O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church…
St. John Chrysostom
The evil of remembering past offenses is twofold: it is inexcusable before God, and it serves to recall past sins already forgiven and places them against us. And this is what happened here. For nothing, nothing whatsoever does God so hate, and turn away from, as cherishing remembrance of past offenses, and fostering our anger against another. Instructed therefore in all these things, and with this parable inscribed in our hearts, let us, when the thought comes of what our fellow servants have done to us, think also of what we have done against our Lord; and then through remembrance of our own sins, we shall be able at once to banish the anger we feel at others’ sins against us. And if we must remember offenses, let us remember only our own. And if we remember our own sins, we shall never store up the sins of others. And again, should we forget the sins of others, our thoughts will then readily turn to the remembrance of our own. For if this man had remembered the ten thousand talents, he would never have remembered the hundred pence. It was when he had forgotten his own great debt, that he throttled his fellow servant; and determined to get back a few pence, and failing, he brought back upon his own head the debt of the ten thousand talents. Therefore, I shall make bold to say, that this sin is more grievous than any sin. Let us therefore be zealous in nothing so much as in keeping ourselves free from anger, and from not seeking to be reconciled with those who are opposed to us; since we know that neither prayer nor alms nor fasting nor partaking of the sacraments not any of these will profit us, if on that last day we are found remembering past offenses. But should we triumph over this fault, though stained with a thousand other crimes, we shall be enabled to obtain forgiveness. And neither is this my word only, but the word of that God who shall come to judge us. Therefore, that here on earth we may lead a mild and gentle life, and there obtain pardon and remission for our sins, let us be eager, let us strive earnestly so that those who are enemies, may be reconciled to us: so that, even if we have sinned a thousand times, we may be reconciled to our Lord and may come to the joys of heaven.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, candles $, Gift Shop $, Eparchial Appeal $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, 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. Nadezda, Doug, Dan.
- Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Prescott family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Aug 8 – Bardin family; Aug 15 – Cardona family; Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29 – Osanna family.
- Dormition blessing of flowers and herbs next Sunday. Please bring flowers and herbs you use in your home (for decoration, cooking, or medicine) to be blessed on this day, in honor of the Holy Mother of God.
- Eparchial Appeal 2021. 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, 17 (plus 2 anonymous) households have participated in the Appeal, giving total of $. May God bless you for your generosity.
- From the Eparchial Vocations Office: “The lord of that slave, moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.” In today’s parable, we see our Lord acting out of compassion. Just as his transfiguration shows a glory beyond this world, compassion transcends what we deserve and brings forgiveness in the midst of debt. Is a life of prayer and compassion through the religious or ordained life something that God is calling you to consider? Contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC EPARCHY OF PHOENIX subscribes to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. The Eparchy, within all its parishes, institutions and programs, is committed to assuring a safe environment in ministry for its children and young people that conforms to the Charter requirements. For information regarding the Eparchial Safe Environment Program, please contact: Dcn. Michael Hanafin (Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Cell: (480) 387-5182; Email: email@example.com; Sbdcn. Paul F. Kilroy (Asst. Safe Environment Program Coordinator) Office: (602) 861-9778; Cell: (702) 498-5972; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Caroline Bonham (Victim Assistance Coordinator) Cell: (505) 314-3943; Email: email@example.com.Liturgical schedule
|Fri||Aug 13th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Sat||Aug 14th||5:30 PM Great Vespers.|
|Aug 15th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|12th Sunday after Pentecost. Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. Tone 3. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Oliver Bardin.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.
During Dormition Fast (ends on August 14, Eve of Dormition Feast), we observe the customary abstinence for meat foods on Wednesdays and Friday. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.