- 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.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
- John Chrysostom
For what purpose did it happen that, while they are crying out, he delays and questions them further? Here again Jesus is teaching us utterly to resist the glory that comes from the crowd. There was a house nearby. He led them into the house to heal them there in private. Then he charged them to tell no one…
[Tell no one.] This command to silence is itself no light charge against the religious leadership. The eyes of these two men had been ruined. They then received faith by hearing alone. They themselves could now see this miracle. Ironically, however, having now sight to witness to what was happening, they were commanded to say nothing. You can hear their earnestness in their loud cries, in their pleading simply for mercy and in their supplications. So they called him Son of David, because that name was above all thought to be honorable, the name that the prophets called those whom they wished most to commend and declare great …
The blind men did not follow his instruction but immediately became preachers and evangelists. Though asked to hide what had been done, they revealed it. Remember that elsewhere he had said to a different hearer, “Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.” This does not run contrary to what he says here but complementary to it. For it teaches us that we should say nothing about ourselves. In fact, it even teaches that we should prevent those who want to praise us from doing so. But it also teaches that if the glory would be offered up to God, not only should we not prevent this but we should even command that it be done.”
- Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___. Thank you for your generosity in giving to your church.
- Prayer requests. Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Jacqueline, Alexandra, Adam, Fr. Martin.
- Hospitality sign-up sheet: Aug 3 – open, Aug 10 – open, Aug 17 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the generous soul for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
- Dormition Fast (or “Spasivka”) – the last fasting period of our liturgical year, begins on August 1st (see below).
|Mon||Jul 28th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Wed||Jul 30th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||Aug 3rd||9:00 AM Confessions.
9:40 AM Prayers.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
|8th Sunday after Pentecost.
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.
Dormition Fast – by Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (shortened)
Beginning August 1 and continuing until August 15, the Church has always observed the Dormition Fast as established of old, keeping it according to an unwritten tradition. The most ancient mention of it is by the name of Autumn Fast, placed in the 7th month by Leo the Great. However, in the ancient Church there were disagreements concerning the duration of this fast. The reason for this was the feast of Transfiguration, because some decided to eat meat on this day and others continued the decision to fast for 4 days, others for 8 days. Finally, the old tradition concerning this fast in view of the doubts about the quantity of its days was sealed in a conciliar definition in 1166 during the reign of the Constantinopolitan Patriarch Luke Chrysoberges. Since that time the single paradigmatic order of this fast was established in the Eastern Churches. With the establishment of the Dormition fast, the Church, on the one hand, guides us to spiritual transfiguration, observing the fast as a means to graceful internal circumspection, and on the other hand, motivates us to imitate the Mother of God, Who spent all her life in the asceticism of fasting and prayer. In the severity of fasting this fast approaches the Forty Day Fast. It is weakened on Saturdays, Sundays, and likewise on the feast of Transfiguration. In all this fast, except for the day of Transfiguration, the Ustav [Typikon] does not permit eating fish; on Saturdays and Sundays cooking with olive oil and wine is allowed; on Tuesday and Thursday, cooking is without olive oil; on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays xerophagia (Ustav [Typikon] Chapter 33) is specified.