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. Leo the Great
Dearly beloved, through all this time between the resurrection of the Lord and his ascension, the providence of God thought of this, taught this and penetrated their eyes and heart. He wanted them to recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as truly risen, who was truly born, truly suffered and truly died. The manifest truth strengthened the blessed apostles and all the disciples who were frightened by his death on the cross and were doubtful of his resurrection. The result was they were not only afflicted with sadness but also were filled with “great joy” when the Lord went into the heights of heaven.
It was certainly a great and indescribable source of joy when, in the sight of the heavenly multitudes, the nature of our human race ascended over the dignity of all heavenly creatures. It passed the angelic orders and was raised beyond the heights of archangels. In its ascension, our human race did not stop at any other height until this same nature was received at the seat of the eternal Father. Our human nature, united with the divinity of the Son, was on the throne of his glory.
The ascension of Christ is our elevation. Hope for the body is also invited where the glory of the Head preceded us. Let us exult, dearly beloved, with worthy joy and be glad with a holy thanksgiving. Today we not only are established as possessors of paradise, but we have even penetrated the heights of the heavens in Christ. The indescribable grace of Christ, which we lost through the “ill will of the devil,” prepared us more fully for that glory. Incorporated within himself, the Son of God placed those whom the violent enemy threw down from the happiness of our first dwelling at the right hand of the Father. The Son of God lives and reigns with God the Father almighty and with the Holy Spirit forever and ever, Amen.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. When visiting the church, please wash/disinfect your hands, maintain 6 ft distance. All individuals who feel sick or show other symptoms, should stay at home. Dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance continues, you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly for an appointment.
- Last week, St. Philip’s Parish received donations: tithes $; donations $, candles $. 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.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. George, 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, Thomas, Ernestina, Carol, Nash, Michael, Jennifer, John, Jeffrey.
- Construction update. Our roof is gone. The new roof installation will begin on Tuesday, the estimated time of completion is Wednesday, June 3. We pray for the safety of our workers, for God’s blessing upon their work, and for good (cool and dry) weather.
- Fifth All Souls Saturday, May 30. This is the last all souls Saturday in our liturgical year. For any updates to the diptycha (list of your departed family members), send a note to the parish office.
- 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.
|May 25th||8:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Memorial Day.|
|May 30th||8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.||Fifth All Souls Saturday.|
|May 31st||9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.||Sunday of Pentecost.|
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.