Algoma Deanery Events This Week

Good day!

Wednesday, November 6th is the Games Afternoon for Seniors, The Legion in Richards Landing, 1-3pm.

Thursday, November 7th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Avenue); 10am-1pm.

Friday, November 8th is the Turkey Dinner at Holy Trinity, SSM; beginning at 5:30pm.

Friday is also “We Will Remember Them” at the Cathedral beginning at 8pm.

There are quite a few other important events coming up this month. Please check out our event calendar for details.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, November 4th is the memorial of The Saints of the Old Testament.  Today we remember that our faith did not begin with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem but with Abraham and Sarah long before. The Roman Martyrology has a long list of those considered “saints” of the Old Testament which may sound odd in our ears because we never refer to them as saints…people like Moses, Elijah and King David.  You may wonder at calling some of them saints – Moses killed a man, David took another man’s wife. Living a life according to the will of God is what they all have in common. If you would like to read a bit more, see page 334 here:

Thursday, November 7th is the commemoration of Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht, Missionary, died 739.  We actually don’t know very much about Willibrord but, I find it amazing that way back then someone born in England could study in both France and Ireland when traveling must’ve been difficult, lengthy, and dangerous. Speaking of dangerous, Willibrord began his missionary work in Frisia in 690 and had to leave the region several times because of war. He died a natural death but other missionaries to the area weren’t so lucky (Boniface was martyred in 754).


Regarding “Making Saints” in the Anglican Church:

I heard this question asked in a couple of different places over the weekend so I thought I’d include a brief run-down for everyone.

The Anglican Church does not have a process for canonising people as ‘saints’ like the Roman Catholic Church does. However, since the Reformation, our Synods do have discussions about various individuals, adding them to our calendar of observances although they do not name them as saints.  In fact, the Anglican Church does not make any claims about the heavenly status of such individuals nor do we want to imply any sort of hierarchy (some being more saintly than others) so our calendar does not use the term saint even for those people who were made “saints” by the Church before the split with Rome. Of course, there are exceptions. Our calendar uses the term saint to refer to the apostles (including Stephen) and gospel writers, Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, and Saint Michael (as in Saint Michael and All Angels).   

Have a great week!

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