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The Gospel of All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day is one of the seven principle feasts of the church year, according to our prayer book’s interpretation of the liturgical calendar.  Those seven principle feasts are, in calendar order, Christmas, the Epiphany, Easter, the Ascension, the Day … Continue reading

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When and how do we celebrate St. Mary?

In traditional Christian lists of Saints, even lists of categories of Saints, the first person on the list is always the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. This is because she was the closest person to Jesus in … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: the Pre-Lent Sundays

The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday are sometimes known as “the -gesima Sundays.”  -gesima is a Latin partial word, from Septuagesima and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima and Quadragesima.  These mean 70 days, 60 days, 50 days, and 40 days, respectively, and … Continue reading

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My Top 3 Reasons to Ditch the RCL

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is probably the most-used family of Bible-reading plans in the world right now.  The Roman Catholic Church uses a version of it, the Episcopal Church uses a version of it, various Anglican churches use versions … Continue reading

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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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