Wednesday, February 24, 2021


St. Matthias

Today, Wednesday, February 24, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Matthias the Apostle.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021




Today, the Church remembers Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop and Martyr, who was martyred on February 23, 156.

The Collect

O God, the maker of heaven and earth, you gave your venerable servant, the holy and gentle Polycarp, the boldness to confess Jesus Christ as King and Savior and the steadfastness to die for his faith: Give us grace, following his example, to share the cup of Christ and to rise to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021


John the Baptist says to Jesus in the movie The Last Temptation of Christ, “The God of Israel is a god of the desert. If you want to speak to Him, then you'll have to go to the desert.” Then adds, but  “Be careful. God isn't alone out there.”*

Mark’s Gospel for tomorrow reports, “And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”

Join us tomorrow and find out what these stories have to say about our Lenten journey.

*From the 1988 Film – The Last Temptation of Christ. Directed by Martin Scorsese based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. 

This YouTube animation captures the temptation well...

Friday, February 19, 2021

The First Sunday in Lent

Join us for Virtual Worship or in-person worship this Sunday, February 21, 2021, The First Sunday in Lent, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas’.

Holy Eucharist, Rite One (Modified Phase II Guidelines)

St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. or at 10:30 a.m.*
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.* 

* Worship Notes for the Season of Lent
During Lent, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist: Rite One on Sundays. We will resume Rite Two on Easter. In Lent, our liturgies will begin with the Penitential Order, and continue with the Kyrie (the Gloria will be omitted). At the fraction, the Agnus Dei will be said and the prayer of humble access will be said prior to receiving communion. Silence will be observed at appropriate times during the liturgy as well. All of this is in keeping with the penitential nature of the season. In Lent, in place of a seasonal blessing, a Solemn Prayer over the People will be used. The prayers come from the Book of Occasional Services. 

These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.

Oración Vespertina Diaria 

Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas tendrá una Oración Vespertina Diaria a las 5:00 p.m. a través de Zoom.

Zoom Compline
Sunday, 8:00 p.m.

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Readings for this Sunday, February 21, 2021, The First Sunday in Lent, can be found and printed here -
We use the "Track 1" readings. You can always find the appropriate readings by going to The Lectionary Page at - and clicking on the link for each Sunday.

Blessed Lent. See you all on Sunday!

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Our Prayer for Friday

Nada Te Turbe - Let Nothing Disturb You
    Here is an English translation of this beautify song!

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
he who has God
nothing lacks:
God alone suffices.
Everything passes,
but God stays,
reaches it all.
(Everything passes,
but God stays,
reaches it all.)
(Let nothing disturb you)
Let nothing disturb you
(Let nothing frighten you)
let nothing frighten you,
(He who has God)
he who has God
(Nothing lacks)
nothing lacks:
(God alone suffices)
God suffices.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Martin Luther, Theologian, 1546


Today the Church remembers, Martin Luther, who died on February 18, 1546.

Everyone needs to be called to repentance from time to time. Even the Church – Even each of us! That is what the season of Lent of is all about.

According to legend, Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses, a list of propositions for an academic debate, on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517.  The first of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses is “Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said ‘Poenitentiam agite (Repent or Change)’, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.” I just hope no one nails a list of my failures on the door of the church! 😉

The Collect of the Day

O God, our refuge and our strength, who raised up your servant Martin Luther to reform and renew your church in the light of your word: Defend and purify the church in our own day and grant that, through faith, we may boldly proclaim the riches of your grace, which you have made known in Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.