Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Saint John of Damascus
If you speak of pagan abuses, these abuses do not make our veneration of images loathsome. Blame the pagans, who made images into gods! Just because the pagans used them in a foul way, that is no reason to object to our pious practice. Sorcerers and magicians use incantations and the Church prays over catechumens; the former conjure up demons while the Church calls upon God to exorcise the demons. Pagans make images of demons which they address as gods, but we make images of God incarnate, and of His servants and friends, and with them we drive away the demonic hosts….If the Scripture says, The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands (Ps. 135:15), it is not forbidden to bow before inanimate things, or the handiwork of men, but only before those images which are the devil’s work.
In former times God, who is without form or body, could never be depicted. But now when God is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter; who worked out my salvation through matter. Never will I cease honoring the matter which wrought my salvation! I honor it, but not as God. How could God be born out of things which have no existence in themselves? God’s body is God because it is joined to His person by a union which shall never pass away. The divine nature remains the same; the flesh created in time is quickened by a reason endowed soul. Because of this I salute all remaining matter with reverence, because God has filled it with His grace and power. Through it my salvation has come to me. Was not the thrice-happy and thrice blessed wood of the Cross matter? What of the life bearing rock, the holy and life-giving tomb, the fountain of our resurrection, was it not matter? Is not the ink in the most holy Gospel-book matter? Is not the life-giving altar made of matter? From it we receive the bread of life! Are not gold and silver matter? From them we make crosses, patens, chalices! And over and above all these things, is not the Body and Blood of our Lord matter? Either do away with the honor and veneration these things deserve, or accept the tradition of the Church and the veneration of images…
· Last Sunday, 53 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. Patricia, Sr. Maria Rose OP, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude.
Hospitality sign-up sheet: Feb 21 – Digirolamo family, Feb 28 – Janson family, Mar 6 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family for providing our hospitality meal for us last Sunday.
· Pysanki workshop. We continue our pysanki workshop from last year, all ages, all skill levels welcome. See Mrs. Joan for instructions and assistance. It will go on for a few Sundays (until your art is complete), beginning today.
· Bishop’s Appeal is here again. Our goal this year is $_____ – which corresponds to $___ times the number of our registered households. It is understood that for some this is a large sum, while others may find it less challenging to give. Please prayerfully consider your contribution to the Appeal. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Your pledge cards are due in the parish office as soon as possible. Your contributions are to be made to “St. Philip the Apostle,” please mark your donation as “Bishop’s Appeal.”
· St. Philip’s Fish-Fry & Pirohy Dinner. This year, on Lazarus’ Saturday, March 19th. Reserve the date! All volunteers please report to Fr. Francis.
· Do you have a good recipe for fasting season you would like to share? Send it to Fr. Francis by e-mail, to be forwarded to others.
Wed Feb 17th -5:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts.
Sat Feb 20th – 8: 00 AM Divine Liturgy.
2nd All-Souls Saturday.
Sun Feb 21st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
2nd Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 6.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays are days of penance, simple abstinence from meat foods is observed. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.