Past as Prologue

Okeey dokey smokey, after a three day run of grand slamming saints’ days, can we please get back to some good ol’ Christmas joy now?!  How ‘bout reverting to that First Sunday of Christmas for a re-visit of Sunday’s gospel, the Prologue to John’s Gospel.  The church in her liturgical

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The Holiest of Innocents

Today is a hard day, perhaps the most challenging of any saint’s day on the entire Christian calendar.  Most clergy simply never mention it nor acknowledge it due to it’s disturbing content, but we are not most clergy nor most congregations.  Today, December 28th, is the traditional date for the

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Fourth

Andrew, Nicholas, Lucy, the Baptizer, Mary, Thomas, Stephen…our list of hagiography (fancy vocab for saintly biography) for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany is power-packed and star-studded.  Today is no different!  At least one and sometimes two Sundays fall in Christmastide but saints’ calendar days remain fixed by tradition.  Let’s celebrate the First Sunday of

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Protomartyr

Happy 2nd day of Christmastide, Happy Boxing Day, Happy Feast of Stephen the Protomartyr…how many traditions can we cram into one 24 hour period?!  Let’s review quickly….it took our early Christian forebears just days to proclaim the resurrection of our Lord as God’s victory over death and the inauguration of

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The Wisdom of the Forebears

An Episcopalian professor, liturgical scholar and author J. Robert Wright did the American church an invaluable service, re-introducing the Early Church Fathers (yes, a few mothers, but their voices are more difficult to find) to today’s church.  These monks, nuns, bishops, mystics and scholars carried the Christian message in the

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The Greatest of These

There it was, just where I wanted it to be, front and center under the tree on Christmas morning.  Dan’el Boone’s coonskin cap, complete with tail.  I’m 6 years old and I wanted to be young Israel Boone so badly I wore that cap for almost a calendar year!  Can

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Love Come Down

Dearest Sisters and Brothers, we have to bid a very consequential and challenging Advent season goodbye, and pass over to the Eve of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ…or do we?   This final Advent reflection crescendos with Love, the theme of the final Advent candle.  Popular voices clamor

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Convergence

Well now, this is interesting.  As if 2020 didn’t throw us enough, here comes cosmology too!  How many times does God have to wave a divine astrometric hand right in front of us?!  Dear readers, welcome to the Great Convergence, when Jupiter and Saturn’s orbits come so close together they

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Knock Knock!

Mother Emily and I agree.  We both consider the Collect, or gathering prayer, for the Fourth Sunday of Advent to be one of our favorite prayers of the Christian year.  I love all the Advent Collects as my respect for their wisdom has evolved over many years.  This week’s Collect:

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