Boots and a Blue Bra, a Modern Nativity Scene

This is the world into which Jesus is born. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For…

Learning to Say Yes – A Sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38, Advent 4B

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Luke 1:26-28. What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a common question. It was probably asked of…

Alma Redemptoris Mater

With the First Sunday in Advent the Marian hymn following compline changed from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris Mater. This will be used until the  Feast of the Presentation. There are two concluding collects: one for the Season of…

Why Matter Matters – St. John of Damascus

I do not venerate matter, I venerate the fashioner of matter, who became matter for my sake and accepted to dwell in matter and through matter worked my salvation, and I will not cease from reverencing matter, through which my…

WIlliam Porcher DuBose, Episcopal Theologian

William Porcher DuBose (April 11, 1836 to August 18, 1918) was an American Anglican priest and theologian. He spent most of his life as a professor at the School of Theology, The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. In…

The Feast of the Annunciation, Lent Interrupted

Today, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation, the day the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. This feast interrupts the Lenten season even as Gabriel interrupted Mary's life with…

The Manger Is Not In Bethlehem – A Christmas Sermon On Luke 2:1-20

The collect and readings for Christmas may be found here. Every one of us could probably tell the Christmas story. We know it well. A young virgin named Mary conceives a child by the Holy Spirit. She and her betrothed,…

Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 1:1-25. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to…

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