St. Peter Newsletter May 02, 2017 — Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen! The Fourth Sunday after Pascha Sunday of the Paralytic Jesus Heals the Paralytic Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies awaiting the moving of the water. The first person to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had. It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel was lying, tormented by his infirmity of … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 26, 2017 – Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, How to Pray…more

Christ is Risen! The Third Sunday after Pascha Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women Pious Joseph of Arimathea and Righteous Nicodemus The Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers The third Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers. The day commemorates when the women disciples of our Lord came to the tomb to anoint his body with myrrh-oils but found the tomb empty. As the woman wondered what this meant, angels appeared proclaiming that Christ had risen from the dead. About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 20,2017 — Sunday of Thomas, St. George, Building St. Peter’s…more

Christ is Risen! The First Sunday after PaschaSunday of Thomas the ApostleSt. George the Victory Bearer The Sunday of Thomas the Apostle Though the doors were shut at the dwelling where the disciples were gathered for fear of the Jews on the evening of the Sunday after the Passover, our Saviour wondrously entered and stood in their midst, and greeted them with His customary words, "Peace be unto you." Then He showed unto them His hands and feet and side; furthermore, in their presence, He took some fish and a honeycomb and ate before them, and thus assured them of His bodily … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 11, 2017 — Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Pascha (Passover) The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Pascha Holy Week comes to an end at sunset of Great and Holy Saturday, as the Church prepares to celebrate her most ancient and preeminent festival, Pascha, the feast of feasts. The time of preparation will give way to a time of fulfillment. The glorious and resplendent light emanating from the empty Tomb will dispel the darkness. Christ, risen from the dead, cracks the fortress of death and takes "captivity captive" (Psalm 67:19). All the limitations of our createdness are torn asunder. Death is swallowed up in … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 4, 2017 — Palm Sunday, Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday Brunch, Journey to Pascha…more

Palm Sunday The Triumphal Entry of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem Palm Sunday On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people went out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, we receive and worship … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — St. Mary of Egypt, Lazarus Saturday (Parents, Bring your children!), Palm Sunday, Palm Sunday Brunch…more

Fifth Sunday of Great LentSt. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Who was St. Mary of Egypt? Our holy mother Mary was born in Egypt. She had left her parents at the age of twelve to go to Alexandria, where she spent the next seventeen years in debauchery and the greatest profligacy. Living on charity and linen-weaving, she nevertheless offered her body to any man, not being forced to it by dire necessity as were so many poor women, but as though she were consumed by the fire of a desire that nothing was able to appease. One day, seeing a crowd of Lybians and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 14, 2017 — Exhaltation of the Cross, Order Holy Week Books, Signups for Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday Brunch, Pascha Dinner…more

Third Sunday of Great LentVeneration of the Precious and Life Giving Cross Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great St. Gregory Palamas, Abp. Of Thessaloniki Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. This Sunday’s theme is that in the cross of Christ crucified lies both “the power of God and the wisdom of God” for those being saved (1 Cor 1:24). On this Sunday in the middle of the Lenten season, the cross stands in the middle of the church, not merely to remind the faithful of Christ’s redemption and for them to keep the goal of their Lenten … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, Lenten Service Schedule

Second Sunday of Great LentSt. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Our holy Father Gregory was born in Constantinople in 1296 of aristocratic parents who had emigrated from Asia Minor in the face of the Turkish invasion, and were attached to the court of the pious Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus (1282-1328). About the year 1316, Gregory decided to abandon the vanities of the world. His mother, two sisters, two brothers and a great many of his servants entered upon the monastic life with him. He and his two brothers went on foot to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 28, 2017 — Sunday of Orthodoxy, Presanctified Liturgy, Akathist Hymn, Women’s Retreat, Lenten Supper Talks, more…

First Sunday of Great LentThe Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy regarding icons and their … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 21, 2017 — Sunday of Forgiveness, Forgiveness Vespers, Lenten Schedule, Lenten Suppers, NAMI Walk, Women’s Retreat

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)The Explusion of Adam and Eve from the Garden Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins … [Read more...]