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Some Thoughts on All Saints’ Day — The Ways We Can Experience the Day

This week the church commemorated All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2, and now properly called All Faithful Departed) – we at Holy Apostles will transfer the commemorations to this coming Sunday, November 5. On All Saints’ Day, we remember all saints, known and unknown. But in practice, there was an increasing desire to make a distinction between the better known, exemplary saints (or Saints with a capital “S”), and those small “s” saints who are mostly unknown (such as friends and family). Hence, in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, provision was made to also remember All Faithful Departed on the day following All Saints’ Day. (Many churches combine the days, and transfer them to the nearest Sunday.)...

Recovering From Tragic Events

It is hard to write this meditation this week -- lately the tragedies have been piling up, and there are many weighing on my mind. I fear that we are all feeling a bit of fatigue, and it is hard to process each new event. The continuing crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria especially shouldn’t be forgotten or pushed aside -- even if you have already donated earlier this month or this year, please consider giving again to Episcopal Relief and Development.... It is the mass shooting in Las Vegas, though, that is the most challenging for me to wrap my mind around right now, and to figure out how to respond. We can, and should, always be praying. We can pray for those who have died, for those who are suffering, for the first responders, for those who will continue to respond to the needs after the initial crisis has passed. We can also bear witness to what has happened. Holy Apostles joined many other churches across the country on Tuesday and tolled our solemn bell at noon to remember the victims of this tragedy.

Welcome To This Time Of Transition

It is a time of endings (of the summer season, of vacation-mode, of leaves already beginning to show signs of turning vibrant color before falling to the ground) but also a time of beginnings (of the Autumn season, of new projects at work and home, of the bountiful time of the fall harvest). What I seem to be most aware of today is the golden quality of the sunlight at this time of year – warming the days after cool nights, softly filtering through the canopy of the trees, helping to ripen the fall fruits...

In Celebration of Clare of Assisi, Florence Nightingale & All Who Care for Others

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I often like to use this space to write about the feast day of some saint or another – and this week I struggled to decide between two: Clare, Abbess of Assisi (1253) on August 11, and Florence Nightingale, Nurse and Social Reformer (1910), on August 12. In good Anglican fashion, I decided not to address this in an “either/or” fashion, but instead with a “both/and” mentality – and so talk about both of them!...

Remembering Benedict of Nurisa

This past Tuesday was the feast day of Benedict of Nursia -- traditionally remembered as the founder of western monasticism. Born in Umbria, Italy, in 480 A.D., Benedict founded twelve monastic communities over the course of his life. His greatest impact on modern Christianity is the Rule of Life that he developed for his monks, which laid out how the monastery and the monk’s lives were to be ordered. He called his rule “a school of the Lord’s service, in which we hope to order nothing harsh or rigorous.” You can decide for yourself if the monks’ lives were harsh or rigorous: every day they spent an average of four hours in worship, five hours in spiritual reading and study, six hours of labor, one hour for eating, and eight hours sleeping.....

In Celebration of Fathers Both Biblical & Your Own

This Sunday, June 18, is Father's Day -- the day when we honor fathers, father figures, and paternal bonds. I did a little research (thank you, Wikipedia!), and found out that the holiday was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd as a complement to Mother's Day. Dodd and her five siblings were raised by her single father. When she heard a Mother's Day sermon at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she told the pastor that there should be a similar holiday honoring fathers. The first celebration was held at a YMCA in Spokane, WA, on June 19, 1910....

A Few Facts About Rogation Days

Rogation Days are traditionally observed on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day (May 25 this year), though in practice they may be observed on other days. Here at Holy Apostles we will mark them a day early this coming Sunday. Mamertus, Bishop of Vienne, France, is credited with originating the tradition of fasting and prayer in the 5th century -- the goal was to prepare for the feast of the Ascension and to beseech God to forestall any impending calamities. (The word "rogation" comes from the Latin rogare, meaning "to ask.") Farmers would often have their crops blessed by a priest at this time....

Let Us Pause to Reflect on the Triduum of Easter Week

Happy Easter!... --- Lent, Holy Week, and Easter can be an emotional roller coaster, full of ups and downs and twists and turns. So much so, that many of us metaphorically or even literally (for church musicians and clergy!) collapse after Easter Day! The week after the Sunday of the Resurrection can feel enervated and even anti-climactic. And yet we could instead be surrounding and infusing ourselves with the joy of new life!...

Who Was Saint Mathias the Apostle?

Today, February 24, is the feast day of St. Matthias the Apostle. Does he sound familiar? If you don’t remember his name from the lists of the twelve apostles in the gospels, you are correct -- he isn’t there! That’s because he was chosen to be an apostle later, as we read in the opening chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. After Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter stood up among the believers -- a crowd of about one hundred twenty persons -- and made a suggestion. He told of the horrible death of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus (see Acts 1:18 if you are interested in the gory details)....

An Article Published On Huffington Post by Mother Susan

I published my first piece on Huffington Post this morning! I was inspired by Bishop Andrew’s sermon on Sunday, and prodded to write something by Tom Cunningham – and voila! You can find it on the Huffington Post website...