Summer Message From Father Peter

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Glory To Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever!

Each year, I look forward to summer. I enjoy spending time with my family on vacation, and taking in the beauty of God’s creation, which is so abundant during this season.

It is very important for our physical, emotional and spiritual well being that we take time away from our hectic daily work and school schedules and rest.  Summer is the perfect time for this!

Unfortunately, for many, this taking a break from the normal daily routine involves taking a break from the spiritual life:  i.e. attending Church less frequently and reducing or eliminating entirely one’s daily rule of prayer and spiritual disciplines.

It is precisely during this time of rest from the stresses of daily life that we have a golden opportunity to grow closer to our Lord, and to pray more fervently.  We also have more time  to read  the Bible  and other books of a spiritual nature. I highly recommend reading in addition to the daily scripture readings  about the lives of the saints.  If you have not already read the Book Everyday Saints please get a copy, it is excellent!.

In the Summer edition of The Prophet, you will find  several articles of a very practical nature such as dealing with  job stress, and  creative ways  of  strengthening our relationship with God and building up our spiritual lives during the summer months.

I look forward to praying with you at  the Sunday Divine Liturgies and Summer Feast Days.  I encourage you  during the Season of the Dormition Fast to pray the Moleben to The Mother of God with me every Wednesday and Friday evening . Afterwards  we will gather in an informal setting to learn more about the faith.

I wish you all a most enjoyable, restful and spiritually profitable Summer.

Fr. Peter