• April 17: Sleepers Awaken!

    Uh, er, after yesterday’s deep philological dive into Easter vocabulary I appreciate the three readers willing to continue with me here….ah, em, we’ll try to not geek like that too often.  And before anyone draws the direct reference of today’s reflection title with Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 Dune (and there

  • April 16: Easter Philology

    Many of you have commented upon my vocabulary in these reflections, for which I thank my parents and several brutal English teachers from Saint Mary’s Episcopal Day School and Jesuit High School in Tampa.  Good writers like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and others have also colluded in my grammatical formation. 

  • April 15: Fun with Math

    Our liturgical worship is predicated upon a theological chronology witnessing to core elements of the life of Jesus in a calendar format.  You may notice certain numbers which attract sacral attention for a multitude of reasons embedded in our church calendar.  The number 1, the basic unit of Jewish time,

  • April 14: Retrospectives

    Alleluia, Christ is Risen!  Now we pivot from the somber Lenten season and intense Holy Week, what Egeria called the Great Week, to the Great 50 Days of Easter I will call simply Eastertide.  I pray fervently that we also pivot from the darkness of COVID-19 to the dawning light

  • April 12: Happy Easter!

    LET US KEEP THE FEAST, ALLELUIA! Now we can, finally, share the Alleluia once again!  Now those hebdomadarii can finally eat after the Great Week concludes with Sunday feasting, and so can we!  For 50 days no one in Egeria’s world fasted, an astonishingly efficient way to finish the remaining

  • April 11, Part 2: The Great Easter Vigil

    Αλληλούια! Can you read it, the first word in this new Eastertide reflection journey?!  It’s all Ελληνικά to me!  How about הללויה in Hebrew, the originating language of this joyous proclamation of praise?  In Latin as in English it’s the very same, “Alleluia!”  From the Hebrew root, literally, Praise the

  • April 11: Full Stop

    Whew wasn’t getting here a push!  40 days (absent Sundays) from Ash Wednesday until today (Part One).  Feels like 4 years in chronological time but no, 40 days, a Lenten quarantina if you recall the Venetian term.  Like a new driver, or a grammatical period, or much of the world today,

  • April 10: Bonus Egeria!!

    Since we will be leaving Egeria soon, I thought to provide a few interesting excerpts from her writing about Good Friday of the Great Week I could not wedge into a longer Reflection above.  So, Bonus Egeria this Good Friday morning for you!  From her journal…. The Bishop’s Chair is

  • April 10: Why?

    We have come to Good Friday.  Dark is never darker than here.  As an exhausted and broken Frodo Baggins says to his faithful friend Samwise Gamgee after their quest to destroy the Ring of Power is fulfilled and the world around them is being destroyed, “I am glad you are

  • April 9: Make It So

    Sir Patrick Stewart, one of England’s leading Shakespearian actors, recently reprised his role as Jean Luc Picard for CBS’s lucrative Star Trek franchise.  Admiral Picard is universally regarded as amongst the most famous science fiction cinematic characters of all time, perfectly blending leadership qualities of unrelenting ethical character with decisive,

  • April 8: Triduum Special Reflection

    What a pleasure during this Lenten journey to share a small portion of sacred vocabulary with you.  And here we come to one of the most significant titles for Christian worship in the latter half of the Great Week.  Triduum in Latin of course means the three days, that singular

  • April 8: I Spy

    Not Holy Wednesday, in case you were guessing.  Spy Wednesday is today in the Great Week.  Egeria provides the answer why.  Following the same worship schedule like the past two days, Bishop Cyril, after the evening worship and blessing in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher’s main nave or sanctuary,

  • April 7: The Least of These

    Welcome to Holy Tuesday, the third day of the Great Week.  For Egeria this day mirrored yesterday except for the very end.  She describes a special hike after the final evening blessing back up Mount Olivet to a small church near the Gethsemane, very late, as Bishop Cyril read from

  • April 6: Claim the Day

    Our earliest Christian forebears (often called the “primitive church” by scholars who seemingly never perceived the derogatory implication of that term) lived in a terribly brutal world.  Recall that while both Jesus and the Apostle Paul enjoyed financial and personal support from wealthy male and female patrons throughout their respective

  • April 5: Hebdomadarii

    Yes, you can say with me slowly…Hep-DOM-eh-dare-ree, a hybrid Greek-Latin term meaning People Who Kept a Week.  Today we begin to keep the week of all Christian weeks, the holiest, most sacral chronology of the entire Christian year.  Today we transform into pilgrims on an intensive peregrination of faith, which

  • April 4: With God’s Help

    Thank you for joining me on this 40 day journey of daily Lenten reflections.  When we began, Mother Emily encouraged me to commit to a daily discipline of writing, which has been far more intensive and far more gratifying than I ever imagined.  Thank you so much for your kind

  • April 3: That is the Question

    We’ll let the Bard ponder whether to be or not to be, just one big ontological headache if you ask me.  That’s not our question as we transition from the Lenten season, speaking of ontology for goodness’ sakes (Okay Lenten Reflection Self Editor here…we apologize for late night, rectoral, “he

  • April 2: Soothing the Savage Beast

    Spiritual habits come in all shapes and sizes….not all concern deprivation or some acrobatically ascetic practice.  For many right now, as well as for me, a good night’s sleep is as elusive and as salutary as any habit one could adopt.  And may I postulate soul comfort also?  Music has

  • April 1: Good for the Soul

    As we progress towards Holy Week, I am skipping the very tempting April Fool’s urge here due to our current moment to focus upon getting ready for next week.  Our final Lenten habit, one so familiar to Roman and Anglican Catholics and so odd to more Protestant and evangelical folk,

  • March 31: Darkness

    Well, it finally hit the other night.  This entire moment, the generational ramifications, the pain of losing work and pay for millions, my options for any retirement, the hard-earned fiscal reserves of our church over 20 years, the suffering of those both diagnosed with and those battling against the virus.