Text Box: A WINTER’S TALE …..
It’s that time of year again when the darkness crowds in so early in the afternoons, and the chill in the air tells us that life around us, animal and vegetal, has fallen and gone to ground. The trees have finally given up the struggle and shed their leaves. The human spirit, if it is tuned in to the natural cycles, also senses a certain sadness, for the inevitable signs of death and decay are all around us. We cannot ‘play’ much, as we could in the summer: whose memories of sunlight, and soft grass, and the scents of the field are more and more a distant memory …..
But there are consolations too. When the darkness falls, the twinkling of the Text Box: street lights has an irrepressible magic all of its own. The Fall has its own scents, its own rhythms. There is a certain whispering to us—to slow down; to stop running.  It is a message, perhaps, that our spirits need to listen to. Our life today is so hectic. When darkness falls our ancestors called an end to the day. Now we simply turn on a switch and continue working until past midnight.
The ancient Christians used to know the issue of ‘Lamplighting’ very intimately. Having no artificial light, they only had candles and oil lamps to light up their houses and their churches. When darkness began to fall the first thing they did was gather their Text Box: tools and their animals and start to come home. At home the lamps were lit on the icon shelf and the hymn was sung: ‘O Jesus Christ the Cheerful light of God the Father’s Glory ….we see the light of eventide, and so the world gives glory.’  A good and cheerful practice, even today.
Text Box: St. Gregory’s News Letter
Text Box: Archbishop Peter Falls Asleep.
Text Box: Archbishop Peter was born as Paul L'Huillier on December 3, 1926 in Paris. In 1945, he embraced the Orthodox faith. He began his clerical  life on August 30, 1954, when he was tonsured a monk. On September 4 and 5, 1954, he was ordained deacon and then priest. As a Text Box: hieromonk, His Eminence served as parish pastor at two Orthodox churches in Paris. On September 12, 1968, he was consecrated Bishop of Chersonese in St. Petersburg. In 1979, Archbishop Peter was invited to come to the Orthodox Church in America by Text Box: His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, to serve as the Bishop of Brooklyn. In 1981, he was installed as the Bishop of New York and New Jersey. In 1989, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America bestowed on him the title of Archbishop. From Text Box:                  X Theologos 
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the spring of 2004, His Eminence was on leave of absence for health reasons  from His pastoral duties. In March of 2005, the members of the Holy Synod of the OCA accepted Archbishop Peter's request for retirement, which became effective April 30, 2005. He spent the last few years in waning health and was taken by the Lord last week; his funeral rites being celebrated from Holy Protection Cathedral in New York in the course of this last week.  May he rest in the peace of his Lord.