Saint Peter

St Peter by Peter Paul Rubens

St Peter, with the pallium and the keys to Heaven, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1644). From Wikimedia.

O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently . . . → Read More: Saint Peter

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Portrait of Fr Mike Kerouac

Delivered by Fr Michael Kerouac on June 28th, 2015

✠ In The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Ghost. Amen.

The passage lesson for the sermon for this morning comes from the Gospel of St. Luke:

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but . . . → Read More: Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

The Sermon for Sunday June 28th – Trinity IV

Fr Kerouac

Here is the sermon for Sunday June 28th: Trinity 4, 2015

This week’s Newsletter

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVI No 25

Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Almighty God, who of old through thy servant Irenæus didst hand on the faith and extend thy Church; Keep it true to the apostolical tradition and fervent to win new peoples for thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty God, who didst uphold thy servant . . . → Read More: Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity 

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday after Trinity 

The most frightening
 passage in the Bible

Somebody recently asked me why my sermons so often end with a reflection on our Christian obligation to love our fellow men. I replied that it is the subject of the most frightening passage in the whole of the Bible: The 13th Chapter of the First Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians.

Some might . . . → Read More: The most frightening
 passage in the Bible

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Jacopo Pontormo Nativity of John the Baptist

The Birth of John the Baptist by Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557). From The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of . . . → Read More: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Orwell’s thought police
 aim to make us all ‘PC’

A couple of weeks ago I found myself engaged in what diplomats would probably describe as ‘full and frank discussions’ with a fellow who objected to my clerical collar. He contended that the ‘separation church and state’ made it unconstitutional to display Christian symbols in public.

‘That’s positively Orwellian,’ I told him, ‘The First Amendment . . . → Read More: Orwell’s thought police
 aim to make us all ‘PC’

Church treasurers find that summertime is far from easy

Summer is not the best-loved time of the year for church treasurers. The trouble is that parishioners frequently forget the church when they go on vacation, and this can play havoc with the cash flow. And a healthy cash flow is essential for keeping the lights lit, the air conditioning cooling, and the doors open.

. . . → Read More: Church treasurers find that summertime is far from easy