Coming Up in Algoma Deanery

Good day!

Thursday, October 31st (Happy Halloween) is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10am-1pm.

Saturday, November 2nd is the Men’s Breakfast at Holy Trinity, SSM (address above); beginning by 8:30am. Come have a hearty breakfast and brief Scripture study. Women are welcome too!

Saturday, November 2nd is also the Tea at Christ Church, SSM (585 Allen’s Side Road); 1-3pm; $6

November is looking really busy…to see what else is happening, please check out the deanery website: https://algomadeanery.com/upcoming-events/

For Your Devotions:

Monday, October 28th is the Holy Day of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles.  We actually know extremely little about the apostles we celebrate today but they are both thought to have come from the Zealots (the uncompromising and aggressive Jewish nationalist group who were opposed to pagan Rome). Simon is only mentioned on the lists of the apostles but Jude (actually, “Judas, not Iscariot”) is recorded as asking Jesus (in John’s Gospel) why he will choose to reveal himself only to the disciples and not to the world after his resurrection. For more information…  https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saints-simon-and-jude/

Tuesday, October 29th is the commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa and his Companions, Martyrs in 1885. James came from a wealthy family, attended Oxford, and apparently was an excellent athlete in addition to being an ordained presbyter. He spent five years in a quiet English curacy before volunteering to be a missionary for the Church Missionary Society for work in the Victoria Nyanza district. They eventually made him a bishop and, just one year after his consecration, James headed inland to set up a more direct route to Lake Victoria. Unfortunately, the new king of Buganda was not tolerant of foreigners like his father had been. The new king captured James and his companions, tortured them for a week then murdered them (some were beheaded, some burned). James’ last words were, “Go, tell Mwanga [the new king] I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood.”  For more information, check out p.320 here:  http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf

Wednesday, October 30th is the commemoration of John Wyclyf (died 1384) and Jan Hus (died 1415), both Reformers. We’re more familiar with “Wycliffe” as the spelling of his name. John Wycliffe was disillusioned by the power and wealth of the Church. He questioned the Church’s authority and believed the ‘common people’ should have access to the Scriptures to read them for themselves in their own language. He and others translated the Bible into English and began circulating it. Wycliffe was expelled from Oxford University but, because he had the favour of some very important people, he was not burned at the stake as a heretic.  One of his followers, Jan Hus, was not so fortunate. The burning of Hus provoked a rebellion among the Czechs and, after 10 years of fighting, they prevailed. For more info…  http://www.fsmitha.com/h3/rel-christ05.htm

Thursday, October 31st is the commemoration of the Saints of the Reformation Era.  Today we remember all those – Anglicans and Roman Catholics – who were painfully executed in the name of the Church during the Reformation Era. We remember with humility and repentance as both sides, believing their side to be “right”, did what should not have been done. The link here is a Church of England site and so the date is not the same as ours but the information is good:  https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/english-saints-and-martyrs-of-the-reformation-era/

Friday, November 1st is the Principle Feast of All Saints’ Day. Since this is a Principle Feast it can be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1 in addition to being observed on its fixed date. This is also one of the four Principle Feasts named by our Church as the days on which baptisms should take place. It would therefore be highly appropriate to renew baptismal vows on this day even if no baptisms are taking place.  This is the day we celebrate all of the saints of the Christian Church – known and unknown – who have died and attained heaven. This day has been celebrated in different forms and on different dates since at least the 4th century. Of course, in medieval England this day was called “All Hallows” and so it’s eve was “All Hallows’ Eve” from which we get Halloween. For more info:   https://www.britannica.com/topic/All-Saints-Day

Saturday, November 2nd is the memorial known as All souls – Commemoration of All Faithful Departed.  This is very different from All Saints’ Day – it is not a Principal Feast and thus does not get celebrated on the Sunday after (like All Saints’ Day) or the Sunday before (like the Epiphany). In fact, if Nov.2 fell on a Sunday, it would not take precedence over the usual Sunday celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This memorial would be acknowledged during a separate liturgy, transferred to a different day of the week, or not be acknowledged at all in that year. This is a day we pray for our dead loved ones. It was based on the idea that prayer could help dead loved ones more hastily pass through purgatory into heaven. This sparked controversy in the Church – for one thing, many scholars argue that the concept of purgatory is not supported by Scripture –  and so this day was not liturgically celebrated until the Middle Ages. Here is what the website at the other end of the link (below) says: “Whether or not one should pray for the dead is one of the great arguments which divide Christians. Appalled by the abuse of indulgences in the Church of his day, Martin Luther rejected the concept of purgatory. Yet prayer for a loved one is, for the believer, a way of erasing any distance, even death. In prayer we stand in God’s presence in the company of someone we love, even if that person has gone before us into death.” https://www.franciscanmedia.org/commemoration-of-all-the-faithful-departed/

I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

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