Candlelight: “O Holy Night”December 16, 2014The carol that has become the closing highlight of our Candlelight service is “O Holy Night.” This carol was introduced to the United States in 1855 by the Unitarian minister and music critic John Sullivan Dwight. The third verse, which I shall not sing, says, “Truly he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel ...
Prepare for the Light!December 12, 2014I’ve heard it said that Advent is a mini Lent. Many of the readings during this season are dark, penitential, and apocalyptic. Episcopal priest and author Fleming Rutledge writes that the season reminds us that without recognizing the darkness that we are in, there is no need for the Light. Thus, Advent begins in the the dark. But the third Sunday ...
9 Ways to Enrich Your AdventDecember 11, 2014Advent signals the season of longing, of expectation, of anticipation, and also signals the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the liturgical cycle, the Church awaits the coming of its King, Jesus. Historically, the season looks in two directions: it replays the original coming of Jesus into the world; and it looks forward to his coming again. Furthermore, Advent ...
Advent Reflection: Keep Awake (Though You Are Sleeping)December 5, 2014As Christians, Advent, is not simply the countdown to Christmas, rather it is a very serious season for us, because it enables us to reflect upon the idea of time, and that our lives are lived between two the Advents: Christ’s first Advent, born in the meekness of a manger and death upon the cross, and his second Advent, when ...
Collect of the Day: Third Sunday of AdventDecember 14, 2014Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
ABC Warns of Possible Split in CommunionDecember 13, 2014The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that parts of the Anglican Communion could break away as a result of the conflicting views held by other churches. In a series of frank remarks to The Times, the Most Rev Justin Welby said there could be “a sort of temporary separation” and admitted to personally disagreeing “profoundly” with views held by other ...
+KJS’s 2014 Christmas MessageDecember 9, 2014[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2014 prays: “May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide. May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.” The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message: Christmas message 2014 The altar hanging at an English ...
Collect of the Day: Second Sunday of AdventDecember 7, 2014Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Way of the PilgrimDecember 9, 2014The Way of the Pilgrim is a 19th century Russian work translated into English. The story is about the journey of a begging wanderer who treks across Russia, and while on that journey, practices the “Jesus Prayer.” This form of prayer is also known as inner prayer or prayer of the heart. It employs the short, repeated invocation, over and over: “Lord Jesus ...
Former ABC Rowan Williams on Advent (Video)December 1, 2014
Mysticism by Evelyn UnderhillApril 1, 2014Thomas Merton, Padre Pio and…? Read a classic work by a great 20th century Anglican mystic: Evelyn Underhill’s, Mysticism.
Lancelot Andrewes: WorksMarch 25, 2014Lancelot Andrewes was a seventeenth century Anglican who not only was involved in the King James translation, but was one of the early post-Reformation mystical-thinking theologians in the tradition. Here’s volume one of his Works where a good amount of his mystical theology, especially theosis, is thought through. Lancelot Andrewes, Works: Sermons, Volume 1
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