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Learning from the Liturgy: Alleluia

Seasoned Anglicans, Episcopalians, Catholics, Orthodox, and other liturgical Christians are familiar with the practice of suppressing the word “alleluia” during the season of Lent, but oftentimes we forget just why we do this. Halleluia is a Hebrew composite word: “hallelu” … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Overlapping Holy Days

The Christian calendar is peppered with holy days – special times set aside to celebrate key figures and events and doctrines that are foundational to the Christian faith and community.  Many of these holidays are affixed to certain dates: Christmas … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Epiphanytide

The “Christmas cycle” of the Church calendar begins with Advent, looking for the arrival of Christ, continues into Christmastide, celebrating the arrival of Christ (particularly in his Jewish context), and culminates in the season after Epiphany, also known as Epiphanytide.  … Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”  Between the goings-on of the season, and all the snow we’ve already gotten, you might be feeling that way too.  Isn’t it Christmas already?  How can it still be a week away?  Well, fun fact, this … Continue reading

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Esther Finale: Remember

This is my sermon for Grace Anglican Church on Esther 9:17-10:3. The Place of the Book of Esther in the Canon of Scripture Have you ever looked at a book in the Bible and wondered, “why is this in here?”  … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Ascension Day

Ascension Day is perhaps the most under-celebrated important holiday in the calendar.  Representing one of the lines of the Creeds (“he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father”), this holiday marks a significant turning … Continue reading

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The Third Great Fast

In Early Christian tradition, there were three big fasts every year. The first was the season of Advent: originally 40 days leading up to the great feast of Christmas.  Today, Advent is shortened to 3-4 weeks, and many people down-play … Continue reading

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