• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lessons & Carols

    Mother Emily Lukanich has prepared a special four part video series for celebrating Advent at home and Christmas, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Enjoy!

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • Believing Thomas!

    Today is how the church disrespects one of her own, and let’s put that right.  We considered the Apostle Thomas, hung with moniker “Doubting,” some time ago in the Great

  • Make A New (Christmas) Plan, Stan!

    This Christmas is different, so much more like that first Christmas of old.  Our cherished longstanding traditions are disrupted with pandemic prejudice, but that does not mean Jesus is not

  • Magnificent

    Today, the Fourth and final Sunday in this too-brief Advent, we finally meet her.  The Queen of Heaven, Mother of all, Eternally Virginal, Luke’s first Apostle, Theotokos (literally God-bearer in

  • Oh, So Many Oh’s!!!

    The second of our Advent hymns is brought to you by the letter “O,” as in the well known O Come, O Come Emmanuel!  I was shocked to discover the

  • Repent Part II

    Yesterday we met fiery John the Baptizer, calling 1st century Judaism to radical repentance to prepare for the coming of Messiah.  John used baptism reinterpreted as God’s vehicle to obliterate

  • Repent, Part One

    It’s time to meet the first of our two constitutive Advent figures!  Dear readers, may I introduce you to John the Baptizer, the enigmatic 1st century Jewish seer who singlehandedly

  • Pastoral Letter for Christmas Worship, 2020

    Dear Transfiguration Parish Family and many Friends, After prayerful discernment, we are amending our normal Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and 12th Night Epiphany worship schedule.  Given extensive data from Eagle

  • Stir It Up, L’il Darlin’!

    With all due respect to Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Third Sunday in Advent is often nicknamed “Stirrup Sunday” because of the fantastic Collect for this third week of

  • The Gift of the Present Moment

    About 100 pounds, rep #8, 3rd set, bench press straight long barbell medal rod….dangling precariously above my exposed head and throat.  Homestead Court Club weight room, Edwards, recently.  One might

  • Great, Completed, Full

    The traditional theme of the Third Sunday in Advent, noted in your Advent bags, is Joy.  That’s why the third Advent candle is rose-hued instead of the more somber purple, a

  • You Can’t Really Take It With You

    On this Third Sunday of Advent, we mark our third significant Saint’s Feast Day in Advent, the Feast of Saint Lucy or Lucia.  Like her contemporary Saint Nicholas, Saint Lucia

  • Even So Lord

    One of the pandemic’s most ravaging larcenies is depriving us of shared musical experiences, and not in some furtive, pilfering manner either.  From concerts to live theater, from choirs to