Category Archives: Spirituality

The 26 Martyrs

Last year, this commemoration fell on February 6th on the Roman Catholic Calendar and it is today on the Anglican calendar.  It is still the same 26 martyrs. A repost: I happened across a mention that today on the Roman Catholic calendar that today is the remembrance for the 26 Martyrs of Japan. I spent …

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The Season after the Epiphany

We are now in the season after the Epiphany on the liturgical calendar.  It began following January 6th and will continue until  Ash Wednesday (February 13).  It is a short season, since Easter comes earlier this year, but the season never fails to bring up interesting topics in the lectionary and never fails to focus …

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Watch Night

There are plenty of resources for Watch Night in the Methodist tradition.  Over the years as a pastor, I have used the Covenant Service on several occasions, on New Year’s Eve, the first Sunday of the New Year, on other special occasions.  My favorite services were those on New Year’s.  It is that countercultural element …

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St. John the Evangelist

Today is a day of remembrance for John the Evangelist on the Anglican and Roman Catholic calendars. It is one of three red letter days in the week after Christmas–December 27 (Stephen), 28 (John), 29 (Holy Innocents). The remembrance of martyrs immediately following the Nativity remind us that this baby Jesus we celebrate was born …

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The Nativity

On this Holy Day, I am grateful for my family, and for the opportunity to celebrate this season with my Big Italian clan in Syracuse.  I am thankful for the One, Holy and Apostolic  Church that has nurtured me and my calling, and continues to give me a place to serve. On this day, looking …

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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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