Bulletin for Dec. 17, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Cyril of Alexandria

What is the nature of the invitation? “Come, for look, all things are ready.” God the Father has prepared in Christ gifts for the inhabitants of the earth. Through Christ, he bestowed the forgiveness of sins, cleansing away of all defilement, communion of the Holy Spirit, glorious adoption as children, and the kingdom of heaven. To these blessings, Christ invited Israel, before all others, by the commandments of the Gospel. He has even said by the voice of the psalmist: “But I have been sent as a king by him,” that is, by God the Father, “on Zion his holy mountain to preach the commandment of the Lord.” (Psalm 2:6)

· Last Sunday, 48 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $,  gift shop $, Christmas collection $. 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. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 24 – Christmas potluck (Holy Supper meal), Dec 31 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Molly Carlson, and Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Retired Religious collection. Thank you for your support, we have collected $ to support our retired religious. May God grant you many years for your generosity.

· PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: Dec 17 – Baker family, Dec 24 – Amy Seyfried family, Dec 31 – Marion Williams. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· Friday, December 22nd is a day of strict fast (meatless, dairy-less, one full meal and two small ones). We observe it on Friday this year, since December 24th, when it is usually prescribed, falls on Sunday. Liturgically, the Royal Hours are celebrated on Friday. Royal hours is a Christmas Eve service of four liturgical services, traditionally celebrated throughout the day, with its own psalms, troparia, stychiras and readings. Nowadays the four are combined into one longer service.

Liturgical schedule

Dec 18th
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Dec 22nd
7:00 AM Royal Hours.

Dec 24th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Hospitality – Holy Supper potluck
1 PM Great Vespers of Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh.
10 PM Great Compline.
Sunday before Christmas – of the Ancestors. Tone 4.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

Dec 25th
9:30 AM Canon of Matins
10 AM Divine Liturgy
Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh. Holy day of obligation.

Dec 26th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Theotokos. Solemn Feast.

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

Dec 31st
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Christmas. David, Joseph, and James.
Tone 5. Cantor Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

During St. Philip’s Fast, we are obliged to observe abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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