Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wulfstan of Worcester

January 19, Wednesday - Feast of Wulfstan of Worcester, Bishop

Join us on Zoom for Evening Prayer and our Video Study Class.

Zoom Evening Prayer & Video Wulfstan Study Class
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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Wulfstan of Worcester, Bishop, 1095

The Collect:

Almighty God, your only-begotten Son led captivity captive and gave gifts to your people: Multiply among us faithful pastors, who, like your holy bishop Wulfstan, will give courage to those who are oppressed and held in bondage; and bring us all, we pray, into the true freedom of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

When William the Norman conquered England in 1066, he replaced most of the native Anglo-Saxon bishops with clergy from his own Normandy. The most conspicuous exception was Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester (pronounced "Wooster"), who had been a supporter of the Anglo-Saxon King Harold, but who submitted to William after Harold's death, and became one of the King's most trusted advisors. He is best remembered for his opposition to the slave trade in western England. *

* The Lectionary,  James Kiefer, http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Wulfstan.htm

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle


The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle

The Collect:

Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

On January, each year, the Church remembers how the Apostle Peter was led by God's grace to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ (Matthew 16:13-20 - see below), and we join with Peter, and with all Christians everywhere, in hailing Jesus as our Lord, God, and Savior. *

The Lectionary (modified), James Kiefer, http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Confession_Peter.htm 

Matthew 16:13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Art Note: This is a detailed portion of a marvelous painting - The Sacrament of Ordination is a portrait of Jesus handing the keys of the kingdom to St. Peter and the Apostles. It was one of an ambitious set of masterpieces Nicolas Poussin painted in the 1630s. It is housed at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Monday, January 17, 2022

MLK Day

Loving is the most difficult command Jesus gives us, and the one that really changes the world.

Today is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Church remembers King as a pastor and martyr on his birthday, January 15 or on the day of his assassination,  April 4.

One of the readings for his remembrance is from the Gospel of Luke.

Jesus said, “I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:27–36

The Collect

 Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may strive to secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Join us for “at church” or “virtually” for worship this Sunday, January 16, The Second Sunday after the Epiphany, at St. Alban’s, St. Thomas’, St. Patrick’s, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. Remember - Masks are optional, and communion will be offered in both kinds- wine by intinction. We strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated. Please maintain social distance in non-family groups.

Holy Eucharist, Rite Two
St. Alban’s - 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.*
St. Patrick’s – 11:00 a.m.*

* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Download a pdf of the leaflet to print or to use on your phone or tablet with this link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BXoMYDmCvCCmXfllQI4kaXpVAuJuIwdA/view?usp=sharing  

La Santa Eucaristía: Rito Dos en la iglesia (primer y tercer domingo del mes y transmitido en vivo en Facebook) o Oración de la tarde diaria a través de Zoom (los otros domingos del mes)
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – Domingo - 5:00 p.m.
Hoy - La Santa Eucaristía: Rito Dos

Zoom Compline - All Welcome
Sunday - 8:00 p.m.

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Art from Clip Art, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications – ltp.org

In the Morning

 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hilary

Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop, 367

The Collect:

Keep us steadfast, Lord God, in that true faith that we professed at our baptism; that, like your servant Hilary of Poitiers, we may rejoice in having you for our Father, and may abide in your Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever as one God in Trinity of Persons. Amen.

Hilary of Poitiers (315-367) lived during the great controversy between Athanasius, who taught that the Son is fully God, equally with the Father, and Arius, who denied this. 

Hilary is sometimes called "the Athanasius of the West." He was bishop of Poitiers, and when he refused to sign a condemnation of Athanasius, the Arian emperor Constantius (one of the sons of Constantine) banished him to Phrygia in 357. His exile lasted three years, during which time he wrote several essays, including On the Trinity. Finally the Emperor was forced to send him back to Gaul because he was causing such difficulties for the Arians in the East. In 364, he journeyed to Milan, where he engaged in public debate with the Arian bishop Auxentius, and persuaded him of the error of his ways. *

* The Lectionary, James Kiefer, http://satucket.com/lectionary/Hilary.htm