Bulletin for Apr 5, 2020 – Flowery (Palm) Sunday

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!  

8B2FCBC8-3AC2-4DD2-8055-7E8A901E046BFrom the Desert Fathers …

St. Leo the Great

The fact, therefore, that at the time appointed, according to the purpose of His willJesus Christ was crucified, dead, and buried was not the doom necessary to His own condition, but the method of redeeming us from captivity. For the Word became flesh in order that from the Virgin’s womb He might take our suffering nature, and that what could not be inflicted on the Son of God might be inflicted on the Son of Man. For although at His very birth the signs of Godhead shone forth in Him, and the whole course of His bodily growth was full of wonders, yet had He truly assumed our weaknesses, and without share in sin had spared Himself no human frailty, that He might impart what was His to us and heal what was ours in Himself. For He, the Almighty Physician, had prepared a two-fold remedy for us in our misery, of which the one part consists of mystery and the other of example, that by the one Divine powers may be bestowed, by the other human weaknesses driven out. Because as God is the Author of our justification, so man is a debtor to pay Him devotion.

Therefore, dearly-beloved, by this unspeakable restoration of our health no place is left us for pride or for idleness: because we have nothing which we did not receive, and we are expressly warned not to treat the gifts of God’s grace with negligence. For He that comes so timely to our aid justly urges us with precept, and He that leads us to glory mercifully incites us to obedience. Wherefore the Lord Himself is rightly made our way, because save through Christ there is no coming to Christ. But through Him and to Him does he take his way who treads the path of His endurance and humiliation, and on that road you may be sure there are not wanting the heats of toil, the clouds of sadness, the storms of fear. The snares of the wicked, the persecutions of the unbelieving, the threats of the powerful, the insults of the proud are there; and all these things the Lord of hosts and King of glory passed through in the form of our weakness and in the likeness of sinful flesh, to the end that amid the danger of this present life we might desire not so much to avoid and escape them as to endure and overcome them.


  • Dear Parishioners and Friends, the situation with corona pandemic continues, we are not able to pray together at St. Philip’s, the current guidelines are extended by our bishops to last until April 30. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. If you have any need or are available to help others in some, please let Fr. Francis know. Stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, take walks.
  • Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $, building fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
  • Live streaming of liturgical services. You can find multiple churches streaming at various times of day at http://liveliturgy.com/ Put on your Sunday clothes, silence your phone, set up your computer in your prayer corner, light a candle, open your prayer book, and join the praying church. Pray a prayer of spiritual communion. May the Lord visit you with many graces.
  • Christ the Bridegroom monastery has developed a guide for the observance of Holy Week in the Byzantine tradition at home. Here is a link to A GUIDE FOR PRAYING AT HOME DURING HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v0MCpB80hOgP-U9lHVmTGpL-V7EOetjt/view
  • Great and Holy Friday is a day of strict fast, meatless and dairy free foods can be consumed, one full meal and two refreshments.
  • Vigil at the Lord’s Tomb. If you are interested in coming to pray at the Lord’s Tomb on Friday or Saturday, let Fr. Francis know. We’ll try to schedule prayer time for individuals/families to maintain safety.
  • Blessing of Paschal foods will take place both after the Matins and Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Pull into the parking lot, place your basket on the hood of your car, while you stay inside. Fr. Francis will say the prayer, then bless the individual baskets.
  • Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Mel, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Br. Gideon, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Adam, Thomas, Ellen, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
  • Eparchial Appeal 2020 is upon us. The goal of the Appeal is for every household to contribute. Our Parish goal is $, to this day, 5 households participated, giving total of $. We have received a single donation of $. Even though we have now reached our parish goal, please support the Appeal, give what you can. Let’s aim for 100% participation. You can pick up the envelope with information and pledge form at the narthex of the church. Please send your pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
  • Liturgical schedule Until further notice, all public services at St. Philip’s are cancelled. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
Thu Apr 9th


3 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Holy and Great Thursday.
Fri Apr 10th


8 AM Royal Hours.

3 PM Burial Vespers.

Holy and Great Friday.


Apr 11th


7:30 AM Jerusalem Matins. Holy and Great Saturday.
Sun Apr 12th


5:30 AM Resurrection Matins. Blessing of Paschal Foods.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Paschal Foods.

Pascha – Resurrection of Our Lord.

For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.

During the Great and Holy Week, we observe at minimum abstinence from meat foods on Wednesday, Friday is a day of strict fast. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.

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