Lazarus Saturday Invitation to Parents

April 4, 2016 Dear Friends of St. Peter, I want to invite you and your children to a special day in our Church on Saturday, April 23rd as we celebrate Lazarus Saturday. Lazarus was a man and good friend of Jesus who died, but whom Jesus brought back to life. This miracle happened just one week before Jesus himself was crucified on the cross and raised from the dead three days later. On that day, Lazarus Saturday, we will have a Liturgy at 9:30 AM. After Liturgy is over, we will have a pancake breakfast for all of the children and the families who attend Liturgy that morning. After Liturgy and breakfast we will make palm crosses for Palm Sunday (the next Sunday). After the pancake breakfast I will hear confessions for … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — Second Sunday of Lent / St. Gregory Palamas (and a whole lot more)

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 life that all of us who are sons and daughters of Adam share. At that time, there was a certain heretic named Barlaam, who was from the southern part of Italy, which was Greek-speaking at the … [Read more...]

Saturday of the Souls Liturgy Added for March 19, 2016

We are adding a second Saturday of the Souls Liturgy this Saturday, March 19, 2016 starting at 9:30 for those who could not make it last Saturday. Of course if you would like to come please do even if you came last week. Many people attend all of them. Bring the names of your loved ones even if you do not have any kolyva (boiled wheat). … [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...]

St. Peter Newsletter: The First Sunday of Lent — The Triumph of Orthodoxy

First Sunday of LentThe Sunday of Orthodoxy On the first Sunday in Lent, we commemorate the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 A.D. upholding the use of holy icons in Orthodox worship. We also commemorate today the unity of Orthodox belief and the oneness of our Faith throughout our various jurisdictions, nations and languages and across the continents and the centuries. Read more about the theology of icons. Read more about the Sunday of Orthodoxy. 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 … [Read more...]