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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

1614 E Monte Vista Road

Phoenix, Arizona 85006


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 9:00 AM  Divine Liturgy

The Right Reverend DANIEL, Bishop of Santa Rosa, Rector

Priest David Balmer, Attached, Retired


Andrew Maxwell


You were a pillar of patient endurance, having imitated the forefathers, O Venerable One: Job in suffering, and Joseph in temptations. You lived like the Bodiless Ones while yet in the flesh, O Alypius, our Father. Beseech Christ God that our souls may be saved.

The Church glorifies and praises you today, Alypius, as a perfect example of virtue and the boast of ascetics. Through your prayers, grant remission of sins to all who venerate your life and your struggles.

Holy Pentecost 2017

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Among my childhood memories are those of visiting various local amusement parks, county fairs, and other public amusements such as water parks.  A highlight of most of those visits was the opportunity to slide down the large slides and water slides that are pretty standard in those venues.  I most especially remember the feelings of expectation and anticipation (and maybe a little fear of heights) that I had before actually sliding down these slides, either on a burlap sack or with streaming water all around.  Many of you will remember the same experience. I would climb the steps or ladder, sit down at the top of the slide, survey its height and length to gauge how far it was to the bottom, and then push (or be pushed- off), to careen the length of the slide and end up at the bottom, sometimes relieved but always happy and laughing.  To me, sitting at the top, waiting for the moment of push-off, was generally the most exciting part of the “ride.”  The sense of anticipation of what was to come was very real and a very integral part of the overall experience.  Maybe even the most fun.

I recall these memories again, at the beginning of the month of November.  The beginning of November is kind of like being at the top of a slide, waiting to push off.  As we enter November, we see before us the beginning of the Nativity Fast that spiritually prepares us and leads us into our celebration of the Nativity of Christ.  It also signals, in a more general sense, that the beginning of the holiday season is right ahead of us as we begin our preparations for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, for trips to visit friends or loved ones or preparing to welcome friends and loved ones into our homes.  The beginning of November also signals that it’s time to prepare to begin our preparations for the days and weeks that are right before us.  While some might dread the additional spiritual (and physical) demands and expectations placed upon us by the Nativity Fast and while some might shrink from the added work, additional activities, and greater stress (often self-imposed) of the holiday season, I find the prospect of it all to be, in itself, a great opportunity.  Maybe our early-November thoughts are already turning to shopping, decorations, festive meals and parties, and holiday travel. Yet right before we get into hectic plans and frenetic behavior and before we begin to be distracted by the additional stresses that might be a part of our lives at this time of the year, we are given the opportunity to place everything within its proper context, right now and in this moment.

Let’s enter into these days in a spirit of expectation and anticipation, surveying the days that lie before us.  But let’s enter these days with the proper spirit of expectation, not with dread or trepidation.  The Nativity Fast (which begins November 15, less than two weeks away!) gives us the opportunity to step back and prioritize how we will approach these days.  The Fast provides us with the welcome chance to prepare now so that we can enter fully into the joy of the holiday season that lies ahead of us when the holidays (holy days) finally arrive.  Like sitting at the top of a slide, surveying what lies before us, we se where we’re going and look forward to getting there. May the weeks and days ahead of us in the Nativity Fast provide us all with the opportunity to enter fully into the joy of the feast!

With love in the Lord,

+Bishop Daniel

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The Most Blessed TIKHON
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The Most Reverend BENJAMIN

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Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Venerable Alypius the Stylite of Adrianopolis

Commemorated on November 26

Saint Alypius the Stylite was born in the city of Adrianopolis in Paphlagonia. His mother, a Christian, was widowed early, and she sent her son to be educated by Bishop Theodore. She distributed her substance to the poor, then began to live an ascetic life near the church as a deaconess.

Saint Alypius, from his early years, wanted to devote his life to God and yearned for the solitary life, although Bishop Theodore would not give him permission to do so. Once, when Saint Alypius was accompanying his bishop to Constantinople, the holy Martyr Euphemia (September 16) appeared to him in a vision, summoning Saint Alypius to return to Adrianopolis and found a church in her name.

With contributions offered by believers in Adrianopolis, Saint Alypius did build a church in the name of the holy Martyr Euphemia, on the site of a dilapidated pagan temple infested by legions of devils. Beside the church, under the open sky, the saint erected a pillar over a pagan tomb. For fifty-three years Saint Alypius struggled upon the pillar, praying to God and teaching those who came to him.

The demons which infested the pagan cemetery fell upon the ascetic by night and pelted him with stones. Saint Alypius, wanted nothing to stand in the way of the attacks of the spirits of darkness, then even took down the boards that served him as a roof, protecting him from the rain and wind. In the face of the saint’s conquering steadfastness, the demons fled the place forever, which had been sanctified by his deed of voluntary martyrdom.

Fourteen years before his death, Saint Alypius was no longer able to stand. He was compelled to lie on his side because of the weakness of his legs, and endured grievous sufferings with humble gratitude. Around the saint’s pillar two monasteries sprang up: a men’s monastery on the one side, and a women’s monastery on the other. Saint Alypius introduced strict monastic rules for both monasteries and he directed both monasteries until his death. Saint Alypius reposed in the year 640, at age 118. The body of the venerable stylite was buried in the church he founded in honor of the holy Martyr Euphemia. The relics of the saint of God healed many of those who came in faith.

Dedication of the Church of the Greatmartyr George at Kiev

Commemorated on November 26

The Consecration of the Church of the Great Martyr George at Kiev: Beginning with the holy Prince Vladimir (July 15), it was the pious custom of Russian princes to build a church in honor of their patron saint. Thus, Saint Vladimir (in Baptism Basil) built at Kiev and Vyshgorod temples dedicated to Saint Basil the Great (January 1).

Prince Izyaslav I (1054-1068) (in Baptism Demetrius) built a church and monastery at Kiev in the name of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius (October 26). Prince Yaroslav the Wise (in Baptism George) started to build a church and men’s monastery in honor of his patron saint, the Holy Great Martyr George (April 23). He also built a church named for his wife’s patron saint, the Holy Great Martyr Irene (May 5). The temple in honor of the Great Martyr George was consecrated by Saint Hilarion, Metropolitan of Kiev (October 21), and a yearly commemoration was established in honor of this event.

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To the newly-departed Servants of God

+Peter Cunningham

+Carol Weiss

+Matushka Marie Kreta

+Joseph Delsante, Sr

May they be granted rest with the Saints in the Kingdom of Heaven!


Please remember that the Nativity Fast begins on Wednesday, November 15.    The Nativity Fast is one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. This is a joyous fast in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ. That is the reason it is less strict than other fasting periods. The fast is divided into two periods. The 1st period is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, fish, wine, and oil) is observed. There is dispensation given for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Similarly, fish, wine, and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays. The 2nd period is December 20th through 24th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, fish, wine, and oil) is observed in its fullness.


His Grace, Bishop DANIEL was recently appointed by Archbishop BENJAMIN as Chancellor of the Diocese of the West, in addition to his currents duties and responsibilities as Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church.  His Grace replaces Archpriest Ian MacKinnon who served as Diocesan Chancellor for many years and is well known to many parishioners for his involvement in the transition period prior to the appointment of Bishop Daniel (then Fr David) to our parish…


To Harold Homyak.  May the Lord grant him strength, health, blessings, and Many Years!


Our current parish Temple (the second at this location) was consecrated almost 50 years ago.  Saturday, Mary 12, 2018, will mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Service of Consecration that was presided by the Ever-memorable Archbishop John (Shahavskoy).  Initial discussions of how we will commemorate this significant date in the life of our parish have already begun.  It is anticipated that His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN will preside at the commemorative Liturgy on Sunday, May 13th.  Please step forward with any suggestions you might have regarding how to commemorate this event.