Week of August 12th in Algoma

Good day!  It’s another slow summer week with one event on the calendar…

Saturday, August 17th is the Church Closet at St. George’s, Echo Bay (159 Church St.) 10am-1pm.

Lots of calendar observances this week though 🙂

For Your Devotions:

Monday, August 12th is the commemoration of the Consecration of Charles Inglis, First Anglican Bishop in Canada, 1787. Charles was an Irishman who worked in Pennsylvania and then New York City after being ordained. How did he end up in Canada?  He supported the British during the American Revolution and so his church was burned and the property confiscated. He moved to Nova Scotia and was consecrated as bishop on this date in 1787 which marks the official beginning of the Anglican Church of Canada. If you’d like to learn more, check out p.240: http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf

Tuesday, Aug.13th is the memorial of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Spiritual Teacher, 1667. He was born in the early 1600’s and became one of the religious scholars known as the “Caroline Divines.” In fact, he was often referred to as the “Shakespeare of Divines” because of his poetic mode of writing. Taylor was chaplain for King Charles I but was imprisoned when Cromwell overthrew the monarchy and the banned worship services of the Church of England. For more info go to p.242: http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf


Wednesday, Aug.14th is the commemoration of the martyrs Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maximilien Kolbe. Bonhoeffer was a  German theologian who first became widely known for his attack on “cheap grace” (the unlimited offer of forgiveness which he believed functioned for many as an excuse for unethical and immoral behaviour). He was killed in 1945 for his involvement in a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler. More info:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dietrich-Bonhoeffer 

Kolbe, as a young, Polish, Roman Catholic priest, established a printing house consisting of 800 friars dedicated to evangelizing Poland. Because this group was so large, it was called “The City of the Immaculate”. His massive printing operation led to his arrest by the Nazis – twice. When he was arrested the 2nd time, Kolbe ended up in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. It was here, in 1941, that Kolbe offered himself up to die in the place of another prisoner who was the father of 10. For more info:  https://saintmaximiliankolbe.com/biography/

Thursday, Aug.15th is the Holy Day of St. Mary the Virgin. The Eastern Orthodox Church believes Mary was taken up to heaven after death. Most Roman Catholics believe Mary did not experience death. Where do we as Anglicans fall on this issue? Find out here (along with a beautiful legend surrounding Mary’s final days):  https://interruptingthesilence.com/2011/08/15/the-feast-of-st-mary-the-virgin-dormition-and-assumption/

Friday, Aug.16th is the memorial of the Holy Women of the Old Testament. Our Story of Salvation was shaped by some pretty feisty and creative (i.e. tricky) women. Sometimes barren, sometimes of “ill repute” but always interesting…For a sample, check out the four Old Testament women Matthew lists in Jesus’ family tree: http://faithlifewomen.com/2012/12/4-unlikely-grandmothers-in-jesus-family-tree/

Saturday, Aug.17th is the commemoration of John Stuart, Missionary among the Mohawks until his death in 1811. As a loyalist, Stuart’s life was made unpleasant (and sometimes dangerous) in New York and so he travelled first to Quebec and then to Ontario. He arrived in Cataraqui (Kingston) in 1785 and was, apparently, the first resident Anglican clergyman in Ontario. For more info:  http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Frontenac13.html   (This site has a link to even more information if you’re interested.)

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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