The Week Ahead in Algoma Deanery

Hello everyone…Yet another hate crime draws our attention and our prayers to those devastated by the loss of family, friends, and respected members of a tightly-knit community. The mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh once again leaves people wondering how they can help end this senseless violence. Archbishop Anne gives us guidance in this pastoral message and relays the words of hope of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers:

Thursday, November 1 at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.) 10:30am until 1pm is their White Elephant.

Saturday, November 3rd at St. Luke’s Cathedral is “Armistice 100” – music and poetry. Please see the poster below for more information. Also below is the information for the St. Luke’s ACW fundraiser brunch.

Saturday, November 3rd is also the day for the St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliary beginning at noon at the Cathedral.

Also on Saturday, November 3rd…You can begin your day with a hearty breakfast hosted by the Guild of St. Joseph at Holy Trinity, Sault Ste Marie. If you’re a member of Deanery Council, this should sustain you through our meeting (beginning at 10am at Emmaus on Wellington St., E.)

For Your Devotions:

Monday, October 29th is the Holy Day of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles.  This was actually transferred from the 28th (unless your church is named after one or both of these men). This quotation from McCausland’s Order of Divine Service explains why:  “Every Sunday is a celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Hence, Sundays are normatively feasts of the Lord. Saints’ days should not be transferred to Sundays, with the exception of the Patronal feast (and even then not in Advent, Lent, or Easter).”  Sunday itself takes precedence over remembrances of the Saints on our calendar with VERY few exceptions. Similarly, although appropriate to acknowledge secular occasions through the prayers and preaching on a Sunday, such occasions should never be the primary focus or dominant emphasis in word or ceremony.  We actually know extremely little about the apostles we celebrate today. Simon was a Zealot, part of the Jewish resistance willing to use even violence and terror to secure Jewish independence from the Roman Empire. As for Jude, because he shared a name with Jesus’ betrayer (John’s Gospel references him as “the other Judas, not Iscariot), Christians were reluctant to ask for his prayers. This is how Jude came to be the patron saint of what is shunned by the world and lost causes. The Bible also refers to him as Thaddeus. For more information…

Tuesday, October 30th is the commemoration of John Wyclyf (died 1384) and Jan Hus (died 1415), both Reformers. We’re more familiar with “Wycliffe” as the spelling of his name. John Wycliffe was disillusioned by the power and wealth of the Church. He questioned the Church’s authority and believed the ‘common people’ should have access to the Scriptures to read them for themselves in their own language. He and others translated the Bible into English and began circulating it. Wycliffe was expelled from Oxford University but, because he had the favour of some very important people, he was not burned at the stake as a heretic.  One of his followers, Jan Hus, was not so fortunate. The burning of Hus provoked a rebellion among the Czechs and, after 10 years of fighting, they prevailed. For more info…

Wednesday, October 31st is the commemoration of the Saints of the Reformation Era.  Today we remember all those – Anglicans and Roman Catholics – who were painfully executed in the name of the Church during the Reformation Era. We remember with humility and repentance as both sides, believing their side to be “right”, did what should not have been done. We also honour their accomplishments in reforming the Church, leading us forward through painful controversy.  The link here is a Church of England site and so the date is not the same as ours but the information is good:

Thursday, November 1st is the Principal Feast of All Saints’ Day. Since this is a Principal Feast it can be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1 in addition to being observed on its fixed date. This is also one of the four Principle Feasts named by our Church as the preferred days for celebrating baptism. It would therefore be highly appropriate to renew baptismal vows on this day even if no baptisms are taking place. This day has been celebrated in different forms and on different dates since at least the 4th century, originally as a feast celebrating “the martyrs of the whole world,” those who had been witnesses to Christ through their suffering and death. Throughout the centuries in both east and west, All Saints’ Day has been rooted in the church’s profound belief in the Communion of Saints, the “great cloud of witnesses” that surrounds us, and the unity in Christ generations past, present, and future share through baptism, a unity that transcends even death. In medieval England this day was called “All Hallows” and so its eve was “All Hallows’ Eve” from which we get Halloween. For more info:

Friday, November 2nd is the memorial known as All Souls’ Day  or the  Commemoration of All Faithful Departed.  All Souls’ Day is not a Principal Feast and thus does not get celebrated on the Sunday. (In fact, if Nov. 2 fell on a Sunday, this memorial would be moved to a different day of the week). Though the two are clearly related, this day takes on a different emphasis from All Saints’ Day. This is the day we prayerfully remember the departed who touched our own lives in a direct way, those from our parish or faith community, and those in our families. It was based on the idea that prayer could help dead loved ones more hastily pass through purgatory into heaven. This sparked controversy in the Church – for one thing, many scholars argue that Scripture does not support the concept of purgatory – and so the day was not celebrated liturgically until the Middle Ages. Here is what the website at the other end of the link says: “Whether or not one should pray for the dead is one of the great arguments which divide Christians. Appalled by the abuse of indulgences in the Church of his day, Martin Luther rejected the concept of purgatory. Yet prayer for a loved one is, for the believer, a way of erasing any distance, even death. In prayer we stand in God’s presence in the company of someone we love, even if that person has gone before us into death.” In the Anglican tradition, All Souls’ acknowledges that God’s mercy continues to work in the departed so they may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the day is an occasion to pray and give thanks for our departed loved ones, especially those who died over the past year, commending ourselves with them to the care and purposes of Almighty God.

Saturday, November 3rd is the commemoration of Richard Hooker, Priest and Teacher of the Faith who died in 1600.  Hooker was an English theologian and most definitely one of my main Anglican heroes. His writings played a massive role in shaping what we know as ‘Anglicanism.’ Please read more about this formative figure here:

Blessings to you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s