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Daily Divine Liturgy
Daily Divine Liturgy
May 16th – June 6th

Confession - 9:30am
Liturgy - 10:00am
 
Limit of 10 people per Liturgy

Please Sign Up at
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4aafa92eaaff2-divine

 

Dear St. Philip Family, Christ is risen! God bless you!

I ask your prayers and cooperation for this plan.  I am thankful to our Metropolitan JOSEPH, our Bishop THOMAS, and the entire archdiocese for carefully and prayerfully guiding us in handling this unique situation.  My thanks to Dn David and others who are getting things together behind the scenes to help us all draw near to Christ in the Holy Sacraments.  
 
Fr James, Fr Jesse, and I will be serving the Divine Liturgy everyday between this Saturday, May 16 to Saturday, June 6 at 10am and I am hoping we'll be able to open the church up more by Holy Pentecost on June 7th and Chrismate our seven catechumens whose reception has been postponed since Lazarus Saturday.  These daily liturgies provide an opportunity for 220 people to attend the Divine Liturgy, make a Confession and receive Communion during this feastal season.
 
Confession is required in order to receive Communion.  Please prepare for your confession to who whichever priest is serving that morning if you have not confessed since the beginning of Great Lent.  Please arrive at 9:30am in order to have time to make a Confession and to pray the Pre-Communion Prayers before the Liturgy begins and plan to stay after for the Thanksgiving Prayers for Holy Communion and a possible procession. 

 

In order to attend, you must sign-up on this SignUp Genius form. (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFA92EAAFF2-divine) If you don't sign up you are welcome to stay for just a few minutes to light candles, pick up holy items and then you will be kindly asked to leave.   Children under 7 (age of first confession) will not need be counted and are welcome as long as they can stay with you quietly and prayerfully.  If you would like to wear a mask you are welcome to do so.  You will have a seat in the back of the nave. 
 
Note: If you have been to church during the lock down, please do not sign up (at least initially) so that others to come.  Also, if you have a flexible schedule, please sign up for a weekday liturgy.  If you have trouble accessing the signup form for any reason, please contact Dn. David (218-576-8324 or dhyatt@st-philip.net).  If you have any theological or pastoral questions or concerns, please feel free to ask in faith and love. 
 
"With the fear of God, with faith and love drawn near!"  
 
Please pray to God for repentance for our world, our nation, our church, our parish, and me especially!
 

In Christ,

+Fr. Noah Bushelli
 
PS - I am still hurt by being reduced to being a televangelist and using "sign-up genius" for the Holy Sacraments!  It is definitely not what I imagined when I moved across the country to seminary 20 years ago.  Please know how deeply this hurts me and that I do this out of love for you and God and obedience to our hierarchs. 
 
What won't a father do for his children?
What won't a son do for his Father? 
What won't a servant do for his Master?  
What won't a Lover do for his beloved? 
Alas, we can't even begin to do enough to return God's love!!!
 
PPS - You will benefit from the insights in this interview with our Metropolitan and his closest staff members during this strange time. 
Updated Holy Week Guidelines (4-10-20)
Brothers and Sisters, Christ is in our midst!
 
Please excuse the change to the previously published Holy Week guidelines.

This afternoon our Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Thomas lovingly and firmly direct you to STAY HOME and NOT come to the church, including to pick up Palms or have your Pascha Baskets blessed, etc....  As sad as this is, please let's all be obedient and bring the solemnity and blessings into our homes, which are mini-churches.

Please pray for me, Fr James, Dn David, all the clergy, and all our parish community to discover the Lord's resurrection in the tombs of our broken hearts.
 
In Him,
+ Fr. Noah
 
PS - As I've said before, if this to be our darkest hour, by God's grace and the intercessions and examples of the saints, and the love and unity of our parish family, let's make it our finest!
 
PPS - Spiritual and practical resources - which you can find here: https://www.st-philip.net/covid19
Lots of Recordings of our Choir Services and Concerts - https://www.st-philip.net/musicsamples
Holy Week and Pascha Plan
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christ is in our midst!  His love is what is holding us together...
 
I have labored heavily over how to be obedient to our hierarchs' in this difficult time.  Thanks for your prayers and patience, as well as continued support and love.
 
Unfortunately, the following services can be participated in only by invitationAll are welcome to drop in briefly to the narthex to venerate, light candles, venerate icons and relics, pick up palms/flowers, etc...  Please be kind and obedient to the ushers! 
 
Video Streaming through our YouTube Channel:
 

Pastoral Care is still available upon request!  
Unofficial Confessions and Spiritual Counsel can be scheduled over the phone.
Confession, Anointing, Holy Communion can be scheduled for in person during the times the church is open.  Please contact me or Fr James directly.  

Below is the modified Schedule - note the changes carefully.  The Online Church Calendar in now up to date with these changes, too.  
 
Keep the faith!  Keep the fast!  Keep in touch with each other and me!
 
I ask for your prayers and continued love that this dark hour may be our finest! 
 
In Christ,
+ Fr. Noah
 
Holy Week Schedule (All Services Live-Streamed)

Friday 7 PM - Compline and Canon for Lazarus' Resurrection

Lazarus Saturday Church Open - 9am - 12pm and 6pm - 9pm 
L Saturday 10 AM - Divine Liturgy
7 PM (NOT 6) - Great Vespers and Artoklasia

P Sunday Church Open - 8am - 1pm
P Sunday - Orthros /Liturgy
P Sunday 7 PM - Bridegroom Orthros

H Monday - Thursday Church Open - 1pm - 3pm
H Monday 7 PM - Bridegroom Orthros
H Tuesday 7 PM - Bridegroom Orthros
H Wednesday 7 PM - Bridegroom Orthros

H Thursday Church Open - 10am - 10pm - Church open
10am - Vesperal Liturgy
7pm - 12 Passion Gospels Orthros

Friday Church Open - 10am - 10p
10AM - Royal Hours
4PM - Vespers of Burial
7PM - Lamentations Orthros

Saturday Church Open - 9a - 1p and 9p-1a
Fr James: Narthex Pascha Basket blessing during the services
10AM - Vesperal Liturgy
10PM - Paschal Services (Rush, Orthros and Liturgy)

Sunday Church Open - 11am -2pm
NOON - Agape Vespers
7PM Paschal Orthros

Projected Bright Week Services - Locations may vary
NOON Vespers
7PM Orthros

PS - Music Recordings, down at the bottom of the page is a link to our Holy Week Concert.

https://st-philip.net/musicsamples

Recommended Resources

Articles & Info

At-Home Christian Education 

A selection of content from the Christian Education pages that is of special interest to families.

One of the things parents constantly ask is how to keep their children involved during Lent. 

Join Elissa Bjeletich on Tending the Garden of Our Hearts for a virtual Sunday School.

Holy Week & Pascha-At-Home Planning Resources

Media

Podcast from St. Philip with homilies, interviews and special discussions.

Online streaming of Orthodox music and talk, as well as many podcasts.

Online Streaming Services

Sunday, March 22nd, we will be streaming the Divine Liturgy on the St. Philip Facebook page.

Live-streaming five services each day on the weekdays, and three services each day on the weekend.

Prayer & Service Materials

Daily liturgical services and instructions for Readers services to prayed without a priest.

These prayers are taken from A Pocket Prayer Book, an official publication of the Antiochian Archdiocese. 

Family Prayers for Sundays When it is Not Possible to Attend the Divine Liturgy

Schooling - Homeschool & Online

 

COVID-19 Precautions

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Dear Saint Philip Family, Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you of changes to our worship schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes have been determined by our hierarchs in order to comply with the mandates of civil authorities, and are for the purpose of slowing the spread of the virus. By this personal sacrifice we are fulfilling the commandment to love our neighbor. Please read the attached letter from our Metropolitan Joseph, sent to me by our Bishop Thomas.

I have been praying deeply and consulting broadly as to how to implement this in a way that keeps the doors of repentance open to you.  I didn't have peace with this until I called my spiritual father to unburden my anxiety and receive some guidance. This is our plan until further notice: 

  1. Services are only Sunday Orthros and Divine Liturgy, as well as Festal services, including Friday 7pm Akathist, and next week's Annunciation Orthros and Liturgy.  
  2. All other services and events (meetings, clubs, classes, rehearsals, meals, etc...) are canceled.  However the church will still be open for prayer and pastoral ministry during the times of the canceled service times.  Please consult the calendar on the website which will be updated.  
    1. For Example: There is no Presanctified Liturgy Tonight but the church will be open from 6:30-until about 8:30.
  3. The church will be open Monday to Friday, 10 - 3 (regular office hours) for you to come and pray.
  4. We will only have ten (10) people gathered for a service at any given time.  Only clergy will be in attendance to serve and chant the services - this means Priests, Deacon, Subdeacons, Readers, not choir members.  All others can come in briefly to pray, light candles, and perhaps receive anointing, as directed by the minor clergy to maintain a group size of 10 or less. 
    1. I'm working on a plan for people to sign up to coordinate this and how to administer Holy Communion. 
  5. Our Holy Relics will be available for veneration near the central icon-stand.  Please visit our cemetery on your way to stop by the church to pray. It is an inspiring place to walk and pray. 
    1. Let's not forget those who have gone before us in faith, they are alive in Christ and available in prayer to help us.
  6. We have plenty of Holy Water and will bless more as needed. Please bring a bottle to carry some home and sip with your morning prayers.
  7. Stop by or schedule a confession.  I would consider phone confessions if needed.  This is a time of prayer and repentance for us.  Beg the Lord for tears of repentance. God is visiting us, calling us back to His warm, loving Fatherly Embrace! I will be strict during this crisis about the relationship between Holy Confession and Holy Communion to make sure that we are all repenting.
  8. Pray at your home!  Pray with your family!  Pray without Ceasing!!!!  Pray for me, Fr James, Dn David, our clergy, parishioners and all our clergy and bishops to be strong and faithful through this crisis.
  9. I am thankful to some parishioners who are putting together a streaming video service for us.  It is obviously not a substitute, but hopefully it will be an encouragement. Dn David will be sending out educational and liturgical resources as well as information on how to connect to our live feed.
  10. If you or someone you know (parishioner or not), needs pastoral care,  please let us know. 

In Christ,

+ Fr. Noah

 

PS - We live by faith, not by fear.  But, how?

  1. Things like this can either make us insane or saints. It's our choice to trust God.
  2. Social Distancing does not mean Spiritual Distancing.  
    1. Draw close to Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, and your departed and living loved-ones in prayer and service.  
    2. What is your gift?  Food. Finances. Friendship. Offer it willingly!
  3. Common Sense and Uncommon Love is what is needed now.
  4. Let every breath praise the Lord.
    1. We can truly dedicate each breath to God in thanksgiving for Christ.
    2. We can truly take each thought captive for Christ.
  5. Remember, it is still Great Lent! Don't forget that we will come out victorious in the end and Christ is still risen!!!
  6. Our Homes are mini-churches! 
    1. Cense your home, as St Gregory Palamas advised his people during plagues.
    2. Pray and study the scriptures and saints daily with your family.
  7. Maybe this is our moment to reclaim the west, or at least our communities!?! 
    1. The Roman Empire was Christianized largely by loving Christians responding in faith to dire situations!
    2. Be courageous in your family, your neighborhood, etc…
    3. We are not afraid of sickness, suffering, sorrow, but we are afraid of sin and cowardice is a sin!
  8. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. 

PPS - I have been very encouraged by correspondence with some of you in the least few days.   If you haven't updated me, please do so, for my sake, because I love you and am concerned about you.  

  • Also, reach out to each other.  A phone call, email, or text, or old-fashioned card....

PPPS - Many parishioners have offered to help others with groceries or even some bills. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have these needs.

Download Fr. Noah's Letter

Download Met. JOSEPH's Letter

View the Assembly of Bishop's Letter

Podcasts

Podcasts
Homily: Fr James Thayer
18 Mar 2020 at 2:11pm

Homily given by Fr James Thayer on the Divine Liturgy



Homily: Sdn Luke Carpenter (03-08-20)
12 Mar 2020 at 2:11pm

Homily given by Subdeacon Luke Carpenter on the Sunday of Orthodoxy



Homily: Fr Noah Bushell (03-01-20)
4 Mar 2020 at 3:11pm

Homily given by Fr Noah Bushelli on Forgiveness Sunday



Homily: Dn David Hyatt
27 Feb 2020 at 3:11pm

Homily given by Dn David Hyatt on the Divine Liturgy



Homily: Sdn Justin Gohl (20/02/16)
19 Feb 2020 at 3:11pm

Homily given by Subdeacon Justin Gohl on 2/16




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