Bulletin for 21 Mar 2021 – St Mary of Egypt

O Holy Apostle Philip,  

Intercede with the merciful God  

That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.  

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 Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!   

From the Saints of the Church …  

From the Akathist Hymn to St. Mary of Egypt  

[Kontakion 3] Saint Mary of Egypt, all have sinned and no one can cast the first stone. Each of us crucified Christ, for He died for the sins of all people. But not everyone has turned to God as you did: with your whole being, dying to the world, fulfilling His will, and always saying: Alleluia. [Ikos 3] Help us, Saint Mary, to renounce all evil and to put on the clean garment of salvation. We wish to be desert dwellers, beginning in this moment of clarity, and to send up prayers for ourselves and for our loved ones. Help us to put away former things and to exalt the Cross of Christ: Rejoice, that we might redeem the remaining days. Rejoice, for we live according to divine timeliness. Rejoice, that we might thrive while there is still light. Rejoice, for we are delivered from heavy burdens. Rejoice, that we might acquire a meek disposition. Rejoice, for we wish to become faithful servants. Rejoice, that we might cultivate an inward desert. Rejoice, for we are strengthened with unaltered truth. Rejoice, that we might treasure the communion of saints. Rejoice, for we pray never to distort the holy fathers. Rejoice, that we might consider the raiment of lilies. Rejoice, for we are transformed into new creatures. Rejoice, Saint Mary of Egypt, desert mother and fearless conqueror.  

[Kontakion 4] We know that sin is never contained within itself, but every action has an impact on those around us. Some people commit devious or premeditated behaviors, causing pain and damages. Everyone feels the repercussions, but may Christ heal us and embolden us to say: Alleluia. 

D1CC4A61-775C-4C33-BBC0-66D570996637[Ikos 4] Saint Mary of Egypt, attend to the victims of our transgressions, for you excelled in repentance and you commiserate with the ills of mankind. May no one perish because of our impure words and deeds. Rather, let us prepare a holy path for our families and neighbors, as well as all posterity…  (Source: https://akathisthymns.wordpress.com/mary-of-egypt-desert-mother/)  


  • 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, also when you seek dispensation from attending Sunday liturgy. 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 $, candles $, gift shop $, 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.  
  • “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. Please submit your pledge, you can 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. To this day, 5 households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.  
  • From the Eparchial Vocations office: “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Jesus met the sinful woman, and her deep faith and love led to profound forgiveness. Have you received His love? Would you like to share it by dedicating your life to Him in a special manner as a member of the clergy or a monastic? 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.  







Mar 24th 

5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  



Mar 25th 

5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.  

Annunciation to the Holy Mother of God. Solemn Feast.  



Mar 27th 

9 AM Divine Liturgy.  

Lazarus’ Saturday.  



Mar 28th 

8:30 AM Confessions.  

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy with Procession.  

Palm Sunday. Tone 2.  





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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