Bulletin for 14 Mar 2021 – St John of the Ladder

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!   

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From the Fathers of the Church …  

St. Chromatius  

[Blessed are those who mourn…] As with Jesus’ earlier teaching on the poor, here too he speaks of those who mourn. The blessed of whom he speaks are not those bereaving the death of a spouse or the loss of cherished servants. Rather, he is speaking of those blessed persons who … do not cease to mourn over the iniquity of the world or the offenses of sinners with a pious, duty-bound sentiment. To those who mourn righteously, therefore, they will receive, and not undeservedly, the consolation of eternal rejoicing promised by the Lord.

St. John Climacus  

Fear is a childish feeling of the adult but empty soul. Fear is really a lack of faith that becomes obvious when we think of what unforeseen things might happen. It is lack of trust in God. The proud soul is a slave to fear precisely because it trusts in itself and so shudders at any noise or any shadow. Those who are contrite for their sins have no fear. So if there are places where you are normally afraid to go, do not hesitate to frequent them even at dead of night, armed with prayer. Your fear is a childish and ridiculous thing, but if you give way to it only a little, it will take root in your heart and stay with you. So arm yourself with prayer and when you reach the spot lambaste the enemy in the name of Jesus. There is no stronger weapon in earth or heaven than that. And when you are cured of your fear, sing the praises of the One who has freed you. If you thank him, he will always protect you. Sometimes only the body is afraid and the fear has not spread to the soul, then you are nearly cured. The one who serves God, fears his Lord and no other. The one who does not fear his Lord is scared even of his own shadow.

Announcements  

  • 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 $, Church in Eastern Europe $. 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, Emily, Margaret, Patricia.
  • Thank you-s from Fr. Francis: To all who helped with our flood last Sunday, I am very grateful. Next, the tree many of you liked and some of you disliked, has been removed. Thank you Victor and Cantor Gene for helping with that project. Next, for assisting, on short notice, with time and church keys to repairmen in the past few weeks, thank you to Elizabeth, Deacon Tim, and Amy. Also, to Amy, Tim, Victor, Richard, Steve – our cantors and readers, we don’t thank you enough, but when you can’t come, we learn your service to us is invaluable. Thank you. May God bless you all for what you do.
  • “Hot meals for homeless people.” St. Philip has adopted a homeless camp off Business Loop 80 at the Marconi Ave. Auburn Blvd. exit for this year’s fast. Our goal is to provide 1 hot meal each day for everybody at the camp. There are usually between 7 and 15 people there. If you would like to help out you can contact Martin at (916) 546-8093?,or at bakerdgz@gmail.com
  • Eparchial Appeal 2021. The annual Appeal has begun. The goal for our parish is $, this year. By now, you should have received all Appeal information in the mail, you can also pick up pledge form in the back of the church. Please prayerfully consider what you can donate in support of our church. Let our parish goal be that we all participate in the Appeal this year.
  • From the Eparchial Vocations office: “I believe! Help my unbelief!” Our gracious Lord comes to us, and His divine grace always heals what is infirm and supplies what is lacking. Nevertheless, He uses people to be His hands and feet. Our prayer and fasting can save the world! Are you open to dedicating your life as a consecrated monastic or religious? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: vocations@ephx.org
  • Lenten talks by Fr. Chris Zugger, a retired priest of our Eparchy:  March 2 – on the Passion of Christ; March 16 – The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross. Both talks start at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, on YouTube at OLPH Media; you can watch live online or at your convenience.

    Liturgical schedule 

    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 Mar 17th 5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Sat Mar 20th 5 PM Akathistos to the Holy Mother of God. Akathistos Saturday.
Sun  

 

Mar 21st  8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.  

Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 1.  
       

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.

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