St. Peter Newsletter February 6, 2018 – Sunday of the Last Judgment

Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebastia and companions; Theodora the Empress; New-Martyr George of Serbia; Vsevolod, prince and wonderworker of Pskov The parable of the Last Judgment is about Christian love. Not all of us are called to work for “humanity,” yet each one of us has received the gift and the grace of Christ’s love. We know that all persons ultimately need this personal love—the recognition in them of their unique soul in which the beauty of the whole creation is reflected in a unique way. We also know that people are in prison and are sick and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 30, 2018 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Venerable Isidore of Pelusium; Venerable Nicholas the Confessor of Studion; New-martyr Joseph of Aleppo; George, Prince of Vladimir; and of the Holy and Righteous Mothers of the Three Hierarchs: Emmelia, Nona and Anthousa The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the second Sunday of pre-Lent, the weeks of preparation preceding Great Lent. It is the Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee and Sunday before Meatfare Sunday. This pre-Lent is the start of the Easter cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church. On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 22, 2018

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee God-bearing Fathers Ephraim and Isaac the Syrians; Venerable Palladios of Antioch; Martyr Charita; Venerable Theodosios of Totma in Vologda What is a Publican and a Pharisee? A Pharisee was an externally decent and righteous man of religion. The publican was a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people. Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before God and was condemned. The publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God. The focus this Sunday is on … [Read more...]

St. Paul Founder’s Day Brunch

St. Paul' Antiochian Church, our sister parish, is holding a brunch following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Olde Cypress Country Club. This will be the first visit or our new Bishop Nicholas to the Naples-Fort Myers area. It would be good if some of us could attend to support St. Paul's and welcome Bp. Nicholas. To order tickets please call the number on the flyer. Deadline for ordering tickets is February 1. The brunch will be held at the Olde Cypress Country Club,7165 Treeline Dr, Naples, FL 34119 (view their website or get directions). Since St. Paul's … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 16, 2018 — New Icon Installed, Orthodox Faith Class, General Assembly Meeting, House Blessings, Helping the Poor…more

Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost and Fifteenth Sunday of Luke Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea; Venerable Zosimas, Bishop of Syracuse in Sicily; Venerable Maximos the Greek of Russia Who Was the Holy Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea? The Martyr Neophytos of Nicaea The Holy Martyr Neophytos was born in Nicaea of Bithynia, to Christian parents who were named Theodore and Florentia, and lived during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). From early infancy he was full of the grace of God. One day when he was nine years old he was in the company of other children who were all thirsty, … [Read more...]

Icon of St. John the Baptist by Anna Gouriev Installed at St. Peter’s

Anna Gouriev is a gifted iconographer who has had the rare advantage of growing up in the household of one of the world's most prominent icon painters, Ksenia (or Xenia) Pokrovsky, her mother. Exposed to icon painting from earliest childhood days in Moscow, Anna was surrounded by the steady coming and going of artists, theologians and intellectuals. It was this close network of family and friends which was instrumental in recovering the ancient tradition of icon painting during a time when few understood it or dared practice it except in secret. In this stimulating environment, Anna … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 9, 2018

Sunday after the Theophany of Christ Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu; Virgin-martyr Agnes; Venerable Theodoulos, son of Neilos the Wise of Sinai; Nina, equal-to-the-Apostles and enlightener of Georgia; Sabbas, first archbishop of Serbia Who Were the Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu? The Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John The Holy Monastic Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu. There were two occasions when the monks and hermits were murdered by the barbarians. The first took place in the fourth century when forty Fathers were killed at Mt. Sinai, and … [Read more...]

Attention Ladies of St. Peter’s: Meeting About the Lenten Retreat This Sunday

A short meeting of all ladies will be held this Sunday (January 7, 2018) following the Divine Liturgy to discuss the upcoming Women's Lenten Retreat. We will meet in the Social Hall. The retreat will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Nancy Forderhase and Mary Copeland will chair the meeting and bring you all up to speed. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 2, 2018

Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John The New-martyr Athanasios of Attali, and Venerable Brannock of Braunton The Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior. Saint John, the holy Forerunner and … [Read more...]

Diocese of Miami Winter Retreat – January 25-28, 2018

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