Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion is the practice of desiring union with Christ in the Holy Eucharist when an individual cannot receive Holy Communion in person. Spiritual Communion is practiced in the Anglican tradition as well as in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist Churches. Spiritual Communion has been especially used by Christians in times of persecution, such … [Read more…]

Diocesan Synod

Our annual Diocesan Synod was held June 13-14 in Roanoke, VA. Bill Garrett and Fr. Rob attended, representing St. John’s. Both Bill and Fr. Rob were encouraged and uplifted by the Synod, especially the open discussion held at the end of the Friday business session as well as the several small group and one-on-one discussions … [Read more…]

The First Sunday in Lent

Fifty years ago the great Russian Orthodox priest and theologian Fr. Alexander Schmemann wrote a marvelous book titled Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. Father Schmemann details how the Eastern Orthodox liturgy during Lent helps and enables this journey, this passage, this transition from one spiritual state into another. As Anglicans, we of course don’t have … [Read more…]

The Season of Lent

Lent is a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for the greatest feast of the Christian Year: the Sunday of the Resurrection, commonly known as Easter Day. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th this year) and concludes with the Easter Vigil on the Saturday evening (April 20th this year) before Easter. The great 20th-century Russian … [Read more…]