Bulletin for December 22, 2013

St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church

3866  65th street

Sacramento, CA 95820


Phone: (916) 452-1888                                                                                      E-mail: feromurin@hotmail.com

http://www.stphilipofsacramento.com                             Mobile: (916) 539-1534


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 Severus

It is for this reason [to show Christ’s true humanity] that in this genealogy the Evangelist mentioned in his list even those who had shocking carnal relations that were inappropriate and outside the law. For Matthew wrote with due deliberation, “And Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar” and even more plainly “And David became the father of Solomon by Uriah’s wife.” These were women with whom they became united by fornication and adultery. By this means the genealogy revealed that it is our very sinful nature that Christ himself came to heal. It is that very nature which had fallen, revolted and plunged into inordinate desires. When our nature fled [from God] he took hold of it. When it dashed out and ran away in revolt, he stopped it, held onto it, enabled it to return and blocked downward spiral. This is what the words of the apostle say in this regard: “For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect.” (Heb 2: 16-17)

Christ therefore took upon himself a blood relationship to that nature which fornicated, in order to purify it. He took on that very nature that was sick, in order to heal it. He took on that nature which fell, in order to lift it up. All this occurred in a charitable, beneficial manner wholly appropriate to God.

Although sinless, he became united to the flesh that is of the same essence as ours, which possesses an intelligent soul. It is with this premise that the gestation and conception from the Holy Spirit was spoken and the virgin birth occurred, the birth that knew not marriage or carnal union and that respected in an unspeakable manner the seal of virginal purity.


·   Last Sunday, souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $, gift for Christmas flowers: $. Thank you for your generosity in giving to your church.

·   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, Rosanne, Connie, Andrea.

·   Hospitality sign-up sheet: Dec 29 – Pineda family, Jan 4 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!

·   Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve. When falling on a weekday, this is a day of fasting, with a particular structure of liturgical services, in our parishes we pray the Royal hours during the day, Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great in the evening, and Great Compline at night. Traditional Christmas Eve Supper, a rich family meal, is celebrated between the Vespers and Compline. The meal is meatless, some traditions exclude dairy as well, but the many courses (twelve, for the Twelve Apostles) make it difficult not to satisfy our appetite. The meals are a combination of sweet and sour, simplicity and richness, reminding us both of the sweetness and generosity of God’s love towards us on the one hand, and bitterness and struggle of our exile here on earth, before we reach our heavenly home. So, on the Christmas table you would see all kinds of soups – sour kraut with mushrooms or with beans, bean soup, sweet prune soup; “bobalky” (bread dumplings with poppy seeds and honey), pirohy, fish and potatoes, stuffed cabbage rolls (meatless, with mushrooms). Each family member should taste from each course. The Supper begins with prayer, and reading from the Gospel (Nativity of Jesus), ends with a song (carol).

Liturgical schedule






Dec 24th

6:30 AM Royal Hours

5 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

9 PM Great Compline.

Vigil of the Nativity – Strict Fast.






Dec 25th

10 AM Divine Liturgy.

Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Holy Day.


Dec 26th

5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.

Synaxis of the Mother of God. Solemn Feast.










Dec 29th

9:00 AM Confessions.

9:40 AM Prayers

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday after Christmas. Tone 7.

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 celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.

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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