OCF to Present Interfaith Debate at University of Maryland

From the Antiochian Archdiocese website. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship of UMBC, in collaboration with the Secular Student Association of UMBC, is excited to present to the campus community and the general public a debate entitled, “The Source of Human Morality: Interfaith Debate.” How do we define morality? Do people need God to be moral? If not, where do our morals come from? Are good works behavioral, biological, or biblical? What does it mean to be human? The Secular Student Alliance at UMBC and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UMBC have come together to present a debate on the … [Read more...]

Patriarch Celebrates Historic Liturgy in Ancient Monastery

Orthodox Christians held the first Divine Liturgy in almost 90 years at an ancient monastery on the side of a Turkish mountain Sunday, after the government allowed worship there in a gesture toward religious minorities. At least 1,500 pilgrims, including from Greece and Russia, traveled to the Byzantine-era monastery of Sumela for the service led by Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. The Islamic-oriented government, which is aiming to expand freedoms as part of its bid to join the European Union, has said worship can take place at the … [Read more...]

Vesperal Liturgy at St. Paul’s on September 7 at 6:30pm

I apologize for this late notice but I was informed earlier today that a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at St. Paul Antiochian Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30pm (get map to St. Paul's). Some background (from: Orthodoxwiki): The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

Latest St. Peter Epistle

Make sure to check out the latest St. Peter Epistle. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — September 6, 2010

Liturgy tomorrow (Tuesday, September 7, 6:30pm) - Nativity of the Theotokos I apologize for this late notice but I was informed earlier today that a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at St. Paul Antiochian Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30pm (get map to St. Paul's). Some background (from: Orthodoxwiki): The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — August 3, 2010

Vesperal Liturgy for the Holy Transfiguration at St. Paul's Orthodox Church St. Paul's is serving a Vesperal-Liturgy for the feast of the Holy Transfiguration on Thursday, August 5 starting at 6:30pm (get directions). The Holy Transfiguration is recorded in Matthew 17 and tells of Christ showing forth his glory to the disciples, thereby revealing to them that he was indeed the Son of God. You can read more about the Transfiguration of Christ here. How should we prepare? A very light lunch with no food in the afternoon is appropriate would be minimal preparation. If you want to observe … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — February 17, 2010

Lenten Services As announced last Sunday, we will be following the Lenten liturgical schedule of our sister parish, St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. Basically this consists of Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 7:00pm, and Friday Salutations at 7:00pm. You can see the full schedule on the calendar at the St. Peter website. Sunday of Orthodoxy The Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service will be held at St. Paul's (map) this coming Sunday, February 21, 2010, starting at 5:00pm. On this day all the Orthodox worshipers from different Orthodox parish meet to celebrate this day. Fr. Hans will … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — January 28, 2010

Preparing for Lent We heard the second clang of the bell last Sunday when we learned about the Publican and Pharisee in our scripture reading. The bell is telling us to prepare for Lent, get ourselves ready for this time of fasting, repentance, and giving alms. It's hard to run a race without warming up first. Lent is the same way. We ready ourselves for Lent by gearing up for the demands it requires. "Demands" seems like a strong word, but you don't win a race unless you run it. Our life in Christ, says St. Paul, is like a race. It takes preparation and practice to reach the finish … [Read more...]

Bible Study starts this Tuesday

Bible Study Starts This Tuesday Our bible study begins this Tuesday evening at 7pm at the home of Jack and Angela Long. We will hold the study every other week. To get to the Longs: Take US 41-Tamiami Trail to Bonita Beach Road, go west to Vanderbilt Drive, go south for about 1 mile or so to the Audubon development on the right. Ask the guard for directions from there. You can also get a map. There has been a lot of interest and everyone is invited. You do not have to be a member of St. Peter Mission to attend. Bring your friends. Don't forget to bring your bible! One more reminder. … [Read more...]

CLARIFICATION: Theophany service begins at 7pm

CLARIFICATION: Theophany service begins at 7pm The Tuesday evening Epiphany Liturgy begins at 7pm. This is what I originally said but I also indicated that an Orthos would begin at 6pm. That was incorrect. Come at 7pm. Again, we will celebrate Epiphany with our sister parish, St. Paul Orthodox Church (get map) on Tuesday, January 5 at 7pm. The Appearances of the Virgin Mary in Egypt Yesterday after liturgy Connie Yanakopulos mentioned the appearances of the Virgin Mary over the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Egypt. You can find more information about that including a Youtube video at … [Read more...]