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Welcome to St Philip Orthodox Church! 

Thank you for visiting our parish website.  We are grateful to God for His many blessings and we look forward to sharing them with you!

Located in the growing Philadelphia ex-urb of Souderton, Hilltown Township, Pennsylvania, Saint Philip is a vibrant, welcoming Orthodox Christian parish of the ancient Patriarchate of Antioch, where the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).  We believe in and worship the Holy Trinity according to the unbroken Holy Tradition, most perfectly expressed in Holy Scripture.  Our services are celebrated in English.

We welcome the people of the Indian Valley and Bucks and Montgomery counties to join our parishioners, all ages and backgrounds, in worshiping the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and growing in the life in Christ and service to our neighbors.  

Besides an excellent choir leading the congregation in the ancient a capella chants of Byzantium, Russia, Georgia, and other Christian lands, we have many educational, service, and fellowship opportunities for all ages.

Though we are happy to offer this website and its many resources to you, we invite you to experience Orthodox Christianity more deeply.  St. Philip, our patron, said it very simply to his friend Nathaniel: "Come and see."

COVID-19 Precautions

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

Recommended Resources

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.

Listing of online streaming services across jurisdictions

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

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.

Media

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

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

Schooling - Homeschool & Online

Blog - Studying the Scriptures

Reflections on Holy Scripture that explore the connections and continuity between God's self-revelation through His Prophets and Apostles and the ongoing life, faith, worship, and practice of the Orthodox Church.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:  10am - 3pm

Calendar


Searchable Scripture


Searchable Bible (King James Version), including the "Deuterocanonical/Aprocryphal" books
          http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/kjv/


Podcasts

Podcasts
Homily: Fr James Thayer
18 Mar 2020 at 10:11am

Homily given by Fr James Thayer on the Divine Liturgy



Homily: Sdn Luke Carpenter (03-08-20)
12 Mar 2020 at 10:11am

Homily given by Subdeacon Luke Carpenter on the Sunday of Orthodoxy



Homily: Fr Noah Bushell (03-01-20)
4 Mar 2020 at 10:11am

Homily given by Fr Noah Bushelli on Forgiveness Sunday



Homily: Dn David Hyatt
27 Feb 2020 at 10:11am

Homily given by Dn David Hyatt on the Divine Liturgy



Homily: Sdn Justin Gohl (20/02/16)
19 Feb 2020 at 10:11am

Homily given by Subdeacon Justin Gohl on 2/16




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And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:26)

Saint Philip Orthodox Church
1970 Clearview Road
Souderton, PA  18964
215-721-4947
office [at] st-philip.net