Bulletin for March 4, 2018 — Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

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…

St. John Chrysostom
imageAdam and Christ, Eve and Mary Have you seen the wonderful victory? Have you seen the splendid deeds of the Cross? Shall I tell you something still more marvelous? Learn in what way the victory was gained, and you will be even more astonished. For by the very means by which the devil had conquered, by these Christ conquered him; and taking up the weapons with which he had fought, he defeated him. Listen to how it was done. A virgin, a tree and a death were the symbols of our defeat. The virgin was Eve: she had not yet known man; the tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the death was Adam’s penalty. But behold again a Virgin and a tree and a death, those symbols of defeat, become the symbols of his victory. For in place of Eve there is Mary; in place of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of the Cross; in place of the death of Adam, the death of Christ. Do you see him defeated by the very things through which he had conquered? At the foot of the tree the devil overcame Adam; at the foot of the tree Christ vanquished the devil. And that first tree sent men to Hades; this second one calls back even those who had already gone down there. Again, the former tree concealed man already despoiled and stripped; the second tree shows a naked victor on high for all to see. And that earlier death condemned those who were born after it; this second death gives life again to those who were born before it. Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds?

imageBy death we were made immortal: these are the glorious deeds of the Cross. Have you understood the victory? Have you grasped how it was wrought? Learn now, how this victory was gained without any sweat or toil of ours. No weapons of ours were stained with blood; our feet did not stand in the front line of battle; we suffered no wounds; witnessed no tumults; and yet we obtained the victory. The battle was the Lord’s, the crown is ours. Since then victory is ours, let us imitate the soldiers, and with joyful voices sing the songs of victory. Let us praise the Lord and say, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The Cross did all these wonderful things for us: the Cross is a war memorial erected against the demons, a sword against sin, the sword with which Christ slew the serpent. The Cross is the Father’s will, the glory of the Only-begotten, the Spirit’s exultation, the beauty of the angels, the guardian of the Church. Paul glories in the Cross; it is the rampart of the saints, it is the light of the whole world.

Announcements
Last Sunday, 50+ 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: Mar 4 – Prescott family, Mar 11 – Ruby family, Mar 18 – Dean family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Cooking day this Saturday, March 10. Please sign up. Other ways to help are available. For more information, see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall, or contact cantor Gene Ford.

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: Mar 4 – Marion Williams, Mar 11 – Dean family, Mar 18 – open. (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.

Daylight savings starts next weekend, March 11. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour.

Liturgical schedule

Wed
Mar 7th
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Sat
Mar 10th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Panachyda.
Fourth All-Souls Saturday.

Sun
Mar 11th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 7.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

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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