Algoma Deanery Week of August 22

Good day!

There are a few interesting events coming up in the next few weeks:

“Taize on the Beach” This Wednesday, August 24, 7:30pm at the W.I Park in Richards Landing. Enjoy quiet prayers and singing, light a candle for a loved one or a concern…

Trunk Sale! Saturday, September 10th, 10am – 2pm at Emmaus Anglican Church.  If you would like to be one of the vendors then $25 will get you a spot. Contact Deborah Kalinowski for more information at 705-942-8258 or deb_kal@yahoo.ca

And…of course…The Annual Lay Readers’/Church Leaders’ Conference is coming quickly on Saturday, October 1st.  On the Friday evening before, we are having a Gathering for the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation. Both events are via Zoom with a limited number of people who may choose to gather in person at Emmaus Anglican Church.  Please contact me via email for the Zoom links (susan.montague2@gmail.com). Please let me know if you plan to attend in person since we are limited.  Also, please pass this along to your fellow church goers who do not receive this posting.  

A Liturgical Note for You:  This year we end up celebrating Augustine’s mother (see below) but we do not mark his calendar observance. Why not? Because it falls on a Sunday this year. If your church happens to be named after him, then you can celebrate him this Sunday. This is called your Patronal Festival or Feast of Title. If it happens to fall during Advent, Lent, or Easter then it is not observed on or moved to a Sunday. 
I’ve mentioned quite a few times that there are extremely few observances, of people other than Jesus himself, that bump our usual Sunday feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. The exceptions are John the Baptist, Peter and Paul, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Michael & All Angels. Even these people bump the usual Sunday feast only if their day actually falls on the Sunday (unless your church is named after the person).  One more tidbit…We observe multiple days for Mary, Peter, Paul, and John during the year but only those days considered to be significant events in Jesus’ life – our story of salvation – will be celebrated on a Sunday when they fall on a Sunday. For example, regarding Mary, we also acknowledge the day when Gabriel announces that she will bear the Messiah and the day when Mary visits Elizabeth. These days, however, are moved if they fall on a Sunday.  The only celebration of Mary that takes precedence is when August 15 lands on a Sunday – the day we call The Holy Day of Saint Mary the Virgin.

For Your Devotions:

Wednesday, August 24th is the Holy Day of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. Bartholomew is listed as one of the 12 apostles but, other than that, we don’t hear about him. Since Bartholomew is actually a surname (son of Tolmai), the theory out there is that this apostle is Nathaniel – the one called with Philip – of whom Jesus says, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”(See John 1:43-50). Legend says that Bartholomew was flayed and beheaded on the order of an Armenian king named Astyages. For more info:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Bartholomew

Saturday, August 27th is the commemoration of Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo. Monnica was born to Christian parents in North Africa and became increasingly devout as she aged. She was thrilled when Augustine converted to Christianity and was baptized in 387 at the age of 32. It was on her way home from this joyous occasion that Monnica fell ill and died. For more information:   http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/153.html

Praying you have a glorious day,

Susan

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