O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He’s Risen! +
Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!
From an Anonymous Ancient Homily…
What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.
The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: “My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam: “And with your spirit.” And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” “I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise. I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.
For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.
Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image. See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you. But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.
The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”
Last Sunday, 63 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Bishop’s Appeal $. 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.
Hospitality signup sheet: Apr 8 – St. Thomas Potluck, Apr 15 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who prepared delicious fish-fry pirohy leftovers for us last Sunday.
May Our Lord’s Glorious Resurrection fill your hearts and homes with joy, on this day and always! Blessed Easter to you!
Special Collection on Great and Holy Friday is taken in support of the Christians in the Holy Land. You can still contribute to this collection today, please mark your donation “Church in the Holy Land.”
Thomas’ Sunday. We will hold advisory board meeting following Divine Liturgy, to evaluate our Fish-Fry Pirohy event and for parish updates. All are welcome to attend and provide input.
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: Apr 1 – Dean family, Apr 8 – open, Apr 15 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)
Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Procession around the church.
Bright Monday. Solemn Feast.
5:30 PM Paschal Vespers.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Antipascha – Thomas’ Sunday.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Bright Week (from Pascha to Thomas’ Sunday) is festive, fast-free.