St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church
3866 65th street
Sacramento, CA 95820
O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!
From the Fathers of the Church …
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (Jn 4: 24)
Evagrius of Pontus:
If you wish to pray, you have need of God, “who gives prayer to him who prays.” Invoke him, then, saying, “Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come”—that is, the Holy Spirit and your only begotten Son. For this is what he taught us, saying, “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” He who prays in spirit and in truth is no longer dependent on created things when honoring the Creator but praises him for and in himself. If you are a theologian, you will pray truly. And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.
“O for a mountain to pray on,” you cry, “high and inaccessible so that I may be nearer to God and God may hear me better. For he dwells on high.”… Yes, God dwells on high, but he is also considerate of the humble…. Come down so that you may come near him. But do you want to ascend? Ascend, but do not seek a mountain. “The ascents,” it said, “are in his heart, in the valley of weeping.” A valley has humility. Therefore, do everything within. Even if perhaps you seek some lofty place, some holy place, make yourself a temple for God within yourself. “For the temple of God is holy, which means you.” Would you pray in a temple? Pray in yourself. But first be a temple of God, for he in his temple hears the one who prays.
Abraham of Nathpar
Do not imagine, my beloved, that prayer consists solely of words or that it can be learned by means of words. No, listen to the truth of the matter from our Lord: spiritual prayer is not learned and does not reach fullness as a result of either learning or the repetition of words. For it is not to a man that you are praying, before whom you can repeat a well-composed speech. It is to him who is Spirit that you are directing the movements of prayer. You should pray, therefore, in spirit, seeing that he is spirit. He shows that no special place or vocal utterance is required for someone who prays in fullness to God.
- Last Sunday, 68 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___, contributions to the 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, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, Jacqueline, Alexandra.
- Hospitality sign-up sheet: May 25 – Baker family, Jun 1 – open, Jun 8 – open, Jun 15– open, Jun 22 – Murin family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
- Bishop’s Appeal 2014. To this date, 18 households have responded to Bishop’s Appeal 2014, with total contributions of $3,488. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you and provide for all your needs in return. The Appeal ends on May 31st. The goal for our parish is $4,000.
- MYRRH-BEARERS RETREAT June 27-29. A retreat organized by our Eparchy, for girls, young women and women. This Retreatwill be held in San Luis Obispo at the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School. See the brochures on the Greeting Table in church.
- Alive in Christ Retreat Camp for Boys and their Fathers. What could be better than a long weekend of prayer, sports, spiritual talks, games and skits in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado? The “Alive in Christ” ascetical boot camp for Byzantine Catholic boys and their fathers will be held this year July 24-27th at “Snow Mountain Ranch,” west of Denver, CO. Boys and young men 7-17 will join bishop Gerald in this decade long tradition, and return enlivened and enlightened. (Boys 7-10 are required to he a male guardian with them.) For more information and application materials contact your pastor, or visit www.holyprotection.org. Application deadline is June 16th.
|Mon||May 19th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Wed||May 21st||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||May 25th||9:00 AM Confessions.
9:40 AM Prayers.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
|Sunday of the Man Born Blind.|
For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of penance and abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.