Scripture Verse

The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

— Habakkuk ii:20, Opening Sentence for Evening Prayer

Christmas Schedule for 2017

St Stephen’s Christmastide service schedule has been posted. It’s actually pretty much the same as it has been for the last few years, except, because Advent IV is also Christmas Eve, and there will be three Christmas Eve services late in the day, there will only be two morning services. The 9:15 AM . . . → Read More: Christmas Schedule for 2017

Altar Flowers — Advent III, 2017

Altar Flowers — Advent III, 2017

Altar Flowers — Advent III, 2017

The Sermon for Sunday December 17th – Advent III

Fr Hawtin

Here is the sermon for Sunday December 17th: Advent 3, 2017

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXVIII No 49

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Ignatius of Antioch

The Martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch, from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000). From Wikipedia.

Renew in thy Church, we beseech thee, O Lord, the courage of Ignatius the Martyr, the fervour of his letters, and the faithfulness of his teaching: That men may so burn with love towards thee, as to . . . → Read More: Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

The Third Sunday in Advent

Advent Wreath Advent III

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second . . . → Read More: The Third Sunday in Advent

Camerata Musica at the 2017 Cookie Walk

We went live on Facebook with Camerata Musica’s performance. Did you see it? (Or were you there?) Unfortunately the video is too big to upload here (it’s 49 minutes long; the performance was about an hour, but we went live too late), so you’ll have to watch it on Facebook.

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas

Pierre Nativity

Sunday, 17 December 2017 6:00 PM

Nativity, by Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre (1714–89). From Wikimedia.

The Choir of Men and Boys inaugurates the Holiday Season with a traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, a charity event in aid of the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. Through scripture readings and beloved carols . . . → Read More: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas

Whose Christmas is it?

Twenty years or so ago a stalwart of our weekly Communion at the Glen Meadows Retirement Community was a retired radio broadcaster called Miss Alice Thomas.

Unlike today when folks with all manner of ugly and irritating voices populate the airways, Alice had a golden voice. You could sit and listen to her for hours.

. . . → Read More: Whose Christmas is it?

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