In Algoma Deanery This Week

Good day!

Wednesday, March 20th is the next Lenten Lunch at Zion Lutheran, SSM (189 Upton Rd.); 12-1pm. In support of our Anglican and Lutheran youth project called “Welcome…Home”, we’ve collected $175 for Habitat For Humanity already!

Thursday, March 21st is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10:30am-1pm

Friday, March 22nd is the roast beef dinner at Holy Trinity, SSM starting at 5:30pm. You can phone the church for tickets and/or more info…705-254-1692

Saturday, March 23rd is St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries; 12-1:30pm

Please, Take Note…There will be a Holden Evening Prayer liturgy at Bishophurst’s Lady Chapel, Sunday, March 31st; 7pm; led by Pastor Brad Mittleholtz. Also at the Lady Chapel, Monday, April 15th; 7pm, there will be a Holden Prayer Around the Cross liturgy called “Hunger For God.” 


For Your Devotions:

Monday, March 18th is the commemoration of Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Teacher of the Faith, died 386. When Cyril was alive, the Arian heresy (those who denied the divinity of Christ) was actually getting the upper hand on orthodoxy (partly due to political maneuvering…go figure). Cyril was accused of Arianism and was sent into exile three times. Sometimes, we can be saying the same thing in different ways and not realize we’re saying the same thing…trying to explain the mystery of the Trinity in limited human language is tricky business. Anyway, Cyril’s writings, Catecheses, are valuable as examples of early church ritual and theology. We have Cyril to thank for fostering the development of Jerusalem as a centre of Christian pilgrimage and likely also the procession with palms and other Holy Week liturgical practices. To read more:

Tuesday, March 19th is the Holy Day of Saint Joseph of Nazareth. We know next to nothing about Joseph – the earthly father of Jesus – other than that he was a tradesperson (“carpenter”) and married Mary despite the fact that she was pregnant. We can imply some things about Joseph’s character through this acceptance of Mary (plus we’re told he was “just”) and by the fact that God worked through him to move towards the accomplishment of God’s plan for salvation. If you’d like to read a little more…

Wednesday, March 20th is the commemoration of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, died 687. We don’t know much about his youth but, we know that Cuthbert greatly preferred the solitary monastic life to public life. Cuthbert reluctantly (in tears, apparently) accepted election as bishop in 684 then led his diocese (for just two years) in caring for the sick and in almsgiving. He is credited with many miracles which earned him the title “Wonder-worker of Britain”. Here is a site which details some legends: and here is another…

Thursday, March 21st the commemoration of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, died 1556.  Thomas was an advisor to both Henry VIII and Edward VI. He was, in large part, responsible for placing English bibles in all of the churches, wrote prayers and parts of the liturgy in English, and was a main architect of our Book of Common Prayer. Thomas believed that the word of God and our celebration of the mystery of Christ should be in the vernacular so that it was accessible to all. The staunch Roman Catholic, Queen Mary I, ended Thomas’ life by having him burned at the stake. To read more of Thomas’ life and contributions to Anglicanism…

Friday, March 22nd is the commemoration of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, died 1711.  In 1688, King James II issued his Declaration of Indulgence which was aimed at promoting Roman Catholicism. Thomas was among several bishops who refused to publish it in their dioceses and, in fact, published statements against it. This got him imprisoned in the Tower of London but he was later acquitted. Despite this, Thomas remained loyal to James when William and Mary (James’ daughter) arrived in the country to assist Protestants and Anglicans. James fled the country but Thomas and other bishops who would not swear an oath to William and Mary (because their king was still alive) were stripped of their offices and “retired”.  To read more:

Saturday, March 23rd is the commemoration of Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia, died about 322. A fifth century Armenian writing says that Gregory was a Parthian prince who fled during a Persian invasion. When in Caesarea, Gregory became a Christian and, upon his return to Armenia during a Christian persecution spearheaded by King Tiridates III, Gregory was imprisoned in a burial pit. Apparently, after escaping, Gregory actually converted the king to Christianity! Tiridates then became the first monarch to impose Christianity on his people.  To read more:

Have a beautiful, blessed week.

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