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. Ambrose of Milan
You see that the divine inheritance is given to those who ask. You should not think that the Father was guilty because he gave to the younger son. There is no frail age in the kingdom of God nor is faith weighed down by years. He who made the request surely judged himself worthy. If only he had not departed from his Father, he would not have known the hindrance of age. After he went abroad, he who departed from the church squandered his inheritance. “After,” it says, “leaving his home and country, he went abroad into a distant country,” What is farther away than to depart from oneself, and not from a place?…
… “Father,” it says,” I have sinned against heaven, and before you.” This is the first confession before the Creator of nature, the Patron of mercy, and the Judge of guilt. Although God knows all things, he awaits the words of your confession…, Confess, so that Christ may rather intercede for you, he whom we have as an advocate with the Father. Confess, so that the church may pray for you and that the people may weep for you. Do not fear that perhaps you might not receive. The advocate promises pardon. The patron offers grace. The defender promises the reconciliation with the Father’s good will to you. Believe because it is the truth. Consent because it is a virtue. He has a reason to intercede for you, unless he died for you in vain. The Father also has a reason for forgiveness, because the Father wants what the Son wants.
… “I am no more worthy to be called your son,” Cast down, he should not exalt himself that the merit of his humility may raise him. “Make me as one of your hired servants.” He knows there is a difference between sons, friends, hired servants and slaves. You are a son through baptism, friend through virtue, hired servant through labor, and slave through fear. Friends can even come from slaves and hired servants, as it is written, “You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I do not now call you servants.”
… Christ chooses those who stand. Rise and run to the church. Here is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He who hears you pondering in the secret places of the mind runs to you. When you are still far away, he sees you and runs to you. He sees in your heart. He runs, perhaps someone may hinder, and he embraces you. His foreknowledge is in the running, his mercy in the embrace and the disposition of fatherly love. He falls on your neck to raise one prostrate and burdened with sins and bring back one turned aside to the earthly toward heaven. Christ falls on your neck to free your neck from the yoke of slavery and hang his sweet yoke upon your shoulders.
- Last Sunday, 44 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
- Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Basil, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Alex, Stefan, Leroy.
- Hospitality signup sheet: Feb 17 – Agayoff family, Feb 24 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Molly Carlson for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
- All Souls Saturdays. Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. Please submit TODAY to the parish office the names of those you which to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated. You can email your list to Fr. Francis, or place it in the collection basket.
- Eparchial Appeal 2019 began in January. Few weeks ago, you received the pledge form and information for the appeal, either by mail or in the Sunday bulletin. Again this year, we are requested to send our pledges and donations directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Phoenix, write “Eparchial Appeal 2019” in the memo. Our parish goal is set for $ per household. Please support the Appeal to the best of your financial ability. But please, support it!
- Upcoming: *March 4 – Great Fast begins
|Feb 20th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Feb 23rd||8:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachida.|
|Sun||Feb 24th||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|Sunday of Meat-fare. Tone 7. Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Tim Del Castillo.|
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, we observe simple abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.