St. Peter Newsletter November 14 — The Prophet Obadiah, Presentation of the Theotokos Liturgy, Thanksgiving Liturgy, St. Nicholas Celebration, Christmas Fast Begins, more…

Twenty-fourth Sunday after PentecostNinth Sunday of Luke The Holy Prophet Obadiah The Prophet Obadiah The Holy Prophet Obadiah [or Abdia] is the fourth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, and he lived during the ninth century B.C. He was from the village of Betharam, near Sichem, and he served as steward of the impious Israelite King Ahab. In those days the whole of Israel had turned away from the true God and had begun to offer sacrifice to Baal, but Obadiah faithfully served the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in secret. When Ahab’s wife, the impious and dissolute … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 7, 2017 — St. John the Almsgiver, Supporting Toys for Tots and NAMI, Synaxis of the Archangels and St. Nektarios Liturgies, Wisdom from the Elders, more…

Eighth Sunday of Luke Who Was John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria St. John the Merciful John was born in Amathus on Cyprus c. 550 to the patrician Epiphanius, a governor of the island. He married and had children, but was a widower when he was called to become patriarch of Alexandria on the recommendation of his friend, the city's imperial prefect Nicetas. John was remarkable for his almsgiving or mercy (??e?µ?s??? in Greek, hence his title ??e?µ??). To someone who was astounded at his generosity he recounted a vision he had seen in his youth in which Compassion … [Read more...]

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Liturgy and Church Clean Up Day, Saturday, November 4

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Divine Liturgy begins at 9am on Saturday, November 4. Church clean up begins following Divine Liturgy, around 10am. Who Was St. Raphael of Brooklyn? St. Raphael was born on or near the Synaxis of the Archangels, November 8, 1860, to pious Orthodox Damascenes, Michael and Mariam Hawaweeny. Due to the violent persecution of the Christians of Damascus in July, 1860, which saw the martyrdom of the Hawaweeny family's parish priest, the New- Hieromartyr Joseph of Damascus, and hundreds of their neighbors (all are commemorated on July 10), Michael and his pregnant … [Read more...]

Fifth Sunday of Luke, Synaxis of the Archangels Liturgy, St. Nektarios Liturgy, Bake Sale Volunteers Needed, Pray for Bob Smith, more…

Fifth Sunday of LukeTwenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Apostles Hermas, Linus, Gaius, Patrobas and Philologos of the Seventy; Jonah the wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod Who Were Apostles Hermas, Linus, Gaius, Patrobas and Philologos of the Seventy? The Apostles Hermas, Linus, Gaius, Patrobas and Philologos These men were among the Seventy Apostles of Christ. Hermas is mentioned in Romans 16:14: "Greet Hermas." He became Bishop of Philippopolis.* Linus is mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:29: "Greet Linus and Claudia." He became the Bishop of Rome after … [Read more...]

St. Demetrios Liturgy on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30pm Followed by A Short Presentation by the Men from First Things Foundation

St. Demetrios is with St. Peter's parish. He revealed himself after hurricane Irma. Read about it here (scroll to "St. Demetrios Visits St. Peter’s"). We will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for St. Demetrios on the eve of his feast day Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30pm. Following the Liturgy we will have a brief presentation by the men who work with John Heers and First Things Foundation. You will be impressed by what they do. Could some people bring some refreshments for the talk after the Liturgy? Thank you. Who Was St. Demetrios? The holy, glorious and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 24, 2017 — Martyr Anastasia the Roman, St. Demetrios Liturgy, Toys for Tots, Thank You from the Teufel Family, St. Peter Bake Sale, Trunk or Treat, more…

Seventh Sunday of LukeTwenty First Sunday after Pentecost Venerable Martyr Anastasia the Roman; Venerable Abraham and his niece Mary of Mesopotamia; New Hieromartyr Athanasios of Sparta; Venerable Martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou monastery on Athos; Abraham, bishop of Rostov Who Was The Venerable Martyr Anastasia the Roman? The Martyr Anastasia the Roman lost her parents in infancy, and was then taken to be reared by the abbess of a women’s monastery, named Sophia. She raised Anastasia in fervent faith, in the fear of God and obedience. The persecution against Christians by … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 17, 2017 — St. Averkios, An Alternative to Halloween, Church Clean Up Day, St. Peter Bake Sale, more…

Sixth Sunday of LukeTwentieth Sunday after Pentecost Averkios the Wonder Worker, Equal to the Apostles and Bishop of Hierapolis, The Seven Holy Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) martyred in Ephesus, and Bishop Eulalios Who Was St. Averkios the Wonder Worker?   During the reigns of Emperor Antoninus and his son, Marcus Aurelius, St. Abercius was the bishop of the city of Hierapolis in Phrygia. The great majority in this city were pagans, and St. Abercius governed his sparse flock, sorrowing in his heart because of the great number of pagans and idolaters, and diligently … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 10, 2017 — Sunday of the Fathers, St. Peter’s Bake Sale, Choir Practice Starts, Living the Orthodox Faith Class, Mary Spiropoulos Memorial, more…

Fourth Sunday of LukeThe Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council Who Were the Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council? The Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council On Sunday the Church remembers the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council under the holy Patriarch Tarasius. The Synod of 787, the second to meet at Nicea, refuted the Iconoclast heresy during the reign of Empress Irene and her son Constantine VI. The Council decreed that the veneration of icons was not idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5), because the honor shown to them is not directed to the wood or … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 3, 2017 — Righteous Mother Pelagia, Living the Orthodox Faith Class Starts, Wisdom from the Elders, more…

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Third Sunday of LukeRighteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch Who was Righteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch? Righteous Mother Pelagia the Penitent of Antioch The Lord loves sinners with an abiding love, we are told, and it is easy to imagine that He must have loved the Venerable Pelagia pelagia2 with a special fervor – because this egregious sinner not only sought repentance for her misdeeds, but then went on to become a pious and ascetic saint. Born in Antioch to parents who were intensely observant pagans, this … [Read more...]

His Grace Bishop Antoun — Memory Eternal

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