This Week’s Newsletter

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVI No 21

Trinity Sunday

Trinity (celtic knot)

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend . . . → Read More: Trinity Sunday

Memorial Day

Decoration Day

From A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors (1941)

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

St Augustine, Archbishop
 of Canterbury

Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when, in 595, Pope Gregory the Great sent him to Britain to Christianise one of the local kings. King Æthelberht of Kent was the target, probably because his Christian bride, Princess Bertha, daughter of Charibert I, King of Paris, was expected to encourage his conversion. . . . → Read More: St Augustine, Archbishop
 of Canterbury

The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede Translates John by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932)

O God, the light of our fathers, the rock of their whole strength: Grant us, with thy servant Saint Bede, all diligence to study the noble works thou didst in their days, that we may discern and trust thy power in our own; through . . . → Read More: The Venerable Bede

Loose lips sink the
 English language

fast food

French intellectuals have long been plagued by fears that foreign (for which read ‘American’) influences are radically and irrevocably reshaping the French language and culture.

Judging by growing French predilections for spending ‘le weekend par le mer’ where they munch on ‘les hotdogs et les hamburgers’, their fears are far from baseless.

Frankly, I . . . → Read More: Loose lips sink the
 English language

Pentecostal Ember Days

Celtic Cross

The Unity of the Christian Church

¶ Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Whitsunday are the traditional summer Ember Days.

O Lord Jesus Christ who didst say unto thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and grant . . . → Read More: Pentecostal Ember Days

Rector’s Report 2014/15

The year 2014/15 was a splendid year for St Stephen’s. The most joyous occasion of the year was our 20th Anniversary Celebration, which was marked by the ordination of two new priests (Fr Michael Belt and Fr John Novicki) and a deacon (The Rev. Mr Wiley Hawks), as well as the setting apart of . . . → Read More: Rector’s Report 2014/15

Tuesday in Whitsun Week

Celtic Cross

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

. . . → Read More: Tuesday in Whitsun Week

Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

Celtic Cross

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst strengthen Saint Augustine to bring the English people, by his travail, unto the faith and grace of Christ: Grant to thy servants in this age a like courage that, by the pure witness of faith and well–doing, thy knowledge and Name may be enlarged upon the earth; through . . . → Read More: Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury