St. Peter Newsletter December 20, 2015 – The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristThe Adoration of the Magi Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshiped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee. The Adoration of the Magi Today, the Virgin bears Him who is transcendent, and the earth presents the cave to Him who is beyond reach. Angels, along with shepherds glorify Him. The Magi make their way to Him by a star. For a new … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 13, 2016 — Sunday Before Nativity, The Geneology

The Sunday of the Fathers is the Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord (December 18-24). On this day the Church honors all those who were well-pleasing to God from all ages, from Adam to St Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, those who are mentioned in the genealogy of Luke 3:23-38. The holy prophets and prophetesses are also remembered on this day, especially the Prophet Daniel and the three holy youths. The previous Sunday, the Sunday of the Forefathers, the Church commemorated all the righteous of the Old Testament who awaited the coming of Christ, this day remembers all … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter December 6, 2016 — Sunday of the Forefathers, St. Panteleimon Visits St. Peter’s, Christmas Schedule, 2017 Calendars,…more

Sunday of Forefathers of Christ On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law. Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 29, 2016 — St. Barbara, St. Nicholas Pot-luck, St. Nicholas Liturgy, and more…

Tenth Sunday of Luke St. Barbara The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, the According to the hagiographies, Barbara, the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus, was carefully guarded by her father who kept her locked up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. Having secretly become a Christian, she rejected an offer of marriage that she received through him. Before going on a journey, he commanded that a private bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 21, 2016

Thirteenth Sunday of Luke Great-martyr James the Persian The Holy Great Martyr James the Persian (the Sawn-Asunder) was born in the fourth century into a pious Christian family, both wealthy and illustrious. His wife was also a Christian, and the couple raised their children in piety, inspiring in them a love for prayer and the Holy Scriptures. James occupied a high position at the court of the Persian emperor Izdegerd (399-420) and his successor Barakhranes (420-438). But on one of the military campaigns James, seduced by the emperor’s beneficence, was afraid to acknowledge … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Liturgy Scheduled on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 23 at 6:30pm

St. Peter's will hold a Thanksgiving Liturgy on November 23, Thanksgiving Eve starting at 6:30pm. Although there technically is no Thanksgiving in the Orthodox Calendar, Thanksgiving is as close as it gets to a Christian Holiday on the American civil calendar. Met. Joseph has encouraged churches to begin the weekend by giving thanks to God from who all blessings flow. Where does Thanksgiving Day come from? George Washington Thanksgiving Proclamation Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 16, 2016 — Forefeast of the Theotokos, Christmas Fast, Supporting NAMI…more

Ninth Sunday of Luke Sunday Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, also called The Presentation, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on November 21. Among those Orthodox Christians who use the "Old" (Julian) calendar as their Church calendar, the date of this feast corresponds to December 4 in the secular calendar. According to Tradition, the Theotokos was taken – presented – by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served … [Read more...]

“A Personal Call to Holiness” — Christmas Lent Retreat This Saturday 9am-3pm

St. Peter's First Annual Christmas Lent Retreat Saturday, November 12, 9am-3pm From Fr. Hans: I encourage everyone to attend this retreat. It is structured not take your entire day, and I you will personally profit from it. I also believe it will strengthen our parish long term. It's a six hour commitment (9-3) but you will reap great benefits from it. All of us are called to a life of holiness through a life of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and manual labor. And, for all of us, monastic life remains for us the touchstone for what it means to live life in Christ. Asceticism and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 8, 2016 — St. John Chrysostom, A Personal Call to Holiness, Helping NAMI

Eighth Sunday of Luke SundaySt. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople He was born in Antioch of noble parents: his father was a high-ranking military officer. His father died soon after his birth and so he was brought up by his mother Anthusa. He was baptized in 370 and tonsured a reader (one of the minor orders of the Church). He began his education under a pagan teacher named Libanius, but went on to study theology under Diodore of Tarsus (one of the leaders of the later Antiochian School) while practising extreme asceticism. He was not satisfied, however, and became a hermit … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter November 1, 2016 — St. Paul the Confessor, Interfaith Charities Needs Food, A Personal Call to Holiness

Twentieth Sunday after PentecostSeventh Sunday of Luke SundayPaul the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople Saint Paul was from Thessalonica. He became the secretary of Alexander, Patriarch of Constantinople (see Aug. 30), a deacon, and then the successor of Saint Alexander in about 337. Because of his virtue, his eloquence in teaching, and his zeal for Orthodoxy, the Arians hated and feared him. When the Arian Emperor Constantius, who was in Antioch, learned of Paul's election, he exiled Paul and proclaimed the Arian Eusebius Patriarch. Saint Paul went to Rome, where he found Saint … [Read more...]