Bulletin for April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday

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

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Andrew of Crete
…In his humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and he is glad that he became so humble for our sake, glad that he came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to himself. And even though we are told that he has now ascended above the highest heavens—the proof, surely, of his power and godhead—his love for man will never rest until he has raised our earthbound nature from glory to glory, and made it one with his own in heaven. So let us spread before his feet, not garments of soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel.
· Last Sunday, 46 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. 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, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Camden, Rosa.

· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Apr 16 – Pascha potluck. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall.

· Bishop’s Appeal 2017. This year, the goal for our parish is $____ ($___ per household), the deadline for the Appeal is May 31st. Please send your pledges to the parish office today! Up to date we have received 7 pledges and $____ in contributions.

· Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Thank you all for coming and supporting our parish, special thanks to those who helped with this event. May God bless you for what you do for our parish and for one another.

· Thank you all who work hard to make our church grounds nice.

· Great and Holy Friday – a day of strict fast, special collection for the Church in the Holy Land is taken after Burial Vespers.

· Holy Week services. On Wednesday, we celebrate Liturgy of the Presanctified gifts and Holy Anointing (of the sick) (at 6PM), please let father know beforehand if you would like to be anointed. Holy Thursday is an important celebration – we celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper (at 6PM). Holy Friday is Our Lord’s burial, we pray Vespers and process with burial shroud around the church (at 6PM). Saturday has beautiful Matins at the tomb of Jesus (at 8AM). On Pascha, we begin with Matins of the Resurrection at 9 AM, followed by Divine Liturgy and blessing of foods.

· Alive in Christ – ascetical boot camp for boys and men will take place in Prescott, AZ this year, July 6th – 9th. Application deadline is May 12th. For more information, see the flyer in the entry way.

Liturgical schedule

Apr 12th
6 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Holy Anointing.
Great and Holy Wednesday.

Apr 13th
6 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Great and Holy Thursday.

Apr 14th
6 PM Burial Vespers.
Great and Holy Friday.

Apr 15th
8 AM Matins.
Great and Holy Saturday.

Apr 16th
9 AM Resurrection Matins.
10 AM Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of foods.
Pascha – Resurrection of our Lord.

Apr 17th
6 PM Divine Liturgy. Procession with Gospel readings.
Bright Monday. Solemn Feast.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great and Holy Week are days of simple abstinence from meat foods, however, we are encouraged to follow a stricter fasting rule (traditionally, no meat, dairy, oil, fish, wine during Great Fast, some exceptions are in place for special days). Great and Holy Friday is a day of strict fast – one full meal, two small meals a day, no meat or dairy. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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