The Kalendarby Fr. Karl

 

May 2015

The month begins with the feast of Sts. Philip and St. James, apostles (1 May). Philip is the disciple who baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch at Acts 8.26-39, fulfilling Jesus’ injunction at Acts 1.8 that the disciples will be His witnesses “... in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” James is “James the Less” (a son of Zebedee), to distinguish him from James, the Lord’s brother. This feast is followed immediately by that of St. Athanasius (d. 373, commemorated in a window on the east side of the sanctuary at Grace), the defender of orthodoxy at the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325). Another window in Grace commemorate St. Monnica (d. 387). mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. Monnica is the patron of parents of wayward children, for her many years of prayer eventually were instrumental in the conversion of her son from a pagan defender of the “good life” to become one of the most important fathers of the Church. (Augustine’s conversion is remembered on 5 May.)

We remember the great mystic Dame Julian of Norwich (d. 1417) on 8 May, and St. Gregory Nazianzus (d. 389, namesake St. Nazianz, Wisconsin) on 9 May. St. Nazianzus was instrumental in formulating the orthodox understanding of the Holy Trinity.

St. Augustine of Canterbury, the very first Archbishop of Canterbury, who came to England in 587 is also a May saint (on the 26th). The Gospel book given to Augustine by Pope Leo the Great is still used in the consecration of each Archbishop of Canterbury. It is kept as MS 286 in the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and can be viewed online at http://corpus.cam.ac.uk/parker/images/luke_l.jpg. The entire gospel book is being made available at www.parkerweb.stanford.edu.

The Feast of the Ascension falls this year on 14 May (a Thursday). This is one of the “principal” feasts on the Church calendar; i.e., it cannot be moved to another day, must be observed by the congregation, and is considered a feast which of equal obligation as Easter and Christmas. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at Grace on the Eve of Ascension, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 May. This will allow us to join our tripartite ministry partners (St. Dominic R.C. Church and St. Peter Lutheran Church) at St. Peter’s for a joint service of Ascension, on the 14th at 6 p.m.

The story of Jesus’ ascension into heaven is found at Act 1.6-11, ending with angels telling the disciples that Jesus “... will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Traditionally, churches are “oriented” (worship faces east), because we expect Jesus to return from the east. This is also why graves face east, that at the Second Coming the dead may rise to meet their judge.

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Event Calendar

Live Stream - Solemn Mass
Sun Jun 25 @10:15AM - 11:30AM
Vestry Meeting
Sun Jun 25 @11:45AM -
Parish Breakfast
Tue Jun 27 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Mass - St Peter and St Paul
Thu Jun 29 @ 9:00AM - 09:30PM
Bible Study
Thu Jun 29 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Brat Fry @ Miesfeld's
Sat Jul 01 @12:00AM

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