Scripture Verse

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem.

— Isaiah lii:1, Opening Sentence for Morning Prayer [Epiphany]

Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Anne

The Education of the Virgin, with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577—1640)

O God, who didst choose blessed Joachim from among the company of thy Saints, that of him might be begotten the Mother of thy Son: Grant that we who on his feast day devoutly . . . → Read More: Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Goodbye, but not farewell, from Fr. Robert Ludwig

When the phone rang two months ago and I was told by The Most Right Reverend Brian Marsh that I had been appointed Interim Rector of Holy Cross Anglican church, on the banks of the “Big Lake” Ontario, I was a little taken aback.

You see, as I’ve travelled about the country, either filling in . . . → Read More: Goodbye, but not farewell, from Fr. Robert Ludwig

Saint Mary, Mother of God (The Dormition, or Falling–Asleep, of the Theotokos)

Dormition of the Theotokos

The Cloud Dormition, an icon from Desyatinny Monastery in Novgorod

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thine incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our . . . → Read More: Saint Mary, Mother of God (The Dormition, or Falling–Asleep, of the Theotokos)

Our Hymn Auction raised an amazing one thousand dollars

St. Stephen’s Transfiguration Sunday Hymn Auction on August 6th raised a breathtaking $1,025 for the Choir’s adopted charity: The Christ Child Society of Baltimore. The fundraising effort was all the more remarkable because only some 20 diehards attended the event—a reflection of summer vacation season.

Despite the relatively small numbers—far fewer attendees than we . . . → Read More: Our Hymn Auction raised an amazing one thousand dollars

For an End to Anti-Semitism

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

Almighty God, Maker of all things, and Judge of all men: We are all sinners before thee, and equally desirous of thy grace. Embolden our hearts to confront them that would lay scorn trouble upon thy Chosen People. We are all children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that multitude of people which are like the . . . → Read More: For an End to Anti-Semitism

For an End to Racism

The lynching of Thomas Schipp and Abram Smith

Almighty God, Maker of all things, and Judge of all men: We are all sinners before thee, and equally desirous of thy grace. Embolden our hearts to confront them that would judge a man by the color of his skin or by the manner of his speech. Uphold us with thy Holy Spirit as we . . . → Read More: For an End to Racism

In Memoriam Heather Heyer

Heather Heyer

For All True Martyrs

Heather Heyer’s Facebook cover photo from 19 November 2016.

O Lord God, whose Son hath taught us that the greatest love is to lay down one’s life for one’s friends: we bless thee for the example of all thy martyrs, especially Heather, who have answered pride with humility, anger . . . → Read More: In Memoriam Heather Heyer

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXVIII No 31

Blessed Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Anonymous portrait of Jeremy Taylor, from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. From . . . → Read More: Blessed Jeremy Taylor

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

. . . → Read More: The Ninth Sunday after Trinity