Feast of St. Gregory of Nyssa

Most journeys can be understood in three parts - leaving, traveling, and arrival. We leave with a particular destination in mind. There is a point of arrival. We have probably all asked or heard the familiar travel questions: "Are we…

Spiritual Reading – Formation or Information?

The American Book of Common Prayer invites us to the observance of a holy Lent, in part, by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. The invitation, however, is not just to read the words but to let the Word…

The Freedom of Self-Denial

One of the traditional Lenten practices is self-denial. Often this leaves us asking the question, "What should I give up for Lent?" The answers vary - candy, bread, wine, shopping, blogging.... We endure for God's sake forty days of self-denial.…

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, we will gather to be marked with ashes and remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The gospel for Ash Wednesday is Matthew 6:1-6,16-21. Jesus said, "Beware of practicing…

An Invitation to the Observance of a Holy Lent

This Wednesday, February 25, is for the Episcopal and many other churches Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The following words come from the Proper Liturgy for Ash Wednesday: "I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to…

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