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 …
When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, “Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction?” … A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. He heard the angel saying to him, “Do this and you will be saved.” At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage.
Evagrius of Pontus
It you wish to pray, you have need of God, “who gives prayer to him who prays.” Invoke him, then, saying, “Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come”—that is, the Holy Spirit and your only begotten Son. For this is what he taught us, saying, “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” He who prays in spirit and in truth is no longer dependent on created things when honoring the Creator but praises him for and in himself. If you are a theologian, you will pray truly. And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, as the situation with corona pandemic continues, the guidelines by the bishops have ended this past week. We are now asked to create our own guidelines that will comply with the local government policies. Our weekday liturgies have low attendance, when you come, please follow social distancing (6 ft) protocol, and proper hygiene. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. For Sunday liturgy, we will continue the procedures as we have practiced during this pandemic, in accordance with the public safety instructions.Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues. I will remember all of you and your intentions when I pray Divine Liturgy. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
- Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $; Easter donation $. 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.
- Happy Mothers’ Day, we pray God’s blessing upon all our mothers, godmothers, grandmothers. Happy feast day!
- 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.
- Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. All faithful of Our Eparchy are dispensed from attending liturgical services.
|Mon||May 11th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Blessed Bishop and Confessor Basil Hopko.|
|Wed||May 13th||5:30 PM Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God.||For the end of this pandemic.|
|May 17th||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Sunday of the Man Born Blind.|
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.