• Brightest

    A second beloved Epiphany hymn once again hails from 19th century England…boy were they busy composing hymns then!!  Anglican priest and bishop Reginald Heber composed Brightest and Best Are the

  • Epiphanytide Decorations

    A more personal reflection today dear readers….since I have been living in an extended household situation, I have more flexibility to decorate your parish rectory more seasonally.  Empty nesting seems

  • Epiphany’s Collect

    O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where

  • Three

    Like Advent and Christmas, Epiphany enjoys some customary hymnody.  I am pleased to share this first significant American contribution to the classic holiday hymnody of the Episcopal Church.  Yep, We

  • Egeria Interuppta

    Dangit, dangit, dangit!  Why O Lord, why?!  Of all the sections of Egeria’s Journal, our almost sole, priceless 4th century AD/CE eyewitness to the creative Christian worship arising straight out

  • Beloved

    The First Sunday of Epiphany is anchored by the final Incarnation cycle theophany, a shockingly intimate and surprising appearance of God at the Baptism of our Lord.  This day always

  • Magical Magi, Part Two

    Hard to fit all this consequential Epiphany material into just one day!  Magic’s just like that!  So, our Matthean magi dressed up by Christian legendariums then…(and legendariums are blocks of

  • Magical Magi, Part One

    “The Magi were not kings, but kings of kings!”  I still remember that impressive claim of the Reverend Mark Link, S.J. (Society of Jesus, or Jesuit) from my 9th grade

  • Theophany

    Let’s continue today to recover and unpack from our Epiphany theology overload from yesterday.  Theological hangovers take time from which to properly recuperate, like the brain freeze from drinking a

  • Epiphany Prison Break

    O….M….G!!!!  My head is spinning, dear readers, help anchor me to this earth!!  Stop, stop roller coaster of church traditions, I want to get off!  First and foremost, welcome to

  • 28

    A point of personal privilege, dear readers, if anyone is still reading after our first Epiphany-geek-fest overload earlier today.  Today is my 28th anniversary of ordination to the Sacred Order

  • Retrospective

    Whew!  That’s a big push since Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Christmastide and now, the Eve of the Epiphany.  A contested and elongated national election, a

  • He Did It All and Infinitely More

    We cannot leave Christmastide without a word about literary Christmases!  Every year the hallowed books come out: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, a Little House Christmas, the Grinch, a Charlie Brown

  • Let’s Collect Some Collects!

    Not so much commentary today dear readers, on this (rare) Second Sunday After Christmas Day, but more praying.  We have but a brief Christmastide in which to fit so much

  • A Deeper Christmas Dive

    WARNING: TODAY’S CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL CONTAINS ITEMS OF AN UNBELIEVABLE GEEKY THEOLOGICAL NATURE.  PROCEED AT GREAT RISK TO YOUR SOCIAL STANDING AND COMFY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS….   Break out the fruitcake, chocolate,

  • Above All Names

    A sincerely Happy New Calendar Year dear readers!  May 2021 truly be a different Year of our Lord!  Lost in all the revelry (or perhaps a slightly later morning for

  • Smiles, Everyone, Smiles!

    (Extra 1970’s cultural bonus points if anyone remembers where the title phrase comes from!)  Well, Saint Francis of Assisi, revered Christ-figure of the medieval church, your turn to take us

  • O Come Silent Night

    We visit today with two beloved Christmas hymns.  Anglican holiday hymnody is an embarrassment of treasures, and we have only 12 Days of Christmastide after all, so please use these

  • 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

  • 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