Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Saint John Chrysostom
Have you seen the wonderful victory? Have you seen the splendid deeds of the Cross? Shall I tell you something still more marvelous? Learn in what way the victory was gained, and you will be even more astonished. For by the very means by which the devil had conquered, by these Christ conquered him; and taking up the weapons with which he had fought, he defeated him. Listen to how it was done.
A virgin, a tree and a death were the symbols of our defeat. The virgin was Eve: she had not yet known man; the tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the death was Adam’s penalty. But behold again a Virgin and a tree and a death, those symbols of defeat, become the symbols of his victory. For in place of Eve there is Mary; in place of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of the Cross; in place of the death of Adam, the death of Christ.
Do you see him defeated by the very things through which he had conquered? At the foot of the tree the devil overcame Adam; at the foot of the tree Christ vanquished the devil. And that first tree sent men to Hades; this second one calls back even those who had already gone down there. Again, the former tree concealed man already despoiled and stripped; the second tree shows a naked victor on high for all to see. And that earlier death condemned those who were born after it; this second death gives life again to those who were born before it. Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds? By death we were made immortal: these are the glorious deeds of the Cross. Have you understood the victory? Have you grasped how it was wrought? Learn now, how this victory was gained without any sweat or toil of ours. No weapons of ours were stained with blood; our feet did not stand in the front line of battle; we suffered no wounds; witnessed no tumults; and yet we obtained the victory. The battle was the Lord’s, the crown is ours. Since then victory is ours, let us imitate the soldiers, and with joyful voices sing the songs of victory. Let us praise the Lord and say, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
The Cross did all these wonderful things for us: the Cross is a war memorial erected against the demons, a sword against sin, the sword with which Christ slew the serpent. The Cross is the Father’s will, the glory of the Only-begotten, the Spirit’s exultation, the beauty of the angels, the guardian of the Church. Paul glories in the Cross; it is the rampart of the saints, it is the light of the whole world.
· Last Sunday, 71 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__, Clergy Medical Insurance $___. Bishop’s Appeal: $____ (so far, we received 7 pledges). 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: Mar 6 – Prescott family, Mar 13 – Baker family, Mar 20 – Murin family, Mar 27 – Pascha potluck, Apr 3 – Mason family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Digirolamo family for providing our hospitality meal for us last Sunday.
· Pysanki workshop. Still going on, not too late to join and create some beauty for your Pascha basket – all ages, all skill levels welcome. See Mrs. Joan for instructions and assistance.
· Bishop’s Appeal. Our goal this year is $3,800. 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, tickets sold at the door (Adult $12, Child $6, Family $35), 5-8 PM. If you can help please let Fr. Francis know. Reserve the date! Invite family and friends! Come, join us!
Wed Mar 2nd -5:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts.
Sat Mar 5th
8: 00 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachida.-4th All-Souls Saturday.
Sun Mar 6th -8:30 AM Confessions. – 9: 10 AM Prayers. -9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
4th Sunday of the Great Fast – John Climacus. Tone 8.
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.