Bulletin for December 1, 2013

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.



Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory for Ever!  +  Slava Isusu Christu!  Slava i vo Viki!


From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Athanasius

Oh, brothers and sisters, what a banquet that is? How great is the harmony and joy of those who eat at this heavenly table? They enjoy food that produces everlasting life, not that ordinary food which passes right on through the body. Who will be considered worthy of that divine feast? “Blessed is he who will eat bread in your kingdom,” Although he has been washed, even a person who has been judged worthy of this heavenly calling and has been sanctified by it can become unclean. How can he become unclean? “Counting as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified and despising the Spirit of grace,” (Heb 10: 29) he hears the Lord say, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding garment?” (Mt 22: 12)


St. Cyril of Alexandria

What reply is made by the all knowing one f whom it is written that he “takes the wise in their craftiness”? (Job 5: 13) “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one, God.” You see how Christ proved immediately that the ruler was neither wise nor learned, although he was the ruler of a synagogue of the Jews. He says, “You did not believe that I am God, and the clothing of the flesh has led you astray. Why did you  apply to me titles suitable to the supreme nature alone, while you still assume that I am a mere man like you and not superior to the limits of human nature?” in the nature that transcends all, God alone is found to be good by nature, that is, unchangeably good… He says, “I do not seem to you to be truly God. Ignorantly and foolishly, you have applied to me the properties and virtues of the divine nature. Why do you then imagine that I, a mere man that never is invested with goodness but only gains it by the assent of the divine will, have the property of the unchangeable nature?” This is the meaning of what Christ spoke.



·  Prayer requests. Krissy, Steve, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Matej, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet.

·  Hospitality sign-up sheet: Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday – feeding the hungry on last minute notice, they did really great!

·  St. Nicholas is coming to our parish, to visit his children! We will celebrate the feast of our holy Father Nicholas on Friday, December 6th, with Divine Liturgy at 5 PM, followed by a small celebration. Please let Fr. Francis know if you plan to be at St. Philip’s on that day.

·  St. Philip’s cleaning day! Please make time and come to help us clean, on Saturday, Dec 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. We need to do everything! Hopefully it is not too late to rake leaves, trim trees and pick trash around the church, and the interior also needs serious attention. Bring rakes, leaf blowers, shovels, etc.

Liturgical schedule






Dec 5th

5:30 PM Great Vespers.







Dec 6th

5: 00 PM Divine Liturgy.

Holy Archbishop and Wonderworker Nicholas of Myra. Solemn Feast.  






Dec 8th

9:00 AM Confessions.

9:40 AM Prayers

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

29th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4. Maternity of Holy Anna (Immaculate Conception).

For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

From November 15th till December 24th, we observe St. Philip Fast, during which we prepare for the Nativity of Our Lord celebration.

Fridays are days of penance in our liturgical calendar. Abstinence from meat foods is observed on that day. Let us support one another through prayer and sacrifices.

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