‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 October 16

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

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 October 8

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Sunday, the Eighth of October, Trinity XVII, in the year of our Lord 2017. The Services this week are as-follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 AM, Mass, Ss. Denys, Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs.
  • Tuesday: 5:30 PM, Mass, S. Paulinus of York, Bishop and Confessor.
    6:30 PM, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, with the Litany of the Saints.
  • Wednesday: 12:10 PM, Mass, Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Thursday: 6:30 PM, Mass, S. Wilfrid, Bishop and Confessor, followed by soup and study.
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, Commemoration of the Translation of S. Edward, King and Confessor.
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM, S. Callistus, Bishop and Martyr.
  • Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Mass, Trinity XVII

Inasmuch as the Provincial Synod interrupted our usual scheduling, we held the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, 30 September. Far fewer than usual were able to be in-attendance, so it was decided to repeat the ‘Blessing on Saturday, 14 October. Please bring all of your friends, two-, four-, or more-legged to this happy event!

Our Provincial Synod ~ held biennially for the world-wide ACC ~ was efficient and peaceful. A few minor canonical changes were effected, and many reports were received. Several awards were issued, and nothing untoward occurred. All-in-all, a good time was had by all.

This year, three of the other continuing Churches ~ humourously dubbed the G-4 Churches by the Presiding Clergy ~ held their provincial synods concurrently, in the same hotel facility. The object of this was to be able to unite in a signature ceremony on Friday, 6 October, at which all four bodies ~ The Anglican Catholic Church, The Anglican Church in America, The Anglican Province of America, and The Diocese of the Holy Cross ~ would formally enter-into a state of in communio sacris, indicating that all regard the sacraments of the others as equal to their own, in validity and in efficacy.

What this is NOT is a declaration of organic unity ~ that all four have now been rolled-into one super-church body. There is no new name; none of the former names, dioceses or other structures have been eliminated, or changed, in any way. Nothing material is other than it has been.

What this IS is a step closer to the attainmant of organic unity; that day on which all old divisions will cease, and we will more closely resemble God’s ONE, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This desired state of communion was frequently mentioned during the sessions of this past week. It is the goal for which many of us have prayed and laboured for many years. It is the goal for which we will continue to pray and labour.

Outside of the Parishes, wherein the only goal is salvation, this is the only needful goal in God’s Church ~ that we restore His Church to what it was once, before we broke it. We must now pray with greater fervour than ever, for this unity. Inertia and misdirection have been overcome ~ the first step of the journey has been taken. Let us pray that every step hereafter will become easier, more natural, and that our pace will quicken, returning to what He intended, for us, and for all mankind. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 September 25

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Monday, 25 September, in the year of our Lord 2017. This-week’s schedule of Services is as-follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 AM, Mass, Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop and Confessor.
  • Tuesday: 6:30 PM, monthly Parish Requiem.
  • Wednesday: 12:10 PM, mid-week Mass, Saints Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs.
  • Thursday: 6:30 PM, Mass, Saint Wenceslas, Prince and Martyr, followed by Soup and Study.
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM, Blessing of the Animals.
    5:00 PM, Mass, Saint Jerome, Confessor and Doctor.
  • Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Trinity XVI

Last week was a very busy one, in our Parish. Thursday evening, 21 September, the actual date of the Feast of Saint Matthew, our Patron and Protector, was the annual visitation of Bishop Lerow to Saint Matthew’s. Julia Marion Nash and her brother, Joseph Steven Nash, were Baptised that evening, prior to the Mass, which commenced at 6:30 PM. Rachel Williamson, Trey and Hannah Cook, and Maryam ‘Mimi’ Coggeshall were Confirmed by the Bishop; Michael Merz was Received as a new member. All of this was followed by a wonderful reception, swimming with all sorts of food, including Iraqi dishes. Between parishioners, family and friends, many of whom were Mohammedans, there were over sixty people in-attendance to greet the Bishop.

Yesterday, we celebrated our Patronal Feast with one Mass, at 10:00 AM, and combined it with our second-annual Parish Homecoming. We had a large crowd, including a partially-surprise visit by The Right Reverend Damien Mead, Bishop of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The Bishop had written some time ago that he might visit on this date, but had not confirmed it, lest he was unable to make it. Imagine our surprise when he walked through the door! Another meal of epic proportions followed, accompanied by the good cheer and fellowship that we regularly enjoy.

As-noted in the schedule, above, we will have the Blessing of the Animals rather early this year. So, this-coming Saturday morning, please join us as we maintain the tradition of reverencing Saint Francis of Assisi by extending God’s blessing to all with whom we share His Creation. If you have livestock, or other large critters that are difficult to get to the Parish, home blessings can be scheduled.

The reason for the early observance of Saint Francis’ day is that I will be absent from the Parish from the Second through the Seventh of October (Monday through Saturday). A schedule of available Services during my absence will be found in the next ‘Weekly Post. I will be away, attending the biennial Provinvcial Synod of the ACC, held this year in Dunwoody, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

As you’ve no-doubt heard or read, this session will be historic, as an agreement of in communio sacris is to be signed between the ACC, the Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Province of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross, all of which will be meeting, simultaneously, in Dunwoody. This will break-down the sacramental barriers between us, potentially opening the door for organic union ~ becoming one Church, one body in Christ ~ at a future date.

I ask your prayers for my travels, and for all of those travelling to these extraordinary sessions. I bid your prayers for these meetings, that they will be successful, and will profit God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Know that as I am away, I shall pray for all of you. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 September 20

Beloved of the Lord:

To-day is Wednesday, 20 September, in the year of our Lord 2017. Due to the late hour, both literally and figuratively, this will be an abbreviated ‘Post. The remaining weekly schedule follows:

  • Thursday: 8:00 AM, Morning Prayer (men’s monthly), followed by breakfast.
    6:30 PM, BISHOP’S VISIT, Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, Ember Friday.
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM, Mass, Ember Saturday.
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM ONLY, Mass, Patronal Feast (Observed), followed by pot-luck.

Due to the absence of our Master of Ceremonies, Jim Elsnau, as he traipses across Spain, no notice was sent-out last week for the men’s morning prayer and breakfast. Thus, we will try again tomorrow!

Please note the Bishop’s visit, tomorrow evening, Thursday, 21 September, 6:30 PM. This will be a wonderful occasion, with Baptisms, Confirmations and Receptions! Everyone should turn out to welcome these new Christians and members into the Saint Matthew’s family. A soup and bread supper will follow.

Sunday will be our annual Name Day, or Patronal (Patron’s) Feast. We always Observe this on a Sunday, with one Mass for the whole Parish, at 10:00 AM. This will be followed by a fabulous pot-luck. Please invite any- and everyone you can to join us, and share in our faith and joy in our Lord, Jesus, the Christ. I remain

His Service,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 September 11

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Monday, 11 September, in the year of our Lord 2017. The weekly service schedule is as-follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 AM, Mass, Ss. Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs.
  • Tuesday: 5:30 PM, Mass, The Holy Name of Mary.
    6:30 PM, Sung Evensong, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Wednesday: 12:10 PM, Mass, Feria.
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM, Men’s monthly Morning Prayer.
    6:30 PM, Mass, Holy Cross Day, followed by Soup and Study.
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, Seven Sorrows of the BVM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM, Mass, S. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr.
  • Sunday: Trinity XIV, 9:00 Morning Prayer, 11:00 Mass

On the actual Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist and Martyr, which this year falls on Thursday, the Twenty-first of this month, we will welcome the Bishop for his annual visit to our Parish. We hope to have a number of people Confirmed, and others Received as members of our Parish family! If you’ve been prepared for Confirmation, or have yet to be Received as members from another Church, PLEASE set-aside this date!!!!!

At 6:30 PM ~ our usual Thursday time ~ we will commence the Mass for S. Matthew. Confirmations and Receptions will occur during the Mass. Afterwards, there will be a soup and bread supper, also per our Thursday custom. Several have volunteered to bring the soup; salads, desserts and the like will also be welcomed.

The following Sunday, 24 September, we will celebrate our Patronal Feast with one Mass at 10:00 AM. This will also be our second annual Parish Homecoming. Please invite anyone that you can ~ former members, potential members, someone who needs the Christ, or His comfortable gospel ~ to join us on this special day. Let us display the beauty and glory of our risen Lord, and His transformative power in our own lives, that others may seek it for their own. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 September 5

Beloved of the Lord:

To-day is Tuesday, the Fifth of September, in the year of our Lord 2017. As you know, I try to have the ‘Post out on Sunday evenings, since we’ve gone to the daily Mass schedule. However, we’ve been plagued by internet problems. This time, we’ve been down for the better part of a week. We are, for the moment, once-more connected.

The weekly schedule is as-follows:

  • Monday: Mass, 10:00 AM, Feria of Trinity XII.
  • Tuesday: Mass, 5:30 PM, Feria.
    Holy Rosary, 6:30 PM.
  • Wednesday: Mass, 12:10 PM, Feria.
  • Thursday: Mass, 1549 Canon, 6:30 PM, S. Evurtius, followed by Soup and Study.
  • Friday: Mass, 9:00 AM, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Saturday: Mass, 5:00 PM, S. Peter Claver.
  • Sunday: Mass, 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Trinity XIII.

We’ve several special events this month. On the Twenty-first, which is a Thursday, and the actual date of the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist, Martyr, and the Patron of our Parish, the Bishop will be here for his annual visitation. The time will be 6:30 PM, the hour of our usual Service. PLEASE NOTE: If you’ve not been received as a member of the Parish, or have been studying for confirmation, please be here on this night!!!!! The Bishop will Receive and Confirm on that date. Additionally, we may have several Baptisms, so a busy, joyous evening will be had!

Inasmuch as that is our Soup and Study evening, soup will be our menu. Several have volunteered to bring the soup. If you feel inclined to bring a dessert to share, please do so. Should someone feel the absolute necessity of a salad, that would be welcome as-well.

The Sunday following the Bishop’s visit, 24 September, will be the day the Parish celebrates our Patron. There will be only one Mass on that day, at 10:00 AM. The Service will be followed by a pot-luck. Following last-year’s example, we will host the annual Parish Homecoming on that day, as-well. Any former members you may know should be invited; we will be sending a mailing to all for whom we have addresses.

This is also an excellent opportunity for evangelism. Please invite anyone you know to join us. Let them be our guests, and see how Saint Matthew’s lives the Word of God among ourselves, and our desire to share this with the world. The only true, and effective, evangelism is personal ~ people inviting people to join them in the house of God, for the betterment of all.

My travels with the Bishop will be frequent, this month. I’ll be absent from the Parish on two Sundays, the Tenth and Seventeenth, and several week-days, additionally. These will be the last for this calendar-year, with perhaps one exception. Several have indicated that you have guests who wish to attend; Sundays when I am gone are not fully representative of our parish life, so be aware of these dates in scheduling the visitation of your friends.

I generally do not announce these in-advance, as I’m aware that some do not attend when I am absent. However, remember that your duty is to God, and His holy Church, which is, ultimately, your duty to yourself, for your salvation. Nothing is more important than this; there is no salvation outside Holy Mother, the Church. Be here, or go to…. I remain

His Servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 August 29

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Tuesday, 29 August, in the year of our Lord 2017. Schedule change ~ our monthly Parish Requiem would normally be held this-evening, at the usual 6:30 time. However, as the commemoration of the Beheading of S. John Baptist falls on this night, an Observance not to be overlooked, I’ve transferred the Requiem to Thursday evening, prior to our Soup and Study session. Thus, the schedule, as-follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 AM, Mass, S. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor
  • Tuesday: 6:30 PM, Mass, Beheading of S. John Baptist
  • Wednesday: 12:10 PM, Mass, S. Rose of Lima, Virgin
  • Thursday: 6:30 PM, monthly Parish Requiem, followed by Soup and Study
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, S. Giles, Abbot
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM, Mass, S. Stephen of Hungary, King and Confessor
  • Sunday: Mass, 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Mass, Trinity XII

As a bit of housekeeping, you may always call the parish office to reach me ~ I am there some portion of every day. However, if I do not answer, please do not leave a message! I sometimes do not notice the message light, and may not hear your note for several days. I’ve missed several dinner invitations in this manner!

Additionally, as our service provider is Cox, the voicemail is often not accessible. As a matter of fact, I’ve been unable to retrieve messages for the last several weeks. So, if no one answers the ‘phone at the Parish, PLEASE call me on my ‘cell ‘phone. That number is in every bulletin published in the Parish. Even-though it is my personal ‘phone, it is always the best way to reach me, particularly outside of office hours.

The Bishop’s last proposed date for his next visitation to S. Matthew’s was 21 September, on our Patronal Feast. He has changed some dates in his schedule, but I’ve been unable to determine which ones, so we will assume this to be fixed, until further notice. The day is a Thursday, this year. We will have members to be received and confirmed, so please mark this date on your calendars.

The Sunday after this, 24 September, will be the Observance of our Name-Feast, and the second annual Parish Homecoming. Begin now, to reach-out to members who have lapsed, or moved, and invite them to join us on this, the celebration of our day in the Christian Kalendar. This also an excellent occasion on which to invite prospective members to Church ~ let them see who and how we are, and let our goodwill, joy and cheer speak for us. I remain

His Servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 August 22

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Tuesday, 22 August, in the year of our Lord 2017. I was asked, yesterday, what I thought that fundamentalist and evangelical Christians made of the solar eclipse. My reply was that I hoped they thought it meant that the Moon was passing between the Earth and the Sun.

Services for this week are as-follows:

  • Monday: Mass, 10:00 AM, S. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow.
  • Tuesday: Mass, 5:30 PM, Octave Day of the Assumption of the BVM
    (Blessed Virgin Mary).
  • Wednesday: Mass, 12:10 PM, Vigil of S. Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr.
  • Thursday: Mass, 5:30 PM, Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr.
    Sung Evensong, 6:30.
  • Friday: Mass, 9:00 AM, S. Louis, King and Confessor
  • Saturday: Mass, Feria.

Although it is still some way off, the Provincial Synod will take-place during the first week of October, in Dunwoody, Georgia. I will be there, for the entire week, as a Clerical delegate for our Diocese. It is expected that, at this meeting, an agreement of intercommunion will be signed between the ACC and the Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Province of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross, which will all be meeting simultaneously in the same hotel. This will mean that we each regard the other’s Sacraments as equally valid to our own. If organic union is ever to occur, this is an essential step along that path.

This is precisely the sort of reunion for which the Church universal has prayed for over a thousand years. The Orthodox, Roman- and Anglican Catholic Churches are the three shards that resulted from the splitting of God’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Thus, what was once one became three; the protestant reformation shattered things further, eventually resulting of hundreds of splinters.

The other three jurisdictions listed-above all have their roots in the ACC. The meeting in Georgia will be a great leap towards the restoration of what once was one, in recognising the sacramental unity that will, henceforth, exist between us. We must pray daily, if not hourly, that greater Christendom will follow our example of reunification, of restoration. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017 August 7

Beloved of the Lord:

Today is Monday, 7 August, in the year of our Lord 2017. This-morning, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, at 10:00 AM. The balance of the week’s Services are as-follows:


  • Tuesday: 5:30 PM, Mass, Bl. John Mason Neale, Confessor.
  • 6:30 PM, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Litany of the Saints.
  • Wednesday: 12:10 PM, Mass, S. John Vianney, Confessor (Patron Saint of Priests).
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM, Men’s Monthly Morning Prayer, breakfast following.
  • 6:30 PM, Mass, S. Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr; Soup and Study following.
  • Friday: 9:00 AM, Mass, Feria (likely Trinity VIII, as we said ‘Transfiguration on Sunday).
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM, Mass, S. Clare, Virgin.
  • Sunday: Mass, 9:00 and 11:00 AM, Trinity IX.

The next event of any import will be the Provincial Synod, during the first week of October, this year, in Dunwoody, Georgia. I will be attending, as a clerical delegate from our Diocese. Three of the other continuing-church jurisdictions will be holding their national meetings concurrently with ours, in the same hotel. At the conclusion of the week, an agreement of in communio sacris is to be signed.

In communio sacris means that we will accept the Sacraments of the other bodies ~ and they ours ~ as being equally valid, in the eyes of God and man. Thus, if we are travelling, and there is no ACC parish in the vicinity, we may attend one of theirs, and receive the Holy Sacrament, with no questions or concerns about its efficacy for salvation. This will be a comfort to many.

Currently (officially; though, in-light of the pending agreement, there has been a relaxing of such requirements), Clergy wishing to transfer from one of these bodies into ours ~ and vice versa ~ must undergo a sub conditione Ordination. This means that they are given an Ordination, with the words ‘in case thou art not already Ordained’ added to the ceremonial. This is similar to the conditional Baptisms done when the certainty of one’s having been Baptised cannot be determined. The new agreement will wash-away such distinctions between our Churches, making transfers of this sort a matter of bureaucratic processing, not sacramental.

Thus, steps that bring us closer to the Christ, and to that One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of long-ago, are being taken. We must pray for the success of these impending meetings, and for the continuation of that success beyond them, into a brighter and more glorious future for the Anglo-Catholic Movement in our Land. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. T. L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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‘Weekly Post: AD 2017

Beloved of the Lord:

    To-day is Sunday, 30 July, the Seventh such after Trinity, in the year of our Lord 2017. The weekly Service Schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: Mass, 10:00 AM, S. Ignatius Loyola, Confessor.
  • Tuesday: Mass, 5:30 PM, S. Peter’s Chains (Lammas Day).
    Holy Rosary, 6:30 PM.
  • Wednesday: Mass, 12:10 PM, S. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor.
  • Thursday: Mass, 6:30 PM, S. Nicodemus, Soup and Study to follow.
  • Friday: Mass, 10:00 AM, S. Dominic, Confessor.
  • Saturday: Mass, 5:00 PM, S. Oswald, King and Martyr.
  • Sunday: Mass, 9:00 & 11:00 AM, Transfiguration of Christ
    The conversation continues concerning the recent thread. Though not precisely the reference that I had in-mind, the following link, sent-in by a faithful reader, illuminates that idea: https://frjamescoles.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/the-jesus-prayer-st-theophan-the-recluse-on-the-prayer-of-the-heart/ Please take a gander, and see if it speaks to you.

There is much that can be learned from the Orthodox East. In this area, they’ve an advantage in tradition over us, perhaps. Would someone care to send-in their favourite readings from amongst the mystics of our tradition, on this point? We await your submissions. I remain

His servant,

The Rev’d Fr. Thomas L. Crowder

Pastor, Saint Matthew’s Parish

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