St. Peter Newsletter August 21, 2017 – Two Liturgies Next Week, Sunday School Registration Starts, more…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Twelfth Sunday of Matthew   St. Matthew Two Liturgies Next Week Starting at 6:30pm Monday, August 28 - Eve of Beheading of John the Baptist The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming 29 into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter Agust 15, 2017 — Afterfeast of the Dormition, The Prophet Samuel

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Eleventh Sunday of Matthew After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos   The Prophet Samuel Who Was the Prophet Samuel? This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 9, 2017 — Pilgrimage to St. Michael Shrine, Paraklesis Services, Dormition of the Theotokos, Welcome Bp. Nicholas, more…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Tenth Sunday of Matthew Leave-taking of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ   On the Leavetaking of the Transfiguration, all of the service for the Feast is repeated, except for the Gospel at Matins, and the blessing of grapes at Liturgy. The Gospel and Epistle readings at Liturgy are those prescribed for the day.   The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos Introduction The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast … [Read more...]

St. Michael Shrine Pilgrimage — Final Notes and Who to Call if You are Late

UPDATE: A few spaces are left. If you would like to attend please contact Zannos Grekos (239-682-1653) or Anthea Tuefel (239-994-6975) to sign up. PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to attend but find yourself a little late Saturday morning, please text or call Zannos Grekos (239-682-1653) or Fr. Hans (239-248-4775) so we can hold the bus for you. On Saturday August 12, 2017 St. Peter's will sponsor a pilgrimage to St. Michael the Archangel Shrine in Tarpon Springs. We will leave at 8:30am and return around 7:00pm. After visiting the shrine we will have lunch in Tarpon Springs and then … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage to St. Michael’s Shrine in Tarpon Springs on August 12, 2017

On Saturday August 12, 2017 St. Peter's will sponsor a pilgrimage to St. Michael the Archangel Shrine in Tarpon Springs. We will leave at 8:30am and return around 7:00pm. After visiting the shrine we will have lunch in Tarpon Springs and then return home. A $25.00 donation is suggested. If you would interested in joining please mention it to Anthea Tuefel or Zannos Grekos. St. Michael's Shrine This was built to fulfill a boy's promise made to the Archangel Michael during a vision as the 11-year-old lay near death. Steve Tsalickis was diagnosed with a brain tumor 75 years ago. Doctors … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 18, 2017

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Seventh Sunday Of Matthew   Who Was the Prophet Ezekiel Who Is Commemorated On Sunday? The prophet Ezekiel was a contemporary of Jeremiah. He lived during the time of the fall of Jerusalem and was among those who were exiled to Babylon. He was exiled in 597 BC, eleven years before Jerusalem fell, and his prophetic ministry took place in the context of the exile. Ezekiel was from a priestly line, and much of his ministry centered on issues concerning the temple. He spent much of his time telling the exiles that Jerusalem would indeed … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 11, 2017

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council   The Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council About the Fourth Ecumenical Council The Fourth Ecumenical Council was deld in Chalcedon, near Constantinople, 451. Under Emperor Marcian. 630 Bishops were present. Monophysite Controversy The Council was concerned, once again, with the nature of Jesus Christ. The teaching arose that Christ's human nature (less perfect) dissolved itself in His divine nature (more perfect): like a cube of sugar in a post of water. Thus, in reality, Christ had only one nature, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 25, 2017

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Eighth Sunday Of Matthew Saints for Special Needs "We should seek the intercessions and the fervent prayers of the saints, because they have special 'boldness' (parresia), before God." Saint John Chrysostom THROUGH THEIR INTERCESSIONS . . . The Orthodox Church is a living and vibrant community of faithful Christians made up of the members of the Church militant and the church triumphant. The Church militant are those of us who are still part of this world, diligently striving to live our lives according to God's teachings and commandments. The … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 4, 2017 — Happy Independence Day! Fifth Sunday of Matthew, The Lord’s Prayer Explained, Interfaith Charities Needs Help…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Fifth Sunday of Matthew   St. Matthew the Apostle Learning About the Lord's Prayer The Lord's Prayer is the most important prayer we can pray. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray He answered, "Pray in this way..." and He taught them the Lord's Prayer. Below are some explanations of what each phrase in the prayer means. Our Father... In Old Testament times, no one would have dared to address God as Father. Through Christ, however, our broken relationship with our Father Creator is redeemed. Saint … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 27, 2017 — Sts. Peter and Paul Liturgy This Wednesday, Interfaith Charities Needs Food for Kids, About St. John Maximovitch, more…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Fourth Sunday of Matthew Parish Feast Day Liturgy Sts. Peter and Paul on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30pm Sts. Peter and Paul The Feast of our Parish is on Thursday, June 29. We will celebrate with a Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 28 starting at 6:30pm. We celebrate on the eve of the feast day so that more people can attend. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June. The celebration is … [Read more...]