Friday, March 20th
We have recently experienced a cascade of orders coming from county and state officials; orders to not gather together and to stay home. The APCK Council of Bishops, meeting Wednesday, concurred and have urged all their parishes to obey the laws of the governmental authorities by suspending public gatherings. I here link a copy of Archbishop Upham’s letter outlining the thinking of the bishops for your perusal.
For at least the next two weeks we will not be holding our regular meetings. Finding good teachings and sermons on television or the internet is certainly not a problem. There are many good resources at our disposal. However, as a church that believes in the centrality of the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, we encounter a greater difficulty than merely broadcasting a sermon. Thankfully there are remedies for such complications during times of crisis. Pandemics, wars, and repressive governments are not new in the life of the Church; a means of taking spiritual communion when we are unable to attend mass is available. Here is a link to an outline of worship that you may wish to use in your own private or family devotions. It is compilation from the St. Augustine and St. Ambrose Prayer Books.
You may pray this in concert with me during the week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm during Evensong, and on Sunday morning at 10 am during mass. As I am already at the office on those weekdays* I will continue to lead Evensong. I will also be saying Matins and Mass for the parish on Sundays as usual. Some have mentioned they would like to join me at those times. As long as we keep the numbers manageable to respect the present crisis, joining me will be fine. However, please give a call or drop an email to let me know that you will be coming. If too large a number plan to attend, we may need to split into a number of services.
I am intending to film the service so that it will be available for those who wish to participate in that way. These films will also be found on this website. There is a video of a Service of Benediction for Spiritual Communion also to be found on the website. If you wish to stay at home but still desire the sacrament, let me know and I will bring it to you.
During these confusing and stressful times may the words of Dame Julian of Norwich abide with us all, for in her thirteenth vision, Julian receives a comforting answer to a question that has long troubled her:
“In my folly, before this time I often wondered why, by the great foreseeing wisdom of God, the onset of sin [and so death] was not prevented: for then, I thought, all should have been well. This impulse [of thought] was much to be avoided, but nevertheless I mourned and sorrowed because of it, without reason and discretion. “But Jesus, who in this vision informed me of all that is needed by me, answered with these words and said: ‘It was necessary that there should be sin [and death];
but all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well.'
Fr. Craig +
*I am at the office since it is considered a mental health facility and I am primarily functioning as a psychologist.
8:45 am Class
9:30 am Matins
10:00 am Mass
Tuesday 5:00 pm Confession (office)
6:00 pm Evensong (office)
Thursday 6:00 pm Evensong (office)
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The Development of Self and World
as Revealed in the
Book of Revelation
Interpreting the Book of Revelation, we encounter a pattern of development defining our inner spiritual lives as well as a description of the developmental history of the world. It also affords us a rich manner by which to develop our skills at dream and vision interpretation.
In this study we will explore this book of the Bible searching the symbols and patterns for their meaning. As we grasp the inherent patterns we are aided in the development of our deep, genuine self as well as our life with God. Likewise, since the individual may be viewed as a microcosm of the world, we also begin to comprehend the significance this book has for describing the cosmos as-a-whole.
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