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Pulpit Posts

  • 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….

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  • In Celebration of Deacons Past & Present

    In the first reading this coming Sunday we hear of the death of Stephen at the hands of his accusers among whom is Saul (aka Paul). It is a particularly powerful passage with its reminders of the death of Jesus who also prayed for his accusers and whose death like Stephen’s took place “outside the city.” What is of particular interest is that Stephen is the first Christian martyr (one who dies for the faith) and so he is known as the Protomartyr. But according to Acts 6:1-6 Stephen (“a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit”) was one of the first seven Deacons set aside with the laying on of hands and prayer to assist the Apostles with a ministry of service (the Greek “diaconos” simply means “servant”). Later on we read of women deacons also including Phoebe a deacon from Cenchreae (Romans 16:1). So in Christian iconography Stephen is always shown in deacon’s stole (worn crosswise from the left shoulder) and dalmatic….

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  • What Is An “Abundant Life?”

    Our world is full of unhappy and dissatisfied people. For this reason, people everywhere are looking for answers to the emptiness they feel inside. They will try anything, if it might bring them some sort of satisfaction or happiness. Perhaps this explains why there is so much drug dependency, alcohol abuse, criminal behavior, depression, emotional distress and psychological disorders.

    There is an answer to the eternal question, “How do I find happiness and satisfaction in life?” Jesus states in John 10:10 the purpose of why he came. He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life to the full.” What did Jesus mean when He said that we can have “life abundantly” to the full….

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  • Remembering Military Members Who Served & Died From Outside the US

    For Australians and New Zealanders the 25th of April known as Anzac Day is writ large as the major annual occasion to remember those who died in war. On that date in 1915 Australians and New Zealanders fighting as one force (the ANZACS) for the one and only time, and albeit under British command, landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula of Turkey in what was to be an ill-fated campaign by the allies (Britain and France) to attack the heart of the Ottoman Empire which had unwisely allied itself to Germany. The whole operation was a total disaster and led to the resignation of Winston Churchill, who had promoted the campaign, from the British War Cabinet….

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  • 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!…

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  • As We Go From Darkness to Light — Easter Eve & Easter Day

    On Palm Sunday I preached about the “paradoxical shape” of Holy Week, how each of the major liturgies captures something of this. We see that most obviously in the liturgy for Easter Eve, the Great Vigil of Easter, which begins in darkness and climaxes in a great burst of light and sound at the proclamation of the Resurrection of Jesus In between times as it were quite a lot is happening by candlelight (all lit from the Paschal Candle which is blessed and lit at the beginning of the service)….

    …At Holy Apostles you are well aware that Easter does not conclude after Easter Day but continues on for the Great Fifty Days until after the last service on Pentecost Sunday. While keeping the Resurrection, Ascension and Giving of the Spirit as separate events (following Luke’s pattern), the reality is that all three are part of the same mystery, the Exaltation of Jesus to the Glory of the Father, that “upward swing” of our salvation. I trust you all have a blessed and holy Easter.

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  • The Paradox of Holy Week — Suffering & Death:Life & Joy

    At the heart of Holy Week is a paradox that through the suffering and death (the Passion) of Jesus Christ comes the life and joy of the Resurrection. It is worth keeping this in mind as we celebrate the various Holy Week liturgies from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day. One of the prayers we use on Palm Sunday expresses this paradox: “Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.”….

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  • Mary, Martha, Lazarus & the Comfort of Jesus

    Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most important explorations on the subjects, of life, death and resurrection found in scripture. The key persons in this encounter with Jesus are, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. We know, a close family spends quality time with each other because they care and they are special to one another. There are families we know that do things together; enjoy one another, share views, help each other and are very concerned about the welfare of each other. The bond that holds these families together is the bond of love. If something happens to one of the family members or one of them becomes sick, the entire family hurts. Other family members want to do everything they possible can to help the one who is hurting….

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  • A Few Thoughts on Saint Patrick

    Today is the feast of St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland. Of course as New Yorkers we are all too familiar with the day and its big parade, with all the Irish pubs decked in green and serving green beer. And of course we have Renwick’s great St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the heart of the […]

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  • Preparing for the Rebirth of the Spirit…

    …So, when He wanted to explain to Nicodemus about how people would have to change in order to see the Kingdom of God, he didn’t say, people will have to be a bit different, or even, people will have to change a lot. Instead He said, “no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above.” As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, this birth from above is not, of course a physical rebirth, but a rebirth of “water and spirit.”….

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