Scripture Verse

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

— 1 Timothy vi:7; Job 1:21b, The Burial Sentences

Saint Lucy

Francesco del Cossa Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy, by Francesco del Cossa (c. 1430–c. 1477). From Wikimedia.

Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant Lucy boldness to confess the Name of our Saviour Jesus Christ before the rulers of the world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a . . . → Read More: Saint Lucy

Cookie Walk 2017 was a huge $9,000-plus success!

cookies at the 2017 Cookie Walk

In the fall of 1992, St. Stephen’s bought land for our church building. Even though we had not yet broken ground, the late Jack Kohler—a prickly, but remarkably talented character who over the years had graced many Baltimore parishes—suggested we hold a Christmas sale in the house on the property.

getting ready for . . . → Read More: Cookie Walk 2017 was a huge $9,000-plus success!

Figuring out a sure–fire way to get to heaven

We are now in Advent—the church season in which we look forward not to Christmas, the time of Jesus’ First Coming but to his Second Coming, when he will arrive “in power and great majesty to judge both the quick and the dead.”

It’s a frightening prospect, which explains our fascination with figuring out a . . . → Read More: Figuring out a sure–fire way to get to heaven

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXVIII No 48

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

Sermon for Advent I

Here is Fr Kerouac’s sermon for Advent 1, December 3rd, 2017. Remember that podcasts of previous sermons are available on our podcast page.

http://www.ststeve.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Advent-1.mp3

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

Saint Clement of Alexandria

St Clement and St Peter of Alexandria

St Clement (L) and St Peter of Alexandria

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