Christian Calendar

August 24: Bartholomew the Apostle

Bartholomew

Little is known: Bartholomew was one of the twelve identified in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Some believe that he is the same man who is called “Nathanael” in the Gospel of John. If that’s the case, it would tell us a lot more about this disciple than we otherwise can confidently know. Like most of the other apostles, Bartholomew carried the Gospel with him while he lived and eventually was martyred by cruel means. But Foxe’s BookRead more

August 18, 2019

Trinity 9

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity: Today’s collect is is one that “sticks in the craw” for many. And although this is true in modern times, it has also been true for generations. Unfortunately for those who struggle with the words of this prayer, they are completely scripture-based. (And this is actually something that shines about the Book of Common Prayer. It is composed of something like 80% actual scripture, but arranged for prayer. Awesome.) So, because it is scripturally sound,Read more

August 15: The Assumption of Mary

"The Assumption of the Virgin," Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1670 - listen

Curiosity and wonder: This is one of the feast days in the Christian calendar that it’s worth knowing about, but not – in my opinion – being dogmatic about. There is a belief, based on tradition and shared by both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, that Mary was taken up into heaven like Enoch and Elijah, rather than dying as most of us do. Protestant believers generally do not embrace this teaching because it is not explicitly stated inRead more

August 11, 2019

Trinity 8

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity: The Collect for Trinity 8 is beautiful, thought-provoking, and a fit prayer for all times: O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Contemplating the Collect It’s amazing how much is packed into this brief prayer. I love how it opensRead more

August 6: The Transfiguration of our Lord

A painting of Jesus on a mountaintop at night praying

Majesty revealed: The feast of the Transfiguration recalls a well known New Testament narrative. Jesus, along with three of his disciples (Peter, James and John), went up to a mountain to pray. On that mountain God spoke, and Moses and Elijah appeared. It was a moment when heaven offered the disciples a glimpse of who Jesus truly was – and is. I love the fact that the appointed reading from the epistle for the Transfiguration begins with these words: “WeRead more