We are now in the liturgical season of Advent. Attached here is a short blurb explaining Advent plus prayers for each week and a little information about the Advent wreath: https://algomadeanery.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/advent.pdf
You may be surprised to read what the Anglican Church of Canada has to say about this: “When the Advent wreath is used in church, the appropriate number of candles is lit before the liturgy begins. No special prayers, readings, or ceremonies normally accompany the lighting of the Advent candles.” (p.A34 of Occasional Celebrations) Advent is meant to be celebrated in the home but a lot of people don’t do that…
Wednesday, December 4th is the Games Afternoon for Seniors, the Legion in Richards Landing, 1-3pm. Also on Wednesday, St. Andrew’s United Church is hosting an ecumenical lunch for Advent, 12-1pm.
Saturday, December 7th is busy:
Holy Trinity, SSM is having their men’s breakfast, beginning about 8:30am.
St. George in Echo Bay (159 Church St.) is having their annual Ham Pastie Luncheon, 11am-1:30pm; silent auction, craft table, bake table, door prizes, and, oh yes, lots of good food!
St. Saviour’s, Blind River (32 Michigan Ave.) is having their Yuletide Tea & Bake Sale – also a “new to you” table; 2-4pm; $5.00
A Heads Up for next week: Wednesday, December 11th there will be a Holden Prayer Around the Cross in the Lady Chapel at Bishophurst; 7pm. The liturgy we will be using is called “Be Not Afraid”.
Tuesday, December 3rd is the commemoration of Francis Xavier, Missionary to the Far East, died in 1552. He was born into nobility and went to France to study at the University of Paris. In 1529, a student by the name of Ignatius of Loyola was assigned to room with Francis and the rest is history, as they say. Ignatius recruited Francis to be one of the seven original Jesuits and his call led him to both India and Japan. He reportedly baptized about 30 000 people in his short career. The zealous missionary succumbed to a fever, at just 46 years of age, on his way to attempt entry into China. More info: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Francis-Xavier
Wednesday, December 4th is the commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, a deacon who died in 1637. He was the founder of a religious community near Little Gidding in Huntingdon, England. When his family first arrived there, Little Gidding was simply a derelict manor-house and a chapel that was being used as a hay barn. He died at the young age of 45 and, just 9 years later, the community was forcibly disbanded by the Puritans of Cromwell’s army. However, the community’s devotion to living the Gospel survived. The Gregorian website notes: “The community became an important symbol for many Anglicans when religious orders began to revive. Its life inspired T.S. Eliot, and he gave the title, “Little Gidding,” to the last of his Four Quartets, one of the great religious poems of the twentieth century.” More info: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/295.html
Thursday, December 5th is the commemoration of Clement of Alexandria, died about 210. Clement was born to pagan parents but became the well-known Christian intellectual leader of Alexandria. He combatted Gnostic heresy in his writings but used Greek ideas that caused others to question his orthodoxy. His “Christian Gnostic” sounded a little too close to actual Gnosticism for some but his ideas actually set the stage for the blossoming of monasticism in the Egyptian desert not long after his death. For more info: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Clement-of-Alexandria
Friday, December 6th is the commemoration of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died about 342. Hey, it’s Santa! Well, sort of… Nicholas was born into wealth and was well-known for his generosity. He was also known for his defence of orthodox Christianity against Arianism (the denial that Jesus was God incarnate. Arians believed Jesus was simply another creature created by God.) For more info, check this out: https://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicholas_of_Myra
Saturday, December 7th is the memorial of Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, who died in 397. He was born into a powerful Roman family and was well into a great career in politics when life abruptly changed – the people wanted him to be their next bishop and he wasn’t even baptized yet! Ambrose was an influential figure in the Church during a time of rampant political finagling and intrigue. Fascinating to read about! It is thanks to Ambrose that the Church gained Augustine of Hippo among its ranks. Because of his amazing work for the church as bishop, we remember Ambrose today – the anniversary of his ordination – instead of on the day he died. For more info: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/ambrose-of-milan.html
Have a blessed Advent as we await the coming of our Lord.