Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. John of the Ladder
If the Holy Spirit is peace of soul, as He is said to be, and as He is in reality, and if anger is disturbance of heart, as it actually is and as it is said to be, then nothing so prevents His presence in us as anger.
St. Simeon the New Theologian
A house roof is held up by the foundations and the rest of the building, and the foundation and the rest of the building are laid to hold the roof – since both are necessary and useful – and neither is the roof built without the foundations and the rest of the house, nor can foundations and walls without roof make a building fit to live in. So it is with the soul: the grace of the Holy Spirit is preserved by keeping the commandments, and the keeping of the commandments is the foundation laid for receiving the gifts of God’s grace. Neither does the grace of the Holy Spirit remain in us without our obeying the commandments, nor can obeying the commandments be useful and salutary without Divine grace.
St. Anthony the Great
Leading the repentant man to undertake spiritual work, the Holy Spirit, Who called him to repentance, also grants him His comforts and teaches him not to turn back nor be attached to anything of this world. To this end, He opens the eyes of the soul and gives her to see the beauty
of the purity reached through the works of repentance. In this way He kindles in it zeal for complete purification both of itself and of the body, that the two may be one in purity. For this is the aim of the teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit – to purify them completely and bring them back to their original state, in which they were before the Fall, by destroying in them all adulterations introduced by the devil’s envy, so that nothing of the enemy should remain therein. Then the body will become obedient to the dictates of the mind in all things, and the mind will masterfully determine its food and drink, its sleep and its every other action, constantly learning from the Holy Spirit to “keep under” the “body, and bring it into subjection” (I Corinthians 9:27) as did Apostle Paul.
- Last Sunday, 44 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___, Home Missions collection: $___. 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: May 31 – Sean Baird & Joan Bridges, Jun 14 – Pineda family, Jun 14 – open, Jun 21 – Baker 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 last Sunday!
- Bishop’s Appeal 2015. Bishop’s Appeal ends next Sunday. Thank you for your generous support of our church. If you did not meet your pledge and you would still like to honor it, please do so before next Sunday.
|Mon||May 25th||8:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Pentecost Monday. Simple Feast.|
|Thu||May 28th||7:00 PM Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God.|
|Sun||May 31st||8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|Sunday after the Pentecost – All Saints.|
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
Due to the feast of the Pentecost, this Friday is fast-free, no abstinence is observed.