O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Hillary of Poitiers
At that point, two blind men follow the Lord as he was passing by. But if they could not see, how could the blind men know of the Lord’s departure as well as his name? Moreover, they called him “Son of David” and asked to be made well. In the two blind men, the entire earlier prefiguration is complete. The ruler’s daughter seems to be from these people, namely, the Pharisees and John’s disciples, who already made common cause in testing the Lord. To these unknowing persons the law gave evidence as to the one from whom they sought a cure. It indicated to them that their Savior in the flesh was of the line of David. It also introduced light to the minds of those who were blind from past sins. They could not see Christ but were told about him. The Lord showed them that faith should not be expected as a result of health but health should be expected because of faith. The blind men saw because they believed; they did not believe because they saw. From this we understand that what is requested must be predicated on faith and that faith must not be exercised because of what has been obtained. If they should believe, he offers them sight. And he charges the believers to be silent, for it was exclusively the task of the apostles to preach.
As the Lord Jesus was passing on from the ruler’s house and proceeding to his own (as we read above): “And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city,” suddenly “two blind men cried out and said, ‘Have pity on us, Son of David!'” They are not healed along the route, as they might expect, but only after he reached his house. They approach him and go inside. First, their faith is discussed that they may receive the light of true faith. Another sign is added to the first sign we mentioned about the ruler’s daughter and the woman with a hemorrhage, so that what death and disability demonstrated in the one case, blindness demonstrated in the other. Both men were blind at the time the Lord was passing through this world on the way to his house. Unless they had exclaimed “Have pity on us. Son of David!” and in answer to Jesus’ question “Do you believe that I can do this to you?” affirmed” Yes, Lord,” they would not have received the pristine light.
Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, summer book sale $, St. Peter’s Pence 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. 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, Juraj.
Hospitality signup sheet: Jul 15 – Prescott family, Jul 22 – Murin family, Jul 29 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Dawn Sullivan for providing hospitality forus last Sunday.
Fireworks booth. Thank you to all parishioners and non-parishioners who came and volunteered their time at our fireworks booth. This year we have raised more funds for our parish than in the years past (final report will be published soon). Even though we don’t necessarily “feel” the benefit of this fundraiser, because we immediately pay the high property insurance bill, it helps us greatly. Thank you for your hard work and support. May God grant you many blessed years.
Peter’s Pence Collection. Thank you for your generosity. If you would still like to contribute, you may do so today. We have collected $47 in support of our Holy Father’s missionary and charitable fund.
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
5:30 PM Vespers.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
8th Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
Tone 7. Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.