Bulletin for December 29, 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.



Christ is Born! Glorify Him!  +  Christos Razdajetsja!  Slavite Jeho!


From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Peter Chrysologus

Was it Herod seeking the child, or the devil working through Herod? When Herod saw the magi for himself, he imagined in his fantasy that they had fled their governors. For Christ, though bound in swaddling clothes, though busy at his mother’s breast, though keeping quiet, concealing his words, unable to walk, nevertheless transformed the magi (who had been standard-bearers of the devil) into his most faithful servants. The devil instantly realized what Christ could do when he came of age. So he spurred the Jews against him and, clever contriver that he was, impelled Herod that he might get the jump on Christ in his infancy. He hoped to deprive him of the coming emblem of his virtue, the cross, the banner of the great victory for us. The devil perceived that Christ would soon be restoring life to all the world with his teaching and his virtue. Even while still whimpering as a baby, Jesus was taking possession of this world from top to bottom. It was as the prophet said: “Before the child knows to cry to his father and mother he shall take the pride of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria.” (Is 8: 4) The Jews themselves attest to this when they say, “You see how the whole world hastens after him.” (Jn 12: 19)


·   Last Sunday, 51 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: Jan 4 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!

·   Traditional greetings. During our liturgical year, there are a few seasons that a distinct greeting is used. So, a normal, or usual, Christian way of greeting someone is saying “Glory to Jesus Christ!” And the response is “Glory (to Him) forever!” Or another way to greet someone would be to say “Christ is among us!” and response is “He is and ever shall be!” The usual greeting is replaced by a seasonal greeting on two occasions – at Christmas time and at Easter. So, from the Vespers of Christmas vigil till Vespers of Circumcision of Our Lord (Dec 24-31) we greet each other by saying “Christ is born!” and response “Glorify Him!” And from the Resurrection Matins on Pascha until the Vespers of the Ascension of Our Lord we greet each other with joyful “Christ is Risen!” and response “Indeed He is Risen!”

Liturgical schedule






Dec 31st

5 PM Great Vespers.







Jan 1st

10 AM Divine Liturgy.

Circumcision of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great.






Jan 5th

9:00 AM Confessions.

9:40 AM Prayers

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday before Theophany.

Tone 8.

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

Fast from January 5th (Vigil of Theophany), because it falls on Sunday this year, is transferred to Friday before, also the service of the Royal Hours is celebrated on Friday this year.


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