Welcome to Our New Priest!


Father John Mikita is the new rector of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church

The Rev. Fr. John Mikita has served as the Priest-in-Charge of St. John of Damascus Orthodox Mission in Tyler, TX for the past 11 years. Before that he was rector of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Black Lick, PA. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va (BA –English) in 1994 and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA (M.Div) in 1997. He has taught religious studies at the University of Texas in Tyler for 5 years, and founded and serves two additional mission stations in the East Texas region. Fr. John’s varied interests include triathlon, literature, theatre, backpacking, skiing, and cooking. He and his wife of 22 years, Matushka Christine, a practicing physical therapist, have two college age children, Alexander (Pitt ’21) and Rachel (Sarah Lawrence College ’21).
Fr. John's first official day as our new rector will be November 1, 2018. We welcome our new priest and Matushka! The Holy Synod elevated Father John Mikita to Archpriest on June 16, 2019. Axios!



Father John Parker is called to be Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

Father John Parker served his last liturgy as our parish priest at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC, on Sunday, August 19, 2018. He is the Dean of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary of the Orthodox Church of America, located in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Read about it here. We will miss Father John and Matushka Jeanette dearly. Many years! 

Holy Week Schedule

(Click HERE to see Calendar for detailed information)



  • 8:00 AM   Matins
  • 9:30 AM   Divine Liturgy - Entrance of Our Lord Into Jerusalem
  • 6:00 PM   Bridegroom Matins


great and holy MONDAY / APRIL 25

  • 8:00 AM   Reading of the Gospel of Matthew
  • 6:00 PM   Bridegroom Matins


great and holy TUESDAY / APRIL 26

  • 8:00 AM   Reading of the Gospel of Matthew
  • 6:00 PM   Bridegroom Matins


great and holy WEDNESDAY / APRIL 27

  • 8:00 AM   Reading of the Gospel of Matthew
  • 6:00 PM   Matins for Holy Thursday


great and holy THURSDAY / APRIL 28

  • 12:00 PM   Divine Liturgy
  • 6:00 PM   Matins with 12 Gospels


great and holy FRIDAY / APRIL 29

  • 9:00 AM   Royal Hours
  • 2:00 PM   Vespers with Entombment
  • 6:00 PM   Lamentations
  • 9:00 PM   All-night Vigil Reading of the Psalter at the Tomb


great and holy SATURDAY / APRIL 30

  • 9:00 AM    Vesperal Liturgy with Reception of Catechumens
  • 10:30 PM   PASCHAL VIGIL followed by PASCHAL FEAST!


holy pascha / MAY 1

  • 12:00 PM   Paschal Vespers
  • 1:00 PM    Paschal Feast - potluck cookout with 6 legs of lamb provided!

Dome Iconography Update - Good news!


The Iconographers are scheduled to arrive at the end of this month--in fact, three weeks from today!  Here is an updated report:

Scaffolding: I met with the scaffold-man today,  he gave us a gift:  a $900 discount!  Scaffolding will go up in roughly two weeks, giving enough time for priming and window work.

Windows:  window glass is ordered.  Paint is being inventoried and ordered.  (at left is a drawing of the detail)

Fundraising:  we have collected and recorded just over $70,000.  We have another $1000 or so un-deposited, and $6500 in pledges still to come in.  That puts us at a need of about $3500.  Almost there!  Haven't contributed yet?  Still time!  Haven't asked others--please do so!  

If you would like to contribute to this project, please make checks payable to Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, and mail to:  

Holy Ascension - Dome Project

PO Box 1228

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Practical need:  we need a reliable car that will comfortably fit 4 adults, who will use it for the three-ish weeks they are here, basically to go back and forth to James Island.  Could you lend one?  Know someone who can or would?  Please contact me ASAP HERE.  If we are not able to find a loaner, we'll rent one for about $500.

Meals: Thanks to Elena Tourkina who is arranging meals for the iconographers.  Click HERE to offer to help cook.

Thank you all!  God is Good!

Fr. John Parker

Pre-Lenten Retreat February 26-27

The Wonder-working Icon of

Saint Anna will be

at Holy Ascension Friday, February 26th

On May 9, 2004 an Icon of St. Anna, the Mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, located in the Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady of Joy of All Who Sorrow in Philadelphia began to stream myrrh. On that Sunday one of the parishioners mentioned to the parish rector, Archimandrite Athanasy that the Icon of St. Anna seemed to be “perspiring”. Upon further investigation, Fr. Athanasy notice visible liquid streams and droplets.  This fragrant, slightly oily liquid is commonly referred to as “myrrh”.

The Icon of St. Anna had been commissioned by Fr. Athanasy in 1998, in the Mount of Olives Convent in Jerusalem. He himself had served there in 1980-1981. In 1998, the Icon was completed, blessed at the Sepulcher of our Lord in the Jerusalem Church of the Resurrection, and brought to Philadelphia.  As of Fall 2012, the Icon resides at St. Tikhon's Monastery.  Assistance and healings are still wrought by the miraculous Icon of St. Anna and She continues to work wonders for those who approach with faith.

The following day, February 27, Fr. Sergius will be with us for a pre-Lenten Retreat;

"Acquiring the Mind of Christ and the

Meaning of Repentance and Confession"

All are welcome, no reservations needed.

Blessing of the Waters - Photos

On January 23, 2016 the three local Orthodox parishes in Charleston, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Saints Cyril and Methodius ROCOR and Holy Ascension came together to bless the waters of Charleston Harbor with Fr. Aristotle Damaskos, Fr. Anastasy Yatrelis and Fr. John Parker.  It was cold and windy but that did not take away from the Festal joy.   The day was captured in photos which are shared graciously by Andrew Garrison below.