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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

1614 E Monte Vista Road

Phoenix, Arizona 85006


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Today your flock celebrates the enshrinement of your precious sash, and it earnestly cries out to you: “Rejoice, O Virgin, boast of all Christians!”


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There’s more to Kodiak Island than its famous bears, fishing fleet, and our nation’s largest Coast Guard Station…   Each year in the first week of August, hundreds of pilgrims from throughout Alaska, the United States and Canada, and even from abroad, gather on Kodiak Island, Alaska, to honor the simple lay monk who was the first saint glorified by the Orthodox Church in America, our Father Among the Saints, Herman, the Wonderworker of Alaska and All America (+1856).  

This solemn yet simple annual pilgrimage, held every year August 7-10 (August 9 commemorates his canonization in 1977), is the source of many blessings for all who participate.  Most of the Divine Services and other services of prayer during the pilgrimage are celebrated in Holy Resurrection Cathedral in the City of Kodiak, in the presence of Saint Herman’s relics.  

These services are definitely beautiful and inspiring.  But for most, the highlight of the pilgrimage is the day on which the pilgrims climb aboard fishing boats provided by local fishermen and make the nine-mile journey across the open sea to Spruce Island to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.  It was to Spruce Island that Saint Herman made his way late in life in order to find the silence and solitude that his monastic heart so desired.  But even there he did not forget his duty to his neighbor, as he assisted the native Alaskans on Spruce Island in many ways.  He showed special care, concern, and love for the orphan children.  To them, he was their beloved “Apa,” or “grandfather,” and he ministered to them with the same zeal, dedication, and love that had first moved him to accept the obedience of being among the first group of Orthodox missionaries who traveled to “Russian Alaska” to preach the Gospel to the native peoples in 1794.

While most of us are unable to participate in this annual pilgrimage, we are nonetheless able to travel in spirit to Kodiak and Spruce Island—for no distance separates us from Saint Herman for, like all the saints in heaven, he is present with us and for us; and he intercedes with special love for all of us, Orthodox Christians, his North American “orphans.” It is also wonderful to note, however, that Saint Herman is venerated not only in North America, but throughout the world.  He is not just “our American saint,” but a saint of and for the entire Orthodox Church.  I recall visiting an orphanage in Chernivtsi Oblast in Western Ukraine.  The orphanage, lovingly run by a small community of nuns, has a beautiful chapel where the children participate in the regular cycle of the Divine Services (it was particularly touching to hear them sing).  And there, on the chapel ceiling, as though looking over and blessing and protecting the children, was a beautifully-painted icon of our own Saint Herman of Alaska.  Yes, this was a beautiful reminder of home, but it was also a reminder of the universality and unity of the Church.

This year, as hundreds of pilgrims make their way to Alaska to honor Saint Herman’s memory, to venerate his relics, and to pray in those places that he lived and ministered and worked out his salvation, we also ask his prayers and intercession for our parish community in Phoenix as well as for all of our loved ones, near and far.  May our venerable and God-bearing Father Herman of Alaska continue to intercede for the Church in North America and for all those throughout the world who are inspired by his life and seek his prayerful help and intercession.

With love in the Lord,

Father Daniel


O Holy Father and Patron of the Church in America: Be a physician to the weak in faith; be a support to the fallen; be a defender to the defenseless; be a bulwark of strength to the weary in spirit; be a guide to the travelers by sea, by land and by air; be our heavenly intercessor.

O Blessed Father Herman of Alaska, together with all the Saints and the Heavenly Hosts, pray to God that on each of us He will bestow wisdom for our mind, strength for our will, light for our spirit, enabling us to attain to the true peace of life which is from God alone. We praise with joyous and grateful hearts, the Life-Creating Trinity: Father Almighty, Only-Begotten Son, Comforter, Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 Father Daniel’s Message for August

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The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos in a church of Constantinople’s Chalcoprateia district took place during the reign of the emperor Theodosius the Younger. Before this the holy relic, entrusted to the Apostle Thomas by the Mother of God Herself, was kept by pious Christians at Jerusalem after Her Dormition. During the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise (886-911), his wife Zoe was afllicted with an unclean spirit, and he prayed that God would heal her.

The empress had a vision that she would be healed of her infirmity if the Belt of the Mother of God were placed upon her. The emperor then asked the Patriarch to open the coffer. The Patriarch removed the seal and opened the coffer in which the relic was kept, and the Belt of the Mother of God appeared completely whole and undamaged by time. The Patriarch placed the Belt on the sick empress, and immediately she was freed from her infirmity. They sang hymns of thanksgiving to the Most Holy Theotokos, then they placed the venerable Belt back into the coffer and resealed it.

In commemoration of the miraculous occurrence and the twofold Placing of the venerable Belt, the Feast of the Placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos was established. Parts of the holy Belt are in the Vatopedi monastery on Mt. Athos, in Trier monastery, and in Georgia.

August Announcements


As has already been noted on several occasions, we recently needed to replace one of the two church air conditioning/heating units- the one on the east side of the church.  This unit was approximately fifteen years old and was barely functioning.  The other unit was also recently evaluated and it can be expected that it will also need to be replaced in the near future. The benefit to replacing these units is that new units will be much more efficient and, it is hoped, will significantly reduce our monthly utility bill, particularly in the summer months.

The cost of the unit which was already replaced is $10,876.00.  We can anticipate the same cost for the unit that will most likely need replacement in the near future. Thus, we need to raise approximately $22,000.00 to assure that our church is efficiently and effectively air conditioned in the summer months and heated in the cooler months of winter.  Please note that this expense is not reflected in our annual budget.

Everyone in our parish community is asked to make a responsible decision concerning what can be contributed to this endeavor.  Pledge forms are available in the entrance to the church.  Please complete them and return them soon to Father Daniel or David Homyak, Church Treasurer.  Don’t let the fact that we have two air conditioners now running and that the church is relatively comfortable during the services fool you!  We still need to pay for that comfort.  Your commitment to our parish family is deeply appreciated.  Thank you.


October 7-9 and the 2014 Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of the West will soon be here.   An initial meeting of the planning committee took place on July 17th.  Your fellow parishioners will soon reach out to you to ask you to assist with various aspects of planning this special event. The NEXT MEETING  of the Assembly Planning team will take place on Wednesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m.   

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY DIVINE LITURGY - Mark your calendars now! Metropolitan TIKHON and Archbishop BENJAMIN will preside at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Thursday, October 9, at 8:00 a.m.  October 9th is the day on which the Orthodox Church commemorates the Glorification of Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow.  It is also Metropolitan Tikhon’s nameday.  Mark your calendars now and plan on attending.  This is an historic event for our community—plan on taking a few hours off of work or away from school in order to participate in this special moment.  You’ll be glad you made the effort to participate in this memorable event.


You are always encouraged to bring guests to our services, whether Orthodox, Christians of the various denominations, non-Christians, as well as those who hold no particular belief.  Indeed, bringing guests, especially those who are not part of any other Christian community, is a part of our ongoing outreach and evangelization.   However, it is also encouraged to prepare them for their visit by letting them know what to expect.  You can help them feel comfortable by explaining to them the Orthodox practice concerning the reception of Holy Communion.  It’s very simple:  The reception of Holy Communion is reserved to those who are baptized and chrismated members of the Orthodox Church who have prepared themselves by fasting, prayer, participation in the divine services, and a timely Confession.

SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE – A representative of Saint Katherine College, Encinitas, CA, will join us for Liturgy on Sunday, August 10, and will make a short presentation during coffee hour.  Saint Katherine College is the only Orthodox institution of higher education west of the Mississippi.  Fliers providing information about the academic programs offered at SKC are available in the vestibule.