Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Cyril of Alexandria
We understand the man to be God the Father. For similes represent the truth but are not the truth itself. The Creator of the universe and the Father of glory made a great supper, a festival for the whole world, in honor of Christ. In the last times of the world and at our world’s setting, the Son rose for us. At this time, he suffered death for our sakes and gave us to eat his flesh, the bread from heaven that gives life to the world. Toward evening and by the light of torches, the lamb was also sacrificed according to the law of Moses. With good reason, the invitation that is by Christ is called a supper.
St. Gregory Nazianzus
Or he made a great supper, as having prepared for us the full enjoyment of eternal sweetness. He bade many, but few came, because sometimes they who themselves are subject to him by faith, by their lives oppose his eternal banquet. And this is generally the difference between the delights of the body and the soul, that fleshly delights when not possessed provoke a longing desire for them, but when possessed and devoured, the eater soon turns from satiety to loathing; spiritual delights, on the other hand, when not possessed are loathed, when possessed the more desired. But heavenly mercy recalls those despised delights to the eyes of our memory, and in order that we should drive away our disgust, bids us to the feast. Hence it follows, And he sent his servant, &c. St.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
That servant who was sent is Christ Himself, who being by nature God and the true Son of God, emptied Himself, and took upon Him the form of a servant. But He was sent at supper time. For not in the beginning did the Word take upon Him our nature, but in the last time; and he adds, for all things are ready. For the Father prepared in Christ the good things bestowed upon the world through Him, the removal of sins, the participation of the Holy Spirit, the glory of adoption. To these Christ bade men by the teaching of the Gospel.
- Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $____, candles $__, donations $___. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Christopher OSBM, Sr. Maria Rose OP, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary.
- Hospitalitysign-up sheet: Dec 20 – Agayoff family, Dec 27 – open, Jan 3 – Baker family, Jan 10 – open, Jan 17 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Grismer family and all others for providing hospitality for us last Sunday – on St. Nicholas day.
- Special Collection for our Retired Religious will be taken next Sunday, December 20th. Please support the church effort to take care of our brothers and sisters who spent their lives in service of us all.
- Cleaning Day at St. Philip’s. Thank you for coming yesterday, to help clean the church, may God bless you for giving of your time.
|Mon||Dec 14th||7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Wed||Dec 16th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||Dec 20th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|Sunday before Christmas – of the Ancestors.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Wednesdays and Fridays of St. Philip’s fast are days of simple abstinence. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite church (6811 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael) invites you to visit the Relics of St. Sharbel from Lebanon, on Dec 14-15. The church will be open all day, evening services are scheduled. For more information, visit www.maronite-sac.org, or call (916) 483-6691.