Bulletin for August 30, 2015

St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church

3866  65th street

Sacramento, CA 95820

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. Augustine of Hippo

All believers are familiar with the story of the wedding of the king’s son and the banquet that followed it, and of how the Lord’s table was thrown open to all comers. When everyone was seated the master of the house came in to see his guests, and among them he noticed one without a wedding garment. So he said to him, “My friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?”

Now what precisely does this mean? Let us try to find out what it is that some believers have, but which the wicked lack, for that will be what the wedding garment is.

Can it be one of the sacraments? Hardly, for these, as we know, are common to good and bad alike. Take baptism for example. It is true that no one comes to God except through baptism, but not every baptized person comes to him. We cannot take this sacrament as the wedding garment, then, for it is a robe worn not only by good people but also by wicked people. Perhaps, then, it is our altar that is meant, or at least what we receive from it. But we know that many who approach the altar eat and drink to their own damnation. Well, then, maybe it is fasting? The wicked can fast too. What about going to church? Some bad people also go to church.

Whatever can this wedding garment be, then? For an answer we must go to the Apostle, who says: The purpose of our command is to arouse the love that springs from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith. There is your wedding garment. It is not love of just any kind. Many people of bad conscience appear to love one another, but you will not find in them

the love that springs from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith. Only that kind of love is the wedding garment.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, says the Apostle, but have no love, lam nothing but a booming gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, if I have all knowledge and understand all mysteries, if I have faith strong enough to move mountains, but have no love, lam nothing. In other words, even with all these gifts I am nothing without Christ. Does that mean that prophecy has no value and that knowledge of mysteries is worthless? No, they are not worthless but I am, if I possess them but have no love. But can the lack of one good thing rob so many others of their value? Yes, without love my confession of the name of Christ even by shedding my blood or offering my body to be burnt will avail me nothing, for I may do this out of a desire for glory. That such things can be endured for the sake of empty show without any real love for God the Apostle also declares. Listen to him: If I give away all I have to the poor, if I hand over my body to be burnt, but have no love, it will avail me nothing. So this is what the wedding garment is. Examine yourselves to see whether you possess it. If you do, your place at the Lord’s table is secure. (Sermon 90, 1. 5-6: PL 38, 559. 561-563)


  • Last Sunday, 57 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, out tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__, gift shop _. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
  • Prayer requests.Fr. Richard, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret.
  • Hospitalitysign-up sheet: Sep 6Baker family, Sep 13open. 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.
  • New Church Year begins on September 1st. According to the calendar on the old Byzantium, new year begins on September 1st. Have a blessed New Year!
  • 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. For those from our Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix who will be attending the Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Uniontown, PA, you are asked to gather for our annual Pilgrimage Photo at the Shrine Altar (directly across from the House of Prayer). Please plan to gather at 1:30pm in order to have the photo taken promptly at 1:45pm (directly after the Moleben that is being celebrated at the Shrine altar). Our Eparchy is responsible for the Children and Teen Pilgrimage Program that begins at 2pm at the Children’s Tent and the Prayer Garden.

Liturgical schedule

Mon Aug 31st 6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Wed Sep 2nd 6:30 PM Vespers.
Sun Sep 6th 8:30 AM Confessions.

9: 10 AM Prayers.

9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.

15th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 6.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Friday is a day of simple abstinence. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.


Sacramento Events

  • St. Anthony Parish (660 Florin Road) Festival is being held on Saturday, September 12, from noon9 pm, lots of live entertainment, food, games and fun to be had. The contact for more details about the festival is the Parish office at (916)428-5678 or the Parish website http://www.stanthony-sacramento.org
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