St. Peter Newsletter January 11, 2017 – St. Paul of Thebes, House Blessings…more

Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost St. Paul of Thebes Who Was St. Paul of Thebes? Paul was born of wealthy parents in Lower Thebes in Egypt during the reign of Emperor Decius. Paul, with his sister, inherited all the property of their parents. But his brother-in-law, an idolater, wanted to confiscate Paul’s share of the property and threatened to betray Paul before the judge as a Christian if he did not cede his property to him. This misfortune, coupled with the heroic examples of self-sacrifice by the Christian martyrs that Paul saw with his own eyes, motivated … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 3, 2017 — Sunday after Theophany, Practice Reverence in the Church, Vasilopita Sunday…more

Sunday after the Baptism of Christ Wisdom from Abott Tryphon: Practice Reverence in Church We must practice reverence in the temple, whether during services or when we step into the church to light a candle and venerate the holy icons. The temple is the place set apart for the worship of the Holy Trinity and is the place where the Bloodless Sacrifice is offered before the Throne of God. It is in the temple that we receive the Body and Blood of our Saviour unto remission of sins and unto life everlasting. It is the holy place where we are cleansed of our sins through the … [Read more...]

Schedule for Theophany (January 5-6, 2017)

Theophany means "the revelation or revealing of God" and happened at the Baptism of Christ. It is a great feast day in the Orthodox Church. The schedule for Theophany 2017 is: January 5 (Thursday) Theophany Royal Hours 9:00am January 5 (Thursday) Vesperal Liturgy and Blessing of the Waters 6:30pm January 6 (Friday) Theophany Divine Liturgy 9:30am The Baptism of Christ This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry. The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which … [Read more...]

Theodore Bonstedt — May His Memory Be Eternal

With sadness we report the passing of Theodore Bondstedt. Ted was a friend of St. Peter's who visited on occasion with his wife Dorothy and son Steven. Some of our parishioners know him from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers. Ted passed away Saturday, December 29, 2016 at Hope Hospice in North Fort Myers at about 6:30pm. The funeral will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11am (get map). May his memory be eternal … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 28, 2017 — Christ is Born; Preparing for Theophany

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Feasts of Circumcision of Christ and St. Basil the Great St. Basil the Great of Cappadocia (329–379) Saint Basil was born in the year 330 at Caesarea, the administrative center of Cappadocia. He was of illustrious lineage, famed for its eminence and wealth, and zealous for the Christian Faith. The saint’s grandfather and grandmother on his father’s side had to hide in the forests of Pontus for seven years during the persecution under Diocletian. Saint Basil’s mother Saint Emilia was the daughter of a martyr. On the Greek … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 20, 2015 – The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristThe Adoration of the Magi Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshiped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee. The Adoration of the Magi Today, the Virgin bears Him who is transcendent, and the earth presents the cave to Him who is beyond reach. Angels, along with shepherds glorify Him. The Magi make their way to Him by a star. For a new … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 13, 2016 — Sunday Before Nativity, The Geneology

The Sunday of the Fathers is the Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord (December 18-24). On this day the Church honors all those who were well-pleasing to God from all ages, from Adam to St Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, those who are mentioned in the genealogy of Luke 3:23-38. The holy prophets and prophetesses are also remembered on this day, especially the Prophet Daniel and the three holy youths. The previous Sunday, the Sunday of the Forefathers, the Church commemorated all the righteous of the Old Testament who awaited the coming of Christ, this day remembers all … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 6, 2016 — Sunday of the Forefathers, St. Panteleimon Visits St. Peter’s, Christmas Schedule, 2017 Calendars,…more

Sunday of Forefathers of Christ On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law. Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 29, 2016 — St. Barbara, St. Nicholas Pot-luck, St. Nicholas Liturgy, and more…

Tenth Sunday of Luke St. Barbara The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, the According to the hagiographies, Barbara, the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus, was carefully guarded by her father who kept her locked up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. Having secretly become a Christian, she rejected an offer of marriage that she received through him. Before going on a journey, he commanded that a private bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 21, 2016

Thirteenth Sunday of Luke Great-martyr James the Persian The Holy Great Martyr James the Persian (the Sawn-Asunder) was born in the fourth century into a pious Christian family, both wealthy and illustrious. His wife was also a Christian, and the couple raised their children in piety, inspiring in them a love for prayer and the Holy Scriptures. James occupied a high position at the court of the Persian emperor Izdegerd (399-420) and his successor Barakhranes (420-438). But on one of the military campaigns James, seduced by the emperor’s beneficence, was afraid to acknowledge … [Read more...]