Bulletin for June 7, 2015

Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  +  Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory  for ever!

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. Basil of Seleucia

Having recognized the prophet foretold by the prophets, Andrew led his brother to the one he had found. To Peter, who was still in ignorance, he revealed the treasure: We have found the Messiah for whom we were longing. How many sleepless nights we spent beside the waters of the Jordan, and now we have found the one for whom we longed! Nor was Peter slow when he heard these words, for he was Andrew’s brother. He listened attentively, then hastened with great eagerness.

Taking Peter with him, Andrew brought his brother to the Lord, thus making him his fellow-disciple. This was Andrew’s first achievement: he increased the number of the apostles by bringing Peter to Christ, so that Christ might find in him the disciples’ leader. When later on Peter won approval, it was thanks to the seed sown by Andrew. But the commendation given to the one rebounded to the other, for the virtues of each belonged to both, and each was proud of the other’s merits. Indeed, when Peter promptly answered the master’s question, how much joy he gave to all the disciples by breaking their embarrassed silence! Peter alone acted as the mouthpiece of those to whom the question was addressed. As though all spoke through him, he replied clearly on their behalf: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. In one sentence he acknowledged both the Savior and his saving plan.

Notice how these words echo Andrew’s. By prompting Peter the Father endorsed from above the words Andrew used when he led Peter to Christ. Andrew had said: We have found the Messiah. The Father said, prompting Peter: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, almost forcing these words on Peter. “Peter”, he said, “when you are questioned, use Andrew’s words in reply. Show yourself very prompt in answering your master. Andrew did not lie to you when he said: We have found the Messiah. Turn the Hebrew words into Greek and cry out: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”


  • Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___, Max’s raffle proceeds were %__. Sunday before last, 72 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. Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, George, Adam, Joanne and Bob, Taylor.
  • Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jun 7 – Pineda family, Jun 14Long family, Jun 21Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family who provided hospitality for us two weeks ago, and to Sean Baird and Joan Bridges who provided hospitality last Sunday!
  • Apostles’ Fast, or St. Peter’s Fast began last Monday. This penitential season starts after All Saints Sunday and ends on the Feast of the Prime Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29th). There is no particular fasting discipline given by our bishop, minimum observance is meatless Fridays, but individually we can do more.

Liturgical schedule

Mon Jun 8th 7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.  
Thu Jun 11th 7:00 PM Vespers.  
Sun Jun 14th 8:30 AM Confessions.

9: 10 AM Prayers.

9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.

3rd Sunday after the Pentecost.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

During the Apostles’ Fast, the minimum observance is simple abstinence on Fridays.


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