Why Does St. Peter’s Parish Exist?

The reason why St. Peter's exists is so that those who attend can find Christ. Our vision when it started and that guides it today is: St. Peter's is here for those who wants to find Christ as He is understood and served in our Orthodox Christian faith. It is open to everyone – even those who are looking for Him but don't know where to find Him yet. This means then that we must always be open to our neighbor, to love our neighbor in the same way that God loves us. When we love our neighbor we love God. When we love God we love our neighbor. If God or neighbor is missing from the equation that we are not really serving God. It also means that each one of us must define what our vocation and ministry is. Vocation and ministry … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Icons are not optional devotional extras, but an integral part of Orthodox faith and devotion. They are held to be a necessary consequence of Christian faith in the incarnation of the Word of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, in Jesus Christ. You won't find a more concise and helpful explanation of why Orthodox Christians keep and venerate icons. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt009sunoforth_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Bp. Timothy Ware on the Prodigal Son and Repentance

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. From the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary and teacher of seminarians and priests for decades passed away in 2015. Fr. Tom was first a pastor, a man with a generous heart and burning love for Christ who directed many towards our Lord. Below are 55 maxims that Fr. Tom says are necessary for a sound Christian life. Memory eternal to Fr. Thomas Hopko. Click the print icon below to print and save. Be always with Christ. Pray as you can, not as you want. Have a keepable rule of prayer that you do by discipline. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day. Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things. Make some prostrations when … [Read more...]

Met. Joseph Urges Orthodox to March for Marriage

The letter below was received from Met. Joseph urging Orthodox Christians to join the March for Marriage in Washington DC on April 25, 2015. From the letter: We are clearly on the cusp of a historic Supreme Court decision that could mark a powerful affirmation of marriage between one man and one woman, upon which all major civilizations have flourished – or, it can initiate a direction which the Holy Orthodox Church can never embrace. Throughout the history of our faith our Holy Fathers have led the Orthodox laity to gather in unison to preserve the faith against heresy from within, and against major threats upon societies from without. We are in a unique position as Orthodox Christians in a nation governed as a democratic … [Read more...]