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...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 24, 2017 – Sunday of the 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension The Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council dquo;I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). Although the Church of Christ on earth will pass through difficult struggles with the Enemy of salvation, it will emerge victorious. Persecution of Christians ceased during the fourth century, but heresies arose within the Church itself. One of the most pernicious of these heresies was Arianism. Arius, a priest of Alexandria, was a man of immense pride and ambition. In denying the divine nature … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 16, 2017 — Sunday of the Blind Man, Sts. Constantine and Helen, Abbreviated Coffee Hour…more

Christ is Risen! The Sixth Sunday after Pascha Sunday of the Blind ManSts. Constantine and Helen O Bestower of light, Who art Light coming forth from Light, Thou dost give eyes to the man who was blind from his birth, O Word. The Savior met this man, born blind and incurable after every human effort, while leaving the Temple on the Sabbath. Jesus spat into the dirt, made clay, rubbed it in his eyes and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam, a famous water spring in Jerusalem. The Savior did not send him there because his eyes were covered in clay, nor did the pool have healing … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 9, 2017 — The Samaritan Woman, Mother’s Day, Christ Pantocrator Icon and more.

Christ is Risen! The Fifth Sunday after Pascha Sunday of the Samaritan Woman The Samaritan Woman Tne of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob's Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter May 02, 2017 — Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen! The Fourth Sunday after Pascha Sunday of the Paralytic Jesus Heals the Paralytic Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies awaiting the moving of the water. The first person to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had. It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel was lying, tormented by his infirmity of … [Read more...]