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 …
An old man much given to austerities questioned Abba Ammonas: “Three thoughts occupy me, either, should I wander in the deserts, or should I go to a foreign land where no one knows me, or should I shut myself up in a cell without opening the door to anyone, eating only every second day?” Abba Ammonas replied, “It is not right for you to do any of these three things. Rather, sit in your cell and eat a little every day, keeping the word of the publican always in your heart, and you may be saved.”
St. Augustine of Hippo
How useful and necessary a medicine is repentance! People who remember that they are only human will readily understand this. It is written, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” … The Pharisee was not rejoicing so much in his own clean bill of health as in comparing it with the diseases of others. He came to the doctor. It would have been more worthwhile to inform him by confession of the things that were wrong with himself instead of keeping his wounds secret and having the nerve to crow over the scars of others. It is not surprising that the tax collector went away cured, since he had not been ashamed of showing where he felt pain.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
What profit is there in fasting twice in the week if it serves only as a pretext for ignorance and vanity and makes you proud, haughty and selfish? You tithe your possessions and boast about it. In another way, you provoke God’s anger by condemning and accusing other people because of this. You are puffed up, although not crowned by the divine decree for righteousness. On the contrary, you heap praises on yourself. He says, “I am not as the rest of humankind.” Moderate yourself, O Pharisee. Put a door and lock on your tongue. You speak to God who knows all things. Wait for the decree of the judge. No one who is skilled in wrestling ever crowns himself. No one also receives the crown from himself but waits for the summons of the referee…. Lower your pride, because arrogance is accursed and hated by God. It is foreign to the mind that fears God. Christ even said, “Do not judge, and you shall not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned,” One of his disciples also said/There is one lawgiver and judge. Why then do you judge your neighbor?” No one who is in good health ridicules one who is sick for being laid up and bedridden. He is rather afraid, for perhaps he may become the victim of similar sufferings. A person in battle, because another has fallen, does not praise himself for having escaped from misfortune. The weakness of others is not a suitable subject for praise for those who are in health.
- Last Sunday, 37 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $. 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, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Alex, Stefan, Leroy.
- Hospitality signup sheet: Feb 10 – Molly Carlson, Feb 17 – Agayoff family, Feb 24 – open. 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.
- All Souls Saturdays. Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. By February 17th, please submit to the parish office the names of those you which to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated. You can email your list to Fr. Francis, or place it in the collection basket. The First All Souls Saturday is on February 23rd.
- Eparchial Appeal 2019 (formally Bishop’s Appeal) began in January. Few weeks ago, you received the pledge form and information for the appeal, either by mail or in the Sunday bulletin. Again this year, we are requested to send our pledges and donations directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Phoenix, write “Eparchial Appeal 2019” in the memo. Our parish goal is set for $ per household. Please support the Appeal to the best of your financial ability. But please, support it!
- Upcoming: *Feb 23 – First All Souls Saturday
*March 4 – Great Fast begins
|Feb 11th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Feb 13th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||Feb 17th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|Sunday of the Prodigal Son.Tone 6. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Gene Ford.|
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, we observe simple abstinence from meat foods. However, the week before the Sunday of the Prodigal son is traditionally free from fasting.