St Peter Newsletter April 3, 2018

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 March 27, 2018

The Entrance of Our Lordand Savior Jesus Christ into JerusalemPalm Sunday Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 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 … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Lazarus Saturday: Fr. Thomas explores the ultimate Messianic sign from the Gospel of St. John. Listen here: [audio:] Palm Sunday: Fr. Thomas takes a closer look at the "Celebration of the Kingship of Christ." Listen here: [audio:] … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 20, 2018 — The Annunciation of the Theotokos

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Introduction The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on March 25 each year. The Feast commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would become incarnate and enter into this world through her womb. Biblical Story The biblical story of the Feast of the Annunciation is found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke (1:26-39). The Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary, who was living in … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Annunciation

On March 25, exactly 9 months before Nativity, the Church celebrates the Annunciation to the Theotokos that she will be the Mother of God. God's declaration through the angel Gabriel, however, had a contingency attached. Listen to find out what it was. Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio [audio:] … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 13, 2018 — Fourth Sunday of Lent, St. John of the Ladder

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Martyrs Trophymos and Eukarpos of Nicomedia and those with them; Nikolai (Velimirovic), Bishop of Zhicha who labored in America Our venerable and God-bearing Father John Climacus (ca. 579 - 649), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus, and John Sinaites, was a seventh century monk at St. Catherine's monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. He came to the monastery and became a novice when he was about 16 years old, and when he died in 649 he was the monastery's abbot. He wrote a number of … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko on St. John of the Ladder [AUDIO]

Originally broadcast on March 11, 2008 Length: 13:24 It is at this point in our Lenten journey that the Church contemplates the instruction of St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. Fr. Tom takes us step by step through this treasure and makes it practical for us non-monastics! [audio:] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 6, 2018 — Third Sunday of Great Lent & Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Martyrs Thallos and Trophimos of Latakia; Venerable George of Sinai; Theodora of Arta, the Empress; Euthymios, Bishop of Novgorod 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 … [Read more...]

Women’s Retreat Video Lectures by Fr. Hans Jacobse and Fr. Paul Girgis

The videos below were recorded at the Women's Lenten Retreat held at St. Peter's Orthodox Mission on March 3, 2018. Speakers were Fr. Hans Jacobse of St. Peter Orthodox Mission and Fr. Paul Girgis of St. Paul Orthodox Church. Fr. Hans' topic was: The Theotokos as Healer: Sometimes it Takes a Mother to Reveal the Son Fr. Paul's topic was: Jesus said Physician Heal Thyself: The Theotokos Shows Us How … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko — Sunday of the Cross: Take Up Your Cross

On the third Sunday of Great Lent, we concentrate on the Cross of Christ, and Fr. Tom helps us understand what it means to take up our cross. Listen here: [audio:] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]