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Eastertide Message from Fr. Justin

Posted on May 5, 2016 in rector's messages | 0 comments

Alleluia Christ is Risen! A blessed Eastertide! During this season of mystagogia, I’d like to write about the prayer called “recollection”, to be theologically technical; acquired recollection. The reason it’s good to be technical here is because this word “acquired” means that you can achieve it without any extra special grace. It’s a kind of skill that you can acquire. The term “recollection” really just means to re-collect all of the faculties, those activities we call the senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting,...

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Easter Message from Fr. Justin

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in rector's messages | 0 comments

Introit for Easter Sunday from Simple English Propers, Adam Barlett Alleluia Christ is Risen! Eastertide is here. We have moved from our earnest struggle in discipline and fasting into a new season of practice. In the ancient Church those who were preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil would now enter the next stage of their formation called Mystagogia. Mystagogia is a Greek word made up of two parts; Myst and Agogia. This Agogia is the root of our words “pedagogy” for instance, the training in teaching, literally leading...

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February message from Fr Justin

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in rector's messages | 0 comments

Holy Week this year is March 20th thru 26th. It is that time in the life of a parish church where we make our final efforts in the disciplines of Lent. We commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem with Palms and Hosanna in the Highest. During the week, on Holy Tuesday and Wednesday we settle into our prayer life with extra periods of silent prayer and chanted morning and evening prayer. We celebrate on Maundy Thursday the institution of the Eucharist and the Mandatum of Christ to serve one another as Christ has shown us by washing one...

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January message from Fr Justin

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 in rector's messages | 0 comments

At Epiphany-tide we join the magi in seeing the true likeness of Jesus On January the 5th the Season of Christmas ends on the eve of the Epiphany. We end the 12 days of Christmas by commemorating the Adoration of the Magi, depicted in Daniel Mitsui’s masterful work, on the right. These wise men, who were able to read the signs of the cosmos, followed the invitation of the Spirit, which led them by a star to the location of the baby Jesus. These magi where from the far reaches of the East, traditionally considered to be Persia, India and...

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