Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. John Chrysostom
Let us then also follow the magi, let us separate ourselves from our barbarian customs, and make our distance from them great, that we may see Christ, since they too, had they not been far from their own country, would have missed seeing Him. Let us depart from the things of earth. For so the wise men, while they were in Persia, saw but the star, but after they had departed from Persia, they beheld the Sun of Righteousness. Or rather, they would not have seen so much as the star, unless they had readily risen up from thence. Let us then also rise up; though all men be troubled, let us run to the house of the young Child; though kings, though nations, though tyrants interrupt this our path, let not our desire pass away. For so shall we thoroughly repel all the dangers that beset us. Since these too, except they had seen the young Child, would not have escaped their danger from the king. Before seeing the young Child, fears and dangers pressed upon them from every side; but after the adoration, it is calm and security; and no longer a star but an angel receives them, having become priests from the act of adoration; for we see that they offered gifts also…
St. Ambrose of Milan
But the holy David is the more excellent in this, that he confessed himself to be but man, and neglected not to wash out with the tears of repentance the sin of which he bad been guilty, in so taking away Urias’ wife. Herein showing us that none ought to trust in his own strength for we have a mighty adversary whom we cannot overcome without God’s aid. And you will commonly observe very heavy sins befalling to the share of illustrious men, that they may not from their other excellent virtues be thought more than men, but that you may see that as men they yield to temptation.
· Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $____, candles $__, donations $__, Christmas collection $___. 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. Patricia, 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.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: 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 Agayoff family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
· Our Christmas collection this year will be used to repaint the hallway in front of the bathrooms and to repaint and improve the parish hall.
· Special Collection for our Retired Religious. Thank you all for your generosity and support for our retired monastics. If you missed the opportunity to contribute to this collection but still wish to do so, you can send your donation (marked “Retired Religious”) to the parish office before next Sunday.
· Christmas in Eastern Europe Bake-sale. Our bake-sale on November 14th was very successful as a fundraiser, the total profit for our parish is $3,449.37. Thank you again for all the hard work you put into this event.
3:00 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
9 PM Great Compline.
Vigil of Christmas.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Holy day of obligation.
9 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis to the Holy Mother of God. Solemn Feast.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Christmas – David Joseph and James. St. Stephen the First-Martyr. Tone 6.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. St. Philip’s fast concludes on Christmas Eve which is a day of strict abstinence (no meat or dairy foods) – the fast is broken at the Holy Supper, after Vespers.