Beloved of the Lord:
Today is Monday, 16 October, in the year of our Lord A.D. 2017. This week’s schedule of Services is as-follows:
- Monday: 10:00 AM, Mass, S. Hedwig, Widow.
- Tuesday: 5:30 PM, Mass, S. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess.
6:30 PM, Sung Evensong.
- Wednesday: 12:10 PM, mid-week Mass, S. Luke, Evangelist, Martyr.
- Thursday: 8:00 AM, men’s Morning Prayer and breakfast.
6:30 PM, Mass, S. Frideswide, Virgin, followed by Soup and Study.
- Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, Vigil of Ss. Simon & Jude, Apostles, Martyrs.
- Saturday: 5:00 PM, Mass, Feast of SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles, Martyrs.
- Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Mass, Trinity XIX
The Ordo Kalendars for A.D. 2018 have arrived in the Parish. They are $10.00 each. Please see Charlotte Haden if you’d like to purchase one. The life of Holy Mother, the Church, is lived-out through Her Kalendar. All of the Feasts and Observances, their appropriate liturgical colours, and rubrical notes can be found on the ‘Ordo. Only six are left, as-of this writing, and they will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.
We’ve begun gathering things for the next Parish rummage sale. Please search your closets and garages, attics and basements, highways and by-ways, for the things that you haven’t seen in years, didn’t know that you had, and very likely don’t need. This is a project completely done by the ladies of Saint Matthew’s. The proceeds benefit the Altar Guild. The Altar Guild has an active budget of its own, providing for the candles, linens, brassware, and other necessaries for the liturgical and other festivals and observances that mark the life of our Parish. Please support this central ministry of Saint Matthew’s.
Trinitytide seems to to be flying-by, this year. In little over a month, Trinity XXIII (the penultimate Sunday in Trinitytide this year) will be upon us, followed by the Sunday next before Advent. If it can be said that ‘Trinity has a central lesson, I believe ~ based upon the Sunday Epistles ~ it is the difference between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law; between heavenly things and earthly things, between spiritual things and material things.
Sadly, we generally fail to evaluate Holy Church Herself by the appropriate standard of these two. When the course and conduct of a Parish, or even a Diocese, are charted more frequently by reference to Canons and precedents than by the holy Gospels, or the Great Councils, I can assure you that Lucifer has a hand on the tiller. His may not be the only one, to be sure, but his presence can be known and felt, if the effort is made to detect it.
Those serving the adversary in these matters, as is his particular genius, are seldom aware of the role that they play, are ignorant of the master they truly serve. They have mistaken their own will for that of the Father, and are ever so eager to prosecute it, at any cost. This is the most fertile ground for satanic seed ~ the rapacious mind and ego of man.
When God first began to instruct mankind, he did so through covenant. Next he gave us the Law, to guide and rule our conduct. Lastly, he gave us His only Son, who gave us the completion of our spiritual evolution. Though we still struggle, two-thousand years-on, to understand, absorb and live the lessons He taught us, we must ever persevere, ever be vigilant, that the Spirit that guides us towards Him is our first recourse, when evaluating what and how and who we are, as a Church, on any scale.
Failure to do so only invites and encourages destruction. Wordly peace is an illusion. Let us seek His peace, by pursuing His lessons and will, and not our own … and always test those who say that they speak for Him. I remain
The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder
Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish