O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him! + Christos Razdajetsja! Slavite Jeho!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. John Chrysostom
“Entering the house the Magi saw the Child and Mary His mother. And prostrating, they adored Him. Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” What, one wonders, moved them to adore the Child? Outwardly, there was nothing unusual about the Virgin; and the house, too, was far from impressive. In other respects, also, there was nothing to fill them with wonder or impel them to adoration. Nevertheless, they not only adored, but brought out treasures and offered gifts, such gifts as one offers not to a man but only to God. For frankincense and myrrh are pre-eminently associated with divinity.
What then, inspired their behavior? The same reason that caused them to leave their homes and undertake their hazardous journey, namely, the star and the enlightenment imparted to their hearts by God Himself. And this it was that little by little led them to perfect understanding.
Had it not been so, they would never have paid such high honors, because all that could be seen there appeared very commonplace. What appeared to their senses was of no importance outwardly, the crib, the hut, a poor mother. Now the reason why all this happened as it did, was that you might be struck by the Magi’s eminent wisdom and learn that they came not merely to a man but to God, and what is more, to God as man’s Benefactor.
Therefore the Wise Men were not offended by outward appearances but worshipped and presented gifts — gifts, I say, that differed greatly from those that others in their grossness were using. They did not immolate a sheep or goat but made a spiritual oblation in harmony with highest ideals. For they offered the Infant their wisdom, their obedience, and their love.
“In a dream they were warned not to return to Herod. Accordingly they went back home by another way.” Here observe their great faith. Not only did they take no offense, but they were perfectly calm and obedient, yielding to no confusion of mind or manner. Nor did they complain to one another, saying, for example: “Tell me, is this Child really somebody, and does he have any sort of true power? If so, why this flight, this secret departure? We came openly and trustingly to this great people, and stood before the raging king. Why does the angel send us away now like fugitives?” But they did not think or talk in such a way. And thereby their faith proved itself genuine, since they did not ask a reason for the command but simply obeyed.
Last Sunday, 55 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Bake sale $. Nativity of Our Lord collection was $. 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.
May God favor you with His blessing, protection, and guidance in this New Year 2019 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 30 – Murin family, Jan 6 – potluck. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.
Jan 4 (Friday) – Pre-feast of Theophany – day of strict fast and abstinence
Jan 6 – Parish Potluck (Theophany of Our Lord)
Theophany blessing of homes – please let Fr. Francis know you would like your home blessed.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Circumcision of Our Lord. St. Basil the Great.
Solemn Feast. Cantor: Gene Ford.
6:30 AM Royal Hours of the Theophany.
Day of Strict Fast.
9 AM Divine Liturgy.
3 PM Great Vespers. Blessing of Water.
Eve of Theophany of Our Lord.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Theophany of Our Lord.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Richard Agayoff.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. January 4 (Friday) is a day of strict fast, we observe abstinence from meat and dairy foods. January 5 (Saturday) is a day of simple abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.