Bulletin for August 9, 2015


O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.



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

From the Fathers of the Church …

St. John Chrysostom

“His lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children.” Why? Not out of cruelty or inhumanity, for the punishment concerned the steward—his wife was already trapped like a slave to his folly. Rather, this discipline occurred in order to effect his transformation. His purpose is to frighten him by this threat so that he may come to supplication, and not merely that they all be sold. For if the lord had done this with unmitigated punishment in mind, he would not have granted his request, nor would he have bestowed upon him a special favor. He did not dismiss the debt, and he called for an accounting. Why? His teaching purpose was to show him with all justice precisely how much debt he was going to free him from! In this way at least he might in due time become more gentle toward his fellow servant. Yet, even having learned of the weight of his debt and the greatness of the forgiveness, he continued to take his fellow servant by the throat. If the master had not disciplined him beforehand with such attempted medicines, how much worse might his cruelty have been than the shocking extent that it actually turned out to be?

St. John Damascene

It was fitting that the she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped when giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father, It was fitting that God’s Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God.

… St. Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, when he was speaking at the Council of Chalcedon (451AD), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened, upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; wherefrom the Apostles concluded that the body was taken up to heaven.


  • Last Sunday, 54 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, out tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
  • 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, Taylor, Margaret, + Cheryl.
  • Hospitalitysign-up sheet:  Aug 16 – Murin family, Aug 23 – Prescott family, Aug 30 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Agayoff family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.
  • Dormition Fast. This is the last fasting period of our liturgical year which ends on August 31st. The fast begins on August 1st – the day of procession with the Precious and Life-giving Cross of our Lord, and ends on the Eve of Dormition of the Holy Mother of God, August 14th.
  • Blessing of Flowers and Herbs on the Feast of Dormition. Please bring flowers or herbs you use in your home for blessing.
  • Dormition of the holy Mother of God is a holy day of obligation for the faithful of our Eparchy.
  • Annual pilgrimage of our Metropolia in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mt. St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA is on September 5-6 this year. All are invited. If you are unable to journey to Mount St. Macrina, remember the pilgrims in your prayers that weekend. For more information about the pilgrimage, check the sign on the bulletin board, or visit www.sistersofstbasil.org/events.

Liturgical schedule

Fri Aug 14th 6:30 PM Great Vespers.
Sat Aug 15th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of flowers. Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. Solemn Feast. Holy day of obligation.
Sun Aug 16th 8:30 AM Confessions.

9: 10 AM Prayers.

9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.

12th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Friday is a day of simple abstinence. This week, we are still in the season of the Dormition fast (ends on August 14th with Vespers).

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