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
WWW-Why did the magi become kings?
Why did the magi become kings? In just a few days we will celebrate the feast of Epiphany, when we commemorate the magi traveling to the town of Bethlehem to pay homage to the Christ child, thus revealing the incarnation of God to the gentiles. Read the biblical account. But who are these mysterious men? […]Read More
WWW-What’s YOUR Faith Story?
Jill brought up a very good point during the sermon on Sunday—sometimes sharing your personal faith story can help people understand the Gospel and learn about Christ. I’ve shared this previously, but here’s the gist of my faith story. As many of you know, my parents are originally from Romania. After they moved to the […]Read More
WWW-History of Advent
What is the history of Advent? The season of Advent has been observed by Christians since the 5th century. From the beginning, the season of Advent has been a time of preparation for Christians–to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ, and to prepare for the time when Christ comes again to establish his […]Read More
What is an Advent wreath? Advent wreaths are generally made up of a circular garland of greens and four candles of either purple or blue, or three candles of either purple or blue and one pink candle. There may also be a white candle in the center. The purpose of an Advent wreath is to mark the passage […]Read More
Love One Another: In Response to Tree of Life Shooting
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. –John 13:34 It is with good reason that Christ gives us the commandment to love one another, for from hatred a multitude of evils can spring. It was hatred that led the […]Read More