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 Chrysostom
For what purpose did it happen that, while they are crying out, he delays and questions them further? Here again Jesus is teaching us utterly to resist the glory that comes from the crowd. There was a house nearby. He led them into the house to heal them there in private. Then he charged them to tell no one.
… This command to silence is itself no light charge against the religious leadership. The eyes of these two men had been ruined. They then received faith by hearing alone. They themselves could now see this miracle. Ironically, however, having now sight to witness to what was happening, they were commanded to say nothing. You can hear their earnestness in their loud cries, in their pleading simply for mercy and in their supplications. So they called him Son of David, because that name was above all thought to be honorable, the name that the prophets called those whom they wished most to commend and declare great.
… The blind men did not follow his instruction but immediately became preachers and evangelists. Though asked to hide what had been done, they revealed it. Remember that elsewhere he had said to a different hearer, “Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.” This does not run contrary to what he says here but complementary to it. For it teaches us that we should say nothing about ourselves. In fact, it even teaches that we should prevent those who want to praise us from doing so. But it also teaches that if the glory would be offered up to God, not only should we not prevent this but we should even command that it be done.”
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities (latest state guidelines released on July 13). For St. Philip’s specific guidelines, read the document sent to you on May 31. Bishop Thomas had ended the dispensation from Sunday and holy days attendance. However, due to the recent state requirements, while we are in this situation, bishop dispensed from Sunday attendance all who are unable to come, for health or safety reasons. Also we have moved the Sunday liturgy outdoors. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy via Facebook if available or see below. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Please know that you and your intentions are remembered on the altar at St. Philip’s. For confession and other needs, please contact Fr. Francis directly and make an appointment.
- Last Sunday, 30+65 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. We received donations in tithes $; donations $, teen group donation $, building fund $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- If you cannot come to church for safety, health or other reasons, sanctify your Sunday at home. Join live streaming services (http://liveliturgy.com/) or pray the Typika service. 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, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth.
- Diaconate Ordination of Subdeacon Tim Belke is postponed until we are able to pray in the church again, hopefully soon.
- Our children’s Atrium is in need of volunteers and students. Hopefully, we can resume classes after the summer. For more information, ask Fr. Francis.
- Fireworks 2020. Thank you once again to all who volunteered and supported us this year, may God grant you many blessed years for all your hard work and support. Our sales were up significantly this year, little over $. After sales tax and cathedraticum, an estimated $ will benefit our parish. (For comparison, our best year before this was in 2018, when we raised about $).
- Eparchial Appeal 2020. We have reached our monetary goal. To this date, 9 households participated in the Appeal, which is about half of our parish. Please join with a small donation so we can reach our goal of 100% participation. Ask Fr. Francis about the form, for an easy way to donate online, go to: http://ephx.org/giving/.
- Liturgical schedule Until further notice, social distancing safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.