St. Peter Newsletter – June 9, 2015 – Second Sunday of Matthew, Prophet Elisha

Second Sunday after Pentecost

The Prophet Elisha (Elisseus)

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The Prophet Elisseus, the son of Saphat, was from the town of Abel-me-oul and had been a husbandman. In the year 908 B.C., at God’s command, the Prophet Elias anointed him to be Prophet in his stead.

Bidding farewell to his parents, he followed Elias and served him until the latter was taken up as it were into Heaven (see July 20).

When Elisseus received his teacher’s mantle and the grace of his prophetic spirit twofold, he demonstrated whose disciple he was through the miracles he wrought and through all that is related of him in the Fourth Book of Kings.

Read more on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website.

Fr. Hans in Nashvile, TN until Saturday.

Fr. Hans will be in Nashville from Wednesday, June 10 until Saturday, June 12 attending the Miami and Southeast Parish Life Conference. He can be reached on his cell phone.

Choir Practice Continues on Tuesday at 6pm

Please consider joining the choir. “He who sings prays twice.”

Bible Study Continues on Tuesday at 7pm

Turn out has been good, even in summer! Come and bring a friend.

Konnie Yankopolus Continues His Cross Country Trek

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Konnie is biking from San Francisco to Boston to raise $200,000 for stem cell research.

You can learn more and keep up with him on his road trip at his website Cycle for Stem Cells

Remember in Your Prayers

Aristides Poulos (Pauline Poulos’ father) who broke his leg.

Pat and Milan Evanoff. Milan is home from rehab and doing well.

John, the brother of Pauline Poulos who is suffering from cancer.

Tom and Jean, parents of Patty and Jerry.

John Kontinos of Fort Myers who is nearing the end of his life. Some in our parish know him.

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

St. Peter’s Receiving New Antimension

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An antimension is the cloth the priests unfolds on the altar before the Great Entrance (when we process in the Church with the Chalice and Paten). The Metropolitan signs the antimension which shows that the parish is a canonical parish under a canonical Bishop. In a manner of speaking it is the authorizing document, the means by which a parish is affirmed as authentically Orthodox.

Since we have a new Metropolitan overseeing the Church, new antimensia are being issues to all the parishes. St. Peter’s will receive theirs soon. When it comes Fr. Hans will show it to the parishioners before we use it.

You can learn more by reading the letter issued by the Archdiocese on our website.

Sunday Readings

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Epistle

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (2:10-16)

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law. For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified.

When Gentiles who have not the Law do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law. They show that what the Law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Gospel

For Second Sunday of Matthew

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:18-23)

At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.