St. Peter Newsletter July 17, 2018

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Eighth Sunday of Matthew Mary Magdalene, Myrrh-Bearer and Equal to the Apostles Saint Mary was from Magdala in Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. When the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons from her, from which she had been suffering, she became His faithful and inseparable disciple, following Him and ministering unto Him even to the time of His crucifixion and burial. Then, returning to Jerusalem together with the rest of the Myrrh-bearers, she prepared the fragrant spices for anointing the body of the Lord. And on the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 10, 2018

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council Great Prince Vladimir (Basil) of Kiev, Equal-to-the-Apostles; Martyrs Kyrikos and his mother Julitta of Tarsus On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together in the Seven Ecumenical Councils, that is: the First Council, of the 318 Fathers who assembled in Nicaea in 325 to condemn Arius, who denied that the Son of God is consubstantial with the Father; the Fathers of the First Council also ordained that the whole Church should … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 4, 2018

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The Sixth Sunday of Matthew Great-martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine New-Martyrs Theophanes and Anastasios of Constantinople; Venerable Theophilos, The Myrrh-Streaming of St. Basil Kelli on Athos; Procopius of Ustug, Fool-for-Christ The Holy Great Martyr Procopius, in the world Neanius, a native of Jerusalem, lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Diocletian (284-305). His father, an eminent Roman by the name of Christopher, was a Christian, but the mother of the saint, Theodosia, remained a pagan. He was early deprived of his … [Read more...]

Sts. Peter and Paul Feast Day Liturgy on Thursday June 28, 2018 (Tomorrow)

Our Patronal Feast of St. Peter will be held Thursday at St. Paul Orthodox Church in Naples (get map). His Grace Bishop Nicholas will preside and area clergy will attend. Sts. Peter and Paul are known as the "preachers of the universe." St. Peter was the first Bishop of Antioch where "...the disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26). St. Paul was the Apostle to the Greeks and planted Christianity in Europe. Both St. Peter's in Bonita Springs and St. Paul's in Naples are sharing this day together since we celebrate this feast on the same day. We begin this year at St. Paul's … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 27, 2018

The Holy Unmercenaries Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs in Rome The Fifth Sunday of Matthew New-martyr Panayiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia Sts. Kosmas and Damian suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284). Brought up by their parents in the rules of piety, they led strict and chaste lives, and they were granted by God the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and exceptional kindness to all, the brothers converted many to Christ. The brothers told the sick, “It is not by our own power that we treat you, but by the power of Christ, the true God. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 19, 2018

The Nativity of the Forerunner and Baptist John New-martyr Panayiotis of Caesarea in Cappadocia Among the Church's feasts, there are three in honor of God's saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation. These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The apparition of the holy Archangel Gabriel to the priest Zacharias in the Temple, with the … [Read more...]

General Assembly Meeting this Sunday, June 17, 2018

General Assembly Meeting this Sunday to Discuss Acquisition of New Property Our search and possible acquisition of a piece of property has moved to the front burner. We want to inform the parish of recent developments and some decisions that may have to made soon. There are many moving parts to projects like this including the approval of His Grace Bishop Nicholas. Nothing is set in stone but keeping all of our parishioners informed is a top commitment of parish leadership. Please plan to attend the General Assembly meeting this Sunday (June 17, 2019) following the Divine Liturgy. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 12, 2018

Third Sunday after Pentecost Third Sunday of Matthew Martyrs Isauros and those with him of Athens; Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ishmael of Persia; Venerable Joseph and Pior, disciples of Anthony the Great; Martyr Nectan of Hartland St. Peter and Paul Liturgy on Thursday June 28, 2018 The feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul are also the feast day of St. Peter and our sister parish St. Paul in Naples. We will celebrate this day together on the eve of the Feast on Thursday, June 28. Exact times will be set this week and announced as soon as they are available. Bp. Nicholas will … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 5, 2018 – Second Sunday of Pentecost

Second Sunday after Pentecost Second Sunday of Matthew Martyr Alexander and Virgin-martyr Antonina at Constantinople; Venerable Theophanes the monk and Pansemne the former harlot of Antioch; John the Wonderworker, Metropolitan of Tobolsk and all Siberia. Calling All Seniors! Luncheon on Thursday, June 7 at Noon. Seniors, join us for the first of many monthly get-togethers. Meet your friends, enjoy the conversation, and share in some good food! We meet at noon on Thursday, June 7 at noon at Church. This will be the first of monthly get-togethers. Paraklesis to … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 29, 2018

First Sunday after Pentecost All Saints Sunday ed as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. Background Honoring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, "But to me, exceedingly honorable are Thy friends, O Lord" (Ps. … [Read more...]