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...]

St. Peter Newsletter Agust 15, 2017 — Afterfeast of the Dormition, The Prophet Samuel

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Eleventh Sunday of Matthew After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos   The Prophet Samuel Who Was the Prophet Samuel? This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter August 9, 2017 — Pilgrimage to St. Michael Shrine, Paraklesis Services, Dormition of the Theotokos, Welcome Bp. Nicholas, more…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Tenth Sunday of Matthew Leave-taking of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ   On the Leavetaking of the Transfiguration, all of the service for the Feast is repeated, except for the Gospel at Matins, and the blessing of grapes at Liturgy. The Gospel and Epistle readings at Liturgy are those prescribed for the day.   The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos Introduction The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast … [Read more...]

St. Michael Shrine Pilgrimage — Final Notes and Who to Call if You are Late

UPDATE: A few spaces are left. If you would like to attend please contact Zannos Grekos (239-682-1653) or Anthea Tuefel (239-994-6975) to sign up. PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to attend but find yourself a little late Saturday morning, please text or call Zannos Grekos (239-682-1653) or Fr. Hans (239-248-4775) so we can hold the bus for you. On Saturday August 12, 2017 St. Peter's will sponsor a pilgrimage to St. Michael the Archangel Shrine in Tarpon Springs. We will leave at 8:30am and return around 7:00pm. After visiting the shrine we will have lunch in Tarpon Springs and then … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage to St. Michael’s Shrine in Tarpon Springs on August 12, 2017

On Saturday August 12, 2017 St. Peter's will sponsor a pilgrimage to St. Michael the Archangel Shrine in Tarpon Springs. We will leave at 8:30am and return around 7:00pm. After visiting the shrine we will have lunch in Tarpon Springs and then return home. A $25.00 donation is suggested. If you would interested in joining please mention it to Anthea Tuefel or Zannos Grekos. St. Michael's Shrine This was built to fulfill a boy's promise made to the Archangel Michael during a vision as the 11-year-old lay near death. Steve Tsalickis was diagnosed with a brain tumor 75 years ago. Doctors … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 18, 2017

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Seventh Sunday Of Matthew   Who Was the Prophet Ezekiel Who Is Commemorated On Sunday? The prophet Ezekiel was a contemporary of Jeremiah. He lived during the time of the fall of Jerusalem and was among those who were exiled to Babylon. He was exiled in 597 BC, eleven years before Jerusalem fell, and his prophetic ministry took place in the context of the exile. Ezekiel was from a priestly line, and much of his ministry centered on issues concerning the temple. He spent much of his time telling the exiles that Jerusalem would indeed … [Read more...]