Bulletin for December 7, 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!

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From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Augustine

What better prayer can we think in our mind, or utter with our tongue, or express with our pen than “Thanks be to God?” Nothing can be said more briefly than this, or heard more joyfully, or used more faithfully.

St. Athanasius

Today, the Lord rebukes those who keep the Passover the way the Jews did, just as he rebuked certain lepers he had cleansed. You recall that he loved the one who was thankful, but he was angry with the ungrateful ones, because they did not acknowledge their Deliverer. They thought more highly of their cure from leprosy than of him who had healed them…. Actually, this one was given much more than the rest. Besides being healed of his leprosy, he was told by the Lord, “Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”

You see, those who give thanks and those who glorify have the same kind of feelings. They bless their helper for the benefits they have received. That is why Paul urged everybody to “glorify God with your body.” Isaiah also commanded, “Give glory to God.”

St. Cyril of Alexandria

Falling into a thankless forgetfulness, the nine lepers that were Jews did not return to give glory to God. By this, he shows that Israel was hard of heart and utterly unthankful. The stranger, a Samaritan, was of foreign race brought from Assyria. The phrase “in the middle of Samaria and Galilee” has meaning. “He returned with a loud voice to glorify God.” It shows that the Samaritans were grateful but that the Jews, even when they benefited, were ungrateful.

Announcements

  • Last Sunday, 40 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Francis, Fr. Randall, Fr. George, Fr. Michael, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Ted, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Adam, Dylan, Fr. Martin.
  • Adult Catechism. Today, please join in a short catechism class for adults, a great opportunity to reflect, refresh, and learn more about the teachings of our faith. The class will meet weekly and will explore the Profession of faith (Creed), Tim Belke will facilitate. The class will meet in the parish hall immediately after lunch.
  • Cleaning Day at St. Philip’s, on Saturday, Dec 13th, beginning at 10 AM. Come and help prepare our church for Christmas. Bring tools to handles leaves outside, dust and dirt inside.
  • Hospitality sign-up sheet: Dec 14Baker family, Dec 21open, Dec 28open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!

Liturgical schedule

Mon Dec 8th 5:30 PM Divine Liturgy. Maternity of the Holy Anna. Solemn Feast.
 
Wed Dec 10th 5:30 PM Vespers.
Sun Dec 14th 8:30 AM Confessions.

9:10 AM Prayers.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday of the Forefathers.

Tone 2.

 

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

We are in the time of St. Philip’s Fast. Nowadays it is voluntary, only the usual Friday abstinence is ‘required.’ Traditionally, this fast was similar to the Great Fast in discipline: it was meatless and dairy-less, on Saturday and Sunday and Great Feasts oil, wine and fish were permitted.

Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.

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