First Contact Day

Almighty Father: Send down, we beseech thee, thy Holy Spirit, the great Dove of the Universe, to inspire us to preach the Gospel both with words and with deeds, both far and near. Let us go forth, both clergy and laity, to seek out new congregations, and to boldly go where no priest has gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

There is some disagreement about when “Star Trek Day” should be celebrated. There is a nerdist contingent that thinks that, rather than the out-of-universe date of September 8th (the date of the U. S. premiere of TOS), the in-universe date of April 5th, “First Contact Day”, should be used. They particularly like this date because it mirrors Star Wars’ May the Fourth: 4/5 vs 5/4 (or 5/4 vs 4/5, if you’re European).

St Sigfrid baptizes the heathen (also called St Sigfrid baptizes in Småland), by Johan Zacharias Blackstatius (1816–1898).

St Sigfrid baptizes the heathen (also called St Sigfrid baptizes in Småland), by Johan Zacharias Blackstatius (1816–1898).

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