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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

1614 E Monte Vista Road

Phoenix, Arizona 85006


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The Right Reverend DANIEL, Bishop of Santa Rosa, Rector

Priest David Balmer, Attached, Retired


Alexis Washington


As brother and sister united in godliness together you struggled in contest, Zenobius and Zenobia. You received incorruptible crowns and unending glory and shine forth with the grace of healing upon those in the world.

Let us honor with inspired hymns the two martyrs for truth: the preachers of true devotion, Zenobius and Zenobia; as brother and sister they lived and suffered together and through martyrdom received their incorruptible crowns.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing this as we mourn the passing, just yesterday, of our beloved Protodeacon Alexis Washington.  In these days of loss and sadness for our parish, we plan and prepare for the funeral services in which we will gather in prayer and, “with psalms, hymns, and inspired songs” (Ephesians 5:19) will entrust him to the mercy of God in hope of the Resurrection.  The funeral services for which we now prepare, so beautiful in their prayers and hymns, will certainly provide comfort as we pray not only for Protodeacon Alexis as he enters into eternal life, but also as we pray “for the weeping and the grieving who are looking for the consolation of Christ,”  i.e. as we pray for our very selves.  The Church’s prayer for those who have fallen asleep also thoughtfully instructs us in the meaning of Christian life and death and inspires within us the hope of the resurrection which awaits us all.

A brief “In Memoriam” has already been posted on the oca.org website as well as on our own parish website.  The brief lines of that very brief memorial provide only a faint outline of his life and do not begin to explain or define who he was as a son to his beloved mother, a dedicated and esteemed deacon, a faithful and enthusiastic member of Christ’s Holy Orthodox Church, a devoted friend, and a brother in Christ.  Indeed, over the past few weeks as he has peacefully and gracefully carried the cross of his illness and as he prepared himself for the Kingdom, and even over these past twenty-fours hours since his repose, I have heard many inspiring accounts of how he touched the lives of so many of the members of our parish family—and that he did so in many different ways and on so many different levels.  Indeed, I can say that as a result of these personal “sharings” and through my own reflection, I have gratefully come to understand so much more fully the impact he has had on the life of this community which we are blessed to call our spiritual family.

As I have heard and reflected upon these many stories, I have become ever more grateful for the ten-plus years of diaconal service which Father Alexis gave to our community (and the total of eighteen years of diaconal service to the Church).  Also, another important reality has been brought home to me in a powerful and meaningful way: our life together as a Christian community is a true blessing for each of us, both as individuals and all of us together as a community.  Our lives are intertwined and we love and support one another in many- mostly imperceptible- ways.  

I have also observed, firsthand, that, as Father Alexis touched our lives, so his life was touched by each one of you.  In our brief conversations over these past few weeks, with his eyes already set on the Kingdom, he often mentioned he knew of your prayers and of the support you were giving him, even though you were not able to see him and speak with him personally.  He also spoke of his longstanding love for our parish and his gratitude for having been a part of our lives.

From a merely human standpoint we are, of course, very sad and we grieve this loss.  But from the vantage point of faith, we understand that our dear Protodeacon Alexis has “fought the good fight and finished the race;” he has “kept the faith.” Therefore, a “crown of righteousness” is laid up for him (2 Timothy 4:7-8).  For his life, for his faith, and that he shared  both with us, we shall be grateful until that day when we are re-united with him and with all our dear ones who have gone before us—and join them all in celebrating the eternal Pascha in the Kingdom of Heaven.  

May the newly-departed Protodeacon Alexis, our dear friend and brother, be granted rest with the Saints.  May his memory be eternal!

With love in the Lord,

+Bishop Daniel

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We will be going to Mexico with a large pan-orthodox group from the valley, about 35+. I am not sure exactly how many spots Saints Peter and Paul will get, but I'm hoping 7 to 10.

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Hieromartyr Zenobius of Aegae in Cilicia

The Hieromartyr Zenobius, Bishop of Aegea, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr’s death in the year 285 in Cilicia. From childhood they were raised in the holy Christian Faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed away their inherited wealth giving it to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life the Lord rewarded Zenobius with the gift of healing various maladies. He was also chosen bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia.

As bishop, St Zenobius zealously spread the Christian Faith among the pagans. When the emperor Diocletian (284-305) began a persecution against Christians, Bishop Zenobius was the first one arrested and brought to trial to the governor Licius. “I shall only speak briefly with you,” said Licius to the saint, “for I propose to grant you life if you worship our gods, or death, if you do not.” The saint answered, “This present life without Christ is death. It is better that I prepare to endure the present torment for my Creator, and then with Him live eternally, than to renounce Him for the sake of the present life, and then be tormented eternally in Hades.”

By order of Licius, they nailed him to a cross and began the torture. The bishop’s sister, seeing him suffering, wanted to stop it. She bravely confessed her own faith in Christ before the governor, therefore, she also was tortured.

By the power of the Lord they remained alive after being placed on a red-hot iron bed, and then in a boiling kettle. The saints were then beheaded. The priest Hermogenes secretly buried the bodies of the martyrs in a single grave.

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Apostle Tertius of the Seventy

St Tertius was the second bishop (after St Sosipater) in Iconium, where he converted many pagans to Christ, and ended his life as a martyr. The Apostle Paul mentions him in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 16:22).

Apostle Mark of the Seventy

Saint Mark, also called John, (Acts 12:12), was a nephew of St Barnabas, and was Bishop of Apollonia (Col. 4:10). It was in the house of his mother Maria that the persecuted disciples found shelter after the Ascension of the Lord.

Apostle Justus of the Seventy

St Justus, called Barsaba, a son of St Joseph the Betrothed, was chosen with Matthias to replace Judas. He was a bishop and died a martyr’s death at Eleutheropolis.

In Memoriam: Protodeacon Alexis Washington

October 3, 2016


Protodeacon Alexis Washington, who was attached to Saints Peter and Paul Church here, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, October 2, 2016 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born in Chicago, IL on July 25, 1948, he completed the Orthodox Church in America’s Late Vocation Program in 1997, after which he was ordained to the diaconate on January 31, 1998 by His Grace, Bishop [later Archbishop] Job at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL.  He was elevated to the dignity of Protodeacon by the Holy Synod of Bishops in 2004.  He faithfully served the cathedral community until December 2005, when he was attached to Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Visitation will begin at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 1614 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7.  The Funeral service will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, October 8, the Divine Liturgy and Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  A luncheon will be served at the parish hall after the interment.

Additional information will be posted as received.

May Protodeacon Alexis’ memory be eternal!

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