https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySYRI4wXUpo My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, and darkness is my only companion – Psalm 88:19 Today, I woke up and said my prayers. It was a daily office type of morning. I left it to my wife to get the kids ready for school. I granted myself that … Continue reading Freedom!
I can say with confidence that I have washed more feet than any Episcopal priest that I know. This is not because my previous parishes enthusiastically embraced Maundy Thursday. No, I make this claim this because I was raised as a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. In that tradition, once per month … Continue reading Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians
One of the reasons I became an Anglican was the subtle mysticism of the liturgy. In my former days as a Baptist I knew when to expect the Holy Spirit to show up: the climax of the sermon or the third stanza of a good hymn. As the pastor worked his way towards the conclusion of a … Continue reading The Liturgy and the Tomb: in praise of Anglicanism and Jerusalem
O GOD, who, through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus … Continue reading Galatians 1:11-24: The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Today I found myself struggling to find something relevant to say about Saint David King of Scots. It was my duty to speak to those gathered about a saint whose life we remembered for its witness to the gospel. But what could I say to a gathering of mostly Scots about a Scottish king when 48 hours … Continue reading All holiness is local: the feast of Saint David King of Scots!
The second day of Christmastide has a different feel than the first. December 26th we remembered the first martyr Stephen. December 27th we remember St John the Evangelist. According to tradition, he is the only one of the twelve apostles who did not suffer martyrdom (We pass over the end of Judas in silence). Gone … Continue reading Incarnation and Racial Reconciliation during Christmastide: The Feast of St John the Evangelist
The gates of heaven were opened for blessed Stephen, who was found to be first among the Martyrs and therefore is crowned triumphant in heaven. – Entrance Antiphon for the feast of St. Stephen After midnight, in the first moments of Christmas, I stood before the altar clothed in white to celebrate the coming of … Continue reading Christmastide and St. Stephen’s Day