For New Year’s Eve

La nouvelle Jérusalem

O God, who in the beginning of all things didst create heaven and earth: Grant that at this beginning of the year we may create a world filled with compassion and kindness, with mercy and forgiveness, with beauty and wonder; and help us, we beseech thee, to prepare for that last day when thy Son . . . → Read More: For New Year’s Eve

Saint Sylvester

St Sylvester and the Dragon

Saint Sylvester overcomes the dragon of the Tarpeian Rock, by Battista da Vicenza (1375?–1438)

Most merciful God, we humbly pray thee, that like as when thy blessed Abbot Sylvester was devoutly meditating over an open tomb on the vanity of this life, thou didst vouchsafe to call him thence unto the desert, and . . . → Read More: Saint Sylvester

Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket

The Martyrdom of Thomas Becket

O God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyr Thomas triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight we may with him receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Holy Innocents

Rubens Massacre of the Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents, from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1644). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths: Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy . . . → Read More: The Holy Innocents

Sunday School Activity Sheet No 30

Sunday School

Because of the COVID-19 quarantine, Sunday School is informal. But Mrs Novicki is providing Sunday School Activity Worksheets for children who can’t make it to church. Here is the latest installment.

Kid’s Corner Week 31 For now, past Worksheets can be found in the Sunday School section of the Christian Education page.

Videocast: Christmas I, 2020

Here is a video of the Holy Eucharist “in tempore quarantinæ” for Christmas I, 27 December 2020. You can also watch the videocast of the Trinity Eucharist on YouTube, or on the parish’s Facebook pages: Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church, and Isaac’s FB page.

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The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Advent Wreath Christmas

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only–begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus . . . → Read More: The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint John and the Poisoned Cup

Saint John and the Poisoned Cup, by El Greco (1541–1614). From Wikipedia.

Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it, being illumined by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that . . . → Read More: Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Christmas at Saint Stephen’s

Here are some pictures of the church sanctuary, taken by Fr Novicki before the Children’s Christmas Eve service.

Saint Stephen

Peter Paul Rubens The Martyrdom of St Stephen

The Martyrdom of St Stephen, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). From Wikimedia.

Grant, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy . . . → Read More: Saint Stephen