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hermit at work on a manuscript

Detail of a miniature of a hermit at work on a manuscript, from the Estoire del Saint Graal, France (Saint-Omer or Tournai?), c. 1315 – 1325, Royal MS 14 E III, f. 6v. From the British Library, Royal MS 14 E III, f. 6v.

The most recent newsletters (No’s 1 through 5, January . . . → Read More: Recent Newsletters

English Church history and the wrong end of the stick

Not so long ago, the story runs, a visitor at an English Vicarage Garden Party won a day trip to heaven. When he arrived, St Peter gave him a guided tour of what turned out to be a beautiful garden. Under some shade trees, he saw people laughing, joking, playing cards, and gambling on horse . . . → Read More: English Church history and the wrong end of the stick

History is what it is—so suck it up and live with it

The plumber who fixed the leak in St Stephen’s utility closet vacationed in Ireland recently. And the thing that particularly struck him about Dublin, the capital of the Irish republic, was that its venerable buildings were largely of a similar vintage to those in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Actually that goes for much of Europe north . . . → Read More: History is what it is—so suck it up and live with it

Christmas Pudding Bowls & Jelly Jars

Christmas puddings

Christmas puddings (in two sizes). Hard sauce also available

Please remember to bring your Christmas Pudding bowls and jelly jars back to church. We will need them for refills for next year’s Cookie Walk.

Cynthia Baker

The 10th anniversary of the rationalization of a miracle

Fr Hawtin

Ten years ago (on January 15th, 2009, to be precise) a spectacular miracle took place—on live television, in real time, before the eyes of the entire world.

“Miracle on the Hudson” blared the newspaper headlines. And the same sentiments were echoed by television and radio anchors and reporters, not just in this country but all . . . → Read More: The 10th anniversary of the rationalization of a miracle

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Merchant Using Abacus

“Merchant Using Abacus”, woodcut from Ain new geordnet Rechenbüchlein auf den linien mit Rechenpfenningen (An ordered new computing booklet on the lines with computing pennies), by Jacob Köbel, 1516. From New York Public Library.

Churches, like families, need to plan their budgets, but, also like families, they find it hard to do so if . . . → Read More: Please send in your pledges

Recent Newsletters

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We wish you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy 2019

Fr Hawtin

Every parish has its own character—an ethos or atmosphere which reflects the nature of its members. People who visit various parishes undergo a winnowing process. Either they are attracted by the character of the parish or repelled by it.

Saint Stephen’s is no exception, of course. Undoubtedly, we are just a tad more formal than . . . → Read More: We wish you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy 2019

HOLY COW! Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!!

okey dokey

Murgatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd? Heavens to Murgatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?” He . . . → Read More: HOLY COW! Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!!

We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry

Fr Kerouac

A Thanksgiving Meditation

We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry

“Jesus said, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye should put on.” (St. Matthew 6:25)

In this modern and busy world, it becomes more and more difficult . . . → Read More: We are greatly blessed yet we still manage to worry