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. Caesarius of Arles
What does this mean, “take up a cross”? It means he will bear with whatever is troublesome, and in this very act he will be following me. When he has begun to follow me according to my teaching and precepts, he will find many people contradicting him and standing in his way, many who not only deride but even persecute him. Moreover, this is true, not only of pagans who are outside the church, but also of those who seem to be in it visibly, but are outside of it because of the perversity of their deeds. Although these glory in merely the title of Christian, they continually persecute faithful Christians. Such belong to the members of the church in the same way that bad blood is in the body. Therefore, if you wish to follow Christ, do not delay in carrying his cross; tolerate sinners, but do not yield to them. Do not let the false happiness of the wicked corrupt you. You do well to despise all things for the sake of Christ, in order that you may be fit for his companionship.
When the Lord tells us in the Gospel that anyone who wants to be his follower must renounce himself, the injunction seems harsh; we think he is imposing a burden on us. But an order is no burden when it is given by one who helps in carrying it out. To what place are we to follow Christ if not where he has already gone? We know that he has risen and ascended into heaven; there, then, we must follow him. There is no cause for despair—by ourselves we can do nothing, but we have Christ’s promise…. One who claims to abide in Christ ought to walk as he walked. Would you follow Christ? Then be humble as he was humble. Do not scorn his lowliness if you want to reach his exaltation. Human sin made the road rough. Christ’s resurrection leveled it. By passing over it himself he transformed the narrowest of tracks into a royal highway. Two feet are needed to run along this highway; they are humility and charity. Everyone wants to get to the top—well, the first step to take is humility. Why take strides that are too big for you—do you want to fall instead of going up? Begin with the first step, humility, and you will already be climbing.
Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, candles $, donations $, altar server vestments $. 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. Basil, 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, Joan, Stefan.
Hospitality signup sheet: Sep 23 – Agayoff family, Sep 30 – open, Oct 7 – Murin 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.
Our pre-Christmas events are fast approaching. As in years past, our parish will participate in Christmas around the world festival held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento (on November 10). We will have baking days in October (on Saturday mornings), to prepare for the event. If you are willing to chair the event for our parish, please contact Fr. Francis. Likewise, if you are interested in helping us bake, contact Fr. Francis.
Altar Server Vestments. Our altar server vestments are due for replacement. We are in need of 4-6 vestments of bright color at this time. The cost of one vestment is around $200, depending on size. Beginning this first Sunday of September and for two following Sundays, we’ll take the second collection for this purpose. You can also send your donation to parish office, please mark your donation “server vestments.” Thank you in advance for your support.
Parish Visitation. Thank you, Fr. Stephen Washko, our Syncellus, for being with us this weekend.
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
5:30 PM Vespers.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
18th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Belke.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.