St. Peter Newsletter February 20, 2018 — First Sunday of Lent / Triumph of Orthodoxy

First Sunday of Great LentThe Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Tarasios the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople; Hieromartyr Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos; Hieromartyr Markellos, Bishop of Apamea in Syria; Martyr Alexander of Markianopolis 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 … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 13, 2018 – Sunday of Forgiveness / Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden

Leo the Great, pope of Rome; Agapitos the Confessor, bishop of Synnada in Phrygia; Venerable Colman, bishop of Lindisfarne The 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 … [Read more...]

Living the Orthodox Faith Class Tonight (February 7, 2018)

Great Lent. What is it? How do we prepare? Why do we even do Lent? Join us this evening at 7pm at Church or on Facebook for the next class on "Living the Orthodox Faith." You can find the class on Facebook here: … [Read more...]

How to Add a Button in Your Browser for Amazon Smile

This is link for St. Peter's Amazon Smile: There are several ways you can get to this site. They are: Copy and paste the link into your browser Click the button at the bottom of the Newsletter Click the button on the website Here is the best and easiest option: Go to the St. Peter Amazon Smile page at:    Place your cursor over the Favorites Bar    Right click, select and click "Add page"    The Amazon Smile button will appear … [Read more...]

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...]