Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Sunday of the Forefathers

The Sunday that falls between December 11-17 is known as the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers. These are the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, here for more.


Bishop Daniel, Rector

Father David Balmer, Attached, Retired

Deacon John Weiss

Stephanie A. Homyak, Church School Director & Newsletter Editor

Heather Pheiffer, Myrrh Bearers

Andrew Evans, Council President 

Barbara Harp, Choir Director 

Mike Wagner 


with His Grace Bishop Daniel

Oct. 26th - Nov. 3rd, 2020

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Pilgrimage to Alaska 2020

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Orthodox Church in America


On Sunday, August 4, 2019, His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa presided at the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in Moscow... Click here to view

Parish News

December Newsletter


Thu, Dec 12th:  St Herman,

Vespers, 6:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec 13th:  St Herman,

Divine Liturgy, 9:00 a.m.



Sat, Dec 21st:  Church decorating, 10:00 a.m.  Vespers, 5:00 p.m.

Sun, Dec 22nd:  Divine Liturgy, 9:00 a.m.

Tue, Dec 24th:  Great Compline, 5:30 p.m.

Holy Supper following Compline

Wed, Dec 25th:  Divine Liturgy of the Nativity of Christ, 9:00 a.m.



HOLY SUPPER: Again this year we look forward to celebrating the Christmas Eve Holy Supper with our parish family.  We come together as a family of faith to remember and to celebrate the mysteries surrounding the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the City of David.  This simple and beautiful celebration also gives us the opportunity to invite our non-Orthodox family and friends to witness the love we share with one another as we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity.  The Holy Supper takes place following the evening Compline service (5:30 p.m.)  Those who are able are asked to contribute in some way to the festivities, especially by providing a (fasting) dish to share with others.  For more information about how you can participate, please see Marty Gala.

CONFESSIONS: Everyone seems to be busy at this time of the year: busy traveling, busy working, busy getting ready for Christmas, busy making or purchasing gifts.  As the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity draws near, do not forget to also prepare yourself spiritually before receiving the Holy Gifts on Christmas morning.  An essential part of our spiritual preparation is the confession of our sins and receiving the Lord’s forgiveness.  Confessions are heard before the Divine Services or by arrangements with Bishop DANIEL, Father David or Father Thomas.

CHURCH DECORATING: Please mark your calendars and plan on joining in decorating our church on Saturday, December 21, at 10:00 a.m.  Plan on being a part of the joy as we come together to adorn the church for our celebration of the Lord’s Birth.  The more, the merrier!

NEW YEAR’S DAY:  We begin the New Year by invoking God’s blessing upon our families, our parish, the Church, and the world.  Divine Liturgy (Feast of the Circumcision of Christ and Commemoration of Saint Basil the Great), 9:00 a.m.

TIME FOR THANKS:  As we enter the season of the Lord’s Nativity, we pause and give thanks for the many blessings we have received throughout the year, especially the blessings received because of the generosity in time, talents, and treasures of our parish community.  There are too many people to name individually.  The Lord knows you all…  But please be assured of the gratitude of Archbishop BENJAMIN, Bishop DANIEL, Father David, Father Thomas, Father Mihai, Father Nicholas, Deacon John, all the clergy and faithful of our parish community.  May the Lord Himself, He Who is “God with Us,” be your reward!

Food Pantry Collections: 

We glorify Christ when we assist those who are less fortunate. In order to glorify Christ the church community is collecting boxes and canned food for the less fortunate, especially at this time of the year. Please feel free to speak with Bishop Daniel about contributing non-perishables items.  Please bring your donations and place them in the boxes which are available in the church hall.  Collected food items will be shared with Saint Mary’s Food Bank, Phoenix.


What shall we offer Thee, O Christ,
Who for our sakes hast appeared on the earth as a man?
Every creature which Thou hast made offers Thee thanks.
The angels offer Thee a song;
The heavens, their star;
The wise men, their gifts;
The shepherds, their wonder;
The earth, its cave;
The wilderness; the manger;
And we offer Thee a virgin mother.
O Pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!

The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
1614 E Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85006