Scripture Verse

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

— Colossians iii:1, Opening Sentence for Evening Prayer [Easter]

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Only 2 days until the next Red Cross Blood Drive. There are sign-up sheets at the church, or you can call the Parish Office at (410) 560-6776, or you can drop an email to Happy Riley, the Director of Pastoral Care, at dpc@ststeve.com.

Info on donating blood.

Saint Fabian, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

Saint Fabian

Saint Fabian, by Giovanni di Paolo (c. 1403–1482). From Wikipedia.

We beseech thee, O Lord, to grant us after the example of Saint Fabian, thy martyr, constancy in thy faith and truth; that, being grounded in divine love, we may be moved from its perfection by no temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. . . . → Read More: Saint Fabian, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

Saint Sebastian

St Sebastian Tended by St Irene

O God, fill us with that spirit of courage which gave thy martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness; and help us to learn from him to cherish thy law and to obey thee rather than men; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the . . . → Read More: Saint Sebastian

Saint Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester

Wulfstan Archbishop of York

Wulfstan Archbishop of York, by Joseph Strutt (1749–1802).

Blessed Lord, who through days of change and turmoil didst preserve Saint Wulfstan strong in his simplicity, humanity, and piety: Multiply in thy Church rulers and leaders of like character, faithful to themselves, to their brethren, and to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

. . . → Read More: Saint Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester

Saint Prisca

St Prisca

O God, who didst endue blessed Prisca, thy Virgin, with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy name: Grant us, we beseech thee, so to follow her stedfastness that we may attain to the glorious fellowship of thy Saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

. . . → Read More: Saint Prisca

The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter, by Pietro Perugino (c. 1446/1450–1523). From Wikipedia.

Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church stedfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we . . . → Read More: The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)

Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot

Temptation of St Antony

The Temptation of St Antony, by Martin de Vos (1532–1603).

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to thy disciples, Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect: Give us grace so to follow thy blessed Saint Antony in the way of perfection, that we may count all things but loss for the . . . → Read More: Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot

Serving parish and community

In case you are wondering, the Parish Life Committee is the social and fundraising arm of this church. We plan numerous events to bring parishioners, friends, family, and neighbors together and, also, to raise money for our many endeavors.

We pledge to the church the sum of $12,000 a year. We raise this with events . . . → Read More: Serving parish and community

The Sermon for Sunday January 14th – Epiphany II

Fr Kerouac

Here is the sermon for Sunday January 14th: Epiphany 2, 2018

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 1

Nicknames as terms of divine affection

We get so much spam in our e-mail it is hard to give the worthwhile stuff the attention it deserves. In any event, I was skimming the Fortnightly Newsletter of the Diocese of the Holy Cross recently and was much taken with a meditation on nicknames by The Rt. Rev. Paul Hewett SSC, the diocese’s . . . → Read More: Nicknames as terms of divine affection