This Sunday, December 2 is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication. We will celebrate this auspicious day, our 174th birthday, with a joyful Procession to mark our founding and a Solemn Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. We are very fortunate and we will be blessed by having the Rev'd Dr Fleming Rutledge with us as our preacher that morning. She is a celebrated preacher, lecturer, and the author of numerous books.
Between the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services, there will be
wreath-making in the Library with the Church School.
At both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2019 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.
In the afternoon, Professor
Damin Spritzer, of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, will offer a half-hour
program of Advent organ music at 4:30 pm. At
5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing the beloved service of Advent Lessons & Carols, including music by Byrd, Dove, Ferguson, Jackson, Lehman, Lukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.
Copies of Dr Rutledge's most recent book,
Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ, a collection of sermons appropriate to and also about the Season, are available in the Book Store. In a brief review of the book, Fr Warren wrote: "For Fleming Rutledge, the proper celebration of Advent is crucial for the exposition of the faith of the church and the practice of the individual Christian. She argues passionately for a return to the original twofold focus of the season-a looking back to the Incarnation and a looking forward to the second coming of Christ and the consummation of all things... The sermons in this volume demand more than one reading. They are born out of an intimate knowledge of Scripture, prodigious learning, and Rutledge's own experience as a Christian believer, parish priest, and teacher. They are written with clarity and conviction and, occasionally, as almost heartbreaking honesty."
Copies of her magnum opus,
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, are also available. This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into the Mystery of our Salvation by the death and rising of Jesus. It is lengthy but very accessible, written not for scholars but for people in the pews.