Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

Celtic Cross

Inspire by thy blessed Spirit, O Lord God, all Bishops and Pastors, that they may tend their flocks after the pattern of thy servant Saint Aidan, with gentleness and strength; that thy people may be shepherded with the holy love of our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and . . . → Read More: Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

The Latest Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXX No 33

For Them That Are Disappeared

Demeter Mourning for Persephone

Demeter Mourning for Persephone, by Evelyn de Morgan (1855–1919). From Wikipedia.

O merciful God, who seest all things: Have mercy, we beseech thee, on all them that have been disappeared from us, and whose fate is known only unto thee. If they be living, send them thy comfort, and if it be . . . → Read More: For Them That Are Disappeared

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Caravaggio Beheading of John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist, by Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571–1610).

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his . . . → Read More: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Tolle Lege, by Benozzo Gozzoli

St Augustine Reading the Epistle of St Paul (Conversion of Augustine of Hippo [Tolle Lege]), by Benozzo Gozzoli. Fresco in an Aspidal Chapel, Sant’Agostino, San Gimignano.

O God, who from among the people of Africa didst raise up thy servant Augustine to be a Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Grant us so . . . → Read More: Saint Augustine of Hippo

On the Kalendar: Giles of Provence, Abbot

Giles of Provence by Hans Memling

Giles of Provence, by Hans Memling (c. 1430–1494). From Wikipedia.

Giles was born in Athens, but he eventually made his way to Provence, France. He lived for a while in Arles, but eventually he retreated to a hermitage in the forest in Nîmes, across the border in the Occitanie region of France. . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Giles of Provence, Abbot

Altar Flowers — Trinity X, 25 August 2091

Altar Flowers — Trinity X, 25 August 2019

Altar Flowers — Trinity X, 25 August 2019. Given to the Glory of God by Tracy Collins and Jaclyn McNaney in loving memory of Robert Smutny (Dad).

National Day of Healing

The view from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963, the date of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. US Government Photo, public domain. From Wikimedia.

O God our Father, whose love reachest to the uttermost parts of the earth: Open our eyes and hearts . . . → Read More: National Day of Healing

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

celtic trefoil

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fall Parish Picnic

new church tower with weathercock

The Fall Parish Picnic will be held at the church on Sunday, September 8th, 2019, at 1:00 PM. (This will give everyone time to assemble and set things up after the 11:00 AM service.) The Parish Life Committee will provide meat for grilling; attendees are asked to bring a side, salad, or dessert. Seating . . . → Read More: Fall Parish Picnic