St. Peter Newsletter — February 2, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday of Matthew Lent is approaching and the time to start preparing is now. Lent takes effort, and the beginning of all effort is mental preparation, to become aware that a season is approaching the will call more from us. There is no progress without effort. To win a race we have to train. Lent is a training period, a period of learning self-discipline that enables us to orient ourselves more toward God and move closer to Him. Inward orientation and purification is critical for the Christian. He more he draws closer to God, the more God draws closer to him, and he then begins to live the life that God created him to live. There are two great commandments: 1) Love God with all you heart, soul, body, mind, and … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — January 26, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday of Luke - The Sunday of ZacchaeusThe Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John The Apostle Zacchaeus was a rich publican at Jericho. Since he was short of stature, he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see the Savior passing by. After the Ascension of the Lord, St. Zacchaeus accompanied St. Peter on his travels. Tradition says he followed St. Peter to Caesarea, where Peter appointed him the Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine. He died in peace. The Sunday of Zacchaeus is also the first warning that Lent is around the corner. It is time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Lent. Start thinking about it now. Read the complete story on the Orthodoxwiki website. Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – January 20, 2016

Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ Little is known of her early life. Neither the dates of her birth nor of her death are known. Her birth is believed to have been about 1731 and her death about 1803. The wife of Colonel Andrei Feodorovich Petrov, who served as a court chorister, Xenia fell into great grief upon the death of her husband when she was 26 years old. Appearing to have lost her mind from her grief, Xenia distributed her possessions to the poor, and keeping and dressing only in the clothes of her husband she wandered the streets of St Petersburg among the paupers. She called herself by her husband’s name: Andrei Feodorovich. Her life was centered on God, seeking … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — January 13, 2016

The Twelfth Sunday of LukeSt. Anthony the Great Saint Anthony the Great is known as the Father of monasticism, and the long ascetical sermon in The Life of St Anthony by St Athanasius (Sections 16-34), could be called the first monastic Rule. He was born in Egypt in the village of Coma, near the desert of the Thebaid, in the year 251. When St Anthony was about twenty years old, he lost his parents, but he was responsible for the care of his younger sister. Going to church about six months later, the youth reflected on how the faithful,in the Acts of the Apostles (4:35), sold their possessions and gave the proceeds to the Apostles for the needy. Then he entered the church and heard the Gospel passage where Christ speaks to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter – January 9, 2016

The Sunday After Theophany Pastoral Letter from Met. Joseph on Theophany Excerpt: In this feast we see the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, manifested to us in dramatic fashion. The voice of the Father expresses His pleasure with His Son, and the Holy Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove which is also significant because the dove is a symbol of peace. Our Lord reveals His true identity to us for the first time as He begins His earthly ministry, and immediately departs for a period of fasting into the wilderness where He utterly defeats the feeble efforts of Satan to tempt Him into sinfulness. Read the entire letter on the Antiochian Archdiocese website. House … [Read more...]