St. Peter Newsletter September 26, 2017 — Apostle Ananias of the Seventy, Righteous Father Romanos the Melodist, Orthodox Practices Class Starts October 4, more. . .

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost First Sunday of LukeApostle Ananias of the Seventy, first bishop of DamascusRighteous Father Romanos the Melodist Who was the Apostle Ananias? St. Ananias Baptizing Saul (St. Paul) The Holy Apostle Ananias of the Seventy (October 1), was the first Bishop of Damascus. The Lord ordered him to restore the sight of Saul, the former persecutor of Christians, then baptize him (Acts 9:10-19, 22:12). Saul became the great preacher and Apostle Paul. St Ananias boldly and openly confessed Christianity before the Jews and the pagans, despite the danger. … [Read more...]

St Peter Newsletter September 20, 2017 — First Sunday of Luke, Akathist for the Hurricane, St. Thekla and St. Silouan, Fr. Hans out of Town…more

First Sunday of Luke Proto-martyr Thekla, Equal to the Apostles Venerable Silouan of Athos Who was St. Thekla? St. Thekla, was a disciple and companion of the Apostle Paul in the first century. She is given the title "Equal-to-the-Apostles" because she accompanied St. Paul in founding churches because her witness converted so many others to Christ, and she was the first woman martyr for the Christian Faith. According to ancient Syrian and Greek manuscripts, Saint Thekla was born into a prosperous pagan family in the Lycaonian city of Iconium (present-day Konya in south-central … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Akathist to the Theotokos on Thursday Evening

On Thursday, September 21, 2017 evening will offer thanksgiving to our Lord by honoring the Theotokos who, along with Sts. Panteleimon and Paisios, protected us during the hurricane. The Akathist to the Theotokos will begin at 6:30. Following the service we will have a light pot-luck so please bring some simple to share. Thanksgiving and celebration is a good way to mark the ending of this time of difficulty we all experienced. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 15, 2017 — Church this Sunday! About Hurricane Irma. Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross. Bea Chionis Memorial

Church this Sunday (September 17, 2007)! The only damage to the Church was water seepage that soaked the carpet about 10 feet in. We got on it right away and everything will be ready for Divine Liturgy this Sunday.   Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross The Elevation of the Precious and Life Giving Cross Please Note: Since we had to cancel Liturgy this week for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, we will hold the small service for the Elevation following Liturgy this Sunday. Save O Lord your people and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 9, 2017 — A Call from Bishop Nicholas and A Word From Greece

I received a call from Bp. Nicholas this morning. He asked me to inform the parishioners of St. Peter's of his concern for us especially his prayers. He wants me to call him early next week to let him know how the parish is doing. I thanked him and mentioned that this would be assuring to everyone. Also, a friend in Greece named Dimitri who was very close to St. Paisios when he was growing up (St. Paisios was like a second father to Dimitri) will be holding all night vigil at the grave of St. Paisios asking for our protection. Demetri is a man of deep prayer and received the insight that … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter September 8, 2017 – God Keep Us All Safe — No Church On Sunday — Wednesday Eve Liturgy Cancelled

It goes without saying there will be no Divine Liturgy on Sunday. I know everyone has figured this out but since I promised to notify you consider this the notification. Yesterday after Divine Liturgy (Nativity of the Theotokos) we all prayed and asked God for his protection and for the protection of all people in this hurricane. These events are a mystery but they occur which why we hear petitions against such things as flood, fire, and other calamities prayed. Everyone in the Church is accounted for. This person is taking care of that person, the third is checking in on the fourth, and … [Read more...]

St Peter Newsletter September 5, 2017 — What Happens if Hurricane Irma Hits Sunday? Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Nativity of the Theotokos Divine Liturgy this Thursday, Interfaith Charities Needs Help…

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos   Nativity of the Theotokos Liturgy on Thursday, September 7, 6:30pm The Nativity of the Theotokos Introduction The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 each year. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Background The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a … [Read more...]

Read the Bible in One Year

Dear Parishioners of St. Peter's, The Scriptures of the Word of God given to us through the words of the prophets (Old Testament) and apostles (New Testament). They are the words God speaks to us and it is critically important that we know and understand the scripture to deepen our lives and our communion with God. Many people have mentioned they would like to know the Scriptures better. To accomplish this, pick one of the two plans below: Through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). Read through them four times in one year. Read the Bible in a Year. After one year you will … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 29, 2017 — Liturgy Thursday Eve; Who was St. Anthimos of Nicomedia?; Interfaith Charities Needs Our Help; Through the Bible in One Year

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew   Who was St. Anthimos Bishop of Nicomedia St. Anthimos was Bishop of Nicomedia Saint Anthimos was Bishop of Nicomedia in Bithynia (Asia Minor) during the reign of Emperor Maximian (286-305), and in 304 at his command 20,000 Christians in Nicomedia perished in a fire while in church on Christmas day. Bishop Anthimos escaped their fate and hid himself in the village of Omana not far from Nicomedia at the request of his flock. From there he sent letters to the Christians, urging them to keep firmly the holy … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 21, 2017 – Two Liturgies Next Week, Sunday School Registration Starts, more…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Twelfth Sunday of Matthew   St. Matthew Two Liturgies Next Week Starting at 6:30pm Monday, August 28 - Eve of Beheading of John the Baptist The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming 29 into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was … [Read more...]

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