Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute
Next Monday, July 22, is the feast day for Mary Magdalene. So I thought you all might be interested to hear more about one of the most common claims people make about Mary Magdalene—that she was a repentant prostitute. So was she? The short answer is “no,” but let’s talk about why this misconception came […]Read More
What do I need to do to subscribe to the Diocesan Newsletter?
Last Sunday, I referenced this reflection written by Deacon Don Howells, which was included in the last diocesan newsletter. For those of you who are not subscribed, the diocesan newsletter includes important information about events happening around the diocese, interesting information about various ministries, and much more! The newsletter is sent out about once a month, so it […]Read More
What is Pentecost?
The Day of Pentecost commemorates when the Holy Spirit alighted on the disciples like tongues of fire, imparting spiritual gifts and allowing them to speak in all manner of languages in order to preach the Gospel. This event signifies the creation of the Church universal, the body of Christ’s followers in the world, continuing in […]Read More
WWW-What is the Ascension?
The feast of the Ascension is when we celebrate Christ ascending into heaven, after having been resurrected from the dead. We are told in the book of Acts that Christ walked the earth for 40 days in his resurrected body, so the Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season each year. […]Read More
WWW-What happened to the Confession?
A few people have asked why the Confession has been omitted from the service in recent weeks. I can assure you that that is not simply a typo! It is traditional, at least in Episcopal churches, to omit the Confession from services during the Easter season. This is done to help remind us that Christ […]Read More
WWW-What’s the history of the Easter Vigil?
The Easter Vigil traditionally takes place sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. It marks the first celebration of Easter in the liturgical year. Traditionally, people who hoped to be baptized went through a year-long process called the catechumenate, when they would pray, read scripture, and learn about the faith. This […]Read More
WWW-Why do we read the Passion on Palm Sunday?
Around 2000 years ago, Christ entered the city of Jerusalem greeted by crowds throwing branches and coats before him and shouting, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Just a week later, after a multitude clamors for Pilate to “crucify him!”, Christ is nailed to the cross. On Palm Sunday we […]Read More
WWW-What should I do with the ashes on my forehead?
The season of Lent calls us to penitence and repentance. The acts of penitence and repentance require that we acknowledge our wrongdoings, show remorse for our wrong doings, turn away from our wrongdoings, and turn towards God. The goal of penitence is not to think that we are terrible people and to beat ourselves up. […]Read More
Why am I getting emails asking me to buy gift cards? The church office was recently targeted by an email scammer. The scammer pretended to be me and asked Terry to buy a gift card for my (nonexistent) niece. Terry warned me about the attempt, and I notified Google. The diocesan office was recently targeted […]Read More
WWW-What happens to the Alleluias throughout the year?
What happens to the Alleluias throughout the year? The Book of Common Prayer offers the option to use Alleluias at a few points during the Eucharistic liturgy: the Opening Sentence, the Fraction Anthem, and the Dismissal. In the case of the Opening Sentence, the BCP indicates that the form with Alleluia included must be used […]Read More