Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California
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Helpful Hints from the Pastor

Scheduling Memorials
If you would like Trisagion prayers said at the end of the Divine Liturgy for a loved one, please contact the church office one month prior to that date so that it can be put on the church calendar
(July 17, 2019)

Receiving a Blessing at the End of Liturgy
Please remember to keep your arms uncrossed when you come to kiss the cross and receive a blessing at the end of the Divine Liturgy
(September 2, 2018)

Please Exit Quietly
The Church is a house of prayer and it is important to remember that after the Divine Liturgy there are post communion prayers being read.
So, both when you come up to kiss the cross and afterwards until exiting, please remain silent and then please join us for fellowship at coffee hour.
(August 5, 2018)

Respect for Holy Vessels and Icons
Please wipe off lipstick/chapstick when kissing icons or receiving the Holy Eucharist out of respect for the holy vessels and icons. (The lip products damage the icons.)

 The Kiss of Peace is a liturgical, not a social action. When we come to the Kiss of Peace, greet the person to your left and to your right with a kiss (or a quick embrace) and the words “Christ is in our midst”. The reply is “He is and was and ever shall be.” Then be ready to continue with the recitation of the Creed. It is important that the prayer of the Church is not interrupted to greet those further away or for conversations that should rightly take place in the coffee hour room. Unfortunately, many Orthodox Churches do not celebrate the Kiss of Peace among the laity due to the fact that it can become a distraction from prayer. The Kiss of Peace is a beautiful liturgical action that should encourage one another on in our corporate prayer.

In our congregational singing and recitation of prayers, please follow the choir or chanters at all times. As a member of a choir, one should always be able to hear the singers around them and the director. Please make sure that you are following those who bear the responsibility of leading the musical worship and not creating an echo, so that we sing together as One Body, to the Glory of the Head, Jesus Christ, His Father and the All Holy Spirit.


Words from Fr. Nathan

The Uncreated Light
(June 30, 2019)

“Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ has revealed Himself to us as the Uncreated Light. The Church teaches that there are only two things that have existence, the Creator and His Creation. So light must either be a part of creation, such as the light from the sun, or part of the Creator.

Christ said quite clearly, “I Am the Light of the world.” He not only gives light, but He is the Light. When he was transfigured on Mount Tabor, there was no change; He actually revealed the Light of His Glory to His Disciples.

On Pascha, we come to “receive the light from the Light.” The Light Himself has instructed us to be “sons of the Light”. He informed us that we are the light of the world. However, we must be enlightened; we are to be united to The Light in order to be the light of the world. We shine our light before men.

Some of the saints and holy people have literally shown the Uncreated Light to others around them. (St. Seraphim of Sarov is one of them.) These are not all stories of people from centuries ago. You and I both know a well-respected priest who told me of seeing the Uncreated Light from a monk when he was praying! This is not a common thing, but we can reveal The Light, who is Christ, to those around us by mirroring the Light of His Glory through our love for them.

May the Light of Christ shine in us that others may seek the Light of the World and thus glorify Him, His Unoriginate Father and the All Holy Spirit. Amen.”

+Father Nathan


(December 2019)

Fasting is one of the gifts that Our Lord has given us, through His Church. One of the basic necessities of life is food. Our hunger is a sinless passion. It is necessary for us to survive, but it is a passion nonetheless. Because our hunger is one of the most basic drives in our lives, it is also a good starting point in learning how to control ourselves.

The sinful passions that accompany hunger are gluttony and drunkenness. Both of these passions are easy to identify and correct, so fasting helps us to learn to control ourselves by learning to limit what we eat and drink. Learning to control these more basic passions helps in learning to control the more difficult passions, such as lust, anger, jealousy, pride.

Christ commented after casting out a demon, “This kind can only come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” The Church teaches that this refers not only to demons, but to the passions as well. We fast, not because fasting will save us--it is Christ who saves us--but we do so out of obedience, since He asked us to and because it aids us in our struggle to purify ourselves from sin.

 +Fr. Nathan

Converting our Friends --Abbot Tryphon

July 7, 2019

How can we bring our friends and relatives into Holy Orthodoxy?

Many visitors to the monastery share their joy at having discovered the True Faith, but wonder how they might draw family members and friends into Orthodoxy. They often assume that means debating the truth of Orthodoxy’s claim to being the Ancient Church preserved into this age, or think they should perhaps gift their friends with books on Orthodoxy. But, the truth is that we can never convince another of the truth of Orthodoxy by preaching from our rational mind, for only the heart can touch another heart.

We must never debate or attack another person’s beliefs, for only a meek and humble heart can communicate the truth of our Faith to another person. Love, humility, and kindness, are the only vehicles that allow us to share Orthodoxy. Our friends and relatives will only be drawn to the Church, if they see in us the love of Christ, and see in us a transformation and holiness that demonstrates the truth of the Orthodox Church, and the sacramental power of a Faith that has changed us into conveyers of the Love of Christ.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Misc. Announcements

Reminder About Dogs on the Church Property
1. All dogs must be on a leash and under the control of the owner.
2. Dog owners should be prepared to clean up after their pet.
3. Dogs (except service dogs) are not permitted inside the church, fellowship hall, office, or classrooms.

Nursery Use
The nursery and the nursery bathroom are for nursing Moms and their babies and toddlers under the age of 3 years old ONLY. All others are asked to please refrain from being in the nursery and to use the outside men and women’s bathrooms.

Fr. George Washburn, Pastor
Ss Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

P.O. Box 458       
(9980 Highway 9)
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

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