Bulletin for Dec. 23, 2018

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. Cyril of Alexandria

Said the Apostle of the Only-begotten, Who being in the form of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with God. Who then is this who is in the form of God? Or how emptied He Himself, and humbled Himself to the likeness of man? If time above mentioned heretics dividing Christ into two parts, i. e the Man and the Word, affirm that it was the Man that was emptied of glory, they in must first show what form and equality with the Father are understood to be, and did exist, which might suffer any manner of emptying.

But there is no creature, in its own proper nature, equal with the Father; how then can any creature be said to be emptied? Or from what eminence to descend to become man? Or how can he be understood to have taken upon Him, as though he had not at first, the form of a servant? But, they say, the Word being equal with the Father dwelt in Man born of a woman, and this is the emptying.

I hear the Son truly saying to the Holy Apostles, If any man love Me he will keep My saying; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. Hear how he said that He and the Father will dwell in them that love Him. Do you then suppose that we shall grant that He is there emptied of His glory and has taken upon Him the form of a servant, when He makes His abode in the hearts of them that love Him? Or the Holy Spirit, does He fulfill an assumption of human flesh, when He dwells in our hearts?

Last Sunday, 48 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.

Merry Christmas from Fr. Francis. May the new-born Prince of Peace fill your hearts and homes with enduring peace during this season and always.

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 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 Prescott family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

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: 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)

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

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

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

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

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

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. December 24 is a day of strict fast, we observe abstinence from meat and dairy foods (dairy, oil, and fish ok for Holy Supper after Vespers). Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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