Category Archives: Church Year

John of the Cross

Today is the remembrance of John of the Cross.  A perfect guest to this season of Advent.  Imagine radical simplicity being embraced by the Church throughout this season. From Common Prayer: John of the Cross (1542–1591) Born into poverty in sixteenth-century Spain, Juan de la Cruz joined the Carmelite order at the age of twenty-one. …

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Watching and Waiting

It hard to believe it, given the fact that every store and place of business has been playing Christmas carols for about 3 weeks, but we are just in the middle of Advent.  The scriptures for the past two Sundays have been telling us to watch, wait, observe. Today’s word from the brothers of Saint …

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Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra

We are about a week into Advent and we come to the Feast Day of Nicholas.  He looks nothing like the guy who rings bells at the Salvation Army, or has children sitting in his lap at the department stores, but he may have more of the character of what this season is all about. …

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A Different Kind of Kingdom

Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday.  The first Sunday of Advent comes in a few days.  It is still November but Christmas music is playing loudly at my  Starbuck’s office in the Ingle’s grocery store in Waynesville. It is on mornings like this that I know that I belong to a different kind of …

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All Saints Day

Today is the Feast of All Saints on the liturgical calendar.  My Wesleyan roots have taught me that Wesley especially loved this celebration.  He writes in his Journal more on this feast day than he did for any other high, holy day.  The communion of saints was an essential doctrine, and inspired him in his …

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Reformation Day

Today is the Eve of All Saints, and on this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed a long list of concerns/protests on the door (known as the 95 Theses) of  All Saints Church in Wittenburg.  Though there had been other expressions by other reformers for years before, this particular act has been viewed as the …

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