Please Remember in Your Prayers

Schema-Archimandrite Joachim; Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Lepa; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Deacon Michael Bishop; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Olga Chanat; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Matushka Marianne Lobalbo; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Maria and Alexander Lozada; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr Borodkin; Anthony and John Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Mat. Galina, Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Maksim Krayushkin; Valentina; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Marian, Irena and Isabella; Kateryna Koshlaba; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger.

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Bulletin

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 2

 

June 12/25, 2017

 

Venerable Onuphrius the Great (400); Venerable Peter of Mt. Athos (734); Transfer (1650) and second finding (1909) of the relics  of the Right-Believing Great Princess Anna of Kashin (1338); Venerable Onuphrius, Abbot of Malsk (Pskov) (1492); Venerable Bassian and Jonah, Monks, of Petroma (Solovki) (1561); Venerable  Onuphrius and  Auxentius, Monks of Vologda (1521); Venerable Stephen of Komel, Abbot of Ozersk Monastery, Vologda (1542); Venerable Paphnutius, Timothy, John, Andrew, Heraclemon and Theophilus, Hermits of Egypt (4th c.); Celebration in Vologda to the venerable Fathers of Vologda; Synaxis of the Novgorod Saints; Synaxis of the Saints of Belarus; Synaxis of Saints of Pskov; Synaxis of the Saints of  St. Petersburg.

 

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:      

Romans 5: 1-10   /  Matthew 6: 22-33

Galatians 5:22 – 6:2   /   Matthew 11: 27-30

Fr. John’s Sermons (Video): Click here  

 

 

 

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

Apostles’ Fast – No meat or dairy until July 12

Saturday, July 1st – 6:00 PM

Great Vespers in Church

* Order of Confession *

Sunday, July 2nd – 10:00 AM

Divine Liturgy in Church

 

 

Divine Services at Holy Trinity are now live-streamed at

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons

 

 

Please Join us for the Remembrance Meal – Today after Services

Coordinated by the Sisterhood

 

Panikhida Today

Today we will serve a Panikhida for the souls of the servants of God: +Matushka Tatiana (4th Year) and +Vernon-Joseph Hoffman (6th Year). A Remembrance Meal coordinated by the Sisterhood will be offered in the hall after the Panikhida. May God grant rest in His Heavenly Kingdom and memory eternal to His servants.

 

Russian Festival Meeting – July 19th

The Russian Festival Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 PM. The agenda is filled with

many important items that need to be addressed. The meeting is open to everyone. We really need your help.

 

Restoration Work has begun

Last week we began the restoration work of the large icon of Pentecost on the south wall. This icon which is painted on canvas will be cleaned, restored, enhanced and re-gilded at a cost of +$8,000. This begins the first phase of restoration. Next, we will repair the areas of the ceiling that need immediate attention and continue the cleaning and restoration of the other large icons painted on canvas. To make a donation/pledge toward the restoration of the church interior, contact Victor Marinich 443-512-0985 vicmarinich@comcast.net  or  Tania Masiuk 410-987-4850 tania_masiuk@yahoo.com. Thank you!

 

Brotherhood Crab Fest – Friday, July 28th – 6:30 PM

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood will sponsor a Crab Fest on Friday, July 28th beginning at 6:30 PM at Cathedral Gardens Ray Zaitin Pavilion. All-you-can-eat fresh steamed crabs, corn on the cob and soft drinks will be served. Reservations are strongly recommended. Prices will be announced soon. For reservations/information, call Albert Blaszak: 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net. 

 

Water Park Trip – For ages 6 - 99

Again this summer we will conduct a Sunday School trip to Guppy Gulch http://guppygulchcamp.com a water park north of Bel Air on Saturday, July 22nd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Everyone in the parish is invited. Please make your reservations early. Contact Olga Hansen bryolg@verizon.net 410-967-6738.

 

 

Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

June 25 – July 1:  Candles offered by the Vass family for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God +Matushka Tatiana.

A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule your candle offering with Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172. Thank you.

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  June 25 – July 1

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Leah Yusubov (6/28) and Irina Kononova (6/29) and we offer Angel Day congratulations to Albert-Augustine Blaszak (6/28) and Monika-Anastasia Handley (6/28).  May God bless them with health, prosperity and many years. To include your birthday /anniversary in the bulletin call Fr. John.

 

Volunteers Needed

We are forming a schedule of volunteers who will stand at the back of the church to greet people as they come into church, to answer their questions and to sell candles. This is a very important responsibility that more of our parishioners should share. Please contact Natalie Burbelo for more information.



Parish Picnics at ‘Cathedral Gardens’ / Ray Zaitin Pavilion

On the following days, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel located at Cathedral Gardens, our parish cemetery. Afterwards, we will conduct picnics at the Ray Zaitin Pavilion. We need your help, please contact Natalie Burbelo, Albert Blaszak or Vadim Radchenko.

 

Sunday, July 16 – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul) and Mid-Summer Picnic – 

Menu: Traditional BBQ Shashlik (Shish-a-bob), hamburgers, hot dogs and picnic fare. We need donations of salads, side dishes and homemade desserts.

 

Sunday, August 20  – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and our Annual ‘Spas’ Fish Fry – 

An expanded menu of various grilled fish and fish kabobs will be offered. More information to come… 

 

 

 

The Apostles’ Fast runs until July 12 (Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul)

Fasting consists not just of eating rarely, but also of eating little. And not just in eating only one meal, but in not eating much. Foolish is the faster, who waits for a specific time [to eat a meal], but then at the time of the meal is completely consumed, body and mind, with insatiable eating. In proportion to how the body of the faster becomes thin and light, so the spiritual life attains perfection and reveals itself in wonderful ways. Then the soul acts as if in an incorporeal body. Carnal feelings are shut off, and the spirit, released from the world, ascends to heaven and completely immerses itself in contemplation of the spiritual world. Every day one should partake of just enough food to permit the body, being fortified, to be a friend and helper to the soul in performing the virtues. Otherwise, with the body exhausted, the soul may also weaken.    

Holy Venerable Seraphim of Sarov

 

There is both a physical and a spiritual fast. In the physical fast the body abstains from food and drink. In the spiritual fast, the faster abstains from evil intentions, words and deeds. One who truly fasts abstains from anger, rage, malice, and vengeance. One who truly fasts abstains from idle and foul talk, empty rhetoric, slander, condemnation, flattery, lying and all manner of spiteful talk. In a word, a real faster is one who withdraws from all evil… 

As much as you subtract from the body, so much will you add to the strength of the soul… By fasting it is possible both to be delivered from future evils and to enjoy the good things to come. We fell into disease through sin; let us receive healing through repentance, which is not fruitful without fasting… Holy Hierarch Basil the Great

 

Whosoever rejects the fasts, deprives himself and others of weapons against his own much-suffering flesh and against the devil, who have power over us especially as the result of our intemperance.   Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt


The more days of fasting there are, the better the healing is; the longer the period of abstinence, the more abundant the gain of salvation is.   Blessed Augustine 


Cleaning Group – Group #4 /  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #4 will clean this week June 26 – July 1: Anna-Zumrat Shkurba (captain), Dmitriy Shkurba,

Margarita Vinogradova, Olga Mychko, and Tatiana Kalish. This group needs more members. Any volunteers??

 

Cathedraticum Offering

Our box of offering envelopes has a variety of additional envelopes for special collections.  One asks for donations for the Cathedraticum.  Please note that this offering is in addition to your pledge. The Cathedraticum is what each and every one of our Patriarchal Parishes offers in support of our diocese and our St. Nicholas Cathedral in NYC.  Every individual adult is expected to offer $50.00 to support our cathedral and bishop, as per the Operating Budget of the Patriarchal Parishes. Single pledging adult = $50; Married couple under one family pledge = $100…etc. Submit your Cathedraticum Offering to the Parish Treasurer, Albert Blaszak. Write “Cathedraticum” on the memo line of your check or in a specially marked envelope. Thank you for your commitment to our Church.

 

Submit your 2017 Pledge

Please be generous as the Lord is generous to you. Our church cannot operate without your financial contributions. 

Our parish will grow only through your prayers, work and generous sacrifice.

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.   (2 Corinthians 9:6)

 

Please Remember in Your Prayers…

Schema-Archimandrite Joachim; Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Lepa; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Deacon Michael Bishop; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Olga Chanat; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Matushka Marianne Lobalbo; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Maria and Alexander Lozada; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr Borodkin; Anthony and John Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Mat. Galina, Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Maksim Krayushkin; Valentina; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Marian, Irena and Isabella; Kateryna Koshlaba; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger.

 

Next Council Meeting: Thursday, July 20th – 7:00 PM in the Church Hall

 

Fr. John Vass, Pastor  410-997-0802

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop:                       410-563-0472

Victor Marinich, Council President:          443-512-0985

Vadim Radchenko, Vice President:              410-465-6172

Andrei Burbelo,  Recording Secretary:    443-567-6031

Albert Blaszak, Treasurer:                             410-799-3226

Monika Handley, Stewardship Chair:      410-263-5758

Anna-Zumrat Shkurba, Member-At-Large: 443-857-8541

Natalie Burbelo, Sisterhood President:   443-567-6031

Michael Mickel, Cemetery Manager:             410-666-2870

 

 

Romans 5:1-10

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Commentary from the Orthodox Study Bible

6: 22, 23  Jesus refers to things within the reach of the senses so that we might more easily grasp His teaching. We all understand the value of light in our lives. As the eye is the lamp of the body, so the mind (Greek: nous) is the spiritual eye of the soul: it illuminates the whole inner man. Keeping our spiritual eyes good, that is, wholesome and pure is fundamental to a Christian life.

 

6:24         As slaves serving two masters, people attempt to maintain an attachment both to earthly and to heavenly things. But this is impossible, for both demand full allegiance. Jesus calls mammon a master, not because it is by nature evil, but because of the absolute and wretched servility it exacts.

 

6:25-27    Severe anxiety, not thoughtful planning and care, is what is warned against here. Physical growth and length of life is dependent upon the providence of God more than upon food, drink and clothing. Persistent anxiety over the things of this world demonstrates internal insecurity and a weak or superficial faith.

 

6:32         The pagan worship of the Gentiles did not deliver them from their earthly cares, because it was focused upon nonexistent gods, that is, idols.

 

6:33         The kingdom of God is the central theme of the teaching of Jesus, and His righteousness is the subject of the Sermon on the Mount. Calling us to be set free from anxiety about earthly things, Jesus directs us to look to heaven, to this greater “country” which will be received at the Day of the Lord, secure in the faith that God will provide needed earthly blessings.

 

St. Theophan the Recluse:  Thoughts for Each Day of the Year 

Third Sunday After Pentecost. [Rom. 5:1-10; Matt. 6:22-33]  If therefore thine eye be pure thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Here the mind is called the eye, and the entire composition of the soul is called the body. Thus, when the mind is simple then it is light in the soul; when the mind is evil, then it is dark in the soul. What are a simple mind and an evil mind? A simple mind is one which accepts the word of God as is written, and is convinced beyond a doubt that all is indeed as is written. It has no deceit, no wavering, or hesitation. An evil mind is one which approaches the word of God with slyness, artful disputing, and questioning. It cannot directly believe, but subjects the word of God to its sophistry. It approaches the word not as a disciple, but as a judge and critic, to test something stated there, and then either scoffs at it, or says in a haughty manner, “Yes, not bad.” Such a mind has no firm tenets, because it clearly does not believe the word of God, and its own rationale is always unstable—today one way, tomorrow another. It has only wavering, confusion, questions without answers; everything is out of place with it, and it walks in the dark, fumbling its way. A simple mind sees everything clearly: everything in it has a definite character, determined by the word of God. That is why everything in it has its place, and it knows exactly how to behave with relation to things—it walks along open, visible roads, with complete assurance that they lead to the true goal. 

 

 

Concerning Peace and Grace

Holy Venerable Silouan of Mt. Athos (+1938)

 

All men want peace; but they do not know how to attain it.

Paissy the Great, having lost his temper, begged the Lord to deliver him from irritability. The Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Paissy, if thou dost not wish to get angry, desire nothing, neither criticize nor hate any man, and thou wilt have not anger.’ 

Thus everyone who renounces his own will before God and other people will always be at peace in his soul; but the man who likes to have his own way will never know peace.

The soul that has surrendered herself to the will of God bears every affliction and every ill with ease, because in times of sickness she prays and contemplates God saying: ‘O Lord, Thou seest my sickness; Thou knowest how weak and sinful I am. Help me to endure my sufferings and to thank Thee for Thy goodness.’ And the Lord relieves her pain, and the soul feels God’s help and is glad in the sight of God, and gives thanks.

If some misfortune befalls you, reflect in this wise: ‘The Lord sees my heart, and if this is His will all will be well, both for me and for others.’

And thus your soul will always be at peace. But if a man murmur against his fate he will never have peace in his soul, even though he fast and spend much time in prayer.

The Apostles were deeply attached to the will of God. In this manner is peace preserved. All the great Saints likewise bore with every affliction, submitting themselves to the will of God.

The Lord Loves us, and therefore we need have no fear save of sin; for through sin we lose grace, and without God’s grace the enemy will harass the soul as the wind harasses smoke or a dry leaf…

 

The Soul’s Yearning For God 

Holy Venerable Silouan of Mt. Athos (+1938)

 

We live a long time on this earth and we love the beauty of the earth: the sky and the sun, gardens, sea and river, forest and meadow, music too, and all the beauties of the world. But when the soul comes to know our Lord Jesus Christ she has no further desire for the things of the earth.

            Wondrous are the works of the Lord: out of the dust of the ground He created man, and gave this creature of dust to know Him in the Holy Spirit, so that man says, ‘My Lord and my God’; and these words he utters from the fullness of faith and love.

What more could the soul seek on earth?  Here is a great miracle: the soul on a sudden knows her Creator and His love.

When the soul sees the Lord, how meek and humble He is then she herself is thoroughly humbled, and desires nothing so much as the humility of Christ. And however, long the soul may live on earth, she will always desire and seek this humility which passes comprehension, which she cannot forget…

It is given to our Orthodox Church through the Holy Spirit to understand the mysteries of God, and she is strong in the holiness of her thought and in her patience.

The Orthodox soul is taught by grace to hold fast to the Lord and His most holy Mother, and our spirit rejoices in the contemplation of God Whom we know.

But we can only know God by the Holy Spirit, and the proud man who aspires to know the Creator with his intelligence is blind and stupid.

With our minds we cannot come to know even how the sun was made; and if we beg God to tell us how He made the sun the answer rings clear in our soul: ‘Humble thyself and thou shalt know not only the sun but the Creator of the sun.

But when the soul comes to know the Lord for very joy she forgets the sun and every created thing, and abandons all anxiety for earthly knowledge. 

Wisdom from Mount Athos: The Writings of Staretz Silouan – St Vladimir’s Seminary Press 1974.

 

 

The Monk Peter of Athos

June 12 / 25

 

The Monk Peter of Athos, a Greek by birth, served as a soldier in the imperial armies and he lived at Constantinople. In the year 667 during the time of a war with the Syrians, Saint Peter was taken captive and locked up in a fortress in the city of Samara on the River Euphrates.

 

For a long time he languished in prison and he pondered over what sins of his had incurred the chastisement of God. Saint Peter remembered that once upon a time he had the intention to leave the world and go off to a monastery, but he had not done so. He began to observe strict fast in the prison and to pray fervently, and he besought of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker to intercede before God for him. Saint Nicholas appeared in a dream to Saint Peter and advised him to call for help on Saint Simeon the God-Receiver. And encouraging the prisoner in patience and hope, Saint Nicholas once more appeared to him in a dream. The third time it was not in a dream that he appeared with Saint Simeon the God-Receiver. Saint Simeon touched his staff to the chains of Saint Peter, and the chains melted away, literally like wax. The doors of the prison opened up, and Saint Peter emerged to freedom. Saint Simeon the God-Receiver became invisible, but Saint Nicholas conveyed Saint Peter to the borders of the Greek lands. And reminding him of his vow, Saint Nicholas likewise became invisible. Saint Peter then journeyed to Rome to assume the monastic form at the tomb of the Apostle Peter. And even here Saint Nicholas did not leave without his help: he appeared in a dream to the Pope of Rome and informed him about the circumstances of Saint Peter's liberation from captivity, and he commanded the Pope to tonsure the former prisoner into monasticism.

 

On the following day, amidst a numerous throng of the people during Divine-services, the Pope loudly exclaimed: "Peter, thou who art come from the Greek lands, and whom Saint Nicholas hath freed from prison in Samara, come thou forth unto me". Saint Peter stood forth in front of the Pope, who tonsured him into monasticism at the tomb of the Apostle Peter. The Pope taught Saint Peter the rules of monastic life and kept the monk by him. And then with a blessing he sent off Saint Peter thither, whence God had blessed him to journey.

 

Saint Peter boarded a ship, sailing to the East. The ship-owners, during a time of having come ashore, besought Saint Peter to come and pray at a certain house, wherein the owner and all the household lay sick. Saint Peter healed them through his prayer. 

 

The Most Holy Mother of God then appeared in a dream to Saint Peter and indicated the place, where he should live til the very end of his days – Holy Mount Athos. When the ship sailed alongside Athos, it then halted of its own accord. Saint Peter realized, that this was the place he had to go, and so he went ashore. This was in the year 681. The Monk Peter then dwelt in the desolate places of the Holy Mountain, not seeing another person for 53 years. His clothing had tattered, but his hair and beard had grown out and covered his body in place of clothes. 

 

At first the Monk Peter was repeatedly subjected to demonic assaults. Trying to force the saint to abandon his cave, the devils took on the form at times of armed soldiers, and at other times of fierce beasts and vipers that seemed ready to tear apart the hermit. But through fervent prayer to God and the Mother of God, the Monk Peter conquered the demonic assaults. Then the enemy began to resort to trickery. Appearing under the guise of a lad, sent to him from his native home, he with tears besought the monk to leave the wilderness and return to his own home. The monk was in tears, but without hesitation answered: "Hither have the Lord and the Most Holy Mother of God led me, and without Her leave I go not from hence". Hearing the Name of the Mother of God, the demon vanished.

 

After seven years the devil came before the monk in the guise of a luminous angel and said, that God was commanding him to go into the world for the enlightening and salvation of people needful of his guidance. The experienced ascetic again replied that without the permission of the Mother of God he would not forsake the wilderness. The devil disappeared and did not bother more to approach the saint. The Mother of God appeared to the Monk Peter in a dream together with Saint Nicholas and said to the brave hermit, that each 40 days an Angel would bring him Heavenly manna. From that time the Monk Peter fasted for 40 days, and on the fortieth day he fortified himself with the Heavenly manna, receiving the strength for further forty-day abstinence.

 

One time an hunter, chasing after a stag, caught sight of the naked man, covered about with hair and girded about the loins with leaves. He took fright and was about to flee. The Monk Peter stopped him and told him about his life. The hunter asked leave to remain with him, but the saint sent him off home. The Monk Peter gave the hunter a year for self-examination and forbade him to tell about the meeting with him.

 

A year later the hunter returned with his brother, afflicted with a demon, and together with several other companions. When they entered the cave of the Monk Peter, they then saw, that he had already reposed to God. The hunter amidst bitter sobs told his companions about the life of the Monk Peter, and his brother, with but a touch to the body of the saint, received healing. The Monk Peter died in the year 734. His holy relics were situated on Athos at the monastery of Saint Clement. During the Iconoclast period the relics were hidden away, and in the year 969 they were transferred to the Thracian village of Photokami. With the name of the Monk Peter of Athos is connected the sacred testimonial of the Mother of God about Her earthly appendage – Holy Mount Athos, which even now presently remains in force: "To Mount Athos let there be its peace, for this is allotted Me by My Son and God, given unto Me, wherein let them be separated from worldly whisperings and gathered together those spiritual in the power of their exploits, with faith and love in soul calling out My Name, thereupon to pass their earthly lifetime without travail, and for their God-pleasing deeds to receive life eternal: for exceedingly do I love this place and I do wish upon it the increase of monks, and they possessing the mercy of My Son and God thereupon as monks shalt never be undone, if they observe the saving commandments: and I shalt spread them forth upon the Mountain to the south and to the north, and they shalt possess it from the world til the end of the world, and their name throughout all under the sun I shalt make praiseworthy and so defend those, which there with patience would asceticise in fasting".   © 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos

 

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!