Bulletin for Feb. 11, 2018 – Cheesefare Sunday — Sunday of Forgiveness


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


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

From the Fathers of the Church…

Prayer of Ephrem the Syrian to the Holy Spirit
O Lord and Heavenly King, Comforter and Spirit of Truth, have pity and mercy upon me, Your sinful servant. Forgive me, though I am unworthy, and remit whatever sins I have committed against You today – both as a man and not as a man, but acting worse than an animal. Forgive my voluntary and involuntary sins, those committed knowingly and in ignorance, from my youth and knowledge of evil, and those which have arisen from insolence and despondency. Forgive me if I have cursed in Your name or have blasphemed it in my mind. Forgive me if I have reproached or cursed someone in my anger, or if I have caused grief or become angry because of something. Forgive me if I have turned away a poor person who came to me. Forgive me if I have caused my brother grief, or judged or condemned anyone. Forgive me if I have exalted myself or become angry. Forgive me if, while standing in prayer, my mind was turned to the evil of this world and I considered returning. Forgive me if I have eaten or drunk inordinately or acted foolishly. Forgive me if I have thought of evil, and have seen the good as something strange, and by this strangeness was wounded in heart. Forgive me if I have spoken dishonorably, or have laughed at the sin of my brother; for my own sins are without number. Forgive me if I have been negligent concerning prayer, or have forgotten any other evil which I have done; for I have committed all these and greater sins than these I have committed. O Master and Creator, have mercy on me, your humble and unworthy servant. Remit, pardon, and forgive me; for You are Good and the Lover of Mankind. May I, who am sinful, dissolute, and cursed, lie down in peace to sleep and rest; and I will adore, praise, and glorify Your all-honorable Name with the Father, and His only-begotten Son, now and always, and forever and ever. Amen.

St. Isaac the Syrian
If the lawyer Himself fasts, how can any of those who have to obey the Law, be exempt from fasting? This is why the human race knew no victory before fasting, and the devil was never defeated by our nature as it is: but this weapon has indeed deprived the devil of strength from the outset. As soon as the devil sees someone possessed of this weapon, fear straightway falls on this adversary and tormentor of ours, who remembers and thinks of his defeat by the Savior in the wilderness; his strength is at once destroyed and the sight of the weapon, given us by the Supreme Leader, burns him up. A man armed with the weapon of fasting is always afire with zeal. He who remains therein, keeps his mind steadfast and ready to meet and repel all violent passions.

· Last Sunday, 52 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $. 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. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Feb 18 – open, Feb 25 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Agayoff family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Great Fast begins tomorrow, Feb 12. For the faithful of our Eparchy, tomorrow is a day of strict fast (meatless, dairyless, one full meal and two refreshments), then Wednesdays and Fridays are meatless days. This is a minimum fasting discipline, you are free to fast as much as you are able to.

· 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: Feb 11 – Dean family, Feb 18 – Prescott family, Feb 25 – Ruby family. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal begins now. Our parish goal is $. The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office, if you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter. This year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks to be made to Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.

Liturgical schedule

Feb 14th
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Feb 17th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Feb 18th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
First Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 4.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Amy Seyfried.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The minimum fasting discipline in our Eparchy is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.

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