Good-bye to Alleluia Sunday

February 10 was the last Sunday in the Epiphany season, as next Sunday begins the Pre-Lenten season. Lent and Pre-Lent are more somber in tone than the Epiphany season, and so some of the more joyful aspects of the Church’s liturgy, such as the Gloria in excelsis, are not used then. Anciently, this included dropping … [Read more…]

O wondrous interchange!

“O wondrous interchange! The Creator of mankind, taking upon him a living body, vouchsafed to be born of a Virgin; and proceeding forth as Man, without seed, hath made us partakers of his Divinity.” I have always loved this antiphon on the Psalms, used during Christmastide, which I know from The Prayer Book Office (1963), … [Read more…]

Advent Season

We are now in the season of Advent, which lasts for four weeks and ends on the feast of Christmas. The word advent is from two Latin words meaning “coming to,” and during Advent the Church remembers the two great “coming to us’s” of Christ: his first coming to us as a baby in a … [Read more…]

Authentic Early Christianity

What was the early church like? Look no farther than St. Ignatius of Antioch–who received his commission as bishop from the apostle John himself.  While this video is used an apologetic for the Roman Catholic Church, all catholics (Eastern Orthodox, traditional Anglican Catholics, etc) should look up to St. Ignatius and his writings as one … [Read more…]

A Fitting Description of St. John’s

This morning we heard a wonderful homily about the true Christian life.  For those of us there, and for those who stayed for prayer time afterward, it was truly a Spirit-filled day.  I came across a quote that describes much of what Fr. Piotr was trying to get across to us: “The true faith in … [Read more…]

Love of Country

This morning Father Rob prayed for our country.  Here are some various prayers for the country, the President, and other leaders in civil government. From 1928 Book of Common Prayer For Our Country. ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves … [Read more…]

We Are Not Barbarians

We are not barbarians.  Archbishop Haverland has written a fantastic article that summarizes the importance of Christianity in our culture.  He explains how it applies to the family (especially children) and parish life.  This article is so very important today.  As if he had the first St. John’s video in mind, here is a quote: … [Read more…]