St. Peter Newsletter October 9, 2018

The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council Fourth Sunday of Luke Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius and Celsus of Milan Cosmas the Hymnographer, Bishop of Maïuma Venerable Paraskeva of the New of Thrace 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 … [Read more...]

Miracle Working Icon Coming to St. Paul Orthodox Church in Naples

St. Paul's Orthodox Church (get map), the sister parish of St. Peter's, will host the Myrrh Streaming and Miracle Working Icon of the Theotokos on October 19, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. From Fr. Paul Girgis in the St. Paul Newsletter: Unworthy though we be, our Lord has found it most fitting that our parish receive the great blessing of welcoming Hawaii's Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Theotokos to Naples for the first time. We will pray a simple but beautiful service of supplication and have the opportunity to venerate the icon of the Mother of God, offer prayers, and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter October 2, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Third Sunday of Luke Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus of Syria Hieromartyr Polychronios of Nicaea Priest Julian and Deacon Caesarius of Campania Venerable John the hermit and those with him Venerable Sergius of Nurma Who were the Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus of Syria? These holy Martyrs were Romans of high rank in the service of the Emperor Maximian, to whom it was reported that they did not take part in the festivals of the idols. When he called them into his presence, they confessed their Faith in the one God. He had them arrayed in women's … [Read more...]

Anthony Mourgis Funeral Arrangements

Most of our parishioners know that Anthony Mourgis, son of George and Maria Mourgis and brother of John Mourgis passed away early Saturday morning. May his memory be eternal. Funeral arrangements have been finalized. The service will be held on Saturday, September 29 at St. Peter's Orthodox Church (get map). 10:00am Visitation 11:00am Funeral 12:45pm Internment at Memorial Gardens in Fort Myers, Florida (get map) 1:30pm Makaria (Memorial dinner) at the Plaka II Restaurant, 15271 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers (get map) You can find a complete obituary on the Fort Myers Memorial … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 25, 2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Second Sunday of Luke Hieromartyr Gregory, Enlightener of Greater Armenia Martyrs Rhipsime and Gaiana and companions of Armenia Michael the Wonderworker, First Metropolitan of Kiev Venerable Gregory of the Pelshma River St. Michael the Wonderworker, First Metropolitan of Kiev Who was Michael the Wonderworker, First Metropolitan of Kiev? Saint Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev, according to the Joakimov chronicle, was a Syrian by birth, but according to other chronicles, he was a Bulgarian or Serb. In the year 989, he arrived at … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 18, 2018

Conception of the Forerunner and Baptist John First Sunday of Luke Martyr Raidos of EgyptNew-Martyrs Nicholas the Grocer and John of Brachorion Venerable Xanthippa and Polyxena of Spain The Conception of St. John the Forerunner The Conception of the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John: The holy Prophet Malachi prophesied that before the Messiah's birth His Forerunner would appear, and would indicate His coming. The Jews therefore in awaiting the Messiah also awaited the appearance of His Forerunner. In a city of the hills of Judea in the land of … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 11, 2018

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross Great-Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised Martyrs Victor and Sosthenes of ChalcedonMartyr Melitina of Marcianopolis St. Euphemia the Great Martyr Who was the Great-Martyr Ephemia? Severian suffered by the weight of the stones, Hanging he rejoiced, tearing his feet from earth. Saint Euphemia lived in the 3rd century AD. She was the daughter of pious parents. Her father was a senator named Philophronos and her mother was Theodosia. She was born in Chalcedon, located across the Bosporus from the city of Byzantium (modern-day … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 4, 2018

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos Synaxis of the ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna Great-Martyr Severian of Sebastia Holy Fathers of the Third Ecumenical Council Great-Martyr Severian of Sebastia Who was Great-Martyr Severian of Sebastia? Severian suffered by the weight of the stones, Hanging he rejoiced, tearing his feet from earth. Saint Severian was an eminent citizen of Sebaste in the days of Emperor Licinius (307-324). An imperial counsellor by rank, he was highly esteemed for his virtue and for his faith … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 28, 2018

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew Martyr Mamas and His Family John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople St. John the Faster Who was John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople? Our father among the saints John IV of Constantinople, also known as John the Faster, John the Abstainer, and John Nesteutes, was the 33rd bishop or Patriarch of Constantinople. He is noted for his penitential nomokanon and as the first bishop of Constantinople to assume the title Ecumenical Patriarch. His feast day is on September 2. The date of Joannes' birth is … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 21, 2018

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew Venerable Joasaph, Prince of IndiaVenerable Adrian of Ondrutsov St. Athanasius of Athos, Monk Barlaam and Venerable Joasaph of India Who was Venerable Joasaph, Prince of India? According to tradition, in the time of Constantine the Great there lived in India a pagan king named Abenner, who had only one son, Joasaph. Abenner was a wise administrator and fearless warrior, loyal to the Indian code of honor, courage and the hatred of Christians. When the Prince was born, astrologers and wise men were called to … [Read more...]