St. Peter Newsletter March 14, 2017 — Exhaltation of the Cross, Order Holy Week Books, Signups for Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday Brunch, Pascha Dinner…more

Third Sunday of Great LentVeneration of the Precious and Life Giving Cross Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great St. Gregory Palamas, Abp. Of Thessaloniki 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 keep the goal of their Lenten … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, Lenten Service Schedule

Second Sunday of Great LentSt. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Our holy Father Gregory was born in Constantinople in 1296 of aristocratic parents who had emigrated from Asia Minor in the face of the Turkish invasion, and were attached to the court of the pious Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus (1282-1328). About the year 1316, Gregory decided to abandon the vanities of the world. His mother, two sisters, two brothers and a great many of his servants entered upon the monastic life with him. He and his two brothers went on foot to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 28, 2017 — Sunday of Orthodoxy, Presanctified Liturgy, Akathist Hymn, Women’s Retreat, Lenten Supper Talks, more…

First Sunday of Great LentThe Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 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 Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy regarding icons and their … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 21, 2017 — Sunday of Forgiveness, Forgiveness Vespers, Lenten Schedule, Lenten Suppers, NAMI Walk, Women’s Retreat

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)The Explusion of Adam and Eve from the Garden 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 gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 14, 2017 – Sunday of Last Judgment, Saturday of Souls, Women’s Retreat Coming, Akathist Hymn in Cape Coral…more

Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare) The Last Judgment The parable of the Last Judgment is about Christian love. Not all of us are called to work for “humanity,” yet each one of us has received the gift and the grace of Christ’s love. We know that all persons ultimately need this personal love—the recognition in them of their unique soul in which the beauty of the whole creation is reflected in a unique way. We also know that people are in prison and are sick and thirsty and hungry because that personal love has been denied them. And, finally, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 7, 2017 –Prodigal Son, Akathist Hymn in Cape Coral, Orthodox Fellowship Started, Meet Georgia Katsigianopoulos, more…

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son St. John of Kronstadt: All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son... All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son. We all see ourselves in it as in a mirror. In a few words the Lord, the knower of hearts, has shown in the person of one man how the deceptive sweetness of sin separates us from the truly sweet life according to God. God knows how the burden of sin on the soul and body, experienced by us, impels us by the action of divine grace to return, and how it actually does turn many again to … [Read more...]

Preparing for Lent Mini-Retreat Tomorrow (Saturday, February 4, 2017)

What will we learn? We we learn how to fast, but most important we will learn why we fast. Did you know that fasting helps us focus our interior lives? That fasting helps us to find the place where we can receive God's grace -- His transforming power -- more readily? Did you know that Jesus, the Apostles, and the Saints fasted too and that they instructed us to do the same? Fr. Stephanos will give an overview of how to fast, but more importantly he will explain in a very clear how fasting helps us get closer to God. 9:00 - Coffee, bagels, more 9:30 - Start of Presentation 11:00 … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 30, 2017 — Presentation Liturgy, Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, Preparing for Lent Mini-Retreat, Helping NAMI, Women’s Retreat…more

Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ What is a Publican and a Pharisee? A Pharisee was an externally decent and righteous man of religion. The publican was a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people. Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before God and was condemned. The publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God. The focus this Sunday is on the Gospel of Luke 18:10-14, in which two men went to the Temple to pray. On this Sunday in the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 25, 2017 — St. Ignatius of Antioch, Preparing for Lent, Helping the Poor…more

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew Translation of the relics of Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch New-martyr Demetrios of Chios Who Was St. Ignatius of Antioch? Our father among the saints Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch (probably died AD 107) was the third bishop of Antioch, after the Apostle Peter and Euodios, whom Ignatius succeeded around AD 68. Ignatius, who also called himself Theophorus ("God-bearer"), was most likely a disciple of both Apostles Peter and John. Several of his letters have survived to this day; he is one of the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 17, 2017 – A Bell Rings in the Distance, Helping Interfaith Charities…more

Thirty-secondSunday after PentecostFifteenth Sunday of Luke The Bell Rings in the Distance When the Sunday of Zaccheus rolls around, we know that Lent is not far behind. Begin thinking about Lent now. Resolve to do better than you did last year. To aid us Fr. Stephanos will present a short (morning only) talk on preparing for Lent on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00am to 11:00am. More information below. House and Business Blessing Schedule Fr. Hans will be doing house and business blessings all through January and February on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and … [Read more...]