Hospitality Heals Our Estrangement – An Advent Sermon On Luke 1:39-45

Throughout our lives we find ourselves in circumstances or situations that are strange, new, incomprehensible. They’re beyond our previous experience and more often than not they leave us feeling estranged from ourselves, an alien in our own life. You know what that’s like, right? I wonder if that’s exactly how Mary feels. I wonder if her leaving in haste is the outer expression of her inner estrangement. I wonder if her leaving home reflects that she is not yet at home in herself. 

You are More than the Circumstances of your Life

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” When I look at the various situations and circumstances of my life, the joys and sorrows, the successes and failures,…

Christ is the Fruit of the Faithful

"You see that Mary did not doubt but believed and therefore obtained the fruit of faith. 'Blessed … are you who have believed.' But you also are blessed who have heard and believed. For a soul that has believed has…

Regina Caeli – Good News to Mary

With the Easter season the Regina Caeli is now the Marian anthem following compline. It also replaces the Angelus throughout the Easter season. O Queen of heaven, be joyful: Alleluia For he who was born of your body: Alleluia Has…

There’s Something About Mary – A Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation; Luke 1:26-38

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Annunciation may be found here. The following sermon is based on Luke 1:26-38. There’s something about Mary. The Archangel Gabriel, God’s own messenger, declares her to be the “favored one” (Lk. 1:28).…

The Feast of the Annunciation 2012

Today is the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. It has a fixed date of March 25 but is transferred to today because this year the 25th fell on a Sunday and the celebration of Sunday takes precedence over…

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…

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