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
Anyone who has been a pastor or attended church regularly knows about the so-called “Christmas and Easter” Christians. These two days, at least in the Anglican tradition, are the most attended services of the year. In the black church, it was Mother’s Day and Easter, but the point remains the same. There are certain days when … Continue reading Christmas, Easter, and MLK Day: On Remembering Martin as a Meme
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 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
St. John the Forerunner Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now … Continue reading Sorely Hindered