Saturday, July 11, 2020

A Letter from Whit+ and Dawnell+


Dear Members and Friends of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

We know and understand that many of you are disappointed with our decision to return to Virtual Worship beginning this Sunday, July 12 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. As previously announced, Morning Prayer: Rite Two will begin at 10:30 a.m. A Zoom Invitation will be posted on our Facebook and websites/blogs. We also plan to live stream our worship on Facebook as well - sharable as a watch party.

Compline on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Project Class via Zoom will continue as usual.

This decision is not mandated by Bishop Owensby, but is – in our prayerful judgement – in keeping with the Bishop’s recommendations given in the previously posted Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic. We believe it is advisable, and the best choice also based on Governor Edward’s press conference of this day (July 11, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.). Masks and proper distancing are now required by all (with a small group of exceptions) for our state. We urge you all to wear your masks whenever you are in public (indoors or outdoors), and be especially careful regarding private casual social gatherings.

Please know that we understand that many of you may not agree with our decision, and that for many this decision and these precautions are viewed as politically motivated. We are doing our best to protect you and all the other people that we love, and ask for your understanding. Please give us a call, if you want to discuss any aspect of this decision. Our home phone number is 318-340-0404. If we are unable to answer, we will return your call.

See you Sunday morning via Zoom,

With our love,

Whit+ & Dawnell+

Estimados miembros y amigos de St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas´ e Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

Sabemos y entendemos que muchos de ustedes están decepcionados con nuestra decisión de regresar a la adoración virtual a partir de este domingo 12 de julio, el sexto domingo después de Pentecostés. Como se anunció previamente, Morning Prayer: Rite Two comenzará a las 10:30 a.m. Se publicará una invitación de Zoom en nuestro Facebook y sitios web / blogs. También planeamos transmitir en vivo nuestra adoración en Facebook, compartible como una fiesta de observación.

Completa los domingos por la noche a las 8:00 p.m. a través de Zoom y la oración vespertina los miércoles a las 5:30 p.m. seguido de la clase de proyecto bíblico a través de Zoom continuará como de costumbre.

Esta decisión no es un mandato del Obispo Owensby, pero es, en nuestro juicio de oración, de acuerdo con las recomendaciones del Obispo dadas en la Política y el Procedimiento Actualizados previamente publicados para la Reunión durante la Pandemia. Creemos que es aconsejable, y la mejor opción también se basa en la conferencia de prensa del Gobernador Edward de este día (11 de julio de 2020 a las 2:30 p.m.). Ahora se requieren máscaras y distanciamiento adecuado para todos (con un pequeño grupo de excepciones) para nuestro estado. Les recomendamos a todos que usen sus máscaras cuando estén en público (en interiores o exteriores) y que tengan especial cuidado con las reuniones sociales informales privadas.

Tenga en cuenta que entendemos que muchos de ustedes pueden no estar de acuerdo con nuestra decisión, y que para muchos esta decisión y estas precauciones se consideran motivadas políticamente. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para protegerlo a usted y a todas las demás personas que amamos, y solicitamos su comprensión. Llámenos si desea analizar cualquier aspecto de esta decisión. El número de teléfono de nuestra casa es 318-340-0404. Si no podemos responder, le devolveremos su llamada.

Nos vemos el domingo por la mañana a través de Zoom,

Con nuestro amor

Whit + y Dawnell +


Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 23 on page 822. La oración sigue en español.

23. For Local Government

Almighty God our heavenly Father, send down upon those
who hold office in this State, and in the cities of Monroe and
West Monroe, the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice;
that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their
offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Oraciones por la Vida Nacional 23 en la página 712 en El Libro de Oración Común.

23. Por el gobierno local

Dios todopoderoso, nuestro Padre celestial, derrama
sobre aquellos que ocupan cargos públicos en este estado, 
y en las ciudades de Monroe y West Monroe,
el espíritu de sabiduría, caridad y justicia; a fin de que
cumplir fielmente sus obligaciones con firmeza
propósito de promover el bienestar de todas las personas;
través de Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 22 on pages 821 and 822. La oración sigue en español.

22. For Sound Government

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we
may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to
other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors
of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative
authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their
duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our
laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and
foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to
fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding
and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and
justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to
accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they
may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for
the well-being of our society; that we may serve you
faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as
head above all. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 23 en la páginas 711-712 en El Libro de Oración Común.

22. Por un gobierno justo


Oh Señor Soberano nuestro, bendice a los líderes de este
país, a fin de que tengamos paz entre nosotros y seamos
una bendición para las demás naciones de la tierra.
Oh Señor, guarda esta nación en tu cuidado.

Otorga sabiduría y gracia a todas las autoridades
administrativas en el ejercicio de sus funciones.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.

Otorga valor, sabiduría y visión a
todos los que elaboran nuestras leyes, a fin de que
provean a las necesidades del pueblo y hagan cumplir
nuestras obligaciones ante la comunidad de naciones.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.


Otorga integridad y comprensión a los jueces y
funcionarios de los tribunales para que los derechos
humanos sean protegidos y la justicia cumplida.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.

Finalmente, enseña a nuestro pueblo a confiar en tu
poder y aceptar sus responsabilidades hacia los demás
ciudadanos, para que elijan líderes fidedignos, y tomen
decisiones prudentes en beneficio de nuestra sociedad; a
fin de que te sirvamos fielmente en nuestra generación y
honremos tu santo Nombre.
Porque, tuyo, oh Señor, es el reino, y tú eres excelso
como cabeza sobre todos. Amén.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two
Sunday - 10:30 a.m.

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Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020

Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020 (abajo en español)

Dear Members of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas’, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

We are writing you today from our vacation. We have posted Bishop Jake Owensby’s communication with the Diocese - Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic.

Mother Dawnell and I have carefully, and prayerfully considered the Bishop’s recommendations and have decided to return completely to Virtual Worship again beginning this Sunday, July 12, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Morning Prayer: Rite Two will begin at 10:30 a.m. – A Zoom Invitation will be posted on our Facebook and websites/blogs. We also plan to Livestream this on Facebook as well - sharable as a watch party.

Compline on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Project Class via Zoom will continue as usual.

We will share more information when we return. Until then, please know of our prayers and concern for you all.

See you via Zoom on Sunday,

With our love,

Whit+ & Dawnell+

P.S. We have been extremely careful while on vacation, but must report that many people we have seen have not being practicing basic safety precautions.


El regreso a la adoración virtual comienza este domingo - 12 de julio de 2020

Estimados miembros de St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas ’e Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

Te escribimos hoy desde nuestras vacaciones. Hemos publicado la comunicación del Obispo Jake Owensby con la Diócesis: Política y procedimiento actualizados para reunirse durante la pandemia.

La Madre Dawnell y yo hemos considerado cuidadosamente y con oración las recomendaciones del Obispo y hemos decidido regresar completamente a la Adoración Virtual nuevamente a partir de este domingo 12 de julio de 2020, el sexto domingo después de Pentecostés. Oración de la mañana: Rito Dos comenzará a las 10:30 a.m. - Se publicará una invitación de Zoom en nuestro Facebook y sitios web / blogs. También planeamos transmitir esto en vivo en Facebook, compartible como una fiesta de observación.

Completa los domingos por la noche a las 8:00 p.m. a través de Zoom y la oración vespertina los miércoles a las 5:30 p.m. seguido de la clase de proyecto bíblico a través de Zoom continuará como siempre.

Compartiremos más información cuando regresemos. Hasta entonces, sepan nuestras oraciones y preocupación por todos ustedes.

Nos vemos a través de Zoom el domingo,

Con nuestro amor

Whit + y Dawnell +

PD Hemos sido extremadamente cuidadosos durante las vacaciones, pero debemos informar que muchas personas que hemos visto no han estado practicando precauciones básicas de seguridad.

Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic


Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic


An Important Message From Bishop Owensby:

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours are well. These are trying times, and I appreciate your calm, faithful leadership. As you know, the pandemic continues to change local circumstances, and prudence requires that we respond sensibly as needed.

In his briefing today Governor Edwards reported that, with respect to the spread of the virus in our state, we have lost all the gains we had made in May. Infection and hospital rates are climbing to new heights. Now this spread is no longer contained within hot spots like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Instead, the entire state is experiencing an increase in infection and hospitalization numbers.

Accordingly, I am now reiterating and amplifying my current requirements in the following manner.

1. All previously published requirements for gatherings for worship or any other purpose as a congregation remain firmly in effect. This includes mandates regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, the limits on attendance numbers, sanitation, and the like. Singing continues to be forbidden. For clergy these policies are a mandatory pastoral direction.

2. Given the increased incidence of infection, I strongly urge that all worship or other gatherings be outside or virtual. If your congregation is unable to provide virtual worship, please send members to my FB Morning Prayer (Sunday, 10:00 a.m. CDT or the saved video at a later time). I will continue to offer weekly worship as long as we are in pandemic conditions.

3. The safest form of worship during a time of increased contagion is Morning Prayer. Accordingly, I urge you to revert to Morning Prayer until we see significant improvement in the rate of infection.

Neither #2 nor #3 are requirements at this stage. However, I will continue to monitor the metrics and will issue revised policies as needed.

Remember, we take these measures to protect the most vulnerable among us and to flatten the curve of infection so as not to overwhelm our medical facilities while we develop, mass produce, and administer a vaccine. The vaccination process will take time.

You all remain in my prayers. And to my delight and surprise, we are seeing a significant rise in the numbers of those seeking worship and learning opportunities because of our new virtual ministries. The love of Jesus finds a way!

Stay safe. Be well. And remember that you are loved.

Peace,
+Jake

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 21 on page 821. La oración sigue en español.

21. For Courts of Justice

Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We
humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the
magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of
wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth,
and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone;
through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son our
Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 21 en la página 711 en El Libro de Oración Común.

21. Por las cortes de justicia

Omnipotente Dios, que desde tu trono juzgas con
equidad: Humildemente te suplicamos que bendigas a las
cortes de justicia, y a los magistrados de esta tierra; y que
les des el espíritu de sabiduría y entendimiento, para que
disciernan la verdad y con imparcialidad administren la
ley en tu temor; por el que ha de venir a ser nuestro Juez,
tu Hijo nuestro Salvador Jesucristo. Amén.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Tonight

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Led tonight by The Rev'd Lee Jefferson and Postulant for Holy Orders, Rita Jefferson

Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595 Password: 530 or dial in at +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 20 on page 821. La oración sigue en español.

20. For Congress or a State Legislature

O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and
gracious, and whose law is truth: We beseech thee so to guide
and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress
assembled, that they may enact such laws as shall please thee,
to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of this people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 20 en la página 712 en El Libro de Oración Común.

20. Por el Congreso o Asamblea Legislativa

Oh Dios, fuente de sabiduría, cuya voluntad es buena y
bondadosa, y cuya ley es verdadera: Te suplicamos que
de tal modo guíes y bendigas a nuestros representantes
reunidos en Asamblea Legislativa, a fin de
que promulguen leyes que te sean agradables, para la
gloria de tu Nombre y el bienestar de este pueblo; por
Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 19 on page 820. La oración sigue en español.

19. For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We
commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided
by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant
to the President of the United States, the Governor of this
State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and
to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people
in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 19 en la página 710 en El Libro de Oración Común.

19. Por el Presidente de la nación y todas las autoridades civiles

Oh Señor, Soberano nuestro, cuya gloria llena la tierra:
Encomendamos esta nación a tu bondadoso cuidado, para
que siendo guiada por tu Providencia, vivamos seguros en
tu paz. Concede al Presidente de este país, al Gobernador
de Louisiana y a todas las autoridades, sabiduría y
fortaleza para conocer y hacer tu voluntad. Llénalos del
amor a la verdad y a la justicia; haz que jamás se olviden
de su vocación de servir a este pueblo en tu temor; por
Jesucristo nuestro Señor, que vive y reina contigo y el Espíritu
Santo, un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Prayers for July 6 - 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer's Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 18 on page 820. La oración sigue en español.

18. 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 a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 18 en la página 710 en El Libro de Oración Común.

18. Por la patria

Omnipotente Dios, que nos has dado esta buena tierra
por heredad: Humildemente suplicamos tu ayuda para
mostrarnos siempre como un pueblo reconocido de tu
favor y gozoso de hacer tu voluntad. Bendice nuestro
país con labor honorable, conocimiento íntegro y
costumbres virtuosas. Guárdanos de toda violencia,
discordia y confusión; de orgullo, arrogancia y de todo
mal camino. Defiende nuestras libertades, y forja un
pueblo unido de las multitudes que han venido aquí de
las diversas naciones y lenguas. Inviste con el espíritu de
sabiduría a quienes en tu Nombre confiamos la
autoridad del gobierno, para que haya justicia y paz en el
país y que, por medio de la obediencia a tu ley,
manifestemos tu alabanza entre las naciones de la tierra.
En tiempo de prosperidad, llena nuestros corazones de
gratitud, y en el día de la angustia, no permitas que
nuestra confianza en ti desfallezca; todo lo cual te
pedimos por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

No More Alphabet Soup!

Beginning today, Sunday, July 5, 2020, members of St. Alban's may attend the 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. celebration as you wish.

When we first "re-opened," we had limited attendance based on the letter of your last name. This was done so that no one would be turned away because of our limited seating. We think we can manage without this restriction now. Facebook Live broadcast of the Eucharist, and Zoom Compline on Sundays, along with Zoom Evening Prayer on Wednesday will continue. Join us streaming or in person!

Please be patient as we carefully re-open and know that you can find the latest info here -week by week. Daily prayers are posted too!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Fourth of July

Today is the fourth of July, Independence Day – The Collect for Independence Day is found on page 242 of The Book of Common Prayer.


Friday, July 3, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

This reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians is found in Noonday Prayer. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18





Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class










Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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Sunday Night Zoom Compline









Sunday Zoom Compline
Sunday Evening, 8:00 p.m.

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Independence Day Eve, Day, and Weekend


Have a safe and happy Independence Day and weekend!


Join us for worship this Sunday, July 5, 2020, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at our usual times.


St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.

St. Thomas’ – 10:00 a.m.

La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – 5:00 p.m.


Please enter through the Main Front Doors.


We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

For the Diversity of Races and Cultures

A prayer For the Diversity of Races and Cultures - Number 7 on page 840 of The Book of Common Prayer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

For Social Justice

Today, join me as I say the Prayer for Social Justice. It is number 27 on page 823 of The Book of Common Prayer.



Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class










Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Collect for Guidance

A Collect for Guidance is found in Morning Prayer: Rite Two on page 100 of The Book of Common Prayer. 



Monday, June 29, 2020

For Social Service

I love this prayer for the helpers among us. Prayer 22, For Social Service is on page 260 of The Book of Common Prayer.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

A Beautiful Prayer

Here is a beautiful prayer from the Order for Evening, page 110.

Good night! Sleep well. See you at church tomorrow.





Sunday Worship

This Sunday, June 28, 2020, St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and La Esperanza de Familias Unidas will celebrate Holy Eucharist at our usual times.

St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.
St. Thomas’ – 10:00 a.m.
La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – 5:00 p.m.

Please enter through the Main Front Doors.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Sunday Night Zoom Compline









Sunday Zoom Compline
Sunday Evening, 8:00 p.m.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Changes and Chances



Another one of my favorite prayers from Compline.

Let us pray.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Good night! Sleep well.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Keep Watch, Dear Lord

Keep Watch, Dear Lord - One of my favorite prayers for nighttime is found in Compline.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Nativity of John the Baptist

Today the Church remembers The Nativity of John the Baptist - The Collect of the Day



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virtual V.B.S.



Click here for resources for Virtual V.B.S.

Canticle K, A Song of Our Adoption from Enriching Our Worship 1.

Canticle K, A Song of Our Adoption from Enriching Our Worship 1.



Zoom Evening Prayer










Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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Ordination

Bishop Owensby will ordain The Rev. Deacon Laurent De Prins to the priesthood on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

The liturgy will be live streamed on YouTube and can be viewed by clicking here. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Feast of Saint Alban

Today is Monday, June twenty-second – The Feast of Saint Alban, our patron saint. Alban was the first martyr of Britain, and died circa 304.

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, the Rev'd Lee Jefferson was ordained a priest at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport. What a full, wonderful, and difficult year of ministry it has been! Join me in thanking God for Lee's ministry. Lee told me yesterday, that he feels like a sophomore now. 🙂


Saturday, June 20, 2020

When Love Gets Messy

Bishop Jake reminds us, "Love, real love, risks telling hard truths. Facing hard truths will set us all free. But before truth sets us free, it’s going to make a mess." Click here to read more.


Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day! - ¡Feliz Día del Padre!

Zoom Compline Sunday Night









Zoom Compline
Sunday Night at 8:00 p.m.

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The Church's Newest Priest

Our prayers are offered at the hour for our friend, brother, and fellow C.D.S.P. graduate,  Andrew Armond, being ordained priest. We like many others are watching the ordination live on YouTube. Andrew serves as Chaplain and Religion Teacher at Episcopal School of Acadiana.


A Psalm of Lament

Today, I read A Psalm of Lament , by Sister Miriam Elizabeth, which I posted earlier. Let us reflect on this psalm today, and lay our burdens at a the foot of the cross tomorrow.

This Sunday, June 21, 2020, is the Third Sunday after Pentecost and Father's Day. St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and La Esperanza de Familias Unidas will celebrate Holy Eucharist at our usual times.

St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.
St. Thomas’ – 10:00 a.m.
La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – 5:00 p.m.

A Psalm of Lament

A Psalm of Lament is from Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, on of the nuns at The Order of Saint Helena, in North Augusta, South Carolina.

A Psalm of Lament From One Woman

Holy God, we cry out as viruses are stealing our breath.
A virus that is new in this age and another that is centuries old –
pustules of infection passed from generation to generation.
The people are brought to their knees as they suffocate.
God, have mercy.

Holy God, we cry out as the contagions of COVID-19
And systemic racism are ravaging lives.
One contagion affects another and many have suffered of body and soul.
I am brought to my knees as I grieve.
God, have mercy.

Holy God, we cry out at generations of systemic injustice.
We confess our privilege and ignorance, our silence and complicity,
Seeking to purge our unwillingness to discern lies from truth.
The people are brought to their knees, sorrow and anger seeking justice.
God, have mercy.

Holy God we cry out “How long?  How many more must die?”
Keening against viruses that are visible and invisible.
In my thirst, I drink my own tears.
I am brought to my knees, unquenched and exhausted.
God, have mercy.

-Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, OSH

What are you lamenting?

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Song of Simeon

The essential evening and nighttime prayer of the church is The Song of Simeon, or Nunc dimittis. It speaks of the ability to die in peace because the hope of seeing the Savior has been fulfilled. This hope is the glory of God’s people, Israel, and is a blessing to all the nations. It is a fulfillment of one of God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee

We begin this day with A Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee, by Doug Mckelvey. It is available online and can be found in the wonderful book, Every Moment Holy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Worth a Watch from the Creator of Veggie Tales

Shared by Bishop Jake from Holy Post Podcast - www.holypost.com Bishop Jakes says, "Please watch the brief video by the creator of Veggie Tales. If you think racism is only about your personal attitude about or even your actions toward people of color, this will help you understand systemic racism. Also, if you think the video picks on Republicans early on, just wait. The Democrats get their critical treatment later on. Racism is not about personal prejudice only. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

At Noonday

A collect at noonday from the Book of Common Prayer, page 107.



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Canticle D

Canticle D, A Song of the Wilderness comes from Enriching Our Worship 1. Canticle D - A Song of the Wilderness - Isaiah 35:1-7,10



Monday, June 15, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer










Zoom Evening Prayer & Bible Project Class
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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At the Close of Day

These prayers for At the Close of Day are last of the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families in The Book of Common Prayer. These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church. At the Close of Day is found on page 140.



Saturday, June 13, 2020

In the Early Evening

In the Early Evening - These prayers for In the Early Evening are from Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families in The Book of Common Prayer. These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church. In the Early Evening is found on page 139.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Holy Eucharist

This Sunday, June 14, 2020, St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’, and La Esperanza de Familias Unidas will celebrate Holy Eucharist at our usual times.

St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.
St. Thomas’ – 10:00 a.m.
La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – 5:00 p.m.

Please enter through the Main Front Doors.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!