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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

1614 E Monte Vista Road

Phoenix, Arizona 85006


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Michael, commander of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you,

by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry out to you: “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”

The Right Reverend DANIEL, Bishop of Santa Rosa, Rector

Priest David Balmer, Attached, Retired


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, I recently participated in the 18th All-American Council (AAC) of the Orthodox Church in America, held in Atlanta, Georgia.  David Homyak also attended as our parish lay delegate to the AAC and to the diocesan assembly and as the delegate of our FOCA Chapter to the annual convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America which was convened at the same location in Atlanta prior to the convening of the AAC.  I’d like to share with you a few highlights of the six days I spent in Atlanta.

The first scheduled event for which I was present was the Saturday evening Vespers hosted by Metropolitan Alexios of the Greek Archdiocese at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  At the end of Vespers, beautifully sung by members of the FOCA and friends and family and served by clergy of the local Orthodox Clergy Council, His Eminence expressed his words of welcome and emphasized the ongoing need for all Orthodox Christians in America to join together in the common work of proclaiming the Gospel.  Vespers was followed by a reception held in the cathedral’s fellowship hall.

The entire episcopate of the OCA concelebrated the Divine Liturgy the following morning at which the delegates to the FOCA convention and hundreds of local faithful were also present.  That afternoon, the Holy Synod visited the Martin Luther King Center and toured the museum, laid a wreath at Dr. and Mrs. King’s grave, and visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was co-pastor, where he preached, and where his funeral took place.  We then traveled to Saint John the Wonderworker Church, Atlanta, and were given a presentation on the good work of “Loaves and Fishes,” a program sponsored by the parish which provides two meals a day to the homeless and also assists them in re-uniting them with their families and re-integrating into society.

On Sunday evening, the Holy Synod joined the delegates to the FOCA convention for a formal banquet.  It was announced at this banquet that Andrew Romanov, a member of our parish community, was among those selected to be a recipient of an FOCA scholarship—Congratulations, Andrew!  A special presentation was also made to His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, rector of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.  After several years of successful fundraising, the FOCA presented the seminary with a check in the amount of $300,000.00 to assist with providing housing for married seminarians.  In accepting this generous gift, His Eminence spoke movingly of the importance of supporting seminarians and their families as they prepare to serve the Church and thus participate in expanding the Church’s mission.

The annual diocesan assembly of the Diocese of the West was held on Monday morning.  Visit the diocesan website (dowoca.org) to read the minutes.  On Monday evening, after the Service of Prayer at the Opening of a Sacred Council, His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON offered his opening address, calling the clergy, monastics, and clergy of the OCA to greater dedication in the work of expanding the Church’s mission.

On Tuesday morning, the proposed Statute of the Orthodox Church in America was formally presented to the AAC for adoption.  After discussion from the floor, the new Statute was adopted with 97% of the assembled delegate voting in favor of the adoption. (http://oca.org/news/headline-news/aac-delegates-adopt-statute-revision-in-473-15-vote).

The AAC continued throughout the week with a resolution on financing the work of the Church on the national level passing with wide support (http://oca.org/news/headline-news/delegates-pass-finance-resolution-by-vote-of-451-14-17).  At the heart of the Council’s time together was the daily celebration of the Divine Liturgy, Vespers, and Akathists to the Sitka Icon of the Mother of God, Saint Anna, and All Saints of North America.  The Holy Synod, joined by His Beatitude ONUFRY, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, and other guest bishops, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy on Thursday morning.  That evening, Metropolitan ONUFRY addressed the formal closing banquet.  His address may be read here: http://oca.org/news/oca-news/aac-address-of-metropolitan-onufry-greetings-from-archbishop-leo.

Throughout the week, youth programs were held which enjoyed the participation of about 100 young people from throughout North America.  The bishops joined them for breakfast on Thursday morning and participated with them in an exercise aimed at getting to better know some of the saints of our Church.

I encourage you to visit the OCA website (www.oca.org) to read more about the work and activities of the AAC, to see photos, to listen to the sessions, and to view videos on what transpired throughout the week.  This wonderful, God-blessed gathering was an expression of the Church in its fullness as bishops, priests, deacons, monastics, and lay faithful gathered together to give thanks to God, to ask His blessing upon the work of our Church, and to discuss and decide how we, as the Orthodox Church in America, can best proclaim the Gospel in this land.

Again, please visit the OCA website to learn more about the work of the All-American Council.  It is a model of how we, here at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Phoenix, can also expand the mission—our mission—of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

With love in the Lord,

+Bishop Daniel

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Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae

The Miracle of the Holy Chief Commander Archangel Michael at Colossae. In Phrygia, not far from the city of Hieropolis, in a place called Cheretopos, there was a church named for the Archangel Michael, built over a miraculous spring.

This church was built by a certain inhabitant of the city of Laodicia in gratitude to God for healing his mute daughter. The holy Chief Commander Michael appeared to this man in a dream and revealed to him that his daughter would receive the gift of speech after drinking from the water of the spring. The girl actually did receive healing and began to speak. After this miracle, the father and his daughter and all their family were baptized. In fervent gratitude, the father built the church in honor of the holy Chief Commander Michael. Not only did Christians begin to come to the spring for healing, but also pagans. In so doing, many of the pagans turned from their idols and were converted to the faith in Christ.

At this church of the holy Chief Commander Michael, a certain pious man by the name of Archippus served for sixty years as church custodian. By his preaching and by the example of his saintly life he brought many pagans to faith in Christ. With the general malice of that time towards Christians, and especially against Archippus, the pagans thought to destroy the church in order to prevent people from coming to that holy place of healing, and at the same time kill Archippus.

Toward this end they made a confluence of the Lykokaperos and Kufos Rivers and directed its combined flow against the church. St Archippus prayed fervently to the Chief Commander Michael to ward off the danger. Through his prayer the Archangel Michael appeared at the temple, and with a blow of his staff, opened a wide fissure in a rock and commanded the rushing torrents of water to flow into it. The temple remained unharmed. Seeing such an awesome miracle, the pagans fled in terror. Archippus and the Christians gathered in church glorified God and gave thanks to the holy Archangel Michael for the help. The place where the rivers plunged into the fissure received the name “Chonae”, which means “plunging.”

The Chudov (“of the Miracle”) monastery in Moscow is named for this Feast.


Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year &
The Day of Prayer for the Creation
September 1, 2015


To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:

On September 1, 1989, the late Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I issued the first message from the Ecumenical Throne on the environment.  With his proclamation and the establishment of September 1, the first day of the Ecclesiastical New Year, as the Day of Prayer for the Creation, the Church again seeks to remind us, as Mary reminded Martha, of the one needful thing - life and unity with Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  In that statement Patriarch Demetrios I reminds us that the holy fathers of the Church teach that, "Man is the prince of creation, endowed with the privilege of freedom. Being partaker simultaneously of the material and the spiritual world, he was created in order to refer creation back to the Creator in order that the world may be saved from decay and death."

In St Ephrem the Syrian's work "Hymns on Paradise" we are given yet another guide to how we might come into that unity and life in Christ. St Ephrem tells us that God's two witnesses, or pointers, are, "Nature, through man's use of it, [and] Scripture, through his reading it."

As the summer draws to a close and children go back to, or away to school for the first time, and begin again a new academic year ecclesiastical year, let us, being reminded by the pointers to Christ as mentioned by St Ephrem, take a moment to turn to the one needful thing in praise, worship and thanksgiving for the creation and all the blessing bestowed upon us by our merciful Creator. 

It is my prayer that the parishes, Sunday Schools, Youth Groups and other organizations of the Orthodox Church in America will take up this time around September 1 to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Creation. Our Department of Christian Education has prepared an excellent Study and Activity Guide for young people titled,
"The Earth is the Lord's", which can be found at www.oca.org.

With my archpastoral blessings and love
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada