St. Peter Newsletter February 12, 2019

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican The Holy Great-Martyr Theodore the Soldier (‘Tyro’); Emperor Marcian & Empress Pulcheria of Constantinople   What is a Publican and a Pharisee? A Pharisee was an externally decent and righteous man of religion. The Publican was a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people. Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before God and was condemned. The Publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God. The focus this Sunday is on the Gospel of Luke 18:10-14, in which two men went to the Temple to pray. On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, we are to see that we have not the religious piety … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter February 5, 2019

Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew Hieromartyr Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia The companions of Haralambos; Venerable Zenon the ascetic of Antioch   Who was St. Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia? The holy, glorious, right-victorious martyr Haralambos (or Charalampus) was a priest (Greek tradition) or bishop (Russian tradition) in the city of Magnesia in Thessaly during the late second and early third century. He was martyred, having openly preached the Gospel during persecutions during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. His feast is commemorated on February 10. Haralambos is a most wonderful saint who lived to a very old age. He was 113 when he was tortured and later martyred. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – January 29, 2019

Sixteenth Sunday of Matthew Synaxis of Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver & Anna the Prophetess   Who was Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver? Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver was, according to the testimony of the holy Evangelist Luke, a just and devout man waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him (Luke 2:25). God promised him that he would not die until the promised Messiah, Christ the Lord, came into the world. [...] When Saint Simeon beheld their arrival, the Holy Spirit revealed to him that the divine Child held by the All-Pure Virgin Mary was the Promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. The Elder took the Child in his arms and said, “Lord, now lettest Thou … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 22, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday of Luke Recovery of the Relics of John Chrysostom Marciana the Empress; New-Martyr Demetrios of Constantinople; Venerable Peter of Egypt   Who was The Venerable Peter of Egypt? Abba (the Venerable) Peter was the disciple of Abba Lot (Oct. 22), and lived for many years in the desert of the Cells. He reposed in peace in deep old age. Below are some of the recorded Sayings of Abba Peter: Abba Peter and Abba Epimachus were said to have been companions at Rhaithou. While they were eating with the community, they were asked to go to the table of the senior brethren. Only Abba Peter would go and that not without difficulty. When they left, Abba Epimachus said to him, "How did you dare to go to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter January 15, 2019

The Twelfth Sunday of Luke Venerable Euthymios the Great New-martyr Zachariah of Morea   Who was Venerable Euthymios the Great? Euthymius was born during the reign of king Gratian in 377 A.D. He came from Melitine in Armenia (now Makatya, Turkey), and was the son of pious and faithful parents called Paul and Dionysia. Though Euthymius' mother was barren, his parents prayed fervently to God to grant them a child. Then they had a vision: they heard the voice of an angel who told them to be cheerful because with the child's birth every heresy was going to be abolished and universal peace was going to be granted to the Church of God. For this reason this saint was called Euthymius (meaning good cheer). When the … [Read more...]