The Angelus Domini – Feast of the Annunciation

The Angelus Domini is used to commemorate the holy annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. It remembers and honors the incarnation, the Word becoming flesh…

The Last Anchorite

In a previous post I mentioned Father Lazarus, a hermit on the mountain of St. Anthony. His life is one of detachment, silence, and solitude. Those things are not about absence but rather presence. They are practices and ways of…

Extreme Pilgrim – A Journey to St. Anthony’s Monastery

The following video (about an hour) is a BBC production documenting the journey of Father Peter Owen-Jones, an Anglican priest, to the monastery of St. Anthony in the Egyptian desert. Father Peter is going to the desert where “there’s no…

Where is God in the Hatian earthquake?

That question is one many struggle with in regards to not only natural disasters of national proportions but also in our own lives and personal struggles, losses, and disappointments. "Where is God?" To ask the question is to acknowledge our…

A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints

Today, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints. The collect and scriptures for today can be found here. The lectionary appoints John 11:23-44 as the gospel. As permitted by the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer I lengthened…

Unwedded Bride, Agni Parthene, O Virgin Pure

Refrain: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens Delight of virgin choruses/…

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