Bulletin for November 9, 2014

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. Ephrem the Syrian

“Who touched me? For a power has gone forth from me.” A detail such as this is not reported about our Physician in any other place. This is because in no other place did our Physician encounter an affliction such as this. This affliction was presented to many physicians, yet only one Physician encountered this affliction to heal it. Many physicians encountered and wearied her. Only one encountered her who was able to give her rest from the toil of many physicians. The art of healing encountered a shameful affliction but added pain after pain to it. The more they came, the worse the affliction got. The fringe of the Lord’s cloak touched her and up-rooted this suffering from its root. She perceived within herself that he healed her affliction. Since the art of healing clothed with all our practical wisdom was reduced to silence, the divinity clothed with garments was proclaimed. He clothed himself in the body and came down to humanity, so that humanity might loot him. He revealed his divinity through signs, so that faith in his humanity alone could not be explained. He revealed his humanity that the higher beings might believe that he was a lower being, and he revealed his divinity so that the lower beings would accept that he was a higher being. He took on a human body so that humanity might be able to attain to divinity, and he revealed his divinity so that his humanity might not be trampled underfoot.


  • Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Randall, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Ted and Darlene, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Adam, Dylan, Fr. Martin.
  • Hospitality sign-up sheet: Nov 16 – Pineda family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Del Castillo family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
  • Christmas round the World – a big thank you to our helpers at the festival yesterday, for your time, effort and for representing St. Philip’s at this annual event. May God grant you many blessed years.
  • St. Philip’s fast, the time of preparation for the Feast of Nativity of Our Lord, begins this Saturday, after the feast of St. Philip the Apostle. Since St. Philip is the patron of our church and parish, we will pray for his intercession and celebrate his feast together, next Sunday.
  • Catechism classes at St. Philip’s. Children, please join us for a short class every Sunday, following lunch. Children of ages 6-9 will meet at the church upstairs, children of age 10 and older will meet in the classroom. The classes will last for about half an hour.
  • This Saturday, November 15th, Steve and Betsy Prescott will receive Our Lord’s blessing in the celebration of Christian Marriage. Betsy and Steve are inviting all parishioners and friends to join them on this occasion, for prayer and the party. Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 AM.
  • Yesterday, a baby girl Elisabeth Alexandra was born into the Burke family. Mother and the baby are doing well. Congratulations to Jon and Abby, and to Teddy and Mary, may God grant the new baby and you whole family, peace, health and happiness for many blessed years!

Liturgical schedule

Tue Nov 11th 5 PM Divine Liturgy and Baptism.
Sat Nov 15th 10:30 AM Crowning in Marriage and Divine Liturgy.  
Sun Nov 16th 8:30 AM Confessions. 9:10 AM Prayers.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

23rd Sunday after Pentecost. St. Philip’s Feast. Tone 6.

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.


Events to Note …

  • The Jesus Prayer – a presentation by Fr. Brendan McAnerney Tuesday, Nov 11th, at 7:00-8:30 PM, St. George Church Parish Hall (1620 Bell St, Sacramento). Fr. Brendan will explore the ancient Byzantine tradition of the Jesus Prayer as practiced by Orthodox and Eastern Catholic communities, with particular attention paid to the hesychast tradition on Mt. Athos. All are welcome – there is no fee.
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