Bulletin for April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday

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.

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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!  +  Slava Isusu Christu!  Slava i vo viki!

 

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Andrew of Crete

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority and power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

In his humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and he is glad that he became so humble for our sake, glad that he came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to himself. And even though we are told that he has now ascended above the highest heavens – the proof, surely, of his power and godhead – his love for man will never rest until he has raised our earthbound nature from glory to glory, and made it one with his own in heaven.

So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel. 

Announcements

  • Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___, contributions to the Easter Collection $___, Home Missions $__, Bishop’s Appeal $___. 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, Michael, Jacqueline, Alexandra.
  • Hospitality sign-up sheet: Apr 20Pascha pot luck, Apr 27Burke family, May 4Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Marion Williams for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
  • Bishop’s Appeal 2014. To this date, 17 households have responded to Bishop’s Appeal 2014, with total contributions of $2698. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you and provide for all your needs in return.
  • Cleaning day! Big thank you to those who came to help clean yesterday, we had the largest crowd ever, got a lot done. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Liturgical schedule

 

 

 

 

Wed

Apr 16th

5:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts. Holy Anointing.

Great and Holy Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

Thu

Apr 17th

5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.

Great and Holy Thursday.

 

 

 

 

Fri

Apr 18th

5:30 PM Vespers of the Burial of Our Lord.

Great and Holy Friday. Strict Fast is observed.

 

 

 

 

Sat

Apr 19th

3 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Baptism.

Great and Holy Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Sun

Apr 20th

9:00 AM Matins of the Resurrection.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Foods.

Pascha – Resurrection of Our Lord.

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr 21st

5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.

Bright Monday.

 

 

 

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

Days of the Great and Holy Week are days of penance and abstinence from meat foods, Friday is a day of strict fast. Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.  

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