St. Peter Newsletter January 16, 2018 — New Icon Installed, Orthodox Faith Class, General Assembly Meeting, House Blessings, Helping the Poor…more

Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost and Fifteenth Sunday of Luke Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea; Venerable Zosimas, Bishop of Syracuse in Sicily; Venerable Maximos the Greek of Russia Who Was the Holy Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea? The Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea The Holy Martyr Neophytos was born in Nicaea of Bithynia, to Christian parents who were named Theodore and Florentia, and lived during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). From early infancy he was full of the grace of God. One day when he was nine years old he was in the company of other children who were all thirsty, … [Read more...]

Icon of St. John the Baptist by Anna Gouriev Installed at St. Peter’s

Anna Gouriev is a gifted iconographer who has had the rare advantage of growing up in the household of one of the world's most prominent icon painters, Ksenia (or Xenia) Pokrovsky, her mother. Exposed to icon painting from earliest childhood days in Moscow, Anna was surrounded by the steady coming and going of artists, theologians and intellectuals. It was this close network of family and friends which was instrumental in recovering the ancient tradition of icon painting during a time when few understood it or dared practice it except in secret. In this stimulating environment, Anna … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 9, 2018

Sunday after the Theophany of Christ Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu; Virgin-martyr Agnes; Venerable Theodoulos, son of Neilos the Wise of Sinai; Nina, equal-to-the-Apostles and enlightener of Georgia; Sabbas, first archbishop of Serbia Who Were the Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu? The Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John The Holy Monastic Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu. There were two occasions when the monks and hermits were murdered by the barbarians. The first took place in the fourth century when forty Fathers were killed at Mt. Sinai, and … [Read more...]

Attention Ladies of St. Peter’s: Meeting About the Lenten Retreat This Sunday

A short meeting of all ladies will be held this Sunday (January 7, 2018) following the Divine Liturgy to discuss the upcoming Women's Lenten Retreat. We will meet in the Social Hall. The retreat will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Nancy Forderhase and Mary Copeland will chair the meeting and bring you all up to speed. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 2, 2018

Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John The New-martyr Athanasios of Attali, and Venerable Brannock of Braunton The Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior. Saint John, the holy Forerunner and … [Read more...]

Diocese of Miami Winter Retreat – January 25-28, 2018

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St. Peter Newsletter December 26, 2017 — Apodosis of Nativity, St. Stephen Liturgy, Coming of Theophany, St. Basil’s Liturgy January 1, more…

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Sunday before Theophany of Christ Apodosis (Leavetaking) of the Nativity of Christ Venerable Melania the Younger of Rome; Hieromartyr Zotikos of Rome, the friend of orphans; Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ What is an Apodosis (or Leavetaking)? The the apodosis (also called leavetaking) is the final day a feast is celebrated in the Church. On the apodosis, most elements of the festal services are appointed to be served again. An afterfeast is a period of time following certain major … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve Vespers at 5:30pm Today (Sunday, December 24)

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Christmas Eve Vespers begins at 5:30pm (NOT at 7:00pm as was erroneously reported). We apologize for this rare but frustrating mistake. Christmas Day Liturgy begins with Orthros (Matins) at 8:30am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30am tomorrow, December 25. The Divine Liturgy for St. Stephanos the First Martyr will be held on the eve of his feast day at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 26. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 19, 2017 – Sunday before Nativity of Christ (Sunday of the Genealogy)

Venerable Martyr Eugenia of Rome and those with her; Martyr Achaikos; Venerable Antiochus of Mar Sabbas Monastery; New-martyr Ahmed of Constantinople The Geneology of Christ according to St. Luke The Geneology of Christ The genealogies in the gospels of Saints Matthew and Luke are made to and from Joseph. This is not to give the impression that Jesus came from Joseph's seed. Both gospels are absolutely clear on this point. Jesus is born from the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. The point is rather that Joseph is Jesus' father according to the law, and it is from the … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s is Flourishing and We Need Your Help More than Ever! 2018 Stewardship Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter Orthodox Church, We are growing up! St. Peter's is flourishing, and with growth comes increased financial responsibilities. And a big part of our finances is our rent. OUR CHALLENGEAs many of you know, we doubled our space a little over a year ago which means we also doubled our expenses (rent, utilities, etc.). Commercial leases increase each year therefore our budget must increase each year while we are still in rented space. Our lease expires at the end of 2018 and work is underway to locate a new space. These decisions will be made in 2018 … [Read more...]