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. Basil the Great
You need only to look at the vine to be reminded of your own nature, that is, if you observe it intelligently. No doubt you remember the image used by the Lord in which he says that he is the vine and the Father the vinedresser. Each of us who have been grafted onto the Church by faith he calls branches, and he urges us to bear much fruit so as not to be rejected as useless and thrown onto the fire.
Throughout the Scriptures the Lord continually likens human souls to vines. He says for instance: My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; and again: I planted a vineyard and put a hedge round it. Clearly it is human souls that he calls his vineyard, and the hedge he has put round them is the security of his commandments and the protection of the angels; for the angel of the Lord will encamp around those who fear him. Moreover, by establishing in the Church apostles in the first place, prophets in the second, and teachers in the third, he has surrounded us as though by a firmly planted palisade.
In addition, the Lord has raised our thoughts to heaven by the examples of saints of past ages. He has kept them from sinking to the earth where they would deserve to be trampled on, and he wills that the bonds of love, like the tendrils of a vine, should attach us to our neighbors and make us rest on them, so that always climbing upward like vines growing on trees, we may reach the loftiest heights.
He also requires that we allow ourselves to be weeded. To be spiritually weeded means to have renounced the worldly ambitions that burdened our hearts. Anyone who has renounced the love of material things and attachment to possessions, or who has come to regard as despicable and deserving of contempt the poor, wretched glory of this world, is like a weeded vine. Freed from the profitless burden of earthly aspirations, that person can breathe again.
Finally, following out the implications of the comparison, we must not run to wood, or, in other words, show off or seek the praise of outsiders. Instead, we must bear fruit by reserving the display of our good works for the true vinedresser.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $. 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, Darlene, 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, Dan, Doug.
- Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday. Hospitality signup: Aug 22 – Amelia Baker; Aug 29– Osanna family.
- From Fr. Francis: I have now received a letter from Bishop Thomas confirming my departure from St. Philip’s, my last Sunday as your pastor is August 29. The new pastor, Fr. Christopher Andrews, will be arriving next week. I would like to thank you all for your prayers and support in my 12 years here. It’s been a wonderful time. Let us continue to pray for one another as we journey on and may our good God lead us all safely to great sanctity and to eternal communion with Him. God bless you.
- 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 stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the work of the Lord, and a marvel in our eyes.” The unfaithful servants had the kingdom of God taken from them. Today, our Church needs faithful servants who would answer his calling to marriage, holy orders and the monastic life to bring the kingdom of God to all. Are you being called to discern a religious vocation as a faithful servant? If so, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or 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
|Wed||Aug 25th||5:30 PM Akathist.|
|Fri||Aug 27th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Aug 29th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|14th Sunday after Pentecost. Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Tone 5. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo. Reader: Richard Agayoff.|
For Confession, please call Fr. Francis for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services.
Beheading of John the Baptist is traditionally a day of strict abstinence (like Great and Holy Friday). However, it falls on Sunday this year. In some traditions it is moved to the preceding Friday, in our Metropolia it is mitigated and voluntary. Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence for meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.