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. John Chrysostom
Do you want to honor Christ’s body? Then do not scorn his nakedness, nor honor him here in the church with silken garments while neglecting him outside where He is cold and naked. Give him the honor prescribed in his law by giving riches to the poor. God does not want golden vessels, but golden hearts. I am not forbidding you to make such gifts. I am only demanding that along with such gifts and before them you give alms. Christ accepts the former, but He is more pleased with the latter. In the former, only the giver profits; in the latter, the recipient also profits. A gift to the church may be taken as ostentatious, but alms are pure kindness. Of what use is there to weigh down Christ’s table with golden cups, while He himself is dying of hunger? First, fill him when He is hungry; then use the means you have left to adorn his table. Will you have a golden cup made, but not give a cup of water. What is the use of providing the table with woven of gold thread, and not provide Christ with the clothes He needs? What profit is there in that? Tell me: if you were to see him lacking the necessary food, but were to leave him in that state and merely surround his table with gold, would He be grateful to you or rather would He not be angry? What if you were to see him clad in worn-out rags and stiff from the cold, and were to forget about clothing him and instead were to set-up golden columns for him, saying that you were doing that in his honor? Would He not think He was being mocked and greatly insulted? Apply this also to Christ when He comes along the roads as a pilgrim looking for shelter. You do not take him as your guest, but you decorate floor and walls and the capitals of the pillars. You provide silver chains for the lamps, but cannot bear even to look at him as He lies chained in prison. Once again, I am not forbidding you to supply these adornments; I am urging you to provide these other things as well, and indeed to provide them first. Do not adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brethren, for they are the most precious temple of all.
- 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 24 – Murin family, Mar 3 – Del Castillo family, Mar 10 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Agayoff family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
- 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 3 – Forgiveness Vespers
* March 4 – Great Fast begins
*March 7 – First Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
|Feb 25th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Feb 27th||5:30 PM Vespers.|
|Sun||Mar 3rd||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Office of the 3rd Hour.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
12:30 PM Forgiveness Vespers.
|Sunday of Cheese-fare.Tone 8. Cantor: Amy Seyfried. Reader: Tim Belke.|
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.