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. Isaac the Syrian
If the lawyer Himself fasts, how can any of those who have to obey the Law, be exempt from fasting? This is why the human race knew no victory before fasting, and the devil was never defeated by our nature as it is: but this weapon has indeed deprived the devil of strength from the outset. As soon as the devil sees someone possessed of this weapon, fear straightway falls on this adversary and tormentor of ours, who remembers and thinks of his defeat by the Savior in the wilderness; his strength is at once destroyed and the sight of the weapon, given us by the Supreme Leader, burns him up. A man armed with the weapon of fasting is always afire with zeal. He who remains therein, keeps his mind steadfast and ready to meet and repel all violent passions.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
O Lord and Heavenly King, Comforter and Spirit of Truth, have pity and mercy upon me, Your sinful servant. Forgive me, though I am unworthy, and remit whatever sins I have committed against You today – both as a man and not as a man, but acting worse than an animal.
Forgive my voluntary and involuntary sins, those committed knowingly and in ignorance, from my youth and knowledge of evil, and those which have arisen from insolence and despondency. Forgive me if I have cursed in Your name or have blasphemed it in my mind. Forgive me if I have reproached or cursed someone in my anger, or if I have caused grief or become angry because of something. Forgive me if I have turned away a poor person who came to me. Forgive me if I have caused my brother grief, or judged or condemned anyone. Forgive me if I have exalted myself or become angry.
Forgive me if, while standing in prayer, my mind was turned to the evil of this world and I considered returning. Forgive me if I have eaten or drunk inordinately or acted foolishly. Forgive me if I have thought of evil, and have seen the good as something strange, and by this strangeness was wounded in heart. Forgive me if I have spoken dis- honorably, or have laughed at the sin of my brother; for my own sins are without number. Forgive me if I have been negligent concerning prayer, or have forgotten any other evil which I have done; for I have committed all these and greater sins than these I have committed.
O Master and Creator, have mercy on me, your humble and unworthy servant. Remit, pardon, and forgive me; for You are Good and the Lover of Mankind. May I, who am sinful, dissolute, and cursed, lie down in peace to sleep and rest; and I will adore, praise, and glorify Your all-honorable Name with the Father, and His only-begotten Son, now and always, and forever and ever. Amen.
- Dear Parishioners and Friends, during our gatherings, please follow all health and safety precautions issued by civil authorities. Use the space to allow distance between households, follow proper way of receiving Holy Communion. Per parish guidelines, consider your and others’ safety when coming to church, if you feel sick, you can choose to follow Sunday liturgy online, or pray the Typika. When in doubt, consult your decision with your pastor/confessor. Dispensation from Sunday attendance given by Bishop John for the faithful of our Eparchy is in effect at this time. 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.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, Building Fund $, candles $, bake sale $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria.
- All Souls Saturday. Next all souls is on February 27. If you have not sent your family list for all souls to the office, you can do so by email, or place it in the collection basket.
- Special Collection for Aide for the church in Central & Eastern Europe, February 21 (Next Sunday). Through Bishop’s Conferences in Central and Eastern Europe and the Ex-Soviet Union, this aid assist in the training of seminarians and lay church leaders, church sponsored social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral and catechetical centers, school and church construction/ renovation, and evangelization through the use of Catholic. Proceeds: 100% to Office of National Collections for the Church in Eastern Europe.
- Great Fast begins on February 15. First day of the fast is a day of strict abstinence – no meat and dairy foods, one full meal and two refreshment meals that don’t equal a full meal. Minimum fasting discipline for the faithful of our Eparchy is meatless Wednesdays and Fridays. Traditionally, we fast from meat and dairy for the entire Great Fast and Holy Week, allowing for oil, fish and/or wine on the weekends and some festal days.
- From the Eparchial Vocations office: Answering God’s Call: “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also”. It is easy to mistake what our true treasure is, and we need wisdom and insight to see clearly. Our kontakion tells us that God is the “guide to wisdom and giver of insight”. Is he guiding you to see that a vocation to the religious or ordained life is for you? As you pray and seek wisdom, consider contacting the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until further notice, social distancing and health safety provisions issued by local government are in place. When at St. Philip’s follow the guidelines issued on May 31.
|Wed||Feb 17th||5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.|
|Sat||Feb 20th||8 AM Divine Liturgy.||Commemoration of the Great Martyr Theodore Tiron|
|Feb 21st||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|First Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 5.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment.
During the Great Fast, Wednesday and Friday abstinence from meat foods is the minimum fasting discipline. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.