St. Peter Newsletter July 11, 2017

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council   The Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council About the Fourth Ecumenical Council The Fourth Ecumenical Council was deld in Chalcedon, near Constantinople, 451. Under Emperor Marcian. 630 Bishops were present. Monophysite Controversy The Council was concerned, once again, with the nature of Jesus Christ. The teaching arose that Christ's human nature (less perfect) dissolved itself in His divine nature (more perfect): like a cube of sugar in a post of water. Thus, in reality, Christ had only one nature, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 25, 2017

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Eighth Sunday Of Matthew Saints for Special Needs "We should seek the intercessions and the fervent prayers of the saints, because they have special 'boldness' (parresia), before God." Saint John Chrysostom THROUGH THEIR INTERCESSIONS . . . The Orthodox Church is a living and vibrant community of faithful Christians made up of the members of the Church militant and the church triumphant. The Church militant are those of us who are still part of this world, diligently striving to live our lives according to God's teachings and commandments. The … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 4, 2017 — Happy Independence Day! Fifth Sunday of Matthew, The Lord’s Prayer Explained, Interfaith Charities Needs Help…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Fifth Sunday of Matthew   St. Matthew the Apostle Learning About the Lord's Prayer The Lord's Prayer is the most important prayer we can pray. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray He answered, "Pray in this way..." and He taught them the Lord's Prayer. Below are some explanations of what each phrase in the prayer means. Our Father... In Old Testament times, no one would have dared to address God as Father. Through Christ, however, our broken relationship with our Father Creator is redeemed. Saint … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 27, 2017 — Sts. Peter and Paul Liturgy This Wednesday, Interfaith Charities Needs Food for Kids, About St. John Maximovitch, more…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Fourth Sunday of Matthew Parish Feast Day Liturgy Sts. Peter and Paul on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30pm Sts. Peter and Paul The Feast of our Parish is on Thursday, June 29. We will celebrate with a Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 28 starting at 6:30pm. We celebrate on the eve of the feast day so that more people can attend. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June. The celebration is … [Read more...]

Parish Feast Day Liturgy Sts. Peter and Paul on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30pm

The Feast of our Parish is on Thursday, June 29. We will celebrate with a Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 28 starting at 6:30pm. We celebrate on the eve of the feast day so that more people can attend. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June. The celebration is of ancient origin, the date selected being the anniversary of either their death or the translation of their relics. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 20, 2017– Third Sunday of Matthew, St. John Kronstadt on Prayer, Fr. Hans Out of Town…more

Third Sunday after Pentecost Third Sunday of Matthew A Prayer for the Granting of Prayer The following is a prayer written by St. John of Kronstadt to pray if you want your prayer to deepen. St. John was a Russian Orthodox priest who prayed deeply. Many miracles are attributed to his prayers. O All-merciful Lord! Grant me the divine gift of holy prayer, flowing from the depth of my heart. Gather together the dispersed thoughts of my mind, that it may always strive towards its Creator and Saviour. Destroy the burning arrows of the evil one, which tear me away from … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 13, 2017 — Second Sunday of Matthew, Apostles Fast, Through the Bible in a Year, more…

Second Sunday after Pentecost Second Sunday of Matthew Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos at Tripoli in Phoenicia; Venerable Leontios the Hagiorite of Dionysiou monastery on Athos al army in the Phoenician city of Tripoli during the reign of Vespasian (70-79). Leontius was distinguished for his bravery and good sense, and the people of Tripoli held him in deep respect because of his virtue. The emperor appointed the Roman senator Hadrian as governor of the Phoenician district, with full powers to hunt out Christians, and in case of their refusal to offer sacrifice to the Roman … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter June 6, 2017 — Sunday of All Saints, Parish Portraits: Meet George Chionis, Through the Bible in a Year, more…

First Sunday after Pentecost All Saints Sunday ed as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. Background Honoring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, "But to me, exceedingly honorable are Thy friends, O Lord" (Ps. … [Read more...]

Reminder — Saturday of Souls on June 3, 2007 (Tomorrow)

Pentecost Saturday of the Souls, June 3, 2017 at 9:30am Saturday of the Souls liturgy for Pentecost will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 starting at 9:30am. Saturday of Souls is a day set aside for commemoration of the dead within the liturgical year of the Orthodox Church. Saturday is a traditional day for prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday. Bring kollyva (boiled wheat) if you can but even if you can’t bring the names of your deceased loved ones anyway. We will hold a memorial service for them after the Divine Liturgy. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 31, 2017 — St. Peter Newsletter May 31, 2017 — Pentecost Sunday, Pentecost Prayers, Honoring Graduates, Coming: Through the Bible in One Year

Fiftieth Day After Pascha The Great Feast of Pentecost Pentecost — The Descent of the Holy Spirit The Feast of Holy Pentecost is celebrated each year on the fiftieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter) and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. The Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday. The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a feast of the Jewish tradition. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands who … [Read more...]