Algoma Deanery, Week of May 27

Good day!

Wednesday, May 29th is the start of the Diocesan ACW Annual Meeting at the Water Tower Inn. Registration is 3 – 5:30pm at the Water Tower Inn.

Thursday, May 30th…ACW Annual continues. Registration 7:45-8:45am at the Water Tower Inn.

Thursday, May 30th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Avenue); 10:30am-1pm. If this has changed due to the ACW Annual, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Friday, May 31st the ACW Annual continues

Saturday, June 1st is the Men’s Breakfast at Holy Trinity, SSM; beginning about 8:30am.

Saturday is also the ordination, to the diaconate, of Beverly Van Der Jagt; 2pm at St. John the Divine in Copper Cliff.

**Change in venue**  The farewell dinner for The Rev. Rick Reed and his family (June 4th) has been moved to the Grand Gardens Verdi Ballroom…455 Queen St. West.  Doors open at 5pm; dinner at 6pm.

Heads Up…You are welcome to join the people of Emmaus in saying ‘good-bye’ to The Rev. Pam Rayment on June 23rd at noon for a potluck.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, May 27th is the commemoration of John Charles Roper, Archbishop of Ottawa, died 1940. The Archbishop was not only a great scholar but was also able to put his ideas into action. He was highly influential in the Anglican Church during the Prayer Book reform of 1918, the depression of the 1930’s, and at the Lausanne Conference on Faith and Order in 1927 (which was a step towards the foundation of the World Council of Churches). He was deeply devoted to prayer and provided an amazing example as he readily shared his spiritual gifts. For more info…

Tuesday, May 28th is the memorial of Augustine of Canterbury, 1st Archbishop of Canterbury, died 604 (transferred from Sunday). Augustine is thought to have been born in Rome. He was the prior of the Benedictine monastery in that city until 596 when Pope Gregory the Great sent Augustine with 40 monks into the mostly pagan land of England. This was a very dangerous situation and Augustine turned back. Bolstered by Gregory’s letters of support, Augustine landed in England in the spring of 597 – his presence and work established Canterbury as the point of union for the eventual world-wide Anglican Communion and he is now known as the Apostle to England.

Thursday, May 30th is the Primary Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  This feast is always celebrated 40 days after Easter. After many post-resurrection appearances to his disciples, Jesus took his place of exaltation at the right hand of God. Why is this day so important to Christians? Theologically speaking, “the Ascension is the final redemptive act conferring participation in the divine life of all who are members of Christ.” For more…

Friday, May 31st is the Holy Day of The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. This is the moment when, even before his birth, John the Baptist witnesses to Jesus Christ. This story is only found in the Gospel of Luke and Luke uses it to bring together the old and new…the covenant made by God with Abraham and Moses is about to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This is what John the Baptist will be born to proclaim. See p.180 for more…

Saturday, June 1st is the memorial of Justin, Martyr at Rome, Teacher, died about 167. Justin was a pagan who delved deeply into philosophy, particularly that of Plato. He had a mysterious encounter with an old man on a beach one day. This old man showed to Justin the contradictions of his philosophy and the truth of Christianity. Justin was baptized a Christian and sought to show the pagans the main points of contact between philosophy and Christianity (and then moved on to demonstrate how Christianity was the complete truth).He is one of the most important Christian teachers/writers of our Church. Justin made the mistake of publicly besting a well-known pagan philosopher in a debate. That philosopher then made a point of bringing Justin to the attention of the Roman authorities who killed not only him but several of his students as well. To read more…

In addition, the three days before Ascension Day Mon., May 27-Wed., May 29) are traditionally designated as days of special prayer and supplication (“rogare“) for the “seeds sown.” We call them Rogation Days. In our cold climate, this doesn’t always make sense (especially when the Ascension falls even earlier). However, the agricultural theme of the Rogation Days has been expanded to include our concern for the environment more generally…something for you to keep in mind as you pray during these days.

Praying you have a glorious week…

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