Dormition Fast Begins on August 1

The Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, was “blessed amongst women,” and she was chosen “to bear the Savior of our souls.” Orthodox Christians consider her to be the Queen of all the saints and angels. Knowing that she is eternally present at the throne of God interceding for mankind, we pray for her love, guidance, and protection. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period is climaxed on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos. More resources … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Smiles!

Anthea Tuefel, a parishioner of St. Peter's, loves children. She volunteers at the Children's Hospital in Fort Myers. When Anthea was passing out stuffed bears last week she heard, as she put it, "a little voice telling her bring some of the toys to church on Sunday to give to the kids." They sure liked them. Thank you Anthea! … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter July 27, 2012

When man forgets God, he will believe in anything If you are like me, it is hard to put the Colorado shootings out of mind. This act, while certainly the act of a very distressed and disturbed person, also touches on a deeper cultural sickness. Something is wrong but it is hard to put our finger on exactly what it is. There are a lot of ways to analyze this. One is that young men are not learning how to be adult men (true). Another is that Hollywood has too much violence in their movies (true). A third is that our culture is in moral decline (true). Another is that parents have given up the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — June 29, 2012

Feast Day of St. Peter and Paul Today is the Feast Day of St. Peter and Paul. St. Peter as we know was the first bishop of Antioch and then moved to Rome. St. Paul was the "apostle born out of due season" which means he was not an original disciple but was called to be an apostle after the resurrection of Christ. St. Peter was the brother of Andrew, also an apostle of Jesus. Peter stayed in Antioch for seven years where he helped establish the Church. The Christians fled to Antioch when they underwent persecution by the Jews in Jerusalem. It was in Antioch where the believers were first … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – June 22, 2012

We Do What We Can, But When We Do It for Each Other a Lot Gets Done The response to help Yianni and Lucia help pack up their restaurant was good. A lot got done Thursday and they are very appreciative for the help. Those who came could, and it helped lighten Yianni and Lucia's load. We do what we can, but when enough of us do it, tangible good is the result. Not everyone could help of course, and that is understandable. Work, family, and other obligations all keep us busy. But those of us who could help did help, and so the commandment of Christ was kept and the people who needed our help … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — Pentecost

Sunday of Pentecost This Sunday we celebrate the Pentecost -- the "50 Days" after the Resurrection of Christ. Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit first came down on the disciples and then on the people. It is the final step of Christ's salvation for us. To understand this we have to back into the scriptures a bit. It starts with Adam and Eve. Adam was created to know God, to live in Him, to experience His love, power, wisdom -- to have real communion with God. Then Adam sinned. But why did he sin? Well, if we remember the book of Genesis he sinned when the serpent (who represents the devil) … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — Ascension Liturgy at St. Paul’s, Wednesday Eve, May 23, 2012 at 6:30pm

Don't forget that on Wednesday evening, May 23, 2012 we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus starting at 6:30pm at St. Paul's (get map). This Liturgy official mark the end of the Paschal season (no more "Christos Anesti!" -- it sure went fast, didn't it?). Next stop is Pentecost where we await the descent of the Holy Spirit. A couple of points to remember. The Second Person of the Trinity -- the Son of God -- took on human nature at the Incarnation, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary. He was born (that is how we know Him as Jesus), … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – May 1, 2012

Christ is Risen! Here's how we frame the question, at least at first: How do I keep the special feeling I had during Holy Week and Pascha? Here's the question we really should ask: Is the sense I had of being closer to God just something I experience during Holy Week and Pascha? Here's the answer: No. The scriptures are very clear: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8). The reason we feel closer to God is because we are closer to God during Holy Week. All the preparation and special obligations that required us to put aside our normal routines … [Read more...]

Fr. Hans speaks about the “New Atheists” on ‘Ancient Faith Today’ [AUDIO]

The "New Atheists" -Fr. Hans is involved in a live, call-in program on Ancient Faith Radio that deals with contemporary issues. From the 'Ancient Faith Today' site: Ancient Faith Today is what Ancient Faith Radio and Orthodox Internet radio have been missing—a live inter-active conversation program. Now that void has been filled! Ancient Faith Today streams live, with call-ins from around the world, twice a month on Sunday nights at 5:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Central/8:00pm Eastern on Ancient Faith Radio Talk. View more information 'Ancient Faith Today' website including a schedule of upcoming … [Read more...]

Epiphany Liturgy on Jan 5 at 6pm at St. Paul’s

We will join with St. Paul's Orthodox Church (get map) on the Eve of Epiphany on January 5, 2012, for Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the waters. Liturgy begins at 6pm.We will also do the shorter blessing of the waters this Sunday following Divine Liturgy at our usual place of worship at the Holiday Inn (get map).Have a blessed and grace-filled New Year.Fr. Hans … [Read more...]