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…]

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…]

On the Trinity

The fundamental revelation about God in the Christian faith is that there is one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus, both the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds have a three-part structure, being organized around what the Church believes regarding each of the three Divine Persons. Although the term “Trinity” is not … [Read more…]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is this Wednesday, March 1. We will mark the day with the Penitential Office, Blessing and Distribution of Ashes, and Holy Communion at the church starting at 7:00 pm. We will meet in the Loyal Builders’ Room behind the sanctuary. Ash Wednesday is one of the two fasting … [Read more…]

The Circumcision of Christ

We’re still in the Christmas season, and today, January 1st, is the Octave, or 8th day of Christmas.  And while the world around us generally considers Christmas now to be officially over, and puts the Christmas trees out on the curb for trash, we Christians are still keeping the Christmas season, which is a full … [Read more…]

Pentecost

Pentecost is one the three great feasts of the Christian Year (the other two being Easter and Christmas). It celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples in the upper room of a house in Jerusalem, as recounted in today’s Epistle reading from the Book of Acts. It is also … [Read more…]