Well, well, well . . . after so many conversations about the demolition project it is finally happening! The beautiful campus of Trinity Cathedral is going through major changes and walls are literally collapsing all around us. In the middle of chaos, it is important to remember who and whose we are, beautiful children of our loving God, and to remain grounded in the way of love set for us by Jesus Christ. How can we do that?
As I’m sure you remember, during his sermon at the Opening Eucharist of the 79th General Convention, in the summer of 2018, Presiding Bishop Curry formally invited the whole church to take up the Way of Love, a Rule of Life for what he describes as The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. The Way of Love is meant to be a framework to help us grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world. It is an instrument to integrate faith and life, and as we begin a new calendar year, I invite you to explore this discipline. As all disciplines it will require some effort, so maybe you could think of it as one of your new year’s resolutions.
In brief, the Way of Love invites us take action in seven specific ways:
TURN Pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus
LEARN Reflect on Scripture each day, especially Jesus’ life and teachings
PRAY Dwell intentionally with God each day
WORSHIP Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and draw near God
BLESS Share faith and unselfishly give and serve
GO Cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus
REST Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration
to learn more about each point and discern which of them speaks to your heart. You may choose to attempt all of the above at the same time or it may be helpful to pick one and focus on that for a quarter, or a liturgical season. It’s up to you. However you chose to embrace the Way of Love, I pray that the Holy Spirit may guide you on your journey and give you the strength and courage needed for this adventure in 2023.
Begin and end your weekday with online reflections. Reflections feature prayers, readings from Holy Scripture, and contemplative music and are led by clergy from National Cathedral in the morning and from Canterbury Cathedral in the evening. In addition, daily Choral Evensong song by the Canterbury Cathedral Choir is available online. Select the applicable link below for access.
Join us at 12:10 pm every Wednesday for a Contemplative Eucharistic Service with Meditation & Healing Prayer. The service will be held in the Chapel. All are welcome to worship with us.
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To the glory of God and in Thanksgiving for Rev. Joseph Krasinski - 40th Ordination Anniversary
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Rev. Joseph Krasinski
Rev. Joseph Krasinski - 40th Ordination Anniversary
Esther & Lennox Griffith - Wedding Anniversary
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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Episcopalians can participate in these virtual and in-person celebrations
Dioceses and parishes across The Episcopal Church will honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday weekend of his birthday, Jan. 14-16, with services and other events both in-person and online.
King, who would have turned 94 this year, spearheaded the national movement for racial justice and civil rights as a Baptist preacher in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia. In the last years of his life, he focused more on economic injustice and the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, during a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to support city sanitation workers who were striking for better pay and working conditions. He is honored in The Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts calendar on April 4.
These are difficult times and many struggle to make ends meet. When you come on Sundays, please consider bringing one or more items of canned or boxed food. Items to consider include canned goods, peanut butter, packaged cereals, paper products, dish and laundry soaps, boxed dinners, toiletry items, and feminine hygiene products. Remember that we cannot accept expired food or items that need refrigeration.
Gift Card Ministry
The LGBT ministry has organized an on-going Gift Card collection drive to aid in the purchase of perishable food items for food pantry recipients. Our Sacristan - Roberto Soto - personally distributes these cards on a weekly basis. To continue to help this cause or if you or someone you know could benefit from this ministry, please contact Roberto Soto at:
The season of Epiphany is when we celebrate the revealing of Christ to the world. We mark the arrival of the One who is the light of the world: a light that brings life, a light that brings hope. This light shines its brightest when we are in community – with God and with one another.
The Office of Global Partnerships of The Episcopal Church invites individuals, small groups, congregations, and dioceses to use our weekly video series throughout the season of Epiphany to draw closer to each other and our Lord.
Using an adaptation of lectio divina with the gospel passage for each Sunday, you’ll meet and hear from Episcopal missionaries who have served around the world as they read and reflect on Jesus’ revelation to us. Missionary service through The Episcopal Church is accomplished through the Young Adult Service Corps (for Episcopalians aged 21-30) and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission (for Episcopalians over the age of 30). Learn more about these programs at ...
iam.ec/yasc and iam.ec/evim respectively.
This week’s lectio divina features Sophie Swallow, Andrew Walker, and the Rev. Bryan Vélez. Watch their discussion, recorded in Spanish first, at iam.ec/epiphany2023 and follow along by yourself or in a small group. To participate:
Read today’s Gospel passage: John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). (John 1:29-42, NRSV)
Reflect: Which word or short phrase caught your attention or came to mind? Whether you’re alone or in a group, say it aloud.
Read: Reread the passage, perhaps in a different translation.
Reflect: Where does the passage touch your life today? If you’re with a group, share your responses with each other, without discussing further. If you’re alone, say your response aloud or write it down.
Read: Reread the passage, perhaps in yet another translation.
Reflect: Where is God calling you to go? Where, either near or far, can you cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus? You might consider journaling out your response and meditating on it over the course of this week.
Pray: In closing, say the Collect for Epiphany 2 in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 215).
In Bulgaria, the icy water dip goes one step further. Before the priest throws the cross into the water, a band of pipers and drummers jump in and begin to play. People also dance around in big circles in the water. Because the water is so cold, participation in the band is naturally considered to be a great display of strength and honor.
Epiphany Around the World
For many places, such as Italy or Spain, the holiday period extends until the 7th of January. This is because these countries, along with many others around the world, celebrate Epiphany on the 6th of January. In Western Christianity, this commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men who followed the star to baby Jesus. In the Orthodox Church, Epiphany celebrates the Baptism of Christ, and so on this day, priests bless water through various rituals. The Orthodox festivities usually take place on the 19th of January, following the Julian calendar. Across the continents, Epiphany is celebrated in various ways such as processions of the Magi, the Three Wise Men, gift giving, a present-delivering witch, jumping into freezing water, and cakes with a hidden secret. Here’s how Epiphany is celebrated around the world.
In Spain, children generally receive presents from the Three Wise Men, rather than Santa Claus, and they leave shoes outside the door on the night of the 5th to be filled with gifts. Malaga is one of the many Spanish cities that hosts a parade, too, with the Magi on elaborate thrones and performers on floats tossing sweets to children in the crowd.
New Orleans, Louisiana
In New Orleans, as well as across the southeastern region of the US, Epiphany is celebrated with the baking and eating of cakes. These round King Cakes decorated with colored sugar are part of King Cake parties that take place from 6th of January to Mardi Gras. The cakes also contain a little figurine or token, and whoever finds it in their slice of cake is responsible for making the King Cake the next year or throwing the next Mardi Gras party.
The Orthodox version of Epiphany celebrations, in contrast, involves stripping down to swimming trunks and diving into the icy water, such as the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Participants aim to retrieve a wooden crucifix that has been thrown in by the priest. It’s believed that catching the cross will bring health and prosperity, and hopefully protect from pneumonia.
Much of Latin America also celebrates Epiphany, or Día de los Reyes, and it’s often given greater importance than Christmas. As in Spain, presents for the children arrive via the Magi, rather than Santa Claus, and children leave grass and water outside the door for the camels. On the 6th, there are big processions, such as the one in Lima, where the highlight is three policemen dressed as the Three Wise Men who ride on horseback through the streets.
The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle
Feast Day: January 18
The confession of Peter is recorded in the Gospel According to Matthew (16:16), “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The liturgical celebration of Peter's confession is celebrated on Jan. 18. It is a major feast in the Prayer Book calendar. This observance was first included in the 1979 BCP. The date is that of an ancient Gallican feast called “the Chair of Saint Peter.” It honored Peter as the head of the Roman Catholic Church as well as his chair of episcopal authority. Contemporary observance of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul is commemorated on June 29.
Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:5
If you are a young adult who is looking for community and relationship as you explore your faith and way in life, the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries wants to help you find a connection to a ministry, chaplaincy, local clergy person, congregation, group, leader, or organizer.
The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries, along with the Young Adult and Campus Ministries Council of Advice, works together to help young adults find new communities and connect with individuals wherever they are in The Episcopal Church. We know that finding a community can be a daunting and overwhelming task, so we want to help in any way that we can.
We have a couple of ways to get you connected to a new ministry when you move or progress from being a youth to a young adult.
The first option is to check out the Episcopal Asset Map that is being updated and maintained by ministries themselves. Visit this link to search your area and see what is going on: https://iam.ec/yacmmap. The Young Adult and Campus Ministries Network map has some but not all of our ministries represented; if your ministry is not on here, please submit information!
Secondly, you can fill out a Young Adult Referral Form. This can be filled out by the young adult or a mentor, parent, or clergy person who is seeking to help them find a ministry. Once you submit this form, we will do our best to connect you to a congregation, young adult ministry, campus ministry, or other kinds of ministry near you. When we receive your request, the Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries and the Council of Advice reach out to local ministries and find the best possible connection for the young adult. Find the form here: https://iam.ec/yareferrals.
If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Director of the Department of Faith Formation and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
Rome's Anglican Centre promotes ecumenism in the Eternal City and beyond
Every Tuesday, the Anglican Centre in Rome hosts a midday Eucharist in the Chapel of St. Augustine of Canterbury followed by a lively luncheon on its premises in the Doria Pamphilj Palace in Roman College Square, just steps from the Pantheon in the heart of the Italian capital’s historic center.
Founded in 1966 after a meeting between Pope Paul VI and then Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, the Anglican Centre serves as the Anglican Communion’s representation in Rome. Today, its director is a liaison between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and it serves as a space for ecumenical encounters and dialogue.
“Since Vatican II, when the center was founded, thanks to visionary and generous benefactors at the time, it has been important that the Anglican Communion has the equivalent of an embassy in the Eternal City,” the Rt. Rev. Michael Burrows, chair of the center’s board of trustees, told Episcopal News Service during a mid-December visit to the center. “This is a place of networking, a place of hospitality, a place of study, a place where all sorts of conversations take place, as befits the sense of the diplomatic, as well as the ecclesiastical nature of Rome.”
Upon careful consideration and consultation with the presiding bishop’s office, Bishop John Howard has announced that the 2023 Diocesan Convention will be postponed from Jan. 28, 2023, to a date to be set later in 2023.
Howard’s full message to congregations and clergy of the diocese, which details reasons for his decision, is below.
Dear Diocese of Florida,
The canons of the Diocese of Florida provide that the Diocesan Bishop may for sufficient cause change the time or place of the annual meeting of the Diocesan Convention provided that reasonable notice be given to all clergy and congregations entitled to representation (Canon 1 Section 2(a)).
Accordingly, as Bishop of the Diocese of Florida, I have decided that the 2023 Convention of the Diocese should be postponed from January 28, 2023 to a date to be set later in 2023.
It is likely that an opinion of the Episcopal Church Court of Review will be returned to us on or about the date scheduled for our Convention and that the consent process for our Bishop Coadjutor-Elect among Bishops and Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church will be commencing at about that same time.
A North Carolina church has been using its property to host community classes on topics from wine to history, taught by volunteers, to raise money for local charities. Over the past decade, what started as an idea to put church space to better use has become a local tradition that has raised nearly $2o0,000. After two years on hold due to COVID-19, the popular winter program is back, offering locals the opportunity to stay active and connected during the evenings in the off-season on the Outer Banks.
A group of parishioners came up with the idea based on a similar program at a Catholic school, church leaders told the Outer Banks Voice. Soon they were recruiting locals with various kind of expertise to volunteer to offer classes in the evenings during the week. The class fees are then donated to local charities, including food pantries, a health clinic, a shelter and other nonprofits.
At the conclusion of Sunday's Angelus, Pope Francis remembers Ukrainian and Russian mothers who have lost their children because of the war. He asks everyone to remember to pray them, for all those suffering, and for an end to the war.
Pope Francis asked everyone to remember our suffering brothers and sisters in Ukraine where the war continues to take its toll where people are struggling without electricity and heat, a Christmas marked by war. We must never forget them, he emphasized.
Pray for Ukrainian and Russian mothers
Recalling that during this time, we focus especially on the Blessed Mother and her Child, whom she nursed and raised, we cannot help but think of the mothers who have lost their children in this war, both Ukrainian and Russian.
He asked everyone to pray for the mothers who have lost their children, soldiers in this war on both sides, recalling how this is the tragic price of war, for which we must pray for an end and a stop to all this suffering.
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