Bulletin for Dec. 16, 2018

imageO 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. Clement of Alexandria

The holy agape is the sublime and saving creation of the Lord…. An agape is in reality heavenly food, a banquet of the Word. The agape, or love, “bears all things, endures all things, hopes all things. Love never fails. “Blessed is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God.” The most unlikely of all downfalls is charity that does not fail” to be thrown down from heaven to earth among all these dainty seasonings. Do you still imagine that I refer to a meal that will be destroyed? “If I distribute my goods to the poor and do not have love,” Scripture says, “I am nothing.” The whole law and the word depend on this love. If you love the Lord your God and your neighbor,’ there will be a heavenly feast in heaven. The earthly feast, as we have proved from Scripture, is called a supper. It is permeated with love yet is not identified with it but is an expression of mutual and generous good will.
Last Sunday, 49 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Bake sale $, book sale $, Special Collection (Retired Religious) $. 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, Alex, Stefan.

Hospitality signup sheet: Dec 16 – Prescott family, Dec 23 – Baker family, Dec 30 – open, Jan 6 – potluck. 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.

The Retired Religious collection is taken today. If you would like to contribute you may do so until next Sunday, please mark your donation “Retired Religious.” May God richly bless you for your generosity.

Ask about our baked goods. We still have some baked goods in the freezer: nut rolls, zucchini bread, etc. You’ll get a good deal? All goods must go! Thank you for supporting our young bakers.

Upcoming: St. Philip’s Fast is from November 15 to December 24
Dec 24 (Monday) – Christmas Vigil – day of strict fast and abstinence
Jan 4 (Friday) – Pre-feast of Theophany – day of strict fast and abstinence
Jan 6 – Parish Potluck (Theophany of Our Lord)

Liturgical schedule

Mon Dec 17th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sun Dec 23rd
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday before Christmas – of the Ancestors (31st after Pentecost). Tone 6.
Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.

Mon Dec 24th
6:30 AM Royal Hours.
3 PM Great Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil.
9:30 PM Great Compline.
Vigil of Christmas.

Tue Dec 25th
9 AM Canon of Matins.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Christmas – Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh.
Holy Day of Obligation.

Wed Dec 26th
9 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Theotokos. Solemn Feast.

Thu Dec 27th
9 AM Divine Liturgy.
St. Stephen the First Martyr. Feast.

Sun Dec 30th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Christmas (31st after Pentecost) – David, Joseph and James.
Tone 7. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Steve Prescott.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. We are in the season of St. Philip’s Fast, the minimum fasting discipline is abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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