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. John Climacus
Fear is a childish feeling of the adult but empty soul. Fear is really a lack of faith that becomes obvious when we think of what unforeseen things might happen. It is lack of trust in God. The proud soul is a slave to fear precisely because it trusts in itself and so shudders at any noise or any shadow. Those who are contrite for their sins have no fear. So if there are places where you are normally afraid to go, do not hesitate to frequent them even at dead of night, armed with prayer. Your fear is a childish and ridiculous thing, but if you give way to it only a little, it will take root in your heart and stay with you. So arm yourself with prayer and when you reach the spot lambaste the enemy in the name of Jesus. There is no stronger weapon in earth or heaven than that. And when you are cured of your fear, sing the praises of the One who has freed you. If you thank him, he will always protect you. Sometimes only the body is afraid and the fear has not spread to the soul, then you are nearly cured. The one who serves God, fears his Lord and no other. The one who does not fear his Lord is scared even of his own shadow.
…But Adam did not wish to say, “I sinned,” but said rather the contrary of this and placed the blame for the transgression upon God Who created everything “very good,” saying to Him, “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.” And after him she also placed the blame upon the serpent, and they did not wish at all to repent and, falling down before the Lord God, beg forgiveness of Him. For this, God banished them from Paradise, as from a royal palace, to live in this world as exiles. At that time also He decreed that a flaming sword should be turned and should guard the entrance into Paradise. And God did not curse Paradise, since it was the image of the future unending life of the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. If it were not for this reason, it would have been fitting to curse it most of all, since within it was performed the transgression of Adam. But God did not do this, but cursed only the whole rest of the earth, which also was corrupt and brought forth everything by itself; and this was in order that Adam might not have any longer a life free from exhausting labors and sweat…
- Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, book sale $. 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. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Ted, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Stefan, Leroy, Iveta, Michael.
- Hospitality signup sheet: Mar 31 – Prescott family, Apr 7 – Murin family, Apr 14 – open, Apr 21 – Pascha potluck. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Darlene Janson for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
- Cleaning Day. Next Saturday, following the Akathistos prayer, we will clean the church and hall. Please come help for 2-3 hours.
- Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner is on Saturday, April 13, at 4 PM (adults $12, children $6, family $35). Invite family, friends, and neighbors.
- Thank you to our pirohy makers who worked hard all day yesterday. May God grant you many blessed years for giving of your time and energy for our parish. We have plenty of dough left if you are willing to make some at home, see Fr. Francis for instructions and supplies today!
- Eparchial Appeal 2019 began in January. Few weeks ago, you received the pledge form and information for the appeal, either by mail or in the Sunday bulletin. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, make checks payable 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: *April 6 – Akathistos Saturday
*April 13 – St. Philip’s Fish Fry and Pirohy Dinner.
|Apr 3rd||5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.|
|Apr 6th||3 PM Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God.||Akathistos Saturday.|
|Sun||Apr 7th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rdHour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
|Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 4. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Steve Prescott.|
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. At minimum, on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.