Scripture Verse

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

— Psalm xix:14, Opening Sentence for Morning Prayer

Epiphany Lessons & Carols

Only 26 days until Epiphany Lessons and Carols, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys. People of all faiths are welcome, and there is no charge for admission; however, the proceeds of a freewill offering will go to the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. A reception will follow the service, which will last approximately 45 minutes. If you would like to receive email reminders of upcoming Evensongs and other Choral Services, send an email to the Choirmaster at choirmaster@ststeve.com.

Christmas Memorial Flowers

Altar at Christmas

The altar at St Stephen’s Anglican Church at Christmas

To make a contribution towards the Church Christmas decorations in honor or memory of a loved one, please download and complete this Christmas flower order form and return it to the church office by the Friday, December 22nd.

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HOLY COW! Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!!

okey dokey

Murgatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd? Heavens to Murgatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?” He . . . → Read More: HOLY COW! Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!!

Sermon for Advent II

Fr Kerouac

Here is Fr Kerouac’s sermon for Advent II, in both PDF and podcast form.

http://www.ststeve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Advent-2.mp3

The Second Sunday in Advent

Advent Wreath Advent II

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou . . . → Read More: The Second Sunday in Advent

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor

Ambrose and Theodosius

Saint Ambrose barring Theodosius from Milan Cathedral, by Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst give to thy servant Ambrose grace eloquently to proclaim thy righteousness in the great congregation, and fearlessly to bear reproach for the honour of thy Name: Mercifully grant to all bishops and pastors such excellency . . . → Read More: Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor

Saint Nicholas of Myra

Ilja Repin Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death

Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death by Ilja Repin (1844–1930).

Almighty God, who in thy love didst give to thy servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and seas: Grant, we pray thee, that thy Church may never cease to work for the happiness . . . → Read More: Saint Nicholas of Myra

We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry

Fr Kerouac

A Thanksgiving Meditation

We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry

“Jesus said, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye should put on.” (St. Matthew 6:25)

In this modern and busy world, it becomes more and more difficult . . . → Read More: We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry

Saint John of Damascus

St John of Damascus with his foster brother St Kosmas

St John of Damascus with his foster brother St Kosmas

Confirm our minds, O Lord, in the mysteries of the true faith, set forth with power by thy servant John of Damascus; that we, with him, confessing Jesus to be true God and true Man, and singing the praises of the risen Lord, may, . . . → Read More: Saint John of Damascus

Saint Clement of Alexandria

Martyrdom of St Clement

Martyrdom of St Clement, by Bernardino Fungai (1460–1516).

O God, who hast enlightened thy Church by the teaching of thy servant Clement of Alexandria: Enrich it evermore, we beseech thee, with thy heavenly grace, and raise up faithful witnesses, who by their life and doctrine may set forth to all men the truth of . . . → Read More: Saint Clement of Alexandria

Saint Birinus

Celtic Cross

We beseech thee, O Lord, to pour thy grace on all who go to other lands, publishing the Word of salvation: That, following the patient labours of Saint Birinus, who brought to us the Gospel from beyond the sea, they may gather many believers into the fold of thy holy Church; through the merits . . . → Read More: Saint Birinus

The First Sunday in Advent

Advent Wreath Advent I

¶ This Collect is to be repeated every day, after the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Day.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son . . . → Read More: The First Sunday in Advent