Algoma Deanery Update

Hi everyone…I’m back from Camp Manitou and, clearly, survived. 🙂  I enjoyed my time there but I’m also happy to back in the land of flush toilets and hydro. Anyway…

I have just one event on my calendar for this week: Saturday, 10am-1pm is the Church Closet in the parish hall of St. George in Echo Bay (159 Church St.)

If anyone knows of any other events coming up, please let me know…(algomadeanery@gmail.com)

On a technical note: We are not in the season of Pentecost (There is no such season in our calendar). This is Ordinary Time. Sundays are counted after Pentecost not of Pentecost. Now you’re in the know… 🙂

For Your Devotions:

Monday, July 22nd is the Holy Day of St. Mary Magdalene. She is one of Jesus’ most celebrated disciples. In fact, in the tradition of the Eastern Church, Mary Magdalene is regarded as the equal of an apostle.  According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus cured her of seven demons.  All four Gospel writers tell of her unwavering devotion to Jesus in staying with him while he hung on the cross and name Mary Magdalene as one of the women who went to the tomb early on Sunday morning. Both the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John say she was the first to see Jesus after his resurrection. For more information:   https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Mary-Magdalene

Thursday, July 25th is the Holy Day of St. James the Apostle.  James, his brother John, and Peter were the three disciples in Jesus’ inner circle. They witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and went off alone with him in the Garden of Gethsemane.  James is the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament – he was beheaded at the order of King Herod in 44 AD. For more information: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-James-son-of-Zebedee

Friday, July 26th is the commemoration of Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Although she is not mentioned in the canonical gospels, Anne is mentioned as Mary’s mother in some of the apocrypha (such as the Gospel of James) and in the Qur’an.  There are numerous fascinating stories about this woman including that Mary was born from a virgin birth just as Jesus was. For more information:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Anne

Have a wonderful week!

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