Bulletin for July 24, 2016

Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  +  Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!

 From the Fathers of the Church…

St. John Chrysostom

“The Disciples Could Not Heal Him” (Mt 17:16) The Scripture shows that this man is very weak in faith. This is evident from many things: from Christ’s saying, “All things are possible to him who believes,” and from the fact that the man himself as he approached said, “Help my unbelief.” And it is evident from Christ’s ordering the demon “never to enter him again” and from the man’s saying again to Christ, “If you can.” But you will say, “If his unbelief was the reason why the demon had not gone out of the boy, why does he blame the disciples?” To show that they can often cure the sick, even though no one brings them in with faith. For just as the faith of the one bringing in the sick was often sufficient for receiving a cure even from lesser ministers, so the virtue of the minister was also sufficient to achieve a miracle even without the faith of those bringing them in. Both of these are demonstrated in the Scriptures; for those around Cornelius drew to them the power of the Spirit by their faith. And in the time of Elisha, when no one believed, a dead man was raised.

… “How long am I to bear with you?” (Mt 17: 17) Note this man’s lack of sense in another instance: in full view of the crowd he pleads to Jesus against his disciples, saying, “I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.” But Jesus dismissed these complaints before the people and blamed him the more, saying, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?” He is not addressing this person alone, so as not to upset him, but he is addressing all the Jews. For it is likely that many had been offended and thought ill of the disciples.

But when he says, “How long am I to be with you?” he shows how welcome death is to him and his desire of passing on from here. He longs for his departure. It is being with them, and not so much the crucifixion, that is grievous.

He did not put up with their complaints, but what does he say? “Bring him here to me.” And he himself further asks him, “How long has this been this way?” He is thereby both defending the disciples and leading the man to a better hope, that he should believe that there will be an end to his troubles. And Jesus lets him be convulsed, not for display (for when the crowd gathered he rebuked the demon) but for the father’s sake, that when he saw the demon being put to flight at Christ’s mere call, so at least, if in no other way, he might be led to believe the coming miracle.


·  Last Sunday, 27 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, Adam, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude, Peter.

·  Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jul 31open, Aug 7open, Aug 14open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Pineda family for providing hospitality meal for us last Sunday.

·  Blessings. Our liturgical year has some seasonal blessings scattered throughout. Some of them are coming up at this time. Today we will bless cars (or any means of transportation) which is traditionally done on the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah. On August 1st, feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross and also beginning of Dormition fast, small blessing of water takes place, to replenish our Jordan water supply. On the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6th), we bless first fruits, and on the feast of Dormition of the Holy Mother of God (August 15th), we bless flowers and herbs. All the seasonal blessings are to remind us of the benefits God generously bestows upon us with His providence.

·  Annual Pilgrimage to the Eparchial Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Olympia, WA on August 19-21, 2016. Divine Liturgy, Matins and Vespers, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and the mysteries of Penance and Holy Anointing of the sick highlight the weekend. Saturday lunch and evening BBQ meals are provided at a nominal charge. Lodge at a nearby hotel or camp on premises. For more information, see the posted bulletin or call (360) 459-8373.

Liturgical schedule

Mon Jul 25th 7:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Dormition of St. Anna.
Thu Jul 28th 5:30 PM Vespers.
Sun Jul 31st 8:30 AM Confessions.

9:00 AM Prayers

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

11th Sunday after Pentecost.

Tone 1.


For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, abstinence from meat foods is observed. Let us remember one another in our prayers.



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