The mission of Sts. Peter & Paul is to be a 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.

We welcome everyone to visit our parish to experience the ancient forms of worship that existed in the early centuries of the Christian Church — which we continue to practice unchanged today. Please take a moment to look through this website to learn more about our parish and our Faith and, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our priest, Fr. Jordan, or come and join us at one of our services or events.

 


News


Live Stream

Next live stream: Presanctified Liturgy, Wednesday @ 8 am

Return here at service time for specific streaming information.

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Last service: Great Compline

 

We also streamed on YouTube.



Message to Youth

Fr. Jordan had a word for our youth after Great Vespers.


See the icon Father discusses on the front of this week's bulletin.

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See previous Children's Q&A.



Sermon

This week's sermon is online.

St. Mary of Egypt

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See previous sermons.



Services Update

All services -- including the Sunday Divine Liturgy, and all weekday services -- will not be open to the public for attendance. These services will only be offered with the priest, chanters, altar servers and tech support (live-stream).

All meetings, events and gatherings at the church are cancelled until further notice.

Boulder is under a ‘stay at home’ order. Our civil leaders have asked us to stay at home, allowing only for ‘essential errands.’ The ‘stay at home’ list places of worship as an ‘essential business.’ This allows Sts. Peter & Paul to offer all the services via ‘live stream,’ with closed doors.

The faithful of Sts. Peter & Paul will not be allowed to congregate in the church for the month of April. This includes even a small number of people. The coronavirus can remain alive on a surface for three days. We must listen to the medical experts, CDC guidelines and our civil leaders. The next few weeks will be critical. If you are sick, or any member in your family sick, please stay home. Parishioners who are 60 and older, families with small children, please stay home. Staying home will save lives.

The Philoptochos has offered to help parishioners who are in need of groceries and/or medication. We will bring them to your doorstep. Please call.



The Church at Home

Christ’s Church is not an institution, it is a new life with Christ and in Christ, directed by the Holy Spirit.

- Sergius Bulgakov

We Orthodox Christians regularly talk about the ‘kat oikon ecclesia,’ the church at home. In the New Testament, this phrase doesn’t refer to pious family behavior; it means communities of Christians that gathered in a home for worship, teaching and fellowship. At the time of the New Testament, there were no churches for Christians to gather in, as we think of our parishes today. Those first Christians met in one another’s homes.

- Father Anton Vrame, Director of Religious Education

Dear Sts. Peter & Paul family,

I pray you are well. I have been calling parishioners every day. I have all the names of our parish family on the Holy Altar, and the names are commemorated at every Divine Service. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any special needs.

The news of the Coronavirus changes hourly. I want to assure you that the health and safety of our parish remains our highest priority. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah has sent directives to all the clergy in the Denver Metropolis to make adjustments to our parish life. I know that not everyone will agree with these present church measures. We treasure coming together in worship and fellowship. The church is the Body of Christ. We find ourselves not in the ideal solution but, given the circumstances, worshiping from the safety of our homes via live streaming.

I want to encourage you to keep the fast during this Holy Great Lent as we prepare ourselves to follow the Lord to His Cross. Pray daily, participate in the services via live stream, and offer your gift of almsgiving. Reach out to your neighbor, friend or family member who may need groceries or just a phone call. Spend time with your children and spouse, and limit the time in front of the TV. Call or write an old friend or relative you have been meaning to do for a long time.

Take courage from the words of St. Paul:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, not any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38)

The church is Christ Emmanuel which means ‘God is with us.’ No virus or disease can take away the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christ did not rise from the dead because we are in church. Christ has Risen from the dead because He is the Church. He is the Son of God. For over 2000 years Christians have celebrated the Resurrection. They have celebrated in beautiful churches and in prison cells while being persecuted. Christians have celebrated the Resurrection with the church building destroyed. Remember our Syrian Orthodox brothers and sisters who had many of their churches and monasteries torn down just a few years ago.

Father George Calciu was arrested while in medical school for witnessing his Orthodox Christian faith. He suffered in a Romanian Communist prison for 21 years: 1948-1964 and 1979-1984. Father George shared the story on one night of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The prison guards at midnight sprayed the cells with a firehose and forced Father George and the other prisoners to lie on their stomachs for three hours. The imprisoned priest Father Grabenea, lying on his stomach, began to recite the Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection. Father George wrote, “We sang ‘Christ is Risen from the dead …’ It was so beautiful to celebrate the Holy Liturgy under pressure, lying on the ground. When we finished the Liturgy of the Resurrection we sang “Christ is Risen” all the time.

The Church is the entrance into the life of Christ, the communion with eternal life.

- Father Alexander Schmemann

Let us place our hope and faith in our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Father Jordan



Prayers of Protection

The monks of Mount Athos have asked us join in common prayer from home 10 - 10:15 pm local time (families with small children can offer at an earlier time) every evening, praying "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon your world."

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Thank you to Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos for posting these prayers of protection.

Included are prayers for individuals and community. We encourage you to add them to your prayer time!

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Another prayer from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America:

O Lord Jesus Christ, in Your loving care, You traveled through towns and villages "curing every disease and illness." At Your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researches and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.

O Master and Lord, our Savior, Healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty an sorrow.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.

For You are a Merciful and Loving God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.



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Services & Activities This Week

Monday, April 6

  • 6 pm Great Compline live stream

Wednesday, April 8

  • 8 am Presanctified Liturgy live stream
  • 6 pm Paraclesis live stream

Friday, April 10

  • 6 pm Paraclesis live stream

Saturday, April 11

  • 5 pm Great Vespers live stream

Sunday, April 12

  • 8:15 am Orthros live stream
  • 9:30 am Divine Liturgy live stream


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