In Algoma Deanery this Week

Good day!

Thursday, November 21st is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10am-12:30pm.

Saturday, November 23rd is the first (hopefully of many) Faith & Fellowship Event at St. George’s, Echo Bay (159 Church St.); 12-1pm.

Sunday, November 24th is the Celebration of New Ministry for The Rev. Raymond Knight; Christ Church, SSM (585 Allen’s Side Rd); beginning at 2:30pm.

To see more events that are coming up please check out the deanery event calendar:  https://algomadeanery.com/upcoming-events/

Pictures Please!!  There are loads of great events happening in our deanery and I would love to share the joy and fellowship of these events with others by posting pictures on the deanery Facebook page and on the deanery website. Please don’t forget to take a few pictures and email them to me. (algomadeanery@gmail.com)

For Your Devotions:

Monday, November 18th is the commemoration of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, died 680.  Hilda was a Northumbrian princess raised, in exile, as a Roman Catholic. Although her family regained their throne, she chose to give up her wealth and status, adhering to “Celtic Christianity” and becoming the  founder and abbess of the famous monastery at Whitby. The monastery became a centre of learning under Hilda’s guidance – her education and wisdom was legendary. The Celtic Christians observed Easter on a set date rather than always on Sunday like the Roman churches.  Consistency was desired in order to quell accusations of inauthenticity arising from those outside of Christianity (and for other reasons too).  The controversy was settled at a synod held at Hilda’s monastery.  She accepted the decision to observe Easter always on the Sunday (the first day of the week when Jesus was resurrected from the dead) and she encouraged unity over the need to be right.  See p.350 for more info:  http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf

Tuesday, November 19th is the commemoration of Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary who died in 1231. Elizabeth was betrothed in infancy to Louis IV of Thuringia whom she married in 1221 when he acceded to the throne. He died of the plague 6 years later and Elizabeth took refuge from his brother by going to her uncle. She gave all of her wealth to a hospice she built for the sick and poor, dedicating the rest of her short life (she died when she was just 24) to those in need. For more info:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Elizabeth-of-Hungary

Wednesday, November 20th is the commemoration of Edmund, King of East Anglia, martyred in 869 or 870.  We don’t know much about Edmund but, the legend is, he was martyred by the Danes who had defeated him. He refused to renounce his faith or give his kingdom to the “heathens.” The details of his murder are rather gruesome…To learn more, go to p.354:  http://c2892002f453b41e8581-48246336d122ce2b0bccb7a98e224e96.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/ForAlltheSaints.pdf  

Saturday, November 23rd is the commemoration of Clement of Rome who died around 100 AD.  Okay, I know I’m a “Church Geek” but, I find it really exciting to know I can read what was written by someone who almost certainly met Paul in Rome and probably even heard him preach! Clement’s letter to the Corinthians (yes, those Corinthians again) spelled out the church hierarchy and apostolic succession (that the bishops succeeded the apostles…i.e. taught what the apostles taught). Tradition has it that Clement was martyred by being tied to an anchor and then thrown into the sea. For more info,  check this out: https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/clement-of-rome-11629592.html

Wishing you a joy-filled week,

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