Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
During the discussion of the BCP last week, the class requested if it would be possible to celebrate Holy Eucharist according to the 1928 Prayer Book, a liturgy which some in the group remembered fondly and which others had never experienced. After obtaining permission from Bishop MacPherson, last night, I celebrated the Mass according the '28 "Order for The Administration of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion". The chapel was nearly full, and during a discussion of the service during dinner, it was decided, again unanimously, that I would request permission from the Bishop to continue to use the '28 liturgy for our Wednesday night Eucharist. Happily, the Bishop responded to me this morning granting me permission to do just that.
Therefore, beginning next Wednesday and for each Wednesday during Lent, we will worship according to the 1928 prayer book. Because of the changes in the lectionary over the years, I will be using the readings from the Lesser Feasts and Fasts, but the service itself will be done according to the rubrics in the '28 book.
I also take this opportunity to remind and invite everyone to our Wednesday night program during Lent. Amy will continue to provide our meals for us, but in keeping with the penitential nature of Lent, we will be scaling back slightly by serving a selection of soups and bread each Wednesday night. We will also observe the Stations of the Cross each Wednesday following the Mass; therefore, the service will be held in the Church during Lent instead of in the Chapel.
For Bible Study during Lent, we will return to the Old Testament with a study of Exodus, the second book of the Pentateuch. I hope that this will be a rich opportunity to reflect on God's redemption of His Chosen People from the bonds of slavery in Egypt in the light of His redemption of the whole world through His Son, Jesus Christ.
O Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.Fr. Michael+
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I look forward to seeing y'all there.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Now we just need to see if we can get grass to grow in front of the rectory again.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I will be celebrating the Mass at 6PM for anyone who wishes to attend, but there will be no dinner or Bible study tonight. We will resume next week with a discussion of the origins and use of the Book of Common Prayer.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Because of the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow, Gayle has decided to cancel choir tomorrow, and I concur. I will be watching the weather tonight and plan to make a decision about Wednesday Bible Study in the morning. I will post any news here and on Facebook.
Monday, February 7, 2011
The women met for their first class in a ten week study of the Book of Esther tonight. It was a good crowd, and an important decision was made by those gathered. Starting next week, the class will meet on Thursday night from 6-8PM in the Parish Hall. This change was made in the hope that more women would be able to come on Thursday rather than Monday. Workbooks are still available at the church office.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
This morning, I had the honor of baptizing Alison Camille LeBouef at Christ Memorial. We all got to share in this joyous moment with her family from Mansfield, Lafayette and Houston. We thank God for the improved weather and ask Him for safe travels for all those headed home.
We thank God for this Sacrament and for all his Grace and Love.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We will be have our first team meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30PM in the Parlor. Anyone who is interested should come to this meeting so that we can make our plans for raising the necessary funds and working toward our departure in September.
If you have any questions about the trip or would like to discuss it prior to the meeting on the 15th, please call me, and I'll be happy to help.