning at 9 am., unless otherwise noted. We usually finish around 1 pm, but any amount of time you may give is greatly appreciated. Our next Workday is Saturday, July 16.


Choir - All are welcome to sing in the choir. If you desire to sing in the choir, you must attend practice Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm at the church.

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