Saints Peter & Paul
5640 Jay Road
Boulder, CO 80301
Sundays 9:00am Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy
5:00pm Great Vespers
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Peter and Paul is to be an
beacon of Orthodox Christian spirituality in the greater Boulder
area. Our diverse church family encompasses many converts to
the Faith, as well as Greek, Arab, Romanian, Serbian and Russian
Orthodox members. We strive together to live our Orthodox
Christian Faith by having a devoted prayer life, through fasting and
almsgiving, and by participating regularly in the services and
Sacraments of the Holy Orthodox Church.
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of worship that existed in the early centuries of the
Christian Church - which we continue to practice unchanged today.
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Peter & Paul Greek
5640 Jay Road, Boulder, CO 80301
The Orthodox Christian Family: A dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel,
Message of His All Holiness
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
42nd Clergy Laity Congress
July 7, 2014
Your Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America,most honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans,beloved brother in the Holy Spirit and concelebrant of our Modesty,Your Eminences Metropolitans, brother members of the Holy Eparchial Synod,Your Graces, Bishops of the Holy Archdiocese of America,Most Devout and Reverend Clergy,Most Honorable Archons,those holding offices of the Holy Mother Great Church of Christ,honorable representatives of Parishes and Communitiesand of all individual bodies and organizations of the Holy Archdiocese,Most Erudite educators,members of the National Ladies Philoptochos Societyand of individual Philoptochos Chapters,
all esteemed members:All of you, beloved brothers, sisters and children of the Lord and of our Modesty,
who will convene in the forty second (42nd) Clergy Laity Congressof this Eparchy of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in the City of Philadelphia:
Grace and peace and blessing from our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ be with you.
Our Modesty, your Patriarch feels great spiritual joy and affection by seeing in spiritfrom Constantinople the children of the Holy Mother Great Church of Christ in America,participating through their representatives, clergy and laity, in the works of the 42ndClergy Laity Congress of the unified Holy Archdiocese of America that is beingnavigated for fifteen years in a God-loving way, prudently and blessedly by your belovedEminence, our holy brother Archbishop Demetrios of America.
We glorify and bless the most holy Name of the Lord, from Whom every family inheaven and on earth is named, for He gave to the Ecumenical Patriarchate as aninalienable inheritance the blessed people of God who live in America as the largest andmost glorious active ecclesiastical Eparchy in the free Land of America.
Brothers, sisters and children in the Lord,
This Clergy Laity Congress, in which participate as visual representatives of theEcumenical Patriarchate and your Patriarch Who loves you all, through Their EminencesMetropolitans of Belgium and Kallioupolis and Madytos, our brothers Athenagoras andStephanos, respectively, the latter being our own Chancellor, has chosen as its focal point of examination the theme: The Orthodox Christian Family: A dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel, which is timely and very important, especially now, during theongoing evolution of humanity.We are indeed blessed by the heavenly Father for we were made worthy to be part of themystical Body of His and have the possibility to personally commune with Him by takingpart in the opportunities offered to us by the Church, given to us freely through Hersacraments.Our Lord, through His first miracle in Cana, Galilee, blessed the holy sacrament ofmarriage, in which two persons of different sexes come together to unite into one body:and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one and I am saying thatit refers to Christ and the Church (cf. Ephesians 5: 31-33).Through this union of the two persons, male and female, in Christ the family becomes adwelling of Christ, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named (Ephesians3: 15-16); every family, i.e. every genealogical origin and presence on earth of which thefamily is the cell from Adam and Eve, through which life goes on, the earth is inherited,and the heavenly kingdom granted to the man who has been created in the image andlikeness of God.Human life is certainly a serious matter, a spiritual battle and a course toward the goalthat is heaven. Marriage is the most critical and most important vehicle of this course; themarriage in Christ and the marital bond, the undefiled marriage (Hebrews 13, 4), theprofound sacrament (Ephesians 5, 32). It has also been shown that the success or failure,the progress or destruction, in spiritual life begins with the marriage.
We all realize that in the society we live, the God-sanctified institution of the familysuffers serious blows from the prevalent climate of contemporary blissfulness, whichdoes not favor the total offering of one spouse to the other and of both to the children, butnurtures fleeting, personal relationships aiming at the release from the duties of thecommunion of the marriage and the egotistical self-gratification of man, rendering manessentially empty, miserable and isolated, deprived of the blessing of God.The institution of Marriage and the Orthodox Christian family is foremost a course oflove, secondly a course of common spirit and common exercise, thirdly a course ofcreativity, common creativity and continuation of life, and, fourthly a common coursetoward heaven, toward the heavenly kingdom. It is a calling of God, it is a joining ofdiversity that leads to perfection, and, therefore, the spouses become also joint heirs ofthe grace of life (1 Peter 3, 7).Taking into account the Patristic saying according to which nothing holds together life asthe love between man and woman, the living together of people of the same sex ascouples is not an accepted practice within the bosom of our Orthodox Church, whichpreserves undefiled the wholesomeness of the evangelical truth. It is irreconcilable withthe commandments of God and contrary to the spirit of the Gospel. As servants of theChurch and of Her salvific work, we ought to keep always a clear and unambiguousstance on this subject that resurfaces constantly, because only where there is husband andwife and children and concord and people connected by the bonds of virtue there, in theirmidst, is Christ, says Saint John Chrysostom (On Genesis, Homily 6, P.G. 54, 616).Our Mother Church, who is always affectionate toward all her children, accepts and callseveryone to salvation, the devout and the sinners, the healthy and the sick, the strong andthe weak. Not only does she accept everyone but also gives everyone the opportunity at amoment of time to repent and be saved. The Church, regardless of the passing of so manycenturies, condemns and reproaches sin and does not change her stance against it, asagainst something allegedly natural but only slightly different.
Marriage is a Sacrament, then, of the Church and a norm of the presence of God, inwhich man and woman come together and become one. If the two do not become onethey cannot produce many … The child is a bridge (Saint John Chrysostom, Memorandum to the Letter to the Colossians, Homily 12, P.G. 62, 386-387).It is necessary, at all costs, to struggle for the preservation of the traditional Orthodox institution of family with the cultivation of marital fidelity, the treating of one spouse by the other as a person created in the image and likeness of God, the togetherness and the unity, the following of the same path by showing obedience preferably to the same spiritual father, and mostly the constant self-denial and sacrifice, without which the sanctification and spiritual progress of the family will be unattainable.
We know, brothers, sisters and children, that you live in a materialistic society that iscontinually distancing itself from the Orthodox morals and traditions and which does notfavor traditional life; a society where faith and devotion to the principles of our Orthodoxtradition often seems, or is deemed by some, as something anachronistic and foreign tothe demands of the modern social life. It is here where the responsibility of both theshepherd and the flock lies. You, our spiritual children in America, out of free will andchoice and with much toil, must possess the treasure of the genuine Apostolic faith andtradition, of truth and genuineness in the Grace of the Sacraments, the treasure oftradition and family, despite environmental and societal limitations, as purely as does theMother Church of Constantinople which has preserved it throughout the centuries. Thus,by lifting the cross of your life, may you offer witness of the truth of Christ, from Whomevery family in heaven and on earth is named.
We from the Mother Church, therefore, brotherly and paternally urge all of you:Continue, brothers, sisters and children, Orthodox faithful of the Holy Archdiocese ofAmerica, to always be sanctified and remain vigilant, as your tireless spiritual father,Archbishop Demetrios of America, does and teaches; the shepherds in their pastoralministry to you, the priests in their priestly vocation, the preachers in the preaching of thedivine words, the lay people in the diakonia, the spouses toward their families, the ladies
of the Philoptochos Society in God-loving philanthropy, everyone where his calling is.
Rest assured always that our Modesty, your Patriarch keeps you close to his heart andprays continuously for your illumination, well being, success and salvation, and also forthe stability and progress of the Holy Archdiocese of America, for which we take pride inthe Lord.
We offer our blessing, absent in body present in spirit but through our representatives,their Eminences Metropolitans, for the beginning of this Clergy Laity Congress and praythat our Life-Giving and Charitable Lord, Jesus Christ, will guide by his Light and Graceand Joy each one of you and all of you for the continuation of your offering and diakoniato the Church, through the intercessions of the Most Holy Theotokos, of the Great MartyrSaint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer, and of all the Saints.
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and Father and the communionof the Holy Spirit, together with our love, the wholehearted and Patriarchal blessing, bewith every one and all of you, beloved brothers and sisters and chosen children of theHoly Mother Great Church of Christ and of our Modesty.
June 24, 2014
+B A R T H O L O M E W
Patriarch of Constantinople
beloved brother in Christ
and fervent intercessor before God
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& PAUL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH | 5640 JAY RD,
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