Newsletter XXXI No 6

The medieval scribe, by Edward Laning (1906–1981) as part of the WPA Federal Art Project (WPA-FAP). From The New York Public Library.

Here is the Newsletter for February 25th, 2020: St Stephen’s News XXXI 6

The parish is targeted by i-phone check thieves

Fr Hawtin

Occasionally—very occasionally, thank heavens—there are ideas that seem good at the time they come to mind but that, in practice, turn out to be incredibly dangerous. Sad to relate the parish has just fallen victim to one.

Banks are encouraging patrons to make deposits by i-phone. Essentially the phone is used to make an image . . . → Read More: The parish is targeted by i-phone check thieves

The Newsletter

Here is the most recent newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXXI 7

George Herbert, Priest

George Herbert

George Herbert, by Robert White (1645–1703). From Wikipedia.

O eternal Lord God, who boldest all souls in life: We beseech thee to shed forth upon thy whole Church in paradise and on earth the bright beams of thy light and thy peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of thy . . . → Read More: George Herbert, Priest

Scripture sheds an amazing light on the commentaries

Fr Hawtin

Many arguments have been advanced to support the contention that English should be the official language of the United States. My favorite is said to have been made by an unnamed Southern senator who argued it should be the official tongue because God chose English in which to write the Bible.

I strongly suspect the . . . → Read More: Scripture sheds an amazing light on the commentaries

Saint Matthias the Apostle

Saint Matthias by Rubens

Saint Matthias, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). From Wikimedia.

¶ Because this is a leap year, the Feast of Saint Matthias ought to be transferred to February 25th. It was the Roman tradition to insert the leap day following February 24th, and to repeat that day’s number, rather than adding . . . → Read More: Saint Matthias the Apostle

Felix Dies Bissextum! Happy Leap Day!

Gregory XIII calendar reform

(This post is a repeat from previous Leap Days, for the benefit of those for whom this is new material.)

“What?” you’re thinking to yourself, “Leap Day isn’t until the 29th.”

Not according to the Kalendar, which follows the guidelines set forth by Julius Caesar. The ancient Romans had this odd procedure of numbering days . . . → Read More: Felix Dies Bissextum! Happy Leap Day!

Quinquagesima Sunday: the Sunday Next before Lent  

Chi Rho mosaic

Chi Rho mosaic from Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth . . . → Read More: Quinquagesima Sunday: the Sunday Next before Lent  

Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch

Saint Peter

Saint Peter, by Marco Zoppo (1433–1478). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst bestow upon thy blessed Apostle Saint Peter the keys of the kingdom in heaven, and didst appoint unto him the priesthood for the binding and the loosing of sin: Grant, we beseech thee, that by the help of his intercession . . . → Read More: Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch

Margaret of Cortona, Monastic

The Ecstasy of Saint Margaret of Cortona

The Ecstasy of Saint Margaret of Cortona, by Jacopo Alessandro Calvi (1740–1815). From Wikipedia.

O God, as thy servant Margaret of Cortona found a home where her repentance led to a life of prayer, service, and leadership, Grant that thy people may evermore dwell in that place where estrangement yields to reconciliation, . . . → Read More: Margaret of Cortona, Monastic