Good afternoon to you all on this very cold day!
Thursday, January 31st is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Rd.); 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Saturday, February 2nd there’s a lot going on…The Men’s Breakfast at Holy Trinity, SSM, starting at 8:30 am; St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries at the Cathedral (160 Brock St.) noon – 1:30; and Sewing Lessons at Christ Church, SSM (585 Allen’s Side Rd.) 1:00 – 3:30 pm.
The Coldest Night (Feb.23rd) walk to raise money and awareness regarding homelessness (which includes “precarious” homelessness…needing to use the food bank or other services, one ‘disaster’ away from losing your home, unable to afford your home’s upkeep, etc.). Please consider putting in a team if you’re in or near the Soo; or hold your own fundraising/awareness-raising event in your community. If you’re unable to do either option, you are very welcome to support a deanery team already online…The Trinity Trotters (Team Captain – W Pat Brown) is available to receive donations here… https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=842276&langPref=en-CA
If there are any other deanery teams available to take donations, please let me know and I’ll list those too! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For Your Devotions:
Monday, January 28th is the memorial of Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, Teacher of the Faith, died in 1274. Thomas is one of the greatest thinkers of our faith – a little too radical for some (he incorporated a lot of Aristotle’s thinking into his religious works). Thomas was born into an aristocratic family and was placed in a monastery by his family because they hoped he would eventually become the abbot. Before you start feeling too kindly toward his family…this was purely a political and social move on their part. When Thomas decided to pursue a spiritual career (by joining the Dominicans), his family had him abducted. Luckily, Thomas out-stubborned his family and, after a year of captivity, they relented. For more info: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Thomas-Aquinas
Tuesday, January 29th is the memorial of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher of the Faith, died in 407 (moved from Sunday). John’s energetic and easily understood preaching earned him the nickname, “golden-mouthed”. The people loved him – they felt he was one of them – but his lack of political savvy resulted in a stormy time as bishop and he died in exile. He spoke out against the frivolity and abuses of the wealthy and did not entertain lavishly as other bishops did. His guests believed he was holding out on them because the meals were so plain but, actually, John had damaged his stomach through too much fasting and poor eating habits as a result of overly strict spiritual practices. To learn more: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-John-Chrysostom
Wednesday, January 30th is the commemoration of Charles Stuart, King of England and Scotland, beheaded in 1649. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and, from the start, butted heads with parliament (in fact, he dissolved parliament and made his own decisions quite regularly). We all know this could never end well (and having top advisors who persecuted Puritans certainly didn’t help)…The end result was civil war. Oliver Cromwell captured Charles and tried to force him to sign a law abolishing bishops. Charles refused and for this and other accusations of “high treason”, Charles was beheaded. Throughout it all, Charles remained a staunch supporter of the Church of England. To read more: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/92.html
Saturday, February 2nd is the Holy Day of The Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. This was the day when candles – to be used in the church throughout the upcoming year – were blessed at the beginning of the liturgy (sometimes given out to the people and processed into the church). This is where the name “Candlemas” comes from. This is the day when the creche is removed from the church after the last liturgy of the day (and it’s also the day when Queen Elizabeth II puts away her Christmas decorations until next Christmas). Most importantly, this is the day when Mary and Joseph went to the Temple to present Jesus – their first-born son – to God as well as for Mary to be ritually purified 40 days after giving birth. In the Eastern Orthodox Church this day is called “Hypapante” (meeting) because of the meeting with old Simeon. Simeon takes baby Jesus into his arms and sings praises to God for having met the promised Saviour. Simeon says he will now be able to die in peace. In a foreshadowing of the suffering to come, Simeon tells Mary that a sword will pierce her soul as well. To read more: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Candlemas