I am always struck by how counter-cultural the Advent mass readings are each year. As the church is observing Advent with stories of Jesus challenging us to "Keep awake," and John the Baptist warning us to "prepare the way of the Lord," greater society will be celebrating with holiday parties, spending sprees, and an increasingly secular Christmas.Read More
Rector's Journal Contents
Last Sunday the Vestry met for their monthly meeting. The Vestry is chaired by the rector and is composed of 11 elected members of the congregation. Part of our monthly work is the monitoring of parish finances and property, but most importantly our work revolves around the mission of St. Mark’s. How is our church helping God transform lives through Christ?
Triduum is Latin for the Three Days - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. It is the Triduum that is the ultimate focus of Holy Week. Some have described the Triduum as a three act play, movie, or opera.
As I write this we are duplicating the Easter Vigil programs. On Wednesday evening the palms arrived for Sunday’s masses, and all week parishioners have been delivering Easter eggs and candy for the hunt on Easter Day. The violet veils in the church have been changed to passion red for Holy Week, and work on the stained glass window in the St. Mary Chapel has been finished.
Kapahulu Avenue is a busy street. Countless cars and pedestrians pass by the church every day, and it is rare that our neighborhood is not frenetic. Amidst this busyness, the life of the church continues with the celebration of liturgies, feast days, daily offices, and other ministries.
Every month the Vestry meets to discuss the mission of the parish, review finances, and conduct other necessary business as the governing body of St. Mark’s.
Did you know that over two-thirds of our income at St. Mark's comes from the support of parishioners and friends? Last Sunday the vestry met for their monthly meeting, and we discussed the finances and stewardship practices of the parish.