St. Peter Newsletter March 26, 2019

Third Sunday of Great Lent Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross Hypatios the Wonderworker, bishop of Gangra; Venerable Akakios the Confessor, Bishop of Melitene; and the Prophet Joel Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. This Sunday's theme is that in the cross of Christ crucified lies both "the power of God and the wisdom of God" for those being saved (1 Cor 1:24). On this Sunday in the middle of the Lenten season, the cross stands in the middle of the church, not merely to remind the faithful of Christ's redemption and for them to keep the goal of their Lenten efforts, but also as a reminder: "He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Mt 10:38). Historical … [Read more...]

Presentation of IOTA Conference at St. Peter’s

Orthodox Christian Laity will be offering a presentation on the recent conference held in Romania that was attended by Orthodox Christian scholars around the world. Professor Gayle Woloschak will be the speaker. The presentation will be held at St. Peter's on Friday, March 29, 2019. Salutations begins at 5:30 that evening followed by a light lenten supper. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 18, 2019

Second Sunday of Great Lent St. Gregory Palamas Venerable Zachariah the Recluse and Artemon, Bishop of Seleucia; New-Hieromartyr Parthenios, Patriarch of Constantinople From “A Man Fully Alive” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick. On the Second Sunday of Great Lent we celebrate St. Gregory Palamas, the archbishop of Thessalonica in Greece for a number of years in the 14th century, right around the same time that Geoffrey Chaucer was born, the man who wrote The Canterbury Tales. But before he became an archbishop, Gregory was a monk on the holy mountain of Athos. During his time there and also when he later became an archbishop, Gregory was involved in a controversy that cut straight to the heart of this longing for … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 12, 2019

First Sunday of Great Lent The Triumph of Orthodoxy Venerable Alexios the 'Man of God;' Patrick, bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland; Venerable Theosteriktos the Confessor of Pelecete Monastery; Venerable Makarios of Kalyazin The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter March 5, 2019

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the GardenSunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare) Martyr Kodratos of Corinth and his Five Companions; Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria; New-Martyr Michael of Thessalonica The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins that have deprived … [Read more...]