O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! + Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!
From the Fathers of the Church…
Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life…. On the Lord’s Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure.
St. Athanasius of Alexandria
Just as a man is enlightened by the Holy Spirit when he is baptized by a priest, so he who confesses his sins with a repentant heart obtains their remission from the priest.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Let this be in the heart of the penitent: when you hear a man confessing his sins, he has already come to life again; when you hear a man lay bare his conscience in confessing, he has already come forth from the sepulchre; but he is not yet unbound. When is he unbound? By whom is he unbound? “Whatever you loose on earth,” He says, “shall be loosed also in heaven” [Mt 16:19; 18:18; Jn 20:23]. Rightly is the loosing of sins able to be given by the Church…
St. John Chrysostom
Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: “Whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed” [Matt 18:18]. Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding; but they can bind only the body. Priests, however, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself, and transcends the very heavens…Whatever priests do here on earth, God will confirm in heaven, just as the master ratifies the decision of his servants. Did He not give them all the powers of heaven? “Whose sins you shall forgive,” He says, “they are forgiven them: whose sins you shall retain, they are retained” [John 20:23].
- 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 way, please let Fr. Francis know. Stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, take walks.
- Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: donations $. 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.
- Arthos is a sweet bread that is traditionally blessed on Pascha, and then consumed by the faithful on Thomas’ Sunday, which is a Sunday of breaking of the Arthos. This year, we will keep our Arthos frozen and break it once the quarantine is over and we can all meet at church again.
- Our Bishop John phoned our parish this week, he sends his Paschal greetings to all parishioners of St. Philip’s and his blessing.
- 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 you pledge cards and donations directly to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
- Roofers needed. If you can recommend a roofer to replace our church roof, please contact Fr. Francis as soon as possible. We are in the process of gathering estimates for possible roof replacement.
- 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.
|Wed||Apr 22nd||3 PM Great Vespers.|
|Thu||Apr 23rd||3 PM Divine Liturgy.||Holy and Great Martyr George.|
|Apr 26th||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Myrrh-Bearers’ Sunday.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our sacrifices to God.