Altar Flowers — Sunday next before Advent

Altar Flowers — Sunday next before Advent, 24 November 2019

Do you know someone who needs a visit?

The Seven Acts of Mercy, 'To visit the sick

The Pastoral Care Team would like to know if you are aware of anyone who needs a visit, a phone call, or Holy Communion brought to them. Maybe you haven’t seen the person who sits in front of you recently. Or maybe you have a family member or a friend down the street who is . . . → Read More: Do you know someone who needs a visit?

Manners maketh for a more comfortable life

Fr Hawtin

From “How We Must Speak To Each Other, distributed to students this fall at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, as reprinted in The Wall Street Journal.

Like all human things, speech can be abused. Indeed, it is one of those things we abuse most often. Many colleges and universities today seek to correct such abuse through the . . . → Read More: Manners maketh for a more comfortable life

Labor Day

The Sower by Van Gogh

The Sower, by Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890).

O God, who in the beginning didst create the heavens and the earth, and didst appoint unto men their work: Grant to us that whatsoever our hand findeth to do, we may do it with our might; that when thou shalt call thy labourers to give them . . . → Read More: Labor Day

Tisha B’Av

Hacker By the Waters of Babylon

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of Av, is a fast day commemorating a number of disasters in Jewish history which occurred on that day. This includes both the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II and the destruction of the Second Temple by the Roman Empire. Other calamities include the Children of . . . → Read More: Tisha B’Av

Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Anne

The Education of the Virgin, with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577—1640)

O Lord God, who in the deep counsels of thy mercy didst entrust to Saint Anne the preparation of the Blessed Virgin for her most holy calling: Bestow upon all mothers such godliness and . . . → Read More: Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Almighty God, who of old through thy servant Irenæus didst hand on the faith and extend thy Church; Keep it true to the apostolical tradition and fervent to win new peoples for thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty God, who didst uphold thy servant . . . → Read More: Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

Memorial Day

Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

From A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors (1941)

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness: Lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service, . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

The Ascension Day  

the ascension giotto

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

The Ascension, by Giotto di Bondone (1266/7–1337). From Wikiart.

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only–begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and . . . → Read More: The Ascension Day  

Rogation Tuesday

Cambell Town fishing boats

Cambell Town fishing boats, by Andrew Black (1851–1916).

O Almighty God, who hast made the sea and all that moveth therein : Bestow thy blessing on the harvest of the waters, that it may be abundant in its season, and on our fishermen and mariners, that they may be safe in every peril of . . . → Read More: Rogation Tuesday