St. Peter Newsletter March 13, 2018 — Fourth Sunday of Lent, St. John of the Ladder

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Martyrs Trophymos and Eukarpos of Nicomedia and those with them; Nikolai (Velimirovic), Bishop of Zhicha who labored in America Our venerable and God-bearing Father John Climacus (ca. 579 - 649), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus, and John Sinaites, was a seventh century monk at St. Catherine's monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. He came to the monastery and became a novice when he was about 16 years old, and when he died in 649 he was the monastery's abbot. He wrote a number of … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on St. John of the Ladder [AUDIO]

Originally broadcast on March 11, 2008 Length: 13:24 It is at this point in our Lenten journey that the Church contemplates the instruction of St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. Fr. Tom takes us step by step through this treasure and makes it practical for us non-monastics! [audio:] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 6, 2018 — Third Sunday of Great Lent & Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Martyrs Thallos and Trophimos of Latakia; Venerable George of Sinai; Theodora of Arta, the Empress; Euthymios, Bishop of Novgorod Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. This Sunday's theme is that in the cross of Christ crucified lies both "the power of God and the wisdom of God" for those being saved (1 Cor 1:24). On this Sunday in the middle of the Lenten season, the cross stands in the middle of the church, not merely to remind the faithful of Christ's redemption and for them to … [Read more...]

Women’s Retreat Video Lectures by Fr. Hans Jacobse and Fr. Paul Girgis

The videos below were recorded at the Women's Lenten Retreat held at St. Peter's Orthodox Mission on March 3, 2018. Speakers were Fr. Hans Jacobse of St. Peter Orthodox Mission and Fr. Paul Girgis of St. Paul Orthodox Church. Fr. Hans' topic was: The Theotokos as Healer: Sometimes it Takes a Mother to Reveal the Son Fr. Paul's topic was: Jesus said Physician Heal Thyself: The Theotokos Shows Us How … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko — Sunday of the Cross: Take Up Your Cross

On the third Sunday of Great Lent, we concentrate on the Cross of Christ, and Fr. Tom helps us understand what it means to take up our cross. Listen here: [audio:] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 28, 2018 — Second Sunday of Great Lent — St. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Venerable Gerasimos of the Jordan; Gregory, Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus; Martyrs Paul and Juliana of Palestine; Daniel the Wonderworker, Prince of Moscow From "A Man Fully Alive" by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick. On the Second Sunday of Great Lent we celebrate St. Gregory Palamas, the archbishop of Thessalonica in Greece for a number of years in the 14th century, right around the same time that Geoffrey Chaucer was born, the man who wrote The Canterbury Tales. But before he became an archbishop, Gregory was a monk on the holy mountain of … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 20, 2018 — First Sunday of Lent / Triumph of Orthodoxy

First Sunday of Great LentThe Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Tarasios the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople; Hieromartyr Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos; Hieromartyr Markellos, Bishop of Apamea in Syria; Martyr Alexander of Markianopolis The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 13, 2018 – Sunday of Forgiveness / Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden

Leo the Great, pope of Rome; Agapitos the Confessor, bishop of Synnada in Phrygia; Venerable Colman, bishop of Lindisfarne The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed … [Read more...]

Living the Orthodox Faith Class Tonight (February 7, 2018)

Great Lent. What is it? How do we prepare? Why do we even do Lent? Join us this evening at 7pm at Church or on Facebook for the next class on "Living the Orthodox Faith." You can find the class on Facebook here: … [Read more...]

How to Add a Button in Your Browser for Amazon Smile

This is link for St. Peter's Amazon Smile: There are several ways you can get to this site. They are: Copy and paste the link into your browser Click the button at the bottom of the Newsletter Click the button on the website Here is the best and easiest option: Go to the St. Peter Amazon Smile page at:    Place your cursor over the Favorites Bar    Right click, select and click "Add page"    The Amazon Smile button will appear … [Read more...]