Without fail it happens. There are so many tasks to attend to over the course of the day, and the temptation is to skip taking time to pray. Just this Wednesday, I was sitting at my desk and I thought about missing Morning Prayer at 9:00 am. On Wednesdays Morning Prayer is officiated by one of our lay officiants, and it would have been easy to skip.
My birthday is March 1, and a few times throughout my life, March 1 has also been Ash Wednesday. I am sure that much of the world, when their birthday falls on Ash Wednesday, celebrates their birthday with more vigor than they offer discipline for the beginning of Lent.
The baptism of Jesus has befuddled many a student and scholar of Scripture. Why did Jesus, of all people, need to be baptized? If John offered a baptism of repentance, for what did Jesus need to repent? And if we ourselves get baptized into Christ, what was Jesus baptized into?Theologically, it can be perplexing.
Happy 4th Day of Christmas! I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make all of our Christmas celebrations so meaningful and beautiful. The December 23rd Lessons and Carols was a great success, and thank you to everyone who brought a dish to share at the reception. The choir sang beautifully, and the readers did a fine job.
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.
On Sunday, November 19, we will celebrate the Feast of Dedication at St. Mark's. Our current church building was consecrated on November 28, 1954. When the building was being built, November 28 was not widely known in the Episcopal Church as the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, as this day was not a part of the calendar until many decades later, and I do not know the history of when the celebrations of this date began in our diocese.