Scripture Verse

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

— 1 St. John i:8, 9, Opening Sentence for Evening Prayer [Lent]

Cookie Walk

Only 2 months and 9 days until the Cookie Walk! Choose from a wide assortment of home-baked cookies, homemade jams and jellies, peanut brittle wreaths, and other delights. Doors open at 9:00 AM, and many items sell out, so be sure to arrive early!

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: III

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Autumn

Autumn, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O God of all the nations of the earth: Remember the multitudes who have been created in thine image but have not known the redeeming work of our Saviour Jesus Christ; and grant that, by the prayers and labors of thy holy Church, . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: III

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: II

Autumn, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, look mercifully upon the world, which thou hast redeemed by the blood of thy dear Son, and incline the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of thy Church; so that by their labours thy light may . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: II

Saint Matthew

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggo

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggo (1571–1610). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist: Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus . . . → Read More: Saint Matthew

Recent Sermons by Fr Kerouac

Portrait of Fr Mike Kerouac

Here are the most recent sermons by Fr Kerouac:

Trinity 9, 2018 July 29th Trinity 12, 2018 August 19th Trinity 15, 2018 September 9th

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: I

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Autumn

Autumn, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy earthly life didst share man’s toil, and thereby hallow the labour of his hands: Prosper all those who maintain the industries of this land; and give them pride in their work, a just reward for their . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: I

Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Celtic Cross

Almighty God, who didst call thy servant Theodore of Tarsus from Rome to the see of Canterbury, and didst give him gifts of grace and wisdom to establish unity where there had been division, and order where there had been chaos: Create in thy Church, we pray thee, by the operation of the Holy . . . → Read More: Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

The high price of failing to honor our principles

A time traveler arriving at this point in time from fifty or sixty years ago would be struck by fact the religious beliefs—or lack thereof—of the candidates in upcoming mid-term elections have figured very little in either the national or local campaigns.

This reflects the fashionable notion that the constitutional separation of church and state . . . → Read More: The high price of failing to honor our principles

Sorry, but Hymns ain’t what they used to be

“Not to know what happened before we were born,” wrote the Roman orator Cicero, “is to remain perpetually a child—for what is the worth of human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.”

Cicero was certainly no slouch when it came to observing the human condition . . . → Read More: Sorry, but Hymns ain’t what they used to be

Saint Lambert of Maastricht

St-Lambert-Liège

Martyrdom of Saint Lambert, part of the diptych of Henri Palude, 15th century. From Wikipedia.

We beseech thee, O Lord, to grant us, after the example of blessed Lambert, thy Bishop and Martyr, constancy in thy faith and truth, that we may be grounded in divine love and moved from its perfection by . . . → Read More: Saint Lambert of Maastricht

This Week’s Newsletter

hermit at work on a manuscript

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 36