Bulletin for November 30, 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. Cyril of Alexandria

But our Lord, to show that His coming into this world was to be the loosing of human infirmities, healed this woman. Hence it follows, and when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said to her, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. A word most suitable to God, full of heavenly majesty; for by His royal assent He dispels the disease. He also laid His hands upon her, for it follows, He laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. We should here answer, that the Divine power had put on the sacred flesh. For it was the flesh of God Himself, and of no other, as if the Son of Man existed apart from the Son of God, as some have falsely thought. But the ungrateful ruler of the synagogue, when he saw the woman, who before was creeping on the ground, now by Christ’s single touch made upright, and relating the mighty works of God, sullies his zeal for the glory of the Lord with envy, and condemns the miracle, that he might appear to be jealous for the Sabbath. As it follows, and the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said to the people, there are six days in which men ought to work, and not on the Sabbath-day. He would have those who are dispersed about on the other days, and engaged in their own works, not come on the Sabbath to see and admire our Lord’s miracles, lest by chance they should believe. But the law has not forbidden all manual work on the Sabbath-day, and has it forbidden that which is done by a word or the mouth? Cease then both to eat and drink and speak and sing. And if you read not the law, how is it a Sabbath to you? But supposing the law has forbidden manual works, how is it a manual work to raise a woman upright by a word?


  • Last Sunday, 49 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s.
  • Prayer requests. 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.
  • St. Nicholas is coming to visit us. Please encourage kids to bring extra shoe/s to church for his feast, and maybe they will find a gift in it after.
  • 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 7 – open, 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 Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!

Liturgical schedule

Mon Dec 1st 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sat Dec 6th 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Nicholas of Myra. Solemn Feast.
Sun Dec 7th 8:30 AM Confessions.

9:10 AM Prayers.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

26th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1.

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.


Sacramento Events …

  • Advent Parish Mission. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (corner of Robertson Ave and Norris Ave in Sacramento), from Monday Dec 1st till Friday Dec 5th, at 6:30 PM, all are welcome. The speaker, John Pridmore is internationally known speaker, especially for his powerful conversion story and book “From Gangland to Promised Land.”
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