Monthly Archives: August, 2012

St Aidan’s Day August 31


Today’s August 31st Feast of St Aidan and in Western Kalendar, Anglican/Episcopal and in the Russian/OCA Kalendar. Collect and Gospel to follow. O loving God, you called your servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and endowed him with gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant that we, …

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The Real Why


People wonder why “the church” is an ever increasingly irrelevant institution especially amongst people under 35. The basic reason is “the church” makes no difference in the life of the culture in which they live. Every time “the church” has had the opportunity to put its collective butt on the line for change it has …

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Demand the Church


This sadly will not happen but the leadership of every Church of every denomination and all the pastors and priests should loudly and publicly denounce the Republican Platform that calls for larger and more deadly ammunition clips for guns, opposition to marriage equality, and banning of all abortions even in the case of rape, incest …

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August 29th the Feast of the Passion of John the Baptist


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August 27th Reading


Today’s Gospel reading and Collect, amended, is taken from the BCP. O Loving God, whose will it is that everyone should come to you and be saved: We bless your holy Name for your servants Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle whose labors with and for those who are deaf we commemorate today and we …

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August 26th Reading


The 13 Sunday Sabbath after Pentecost (the 21st Sunday Sabbath in Ordinary Time by the Roman Reckoning) according to the Lutheran, Episcopal/Anglican and Mar Thoma Syrian Church Kalendars with the appropriate Collect (Lutheran) and the Gospel Reading from the Roman and Anglican Lectionaries. “Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. …

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St Louis of France August 25


Today in the Roman and Episcopal Kalendars is the Feast of St Louis of France. Here follows the Collect, amended, and the Gospel Reading from the Anglican Lectionary. The Collect O God, you called your servant Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave him zeal for …

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A Prince? of the Church and the Republicans


When it comes to praying at political conventions of either party but especially the party of wealth or mammon as the Bible would describe it I tend to think as the old “Pentecostal” saying would have it “gets no higher than the ceiling!” In this case it may not ascend further than the speakers platform. …

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Love Faith Doubt and Struggle


I love becuase I had very loving examples and teachers. My Mom especially and her Mom and Dad and my Dad’s family especially his Mom and all the extended bunch of folkes that showed in so many ways that it is all about Love in the final analysis. Sadly growing up I don’t remember Dad, …

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St Bartholomew’s Day


Today in the Roman and Episcopal/Lutheran Kalendars is the Feast of the Apostle St Bartholomew. Here follows the Collect, amended, and Gospel Reading from the BCP. The Collect Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church with the assistance of …

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