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“Farewell” Evensong

Springfield Cathedral--Matthew 21:23–32, 1 Samuel 10:1–16                                                                               “By what authority are you doing these things, and who [...]

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8)

Springfield Cathedral--Mark 5:21–43, Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24   I hope we’re all in an appropriate frame of heart and mind to celebrate the Eucharist this morning. I hope the vaccines continue to be successful in suppressing the virus that causes COVID-19. I hope that the Holy Spirit will lead clearly in the process of electing the [...]

Trinity Sunday

Redeemer, Cairo--Romans 8:12–17 So ... today is Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday is one of the seven occasions of the year that are known as Principal Feasts—along with Christmas, Epiphany, All Saints, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, which was only last Sunday. So it’s completely appropriate that we should be festive today. We should have our party [...]

Pentecost

St Thomas’, Salem                                                                           This is the Day of Pentecost. Pentecost is one of the “Big Seven” in our liturgical calendar—those special occasions that are styled “Principal Feasts.” But even within that elite group of seven, there’s a sort of unofficial hierarchy, in which Pentecost would occupy the top tier, along with Christmas and Easter. [...]

Fifth Sunday of Easter

St Barnabas’, Havana--John 15:1–8 I want to call your attention, if I may, to a Prayer Book collect (the collect is that short prayer said by the celebrant right before everybody sits for the first reading)—a Prayer Book collect, not the one from today, but the one from three weeks ago, the Second Sunday of [...]

The Day on Which the Rest Depend

The (1979) Book of Common Prayer, on p. 15, sets forth the rule for calculating the date of Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox). With that bit of knowledge, along with the information the Christmas always falls on December 25, the entirety of the (western) Christian liturgical year [...]

Easter

Springfield Cathedral   What does the expression “game-changer” mean to you? Your team is down three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but they manage to load the bases, and then ... bam! A grand slam. That’s a game changer! Or, they’re ahead by a run in a similar situation, and [...]

Good Friday

Springfield Cathedral -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1—19:42                                                                                Many people go through life with an appearance [...]

Chrism Mass

Springfield Cathedral “I have found David my servant, with my holy oil have I anointed him.” So we sang repeatedly just a few minutes ago in the refrain from Psalm 89. David. My servant. In 2009 I had the privilege of visiting the tomb of King David in Jerusalem, on the holy hill of Zion—in [...]

Third Sunday in Lent

Trinity,Mattoon--Exodus 20:1-17,Romans 7:13-25, Psalm 19:7-14   When I visited England for the first time in 2005, I was able to see firsthand something that I knew about but had never witnessed. If a church was built or renovated in the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, there’s a good chance that it has three texts engraved or [...]