St. Peter Newsletter May 22, 2018 — Pentecost

The Fiftieth Day after Pascha The Great Feast of Pentecost Fifty days after the Resurrection, on the existing Jewish feast of Pentecost, while the disciples and many other followers of Jesus Christ were gathered together to pray, the Holy Spirit descended upon them in the form of "cloven tongues of fire," with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and they began to speak in languages that they did not know. There were many visitors from the Jewish diaspora to Jerusalem at that time for the Jewish observance of the feast, and they were astonished to hear these untaught fisherman speaking … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 15, 2018 – Sunday of the 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Sunday of the After-Feast of the Ascension The Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). Although the Church of Christ on earth will pass through difficult struggles with the Enemy of salvation, it will emerge victorious. Persecution of Christians ceased during the fourth century, but heresies arose within the Church itself. One of the most pernicious of these heresies was Arianism. Arius, a priest of Alexandria, was a man of immense pride and ambition. In denying the divine nature … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 7, 2018 – Sunday of the Blind Man

Christ is Risen! The Sixth Sunday After Pascha The Sunday of the Blind Man Introduction The sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Blind Man. The day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing the man who was blind since birth. The biblical story of this event is found in the Gospel of Saint John 9:1-41. Background The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today's Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother's womb, that is, he had been … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events at St. Peter’s: Movie Night and Monastery Pilgrimage

Mark you Calendar! Upcoming Events at St. Peter's Movie Night on Friday, May 11 at 7pm St. Peter's is hosting a moving night on Friday, May 11 starting at 7pm with a movie, pizza, fellowship, and discussion. The movie will be a religiously based film and if it is good, we will discuss why it is good; if it is bad, we will discuss why it is bad. We will learn more about our Orthodox Christian faith either way. Come for the fellowship, stay for the discussion. It's a great way to spend time with friends and learn something along the way. Pilgrimage to Panagia Vlahernon … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 2, 2018

Christ is Risen! The Fifth Sunday After Pascha The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman Photine of Samaria The holy and glorious Great-martyr Photine of Samaria (also Photini or Svetlana), Equal-to-the-Apostles, encountered Christ at the well of Jacob. Tradition relates that the Apostles baptized her with the name "Photine" meaning "enlightened one." Her feast days are celebrated on February 26 with those who suffered with her (Greek tradition), March 20 (Slavic tradition), and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Life The Gospel of John (4:5-42) relates the encounter of Photine, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 24, 2018 – Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen! The Fourth Sunday After Pascha The Sunday of the Paralytic Introduction The fourth Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Paralytic. The day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. The biblical story of the event is found in the Gospel of John 5:1-15. Background 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 … [Read more...]

St. George Divine Liturgy on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:30am

Christ is Risen! St. George Divine Liturgy on Monday, April 23 at 9:30am Join us for the St. George Divine Liturgy on Monday, April 23, 2018 starting at 9:30. An artoclasia (Blessing of the Loaves) will be offered at the conclusion of the Liturgy. Who Was St. George? The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer George was a Christian Roman soldier killed under Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century. Though he was born in Cappadocia, his mother was from Palestine, and thus he is a particular favorite of many Palestinian … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter April 17, 2018 — Third Sunday after Pascha

Christ is Risen! The Third Sunday After Pascha Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,Pious Joseph of Arimathaea, Righteous Nicodemus The Myrhh Bearing Women 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. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin … [Read more...]

Bp. Nicholas to Visit Thursday, April 5, 2018 (Tomorrow)

Don't forget that Bp. Nicholas is visiting St. Peter's tomorrow morning at 9:30am to preside over the Liturgy of the Last Supper. Please plan to attend if you can. … [Read more...]

Final Holy Week Schedule
Bishop Nicholas to Celebrate on Holy Thursday Morning

Below is the final Holy Week Schedule. Bishop Nicholas, our newly appointed Bishop, will be celebrating The Liturgy of the Last Supper with us on Thursday morning, April 5, at 9:30 am. Please attend if you are able to offer him an proper and appropriate welcome on his first visit to St. Peter's. Click image to view/print full size … [Read more...]