Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of alexandria, Altarpiece in the Cesi chapel, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (1521–c. 1580). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst endue blessed Catherine, thy Virgin, with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy name: Grant us, we . . . → Read More: Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

Bid on our Silent Auction

cecilia shawl

The knitters have been at it again. There is a splendid selection of hand-knitted items lining the walls of the hallway outside Quimby Hall – and spilling into the vestibule. With so many beautifully crafted items there must be something for that special someone on your Christmas list, or as a special treat for . . . → Read More: Bid on our Silent Auction

Cookie Walk: Help wanted, no experience necessary

cookie table

A brazen appeal from the Eagle

Our volunteer sheets are filling up, but there’s still room for your name. Our Cookie Walk has a faithful following from years past, and we hope to attract many more of our local neighbors to kick off the Christmas season at St Stephen’s.

sooo many cookies …

We . . . → Read More: Cookie Walk: Help wanted, no experience necessary

Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

Martyrdom of St Clement

Martyrdom of St Clement, by Bernardino Fungai (1460–1516).

O Lord, who in every age dost write names in thy Book of Life, and dost lead the meek of the earth to be followers of the Lamb of God: Raise up to us teachers like thy servant Clement, the disciple of thy first Apostles, who . . . → Read More: Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

Thanksgiving Day Sermon

Fr Kerouac

Here is Fr Kerouac’s sermon for Thanksgiving Day, 2017. Remember that many sermons are available as podcasts in our podcast library.

http://www.ststeve.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Thanksgiving.mp3

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving feast

O most merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth: We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving–kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Day

Tick Tock, Tick Tock … Cookie Walk count down

Cookie Walk Crouds

A Brazen Appeal from the Eagle

The crowds lining either side of the Parish Hall to make their cookie selections

Cookie Walk has a way of sneaking up on us. You see, every seven years or so the first Saturday of December just happens to occur during the first three days of the month, . . . → Read More: Tick Tock, Tick Tock … Cookie Walk count down

Saint Cecilia, Martyr at Rome

Nicolas Poussin St Cecilia

St Cecilia, by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). From Wikipedia.

O blessed Spirit of God, by whose aid and grace thy servants skilled in music and holy song have beautified the worship of thine house: Unite us, we pray thee, in the concert of thy praises with the heavenly choirs, that rest not day and . . . → Read More: Saint Cecilia, Martyr at Rome

1662: The most modern liturgy

Book of Common Prayer 1662

The title page of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, as printed by John Baskerville in 1762

Critics occasionally argue that there is something un-American about the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. Nothing could be further from the truth.

To be sure, the American Church adopted a new, heavily revised Prayer . . . → Read More: 1662: The most modern liturgy

Saint Edmund, King of East Anglia and Martyr

Martyrdom of KIng Edward

Martyrdom of KIng Edward. Illumination from a medieval manuscript. From Wikipedia.

O God, in whose strength Saint Edmund the King stood firm against the heathen, and at the cost of his own life was the saving of his people: Let him be a leader to encourage us to vanquish every assault of the . . . → Read More: Saint Edmund, King of East Anglia and Martyr