For the Solstices

Appearance of Christ to the People

Appearance of Christ to the People, by Alexander Ivanov (1806–1858). From Wikipedia.

O Lord Christ, who wast born in the bleak mid–winter, and yet was the Light of the world: shine thy love upon us even as the mid–summer sun shone upon the birth of thy cousin blessed John Baptist; and enkindle faith . . . → Read More: For the Solstices

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVII No 22

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

A Collect for the Works of Faith

Caravaggio Sette opere di Misericordia

Sette opere di Misericordia (Seven Works of Mercy), by Caravaggio (1571–1610).From Wikipedia.

Merciful God, whose Son warned his apostles that, like good trees and corrupt, we should be known by our fruit: Grant that we may prove our living faith with good works, and that we may proclaim the Gospel not only in . . . → Read More: A Collect for the Works of Faith

A Collect for the Victims of Hatred

Pieter Brueghel II Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Almighty God, Father of all mankind: we beseech thee to turn the hearts of those who through malice and hatred would seek to injure or oppress the stranger, the sojourner, and the Samaritan in our midst; for these are the neighbours whom thou hast commanded us to love, and it is in our demonstration of . . . → Read More: A Collect for the Victims of Hatred

Saint Swithun of Winchester

Celtic Cross

Most gracious God, who didst glorify the Church by the life and labours of thy holy Bishop Saint Swithun: Send down, we beseech thee, showers of blessing upon thy people, that they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge and love of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth . . . → Read More: Saint Swithun of Winchester

Saint Basil, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia and Doctor

St Basil of Caesarea

mosaic of St Basil of Caesarea (St Basil the Great), in the Cathedral of St Sophia, Kiev (11th century). From Wikimedia

Almighty God, whose precepts are the wisdom of a loving Father: Enable us, after the teaching and example of thy servant Saint Basil, to walk as one family in the excellent paths . . . → Read More: Saint Basil, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia and Doctor

Faith and Deeds

Fedor Bronnikov Parable of Lazarus

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their . . . → Read More: Faith and Deeds

Saint Anthony of Padua

St Anthony preaching to animals, by Jan van Kessel the Elder (1626–1679), landscape, and Willem van Herp (c. 1613/1614–1677), figure of Anthony. From Wikipedia.

God, who didst endow thy servant Anthony with clarity of faith and holiness of life: Grant us, we beseech thee, to keep with steadfast minds the faith which he . . . → Read More: Saint Anthony of Padua

Sermon by the Rev’d Michael Kerouac, Trinity III, June 12th, 2016

The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

The passage selected for the sermon this morning is taken from the Epistle:

“But the God of all grace, who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a little while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10

We are often challenged by people who . . . → Read More: Sermon by the Rev’d Michael Kerouac, Trinity III, June 12th, 2016