St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church
3866 65th street
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 452-1888
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. John Damascene
Some people reprove us for honoring images of the Savior, of the Mother of God and other holy servants of Christ. But let them think for a moment. In the beginning God created humanity in his own image. Why ever should we have such respect for one another, if not because we are made in the image of God? In Basil’s words, ‘the honor paid to the image is in reality paid to its prototype,’ that is to say, to what the image represents. Thus the Jewish people revered the Tabernacle because that, much more than the rest of creation, was an image of God. The making and the veneration of images are not a novelty. They are based on a very ancient tradition. God made the first human being as an image of himself. Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and all the prophets saw God, not in his true being, but in his image. The burning bush was an image of the Mother of God. When Moses wanted to approach, God said to him: ‘Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ [Exod. 3:5] If the ground on which Moses saw the image of the Mother of God was holy, how much more holy will the image itself be!
7th Ecumenical Council (Nicea II.)
The Second Council of Nicaea, the seventh ecumenical council of the Christian church, was convoked by the Byzantine empress Irene in 787 to rule on the use of saints’ images and icons in religious devotion. At that time a strong movement known as iconoclasm, which opposed the pictorial representation of saints or of the Trinity, existed in the Greek Church. At the prompting of Irene the council declared that whereas the veneration of images was legitimate and the intercession of saints efficacious, their veneration must be distinguished from the worship due God alone.
- Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s.
- Prayer requests. Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Darlene, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Adam, Dylan, Fr. Martin.
- Hospitality sign-up sheet: Oct 19 – Burke family, Oct 26 – Murin family, Nov 2 – open, Nov 9 – Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Walter Gerlach for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
- Special Priests’ Medical Insurance Collection. If you would still like to contribute to this collection, you may do so until next Sunday. Mark your donation “clergy medical insurance.” Thank you for your generosity.
- Christmas round the World – the annual festival of food, crafts, and fellowship of the local Eastern Churches, is on November 8th this year. If you are willing to provide goodies for our sale, serve our table for a period of time, or help in any other way, please let father Francis know.
|Mon||Oct 13th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Wed||Oct 15th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||Oct 19th||8:30 AM Confessions. 9:10 AM Prayers. 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||19th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.|
For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of penance, simple abstinence from meat foods is observed. Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.