Thoughts on Epiphany and an assist on “Exploring the Gospels”

Commentary on Matthew 2:1-12  The Story of Epiphany The story of Epiphany – the story of the three wise men who come to visit and honor the Christ child – is an unusual one full of sharp contrasts.  These men were priests and scholars of their day with...

Clunker or Luxury We Feed God’s People

As Christians, we are called to feed God's people period. Due to COVID-19, those who are left without work are now unable to even cover their four walls for their family food, water, shelter, and transportation. A common theme in our American culture is "pick yourself...

Advent the light in a season of Darkness

Happy New Year! At least liturgically speaking of course. This year has been challenging for all of us in our own unique ways as we grapple with our daily duties in the midst of a global pandemic. For many in our church, this has been isolation from our friends,...

Good Friday

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”- Mark 9:23 When one enters an Episcopal parish, one of the first things that is noticeable is an altar and usually a cross above it or near it. In Roman Catholicism, it is traditional...

Maundy Thursday

During the Eucharistic Rite, the celebrant lifts up the priest host (bread) and speaks of the night before. What happened during this most important night? The answer is Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper where Jesus washed the fert of his...

Palm Sunday

What is the Day?? “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”Matthew 21:5 Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter celebrating Jesus’ triumphant arrival in to Jerusalem mentioned in gospels...

Ash Wednesday

What Is The Day? 3 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Ecclesiastes 3:20Ecclesiastes 3:20 Ash Wednesday is the first of the forty days of Lent and is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday...

Catechism

"An Outline of The Faith"-BCP 855 the catechism was primarily intended for use by parish priests, deacons,  and lay catechists, to give an outline for instruction. Though not intended to be a complete statement of belief or practice the Catechism provides us with...

What is a cathedral?

In the simplest form, a Cathedral is a church that contains a cathedra which is Latin for a seat, specifically a bishop's chair. The cathedral is the principal church in a diocese from which the Bishop is the rector of.  As the principal church in the diocese, it...

Baptism: Welcome to the Family

"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church." (Book of Common Prayer, Pg 298) A church is like your family, you’ll have people who will feel like extra parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Baptism is your...
Baptism: Welcome to the Family

Baptism: Welcome to the Family

"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church." (Book of Common Prayer, Pg 298) A church is like your family, you’ll have people who will feel like extra parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Baptism is your...

Why Do We Cross Ourselves?

Why Do We Cross Ourselves?

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1st Corinthians 1:18 Interpretation The sign of the cross is an ancient Christian practice of marking the shape of the cross of Christ upon one’s...

Rally Day

Rally Day

What Is Rally Day? During the summertime vacations, events, and activities draw congregation members away from church life especially prevalent on Sunday mornings. Many churches at this time see attendance drop by nearly 50% and combine their services times to mask...

The Governance of the Church

The Governance of the Church

How The Church Is Structured How The Church Is Structured How The Church Is Structured You may have heard people talk about General Convention or seen the hashtag on Twitter #GC79. But you may not be sure what it is. You may also wonder about how the rules or, Canons,...

What is Seder?

What is Seder?

Seder is the festival meal that takes place during the Jewish celebration of Passover. During the meal the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt is retold using story and song. Some Christians celebrate Seder as a way to learn about the Jewish foundation of the...

What is the Apostle’s Creed

What is the Apostle’s Creed

The Apostle's Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty,     maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;     who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,     born of the Virgin Mary,     suffered under...

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