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...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 22, 2018 — Pentecost

The Fiftieth Day after Pascha The Great Feast of Pentecost Fifty days after the Resurrection, on the existing Jewish feast of Pentecost, while the disciples and many other followers of Jesus Christ were gathered together to pray, the Holy Spirit descended upon them in the form of "cloven tongues of fire," with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and they began to speak in languages that they did not know. There were many visitors from the Jewish diaspora to Jerusalem at that time for the Jewish observance of the feast, and they were astonished to hear these untaught fisherman speaking … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 15, 2018 – Sunday of the 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Sunday of the After-Feast of the Ascension The Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). Although the Church of Christ on earth will pass through difficult struggles with the Enemy of salvation, it will emerge victorious. Persecution of Christians ceased during the fourth century, but heresies arose within the Church itself. One of the most pernicious of these heresies was Arianism. Arius, a priest of Alexandria, was a man of immense pride and ambition. In denying the divine nature … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 7, 2018 – Sunday of the Blind Man

Christ is Risen! The Sixth Sunday After Pascha The Sunday of the Blind Man Introduction The sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Blind Man. The day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing the man who was blind since birth. The biblical story of this event is found in the Gospel of Saint John 9:1-41. Background The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today's Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother's womb, that is, he had been … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events at St. Peter’s: Movie Night and Monastery Pilgrimage

Mark you Calendar! Upcoming Events at St. Peter's Movie Night on Friday, May 11 at 7pm St. Peter's is hosting a moving night on Friday, May 11 starting at 7pm with a movie, pizza, fellowship, and discussion. The movie will be a religiously based film and if it is good, we will discuss why it is good; if it is bad, we will discuss why it is bad. We will learn more about our Orthodox Christian faith either way. Come for the fellowship, stay for the discussion. It's a great way to spend time with friends and learn something along the way. Pilgrimage to Panagia Vlahernon … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 2, 2018

Christ is Risen! The Fifth Sunday After Pascha The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman Photine of Samaria The holy and glorious Great-martyr Photine of Samaria (also Photini or Svetlana), Equal-to-the-Apostles, encountered Christ at the well of Jacob. Tradition relates that the Apostles baptized her with the name "Photine" meaning "enlightened one." Her feast days are celebrated on February 26 with those who suffered with her (Greek tradition), March 20 (Slavic tradition), and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Life The Gospel of John (4:5-42) relates the encounter of Photine, … [Read more...]