Bulletin for December 25, 2016

Christos Razdajetsja! Slavite Jeho! + Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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. Athanasius the Great

Aaron was not born a high priest, but a man, and in the course of time, when God willed, he became a high priest … putting on over his usual clothes the ephod, breastplate and robe … and thus clad he entered into the holy place and offered the sacrifice for the people. So the Lord in the beginning was the Word…, but when the Father willed that ransoms should be given for all and grace bestowed on all, then indeed, just as Aaron put on his robe, so the Word took earthly flesh, having Mary for the mother of His body, to correspond to the virgin soul from which Adam was made], that as a High Priest, Himself having the offering, He might offer Himself unto the Father and cleanse us all from sins. As Aaron remained the same and did not change by assuming the high priest’s dress … so the Lord did not become another by taking the flesh, but remained the same and was clothed in it.

St. Ephrem the Syrian

In her virginity Eve put on leaves of shame. Your Mother put on, in her virginity, the garment of glory that suffices for all. I gave the small mantle of the body to the One Who covers all. Blessed are you also, Mary, whose name is great and exalted because of your Child. Indeed, you were able to say how much and how and where the Great One, Who became small, dwelt in you.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Become like Christ, since Christ has become like us. Become gods for him since he became human for us … he has become poor to enrich us by his poverty … he has come to earth to bring us to heaven. . . . Give all, offer all, to him who has given himself for us as a prize and ransom. We will give nothing as great as ourselves if we have grown by the nature of this mystery and have become for him all which he has become for us.

· Last Sunday, 54 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, donations $___, candles $__, Retired Religious $_, Sidewalk repair donation $___. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.

· Prayer requests. Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Patricia, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude, Cantor Gene.

· Many blessing upon you and your families on this Christmas day, may the gift of the Savoir born in Bethlehem of Judea, for our salvation fill you with peace and joy.

· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jan 1 – open, Jan 8 – Janson family, Jan 15 – Gene Ford, Jan 22 – Agayoff family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Liturgical schedule

Mon Dec 26th
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Theotokos. Solemn Holy Day.

Tue Dec 27th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
St. Stephen the First Martyr.

Sun Jan 1st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Circumcision of Our Lord. St. Basil the Great. Sunday before Theophany.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Let us remember one another in our prayers.

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