Sermon: Easter V/Mother's Day

Dorothy Holland on May 21, 2017

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Sermon: Easter IV

Fr. Dow Sanderson on May 7, 2017

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May Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 2, 2017

A Letter from your Senior Warden The search for the interim rector continues.  The committee has met frequently and conducted interviews with several  candidates.  The Vestry discussed the search at its last meeting  discussing particulars of the budget and other concerns.  To read the full article and see the entire May Newsletter, please click the link:  May Newsletter  

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Sermon: Easter III

Fr. David McSwain on May 1, 2017

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Sermon: Easter II

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 23, 2017

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Sermon: Easter Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 17, 2017

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Sermon: The Great Easter Vigil

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 16, 2017

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Fr. Dan Clarke on April 15, 2017

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Sermon:Lent V

Rev. Steve Peay, Dean of Nashotah House on April 2, 2017

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Sermon: Lent III

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 2, 2017

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April Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 29, 2017

From the Rector's Desk: On  April 9, Palm Sunday, we begin the holiest of weeks. We begin in joy and excitement, as we   welcome Jesus, the Son of David, into the very gates of Jerusalem. But our joy is short-lived, and soon, we find ourselves surprised to hear our voice joined with those of the angry crowd:  To read the full article and to see the entire newsletter, please click here:  April Newsletter.

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Sermon: Lent II

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 19, 2017

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 4, 2017

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March Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 2, 2017

From the Rector's Desk: Dearly beloved, Still basking in the glory of our Bishop’s visitation on the last Sunday in Epiphany, we now turn our attention to Lent.  On this Shrove Tuesday, the   parish is decorated in Mardi Gras finery, and we will have one last festival tonight, complete with beads, king’s cake and jazz.  But in the morning, we begin our Lenten disciplines in earnestness and  fidelity.  Remember that you are dust, and unto dust shall you return. To read the full article and to enjoy the entire newsletter, please click here.    

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Sermon: The Last Sunday of Epiphany

Rt. Rev'd Gladstone B. Adams on March 1, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany VII

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 25, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany VI

Fr. David McSwain on February 18, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany V

Fr. Randy Morgan on February 12, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany IV

Fr. Dan Clarke on February 5, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany III

Fr. David McSwain on January 29, 2017

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February 2017 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 27, 2017

From the Rector's Desk: A very busy February is upon us!  By this time, even the greatest procrastinators among us have packed up all the Christmas decorations, swept out the pesky tree needles that hide under sofas and coffee tables, and have finally remembered to write “2017” on our checks! To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click on this link:  2017 February Newsletter  

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Sermon: Epiphany II

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 22, 2017

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Sermon: Epiphany I

Fr. Randy Morgan on January 15, 2017

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Vestry Candidate Profiles

Kim McAtee on January 13, 2017

The 2017 Vestry Candidate Profiles are now available for your review at: Profiles

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Sermon: The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Fr. Dan Clarke on January 8, 2017

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Sermon: The Nativity of Our Lord

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 29, 2016

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January 2017 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 29, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: Merry Christmas, dearly beloved! I write to you on this Third Day of Christmas, which as always, is St. John’s Day.  St. John was the only apostle who did not die a martyr’s death.  It was he who leaned his head on Jesus’s breast at the Last Supper. Can you imagine hearing the heartbeat of the Word made flesh! Amazing! To read the full article and to see the entire newsletter, please click here.    

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Sermon: Advent IV

Fr. Randy Morgan on December 24, 2016

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Sermon: Advent III

Fr. David McSwain on December 18, 2016

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Sermon: Advent II

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 11, 2016

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Sermon: Advent I

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 4, 2016

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December 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 2, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: Beloved, in the four presidential elections that our nation has held while I have been your rector, there have been those who have predicted that the world as we knew it would end. It has not.  The Season of Advent tells us that the world as we know it will end.  And it shall.  Not because of our political decisions, but because God the Father through Jesus his Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit wishes to redeem and make all things new. To read the full article and see the entire newsletter, please click here....

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Sermon: Christ The King

Fr. Randy Morgan on November 26, 2016

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Sermon: All Saints' Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on November 12, 2016

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Sermon: All Saints' Day

Fr. David McSwain on November 5, 2016

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November Newsletter

Kim McAtee on November 4, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: With the exception of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal is the next most important text that we have for learning, teaching and praying.  Perhaps some Episcopalians do not realize that every single word of every hymn is studied for doctrinal content by scholars, and then passed on for approval by both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops of the General Convention. That is one of the reasons that we don’t just sing any old songs willy nilly in worship.  We want to sing and pray words that are...

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Sermon: Pentecost XXIV

Fr. Dow Sanderson on October 31, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XXIII

Fr. Dan Clarke on October 29, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XXII

Fr. Randy Morgan on October 23, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XX

Fr. Dan Clarke on October 3, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XIX

Fr. Dow Sanderson on September 29, 2016

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October 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 27, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: In last month’s article, entitled The Glories of High Mass, I attempted to make the point that, as  Anglicanism took its post-Reformation shape, there were several moments in Church History when those theologians and liturgists who were most   influential in making us who we are took special note of ancient practices.  To read the full article and the entire October Newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: Pentecost XVIII

Fr. Randy Morgan on September 23, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XVI

Fr. Dan Clarke on September 6, 2016

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2016 September Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 3, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: The Glory of Solemn High Mass   When I was a teenager, Fr. Fleming gave me his copy of The People’s Anglican Missal (Still inscribed, For Father Fleming, 1938).  It was in many ways, the grandfather of the book we now use, The Anglican Service Book, except it was much more thorough, you might even say, picky, in fact, it was downright pedantic with excessive fussiness over the smallest detail.  And I loved it!  Little did I know that in the next county over, young Danny Clarke had gotten his hands on the same book.  While...

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Sermon: Pentecost XV

Fr. Dow Sanderson on September 1, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XIV

Fr. Randy Morgan on August 23, 2016

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Sermon: Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 19, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XII

Seminarian Jason Roberson on August 10, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XI

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 7, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost XI

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 3, 2016

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August 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 2, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: Shaped by Tradition, part two Last month, I shared with you my experience that Church of the Holy Communion is so secure in it’s  identity, and so rooted in things, ancient, venerable, holy and true, that it is a parish that shapes its people and its priests.  Like a gracious Southern Lady, she is not to be trifled with, but respected and obeyed. To view the full article & to see the entire newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: Pentecost X

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 27, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost IX

Fr. Dan Clarke on July 20, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost VIII

Fr. Randy Morgan on July 13, 2016

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July 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on June 30, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: In my very first sermon that I preached as your  rector, I told you: “Church of the Holy Communion is not so much a parish shaped by priests, rather it is a parish that shapes priests.”  I said this because I believe it is historically true, and I also said it      because it had been true for me personally. In the four other congregations that I had served before returning to you in 2001, there had always been some place in my heart and mind that would speak to me when making ministry decisions:  This is...

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Sermon: Pentecost VI

Fr. Dan Clarke on June 28, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost V

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 20, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost IV

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 14, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost III

Fr. Randy Morgan on June 7, 2016

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June 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on June 1, 2016

From the Rector's Desk:   Dear Friends,   I think that it is a largely shared opinion at the Church of the Holy Communion that our Day School is one of the most successful ventures we have ever launched.  Each weekday, children come to our parish to learn, grow and play in a safe and nurturing environment. The Montessori-inspired atmosphere is superb, the teachers and assistants well-qualified and faithful. The parents are very pleased with the program and our reputation is stellar. We are full and have a waiting list to get in. Could anything be more successful?   To...

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Sermon: Corpus Christi

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 31, 2016

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on May 23, 2016

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Sermon: Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 16, 2016

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Sermon: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on May 11, 2016

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 29, 2016

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May 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on April 25, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends,   It has been a very busy time at Church of the Holy  Communion. Holy Week, Easter, Baptisms and Confirmation with Bishop vonRosenberg, and then…a once in a lifetime opportunity… the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church spent the whole day in our parish!  If you have not listened to or watched his keynote address, please do so.  Both the video and audio recordings are available on the Church web page as well as on the Church of the Holy Communion Facebook page. To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dan Clarke on April 18, 2016

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Sermon: The Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 13, 2016

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Sermon: Michael Hunn on the occassion of the visit of the Presiding Bishop

Canon Michael Hunn on April 9, 2016

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Sermon: Bishop von Rosenberg's Homily for The Second Sunday of Easter

Rt. Rev'd Charles vonRosenberg on April 3, 2016

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April 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on April 1, 2016

From the Rector's Desk:   Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Beloved, it was a glorious Lent, Holy Week and Easter Day. Kudos to our Church School teachers for their   improvisation skills. The rain may have forced the Easter egg hunt indoors, but spirits were high (as were sugar levels with all the candy eaten!)…. the Alleluias         resurrected and displayed, the cross flowered, the mite boxes presented… it was all wonderful, and everyone worked very hard. Much love and appreciation to our musicians, altar guild, ushers, acolytes, parish administrator, reception preparers, greeters, and all the faithful who showed up to worship the...

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Sermon: Easter Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 27, 2016

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Sermon:Easter Vigil

Fr. Dan Clarke on March 27, 2016

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 24, 2016

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on March 13, 2016

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday in Lent/Rose Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 6, 2016

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March 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 3, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, I hope and pray that you are each finding this Lenten season a time of spiritual blessing.It is a season of reflection, of repentance, of examining, and perhaps changing our priorities. We got off to a very good start on Ash Wednesday, and I was pleased to see a steady stream of worshippers at each of our three masses. Our new 9:15 Sunday Family Eucharist also seems to have met a real need, as the   majority of those attending have not been regulars at our other masses, so clearly we are meeting a need...

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Sermon: Third Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dan Clarke on March 2, 2016

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Sermon: Second Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 22, 2016

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Sermon: First Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on February 18, 2016

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Sermon: Epiphany V

Fr. Dan Clarke on February 7, 2016

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Sermon: Epiphany IV

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 4, 2016

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February 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 29, 2016

From the Rector's Desk: I am still finding, from time to time, in this nook or that cranny, an occasional Christmas tree needle.  It has now been three weeks since Epiphany, and the New Year is well under way.  We have had not one but two annual meetings, and now, before we can scarcely catch our breath, Ash Wednesday and Lent are upon us!  Indeed, time like an ever rolling stream…. To read the full article and the entire newsletter, click here:

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Sermon: Epiphany III

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 27, 2016

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Sermon:Epiphany II

Fr. Randy Morgan on January 21, 2016

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Sermon: Epiphany I

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 16, 2016

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Sermon: Epiphany

Fr. David McSwain on January 9, 2016

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Sermon: Christmas II

Fr. Dan Clarke on January 4, 2016

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January 2016 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 31, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: On the fourth day of Christmas… we work on the  January newsletter! As we continue to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, I write to you with gratitude for all who worked so hard to make our season bright.  Choir, ushers, acolytes, tree-movers and wreath hangers, altar guild, Day School Staff, costume makers, candle wax fillers, bakers and gift-givers, carolers and hostesses, good cheer givers and  smile sharers… thank you one and thank you all!  We are very blessed in this wonderful parish. To read the full article and the entire January Newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: Christmas I

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 27, 2015

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Sermon: The Nativity of Our Lord

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 25, 2015

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Sermon: Advent IV

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 21, 2015

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Sermon: Advent III

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 13, 2015

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Sermon: Advent II

Fr. Randy Morgan on December 7, 2015

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December 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 2, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending…   By the time that this newsletter reaches most of you, we will have just sung those words as our Processional Hymn on the First Sunday in Advent. It is a great Charles Wesley text, drawing on imagery from the Book of Revelation. The tune Helmsley is likewise majestic.  In fact, I think it my most favorite Advent hymn. It sets the tone for the season, and reminds us that Christ is the Omega as well as the   Alpha. To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: Advent I

Fr. Dan Clarke on November 30, 2015

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Sermon: The Last Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on November 22, 2015

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Sermon: The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on November 16, 2015

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Sermon: Homily for The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on November 8, 2015

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Sermon: All Saint's Sunday

Fr. Dan Clarke on November 1, 2015

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November 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on October 30, 2015

FROM THE RECTOR'S DESK: Three of four years ago, I wrote a newsletter article about my (then) recent visit to Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore.  It is the flagship Anglo-Catholic   parish in that city, and its date of founding and its very beautiful building coincide almost exactly with the founding and building of Church of the Holy Communion.   To read the full article and the entire newsletter, click here.

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Sermon: The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on October 25, 2015

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Sermon: The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on October 18, 2015

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Sermon for The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on October 13, 2015

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October 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on October 1, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: Recently, Scarlett Crawford and I had the opportunity to meet with the majority of the parents of Holy Communion Day School in the nave of the Church of the Holy Communion.  For nearly all of them, it was the first time ever to see the interior of our  church.  It is startlingly   beautiful, especially for those who have only seen the exterior… Walked by it for decades, and never would have dreamed that it could look like this…is a typical response. To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click here!

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Sermon: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on September 27, 2015

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Sermon: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on September 21, 2015

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Sermon: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on September 8, 2015

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September 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 4, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: As I write to you on this last day of August, we are arriving at Church of the Holy Communion a little later than normal this morning. The high tide at 9:45 and the deluge of six inches of rain made downtown it’s usual lovely flooded self.  It seems that the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika visited us in the wee hours this morning, and at first light, I could see just the tip of my neighbor’s Adirondack Chair peeking through the waters of his flooded back yard. So a few small nuisances this morning, but...

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Sermon: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 30, 2015

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Sermon: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. David McSwain on August 25, 2015

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Sermon: The Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 16, 2015

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Sermon: The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on August 10, 2015

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August 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 6, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: The Language of Love Every relationship has its particular vocabulary.  We often have pet names for those who are the  objects of our affection, or familiar phrases that evoke certain happy memories or pleasant situations… And although these names and phrases are oft repeated, they still possess the character of spontaneity.  No matter how many times we say them, they always come from the heart.  It would be unthinkable to carry around a book out of which to read them!  They are the language of love, and as such always spring from the heart and not...

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Sermon: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 2, 2015

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Sermon: The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 29, 2015

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Sermon: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on July 20, 2015

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Sermon: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on July 16, 2015

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Homily by Robert Wallace: Mass in Thanksgiving for our Nation's Independence

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 7, 2015

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July 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on July 1, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: At around 4:30 Eastern Time on Saturday, the Episcopal Church elected Bishop Michael Curry of North    Carolina as Presiding Bishop.  The headlines  remind us that he is the first Black Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and while I applaud that historic fact and accomplishment, what is extraordinary to me is that he was elected on the first ballot and  overwhelmingly so!  To read the rest of this article and the full newsletter please click on the following link.

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on June 28, 2015

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on June 22, 2015

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Sermon: Requiem Mass for the Charleston Martyrs

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 20, 2015

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Sermon: Third Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. David McSwain on June 15, 2015

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Sermon: Corpus Christi

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 13, 2015

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Fr. Randy Morgan on June 1, 2015

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June 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 29, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: Dearest Friends, I hope you all are basking in the glory of this time of the year when most of us have the blessings of a little more leisure, a little more family time, a little bit more time  outdoors enjoying the goodness of God’s good earth. I have just returned from a week in Wisconsin at Nashotah House.  As always, it was a mix of hard work in the Board of Trustees, but also the great blessing of the chapel, the worship, the students, graduation, and the whole “family reunion” atmosphere. To read the full...

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Sermon: Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 24, 2015

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Sermon: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on May 17, 2015

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Sermon: Ascension Day

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 14, 2015

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Sermon: The Sixth Sunday of Easter/Mother's Day/Youth Sunday

Reese Fischer on May 10, 2015

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 4, 2015

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May 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 1, 2015

From the Rector's Desk   Dear Friends, What a Glorious Holy Week and Easter!  The liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil brought their usual and particular transcendence. The veil becomes so thin that we are in the upper room, we are at Gethsemane, we are at the cross and at the dark cold tomb. And then comes resurrection. Welcome Happy Morning indeed!  This year, we had the largest Easter attendance in many years (353).  As I remarked in my Good Shepherd Sunday sermon, full churches actually do ministry. They “preach” a sermon. They encourage and lift up....

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Nicene Creed from 04/26/15

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 26, 2015

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 26, 2015

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Sermon: The Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. David McSwain on April 19, 2015

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 13, 2015

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Sermon: Easter Day

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 6, 2015

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Sermon: The Great Easter Vigil

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 5, 2015

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Sermon:Good Friday

Fr. David McSwain on April 4, 2015

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Fr. Dan Clarke on April 3, 2015

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Video of The Canon of the Mass

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 29, 2015

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April Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 27, 2015

From the Rector's Desk: Beloved, the outward sign of Ash Wednesday has faded from our brow, but we continue to walk under the shadow of the cross that was traced there.  Now our attention becomes acutely focused as we enter into this week we call holy.   With as much weight as my role as your rector and friend can manage, I exhort you in love to take every advantage of all the opportunities for worship and prayer. There are low masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week.  These are offered at St. Mary’s altar at 6:30 pm. ...

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dan Clarke on March 22, 2015

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday in Lent/Rose Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 15, 2015

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March 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 2, 2015

From the Rector's Desk:   “Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray him.  The anxiety of the moment is tearing his heart.  During the course of the meal, the disciple whom Jesus loved had eaten next to him, reclining and resting his head of the shoulder of Jesus. Desperately, Peter beckons to him, saying, in  essence, Find out who? ..." To read this full article and the entire Newsletter for March, please click here.

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Sermon: The Second Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on March 1, 2015

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Sermon: The First Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dan Clarke on February 22, 2015

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday

Fr. Dan Clarke on February 18, 2015

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Sermon: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Bishop Visitor the Rt. Rev. Dan Martins on February 15, 2015

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. Randy Morgan on February 8, 2015

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 2, 2015

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February 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 29, 2015

From the Rector's Desk:   Last Sunday (January 25) was my Sunday to celebrate and preach in St. Stephen and Kingstree.  I noted during their “announcement time” that I had been asked to remind them of the fast approaching Shrove Tuesday Supper, but even as I did so, I noted that a few needles from the Advent Wreath were still on the floor! It always seems that the seasons roll quickly, one into the other, but this year is especially one of those “Lent comes early” years.  We have scarcely packed away the Wise Men when it is time to...

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Sermon: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. Dan Clarke on January 25, 2015

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Sermon: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. David McSwain on January 24, 2015

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Sermon: The First Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 24, 2015

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Video of Christmas Eve Introit

Frank Royster on January 24, 2015

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Sermon: The Second Sunday after Christmas

Fr. Randy Morgan on January 6, 2015

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Sermon: The First Sunday after Christmas

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 1, 2015

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January 2015 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 30, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Blessed Christmas! The masses of Christmas Eve, as always, were a  particular joy.  The children were adorable in the pageant this year and the Church was absolutely filled and vibrant.  I heard a grandmother comment that the chatter and bumps and noise remind her of the Stable and Manger, which was probably a noisy place as well! To read this full article and the entire newsletter, please click on the following link.  

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Sermon: The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 28, 2014

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 23, 2014

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Sermon: The Third Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 17, 2014

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Sermon: The Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Randy Morgan on December 9, 2014

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Sermon: The First Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 1, 2014

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Sermon: Christ the King Sunday

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 1, 2014

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December 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on November 26, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Well, dear friends, Advent is upon us.  It is a season of anticipation, of hope, of joy, but also of introspection, and (by tradition), of some degree of repentance and amendment of life.  The hope and joy attend to the promises that God has made, and which by faith we expect to be fulfilled.  But we also, in this transitory life, are constantly reminded that we live in a fallen world.  And so the Redemption we await must enter into times and places that often seem very dark and disordered.  And we must always ask ourselves...

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Sermon: The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on November 16, 2014

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Bishop's address to the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Bishop Charles von Rosenberg on November 15, 2014

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Sermon: The Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina

The Right Reverend James Tengatenga on November 15, 2014

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Sermon: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Fr. David McSwain on November 3, 2014

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Sermon: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on November 3, 2014

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November Newsletter

Kim McAtee on October 30, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, As I write to you, I am preparing to leave in the morning for the Fall meeting of the Nashotah Trustees.  I always enjoy this work, largely because I believe so much in the seminary and the Tradition for which it stands, but also because I am always so blessed by the community, the rhythm of the day, the worship, the fellowship, the sharing of ideas with students, faculty and fellow priests.  Never have I been there without experiencing something of a spiritual rejuvenation, one which always makes me eager to return to Church...

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Sermon: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on October 13, 2014

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Sermon: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on October 8, 2014

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Sermon: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. David McSwain on October 1, 2014

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October 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 30, 2014

From the Rector's Desk:   Dear Friends, The Fall program got off to a fine start with our Kick Off picnic at Camp St. Christopher.  Our attendance was 107 this year… the largest ever!   And we were particularly blessed (at mass and at the   picnic) with a very large  number of small children.  This is very encouraging to us, and we wish to likewise be an encouragement to parents.  We  know that it is not always easy to get little ones up and ready on Sunday mornings!  We are very grateful for the hard work that parents put into getting...

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Sermon: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Deacon Michael Smith on September 23, 2014

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Sermon: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on September 18, 2014

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Sermon: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on September 9, 2014

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Sermon: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. David McSwain on September 2, 2014

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September 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 29, 2014

From the Rector’s Desk… Dear Friends,   I hope that you have all had a blessed summer, filled with all the things that you enjoy! It was certainly a blessed and productive summer for the parish… Pentecost baptisms and Assumptiontide weddings.  And who could miss the thirty foot scaffolding in the sanctuary!  By the time this newsletter arrives in your hands (or on your screen) the interior of the church will have been entirely repainted.  Still in the works:  refinishing the floors in the vestry room, new floors in the restrooms, new carpet in the hall, repair of the exterior...

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Sermon: The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 26, 2014

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Sermon: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on August 19, 2014

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Sermon: The Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 17, 2014

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Sermon: The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on August 13, 2014

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Sermon: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on August 7, 2014

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August Newsletter

Kim McAtee on July 30, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, What a wonderful summer this has been.  Even as we have had the normal “absences” due to vacation schedules and travel plans, attendance has been robust and worship joyful.  We were particularly blessed this past Sunday (July 20) with such a large and      enthusiastic group of visitors (both locals and a youth   mission team from St. Timothy’s, Winston-Salem). To read the rest of this article and the full newsletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on July 30, 2014

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Sermon: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 24, 2014

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. David McSwain on July 16, 2014

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Randy Morgan on July 7, 2014

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Sermon: Votive Mass for the Nation

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 30, 2014

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July Newsletter

Kim McAtee on June 27, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Is it possible to have liturgical jet lag?  If so, it is not such an unpleasant thing!  (Just a little disorienting, perhaps).  We have just come through one of my favorite parts of the liturgical calendar: the “Big Three” of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi.  I cherish these celebrations, and I have almost always been “home” for them all. And home is a wonderful place to be!  I wanted to be here on Pentecost because we had a wonderful baptism to celebrate.  I wanted to be home on    Trinity Sunday because I love the hymns...

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Sermon: Corpus Christi

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 25, 2014

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Reminders

Frank Royster on June 24, 2014

Don't forget: The children of the parish are invited to the home of English & Ford Walpole for a swimming party and lunch! June 28th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Wear your swimsuit, bring your sunscreen and a change of clothes! RSVP to englishwalpole@gmail.com June 29: #Episcopal Social Media Sunday Charge up your smartphones, tablets and laptops and join Episcopalians everywhere in "sharing" the Good News! We're joining other dioceses and churches in encouraging people who use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Foursquare (and others) to share something about their church on June 29, using the hashtag #Episcopal. Find out more at...

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Fr. David McSwain on June 16, 2014

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Sermon: The Day of Pentecost

Fr. Dan Clarke on June 10, 2014

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Sermon: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on June 2, 2014

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Sermon: The Feast of The Ascension

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 30, 2014

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June 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 29, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Dearest Friends, I hope that the summer respite will be a wonderful time for you and your families.  As I write, I am preparing to leave for the Board of Trustees meeting at Nashotah.  Late Spring is a wonderful time to visit Wisconsin, and I look forward to the work and the visit.  When I return, I will be in the parish for the remainder of May, and then Fiona and I will be in Italy for a week.  A former parishioner is being married in Tuscany, and she has kindly asked me to officiate.  How...

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Sermon: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Fr. David McSwain on May 27, 2014

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Reminders & Announcements

Kim McAtee on May 23, 2014

Monday, May 26th - Memorial Day!   The Church office will be closed and no Masses will be said. Thursday, May 29th - Ascension Day 6:30 PM Solemn High Mass, childcare will be provided.  

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dan Clarke on May 19, 2014

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday in Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on May 12, 2014

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Sermon: The Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on May 5, 2014

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May 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 1, 2014

FROM THE RECTOR'S DESK: Dear Friends, Alleluia, Christ is Risen!  Many thanks to you all for your faithfulness and devotion throughout our Holy Week and Easter liturgies.  Truly a glorious offering. To read the rest of this article and the full newsletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: The Second Sunday of Easter

Fr. David McSwain on April 28, 2014

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Sermon: Easter Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 21, 2014

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Sermon: The Great Vigil of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 20, 2014

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Fr. Dan Clarke on April 19, 2014

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Sermon: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dan Clarke on April 7, 2014

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April 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on April 1, 2014

From the Rector's Desk:   What a Glorious Lenten time on the mountaintop!  Our time away at Kanuga was a great blessing in so many ways.  We enjoyed each other’s company, of course, and the hiking,    socializing and good music provided much mirth.  But the main thing, certainly, was our gathering to learn, pray and worship.  Fr. McSwain’s masterful rendering of his own teaching series, A Didache for Episcopalians was simply superb.  Over the course of four sessions, we went deeply into our Church’s teaching on Holy Baptism, Holy Scripture, Holy Eucharist, the extravagant love of God, and our being...

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 31, 2014

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Sermon: The Third Sunday in Lent

Fr. Todd Oswald on March 25, 2014

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Sermon: The Second Sunday in Lent

Fr. David McSwain on March 17, 2014

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Sermon: The First Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on March 11, 2014

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday

Frank Royster on March 6, 2014

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday (7 am)

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday  2014        I think it is somewhat hard to be a Christian on Ash Wednesday. And no, I  don’t just mean that we had to get up at the crack of dawn to be here this  early, or because it is a miserable rainy day…    I think it is difficult because, especially on Ash Wednesday, we Christians  know and understand fully the paradox in which we live: We are created in  God’s image and are called to be saints. And yet we fail miserably and fall  so far short of what we are called to...

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday (Noon)

Fr. Dan Clarke on March 5, 2014

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Sermon: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Deacon Michael Smith on March 3, 2014

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March 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on February 28, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, Lent is upon us!  And it is not a dreadful thing. Lent is not to be thought of as a nuisance or drudgery or a punishment.  True, it is a time for serious reflection, and there are aspects of its    discipline that call us to self-denial.  But the traditions and practices of this season are for our growth in Christ, and that is a glorious thing. To read the rest of this article and the entire March newletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: The 7th Sunday after Epiphany

Fr. Dan Clarke on February 24, 2014

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Sermon: The 6th Sunday after Epiphany

Frank Royster on February 18, 2014

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Our own Jennifer Kliner in her Charleston acting debut!

Frank Royster on February 11, 2014

  Come out to support a phenomenal cause and Jennifer Kliner in her Charleston acting debut in: A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer ABOUT THE SHOW A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer is a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle.  Each monologue explores, in its own way, the insidiousness of violence against women at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.  The monologues will be presented as a staged reading.  Ten percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the V-Day organization, "a global movement to end violence against women and girls."  The remaining ninety...

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Sermon: The 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Fr. Randy Morgan on February 10, 2014

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Sermon: Presentation of our Lord in the Temple

Bishop Dan Martins on February 3, 2014

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February 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 31, 2014

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, We are putting the “finishing touches” on this newsletter as we all return to work after the unusual winter weather.  It seems that, apart from the Ravenel  Bridge still being closed, almost everything is back to normal!  We pray that you are all warm and safe. To read this full article and the entire newsletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Fr. Dan Clarke on January 27, 2014

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Sermon: Second Sunday after Epiphany

Fr. Randy Morgan on January 21, 2014

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Sermon:"We have no enemies" ....Fr. Sanderson's annual meeting Homily

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 14, 2014

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2014 Vestry Candidate Profiles

Kim McAtee on January 8, 2014

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Sermon: Second Sunday After Christmas

Fr. David McSwain on January 7, 2014

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January 2014 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 31, 2013

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, Happy New Year!  I trust that you and those dear to you had a most blessed celebration of Our Lord’s birth, and that you are continuing to enjoy and celebrate in these Twelve Days of Christmas. As we have often expressed during the past year, 2013 was a transitional year for us as a parish, and for the Episcopal Church in South Carolina.  May I say, you could not have lived up to the challenge with any more faithfulness and hope.   To read the entire article & the complete newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: First Sunday after Christmas

Deacon Michael Smith on December 31, 2013

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Sermon: The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 26, 2013

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Sermon: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 24, 2013

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Sermon: Rose Sunday of Advent

Fr. Randy Morgan on December 16, 2013

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Sermon: The Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on December 9, 2013

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Sermon: The First Sunday of Advent

Fr. Dan Clarke on December 3, 2013

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December 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on November 25, 2013

From the Rector's Desk: Many, many years ago, when Fiona and I had hair as dark as coal, we were “chaplains” for the Pioneer Session at Camp St. Christopher (3rd  and 4th Graders) and the theme we chose that year was Bible Stories You Never Heard Before.  All of the material was taken from what  Protestants call “The Apocrypha” (we Anglo-Catholics just call it the Bible) and one of the highlights was to teach them about the false-god/idol/ Bel the Dragon  (an extension of the Book of Daniel), after which they smashed the Bel/Piñata  with all the gusto that only...

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Office Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday

Frank Royster on November 25, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, the church office will close at 12:00 Noon for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, and reopen on Monday, December 2. There will be no Said Mass on these days. Mass schedules' will resume on December 1.

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Sermon: Christ the King Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on November 25, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 26

Fr. Dan Clarke on November 18, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 25

Fr. Randy Morgan on November 11, 2013

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Sermon: All Saints' Sunday

Deacon Michael Smith on November 4, 2013

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Sermon: All Souls' Day

Fr. David McSwain on November 3, 2013

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Sermon: All Saints' Day

Fr. Dan Clarke on November 2, 2013

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November 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on October 31, 2013

From the Rector's Desk: October was clearly a month of travel! Early in the month, Fiona and I drove to Decatur, Illinois for the Synod of the   Diocese of Springfield. As you know, Bishop vonRosenberg has kindly and enthusiastically endorsed a “DEPO” (Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight) arrangement for our parish.  This means that while we are full members of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, in addition,  we have been given this other relationship with an Anglo-Catholic Diocese in order that the beliefs and traditions long-held by this congregation may be encouraged and nurtured.   To read the full article...

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Sermon: Pentecost 23

Fr. David McSwain on October 29, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 22

Fr. Dan Clarke on October 21, 2013

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Celebrating St. Luke, Evangelist

Frank Royster on October 14, 2013

Wednesday October 16,  we will offer a Low Mass at 5:30 pm Celebrating St. Luke, Evangelist (those in health & healing professions are   especially invited to attend)  At 6:00 PM following the mass we will have Movie Night, Featuring: “Quartet”   

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Sermon: Pentecost 21

Fr. Randy Morgan on October 14, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 20

Deacon Michael Smith on October 8, 2013

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October 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on October 1, 2013

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends,   It was so very good to see a large crowd at our congregational meeting a few weeks ago. I am very encouraged that we have weathered the storms of Episcopal politics rather well (and by God’s grace!) and are in a very good position to grow and  prosper as a parish.  Happily, we are not as a parish involved in any of the litigation that strains the time and resources of    others.  We are free to teach and practice our Traditional     Anglo-Catholic Faith, as we have done for 170 years, and we have...

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Sermon: St. Michael & All Angels Day

Fr. Dan Clarke on September 30, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 18

Fr. David McSwain on September 23, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 17

Fr. Dow Sanderson on September 16, 2013

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Catechesis of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fr. David McSwain on September 13, 2013

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7 MEN

Fr. Dow Sanderson on September 12, 2013

Our friends at Second Presbyterian have invited us to attend a lecture by noted author Eric Metaxas on Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00.  This is a live Satellite Feed with opportunity for Q & A with the author.  Tickets are $5.00.  Please see Fr. Sanderson if you are interested!

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Sermon: Pentecost 16

Fr. Randy Morgan on September 9, 2013

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Mass Time Change For This Sunday

Frank Royster on September 3, 2013

THIS WEEK ONLY...   Low Mass 8:00 am Solemn High Mass 9:30 (followed by parish picnic)   Regular schedule resumes on September 15     Here is the language for you/Frank on Mass for Peace

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Prayers and Mass for Peace

Frank Royster on September 3, 2013

Dear Friends,   We live in anxious times.  The President has asked Congress to consider military action in Syria.  Egypt continues to be torn by violence.  Christians and other minorities struggle for their very existence, even in lands where there has been a Christian witness for 2000 years.  In a week, our country will remember the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.   At Church of the Holy Communion, we do not have all the answers to the difficult and complex political questions, but we are a community dedicated to prayer, and the Lord to whom we pray is...

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Sermon: Pentecost 15

Fr. Dan Clarke on September 3, 2013

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September Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 30, 2013

From the Rector's Desk Dear Friends, September is always such a “back to school” month!  And just as the activity increases and the traffic thickens on the highways and streets of our busy world, so too Holy Mother Church quickens her pace.  At Church of the Holy Communion, we have many exciting things planned. To read the full article and the entire newsletter, click here.  

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Sermon: Pentecost 14

Fr. David McSwain on August 26, 2013

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Sermon: Feast of the Assumption of BVM

Fr. Dan Clarke on August 16, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 12

Fr. Dow Sanderson on August 12, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 11

Fr. Dow Sanderson on August 5, 2013

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August 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 2, 2013

From the Rector's Desk:   My Dear Friends,   I am so very grateful to you for the generous response to my request to you, less than 30 days ago, to help raise an additional $15,000 in order to provide a living wage for Fr. Clarke and Lisa, who through the unfortunate divisions in the Episcopal Church, found themselves rather suddenly without a position.  In fact, generous is too small a word.  The entire amount was committed within 48 hours of the asking.   To read the rest of this article and see the entire newsletter, please click on this link.

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Sermon: Pentecost 10

Fr. David McSwain on July 29, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 9

Fr. Randy Morgan on July 22, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 8

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 15, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 7

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 8, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 6

Fr. Dow Sanderson on July 1, 2013

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July 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on June 27, 2013

From the Rector's Desk: Dear Friends, Summer is now “official” (as if we could forget that in  Charleston).  The beaches and pools beckon.  Grills are uncovered, families gather.  Life is good.  We at Church of the Holy Communion wish all our church family and friends a blessed time of relaxation and renewal. To read the full article and view the entire newsletter, please click here.

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Sermon: Pentecost 5

Fr. Randy Morgan on June 24, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 4

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 17, 2013

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Sermon: Pentecost 3

Fr. Dow Sanderson on June 10, 2013

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Sermon: Corpus Christi

Fr. David McSwain on June 3, 2013

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Sermon: Feast of the Visitation

Fr. David McSwain on May 31, 2013

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June 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 31, 2013

FROM THE RECTOR'S DESK: CORPUS CHRISTI (Sunday, June 2, 2013) What is a Feast of Title? As all my good Latin scholars out there know, Corpus Christi means “Body of Christ”… and if you did know that, count    yourself smarter than the United States Navy.  A few decades ago, the Admirals didn’t understand what the ruckus was about when they named a nuclear submarine after that nice town in Texas.  Read the entire newsletter here.  

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Sermon: Feast of the Holy Trinity

Deacon Michael Smith on May 28, 2013

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Why Pray the Rosary?

Kim McAtee on May 23, 2013

  Why Pray The Rosary? Fr. David McSwain Growing up as a Presbyterian in Charlotte, where we had more Calvinists than people, praying the rosary was not something I thought about a lot.  After all, we had long pastoral prayers – very long pastoral prayers.  Sometimes my Dad’s pastoral prayer was half as long as his thirty minute sermon.  Mrs. Ledford, my Sunday School teacher, taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, and the God Bless Mommy & Daddy and Mike the Dog prayers.  We learned the “Sugar Daddy” prayers on our own – God please give me this and...

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PIZZA & MOVIE NIGHT

Frank Royster on May 22, 2013

Reminder:   Tonight, Wednesday, May 22nd is our:  "Pizza & Movie" night!  The movie is the Koinonia Farms Story.  This is a wonderful documentary about the late Rev. Clarence Jordan, and his efforts to promote a Christian vision for his community during a time of war, racial tension and violence. It is this ministry that birthed such good works as Habitat for Humanity. The movie lasts just under one hour, so members of the choir can join us and still get to rehearsal on time!                    Mass will be at 5:30 PM          ...

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Sermon: The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on May 20, 2013

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Sermon: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on May 13, 2013

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Sermon: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Donald McPhail on May 6, 2013

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May 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on April 29, 2013

FROM THE RECTOR'S DESK:   Beloved, it seems to me as if the Introit for Easter Day could be chanted with benefit even late into these Fifty Days of Easter: I am Risen and Still With Thee!   No , the crowd at Sunday Mass is not as large as on Easter Day, the music, while always lovely, not quite the same…we all settle back into our “normal” routines… but blessedly, Jesus is Risen and Still with us!  Alleluia, indeed! To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 29, 2013

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Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Randy Morgan on April 22, 2013

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Sermon: Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 15, 2013

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Sermon: Second Sunday of Easter

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 8, 2013

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April Newsletter

Kim McAtee on April 3, 2013

From the Rector's Desk   What a Glorious Holy Week and Easter.  Yes, we had the most ferocious rain and flooding on Palm Sunday, and I know that many wonderful and faithful people attempted to be here but were turned back by the closed streets and dangerous conditions… but even so we had a full choir, a full compliment of acolytes… and as it turned out a more than decent sized congregation!  Bless you all! To read the full article and the entire newsletter, please click here.  

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Sermon: Easter Sunday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 2, 2013

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Sermon: Easter Vigil

Fr. Dow Sanderson on April 2, 2013

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 29, 2013

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Sermon: Holy Monday

Fr. David McSwain on March 26, 2013

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Sermon: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on March 18, 2013

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Lenten Talk by Fr. Dan Clarke (Rose Sunday)

Fr. Dan Clarke on March 11, 2013

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Sermon: Rose Sunday (4th Sunday in Lent)

Deacon Michael Smith on March 11, 2013

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Sermon: Third Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on March 4, 2013

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March 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on February 28, 2013

From the Rector's Desk... Did you know that, among our active, baptized membership we have… 43 young single adults between the ages of 21 and 35? 24 young married people (with no children)? 47 married with children/single parents.? 104 married or single between the ages of 45-69? 67 members 70 years old or older? This is a right good distribution among all ages (and note that this number does not include any children, only adults).  The problem is… we have not built the community that we might, because we very seldom have people, especially our younger members all at the...

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Lenten Talk by Bishop Skilton

Frank Royster on February 26, 2013

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Sermon: Second Sunday in Lent

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 25, 2013

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Kyrie Eleison Lenten Mass setting by George Hubbard-CHC Choir

George Hubbard on February 25, 2013

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Lenten Talk by Bishop vonRosenberg

Bishop vonRosenberg on February 18, 2013

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Sermon: First Sunday in Lent

Fr. Randy Morgan on February 18, 2013

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Sermon: Ash Wednesday

Deacon Michael Smith on February 15, 2013

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Sermon: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 11, 2013

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Sermon: The Presentation of our Lord

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 5, 2013

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February 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on February 1, 2013

  FROM THE RECTOR'S DESK... As I type these words for you this month, we are also preparing for the 2013 Vestry retreat.  For various, sundry and well-known reasons, we are doing a lot of things differently this year!  Rather than our usual   weekend at Kanuga, the vestry will gather instead for a one-day retreat on Wadmalaw (beautiful setting!) And while we may not have the same quantity of time, I am very excited about the quality of the new, young and emerging leadership at Church of the Holy Communion.  TO READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE

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Sermon: Epiphany III

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 28, 2013

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New Sunday School Class for Adults

Frank Royster on January 24, 2013

Beginning this Sunday, Deacon Michael Smith will be leading a Bible Study on First Peter. The Class will meet each Sunday in the Vestry Room from 9:30 until 10:15 OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULT STUDY Sunday Morning As study of Peter Kreeft's book Catholic Christianity led by Fr. Dow Sanderson in the Library. Wednesday Evening Not Angels, But Anglicans- (a history of Anglican Christianity). The text book is edited by Henry Chadwick. The discussion is led by Fr. Sanderson and Dr. Emory. We meet in the Library from 6:00 until 7:00 pm. Thursday Morning 10:00 am in the Library. We are currently studying The...

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ACOLYTE MEETING & PIZZA PARTY

Frank Royster on January 22, 2013

Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 12:30 PM (Immediately following mass) This luncheon welcomes anyone who is currently a Holy Communion Acolyte, anyone who would like to become an Acolyte or anyone who just wants to learn more about the ministry (parents, of course, are especially welcome).This will also give you an opportunity to meet our new Acolyte Co-Directors: Frank Royster & Sarah Grimball. Please plan to attend!

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Sermon: Epiphany II

Fr. Dow Sanderson on January 22, 2013

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Sermon: Baptism of Our Lord

Frank Royster on January 16, 2013

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Sermon: Epiphany

Frank Royster on January 8, 2013

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January 2013 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 2, 2013

FROM THE RECTORS DESK   Happy New Year!  Fiona and I send our warmest greeting to you all, and extend as always our deep appreciation to you for your words of encouragement, your love, and your kind Christmas remembrances.  We trust that you are looking forward to many happy events in this New Year.  For us personally, we are greatly anticipating the marriage of our son Noah in April and the welcoming of a new daughter-in-law into our family.  For us as a parish, there is also much to anticipate: To read the full article and the entire January Newsletter, please...

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Sermon: Christmas I (c)

Frank Royster on January 2, 2013

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Sermon: The Nativity of Our Lord

PATRICK ALLEN on December 30, 2012 Comments (0)

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Sermon: Advent IV (c)

PATRICK ALLEN on December 30, 2012 Comments (0)

  IV Advent (c) Lk  1.39-45 23 December 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen   + + +   A Christmas tree with lights and an angel on top,  wreaths with red ribbons hanging in the windows…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the Church of the Holy Communion – which is fitting because on this fourth Sunday of Advent our Lord makes his first incarnate appearance, though veiled within his Blessed Mother’s womb.  But it is yet Advent nonetheless, and we are confronted this morning just once more with the preaching of St. John the Baptist – that’s...

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Sermon: Advent III (c)

PATRICK ALLEN on December 18, 2012 Comments (0)

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Sermon: Advent II(c)

PATRICK ALLEN on December 11, 2012 Comments (0)

        II Advent (c) Lk 3.1-6 9 December 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen (Scroll down for audio) + + + Holman Hunt, the late 19th- early 20th-century English, and devoutly Anglo-Catholic, artist created a painting of our Lord which is remarkably striking, even if, I confess, it’s not a painting I particularly care to look at.  It’s called “The Shadow of Death,” and in the painting, Jesus is portrayed as a young man, not yet embarked upon his public ministry, hard at work in his carpenter’s shop.  He is rising from a plank he has been ripping down...

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Sermon: Advent I (c)

PATRICK ALLEN on December 4, 2012 Comments (1)

  Advent I (c) December 2, 2012 Lk 21.25-26 Fr. Dow Sanderson +  +  + The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn. There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations at the roaring seas and the waves… In the beginning, when there was nothing but God, he spoke, and the heavens trembled… and...

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December 2012 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on November 30, 2012

  From the Rector’s Desk... That when He shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear, rejoice to behold His appearing…   I hope that you recognize those words from the proper preface for Advent.  Many of us have heard them at least four times a year for all, if not most of our lives (for those of us who come to daily mass, the number is closer to fifty!).  They are words of great encouragement to me, for they help sharpen our focus on the meaning of Advent:  ...

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Sermon: Christ the King (29b)

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Sermon: XXV Pentecost (28b)

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Sermon: All Saints' Sunday

Patrick Allen on November 6, 2012 Comments (0)

  All Saints’ Sunday Ec 2.7-11; Lk 6.20-26 4 November 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + This morning, this first Sunday after All Saints’ Day, is (strangely enough) All Saints’ Sunday, and a kind of continuation of Thursday nights’ celebration – an occasion, if may indulge in the Jesse Jackson school of redundant but rhyming oratory, for us to celebrate, venerate, and seek to emulate those men and women, ancient and modern, more-well known and not-so-well known, who are for us models of what is sometimes called heroic sanctity, though we might better understand them as ordinary Christians –...

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November Newsletter

Kim McAtee on November 1, 2012

  From the Rector’s Desk In last month’s column I was brimming with excitement from the trip I had just taken to Baltimore to attend the synod of the Society of the Holy Cross.  This month, I come with the vivid memories of my visit last week to Nashotah House Seminary, where I serve on the Board of Trustees.  In last Sunday’s sermon, I mentioned in passing that there is a new sense of  vitality and optimism at the seminary, and this is very encouraging, because just a few years ago, enrollment had fallen to a critically low level. To...

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Sermon: XXII Pentecost

Patrick Allen on October 30, 2012 Comments (0)

Commemoration of the Dedication of the Church of the Holy Communion.

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Requiem: Alan Dixon Horres

Patrick Allen on October 30, 2012

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Sermon: XXI Pentecost (24b)

Patrick Allen on October 23, 2012 Comments (1)

  XXI Pentecost (24b) Is 53.4-12; Mk 10.35-45 21 October 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + I have a distinct memory from my childhood, of riding in the family car, with my father driving.  We were on our way home, hot and sandy, after a few days at the beach, driving up a long and lonely stretch of highway 37 in central Florida, when suddenly there were lights and sirens and Dad was pulled over by a highway patrolman for driving in excess of the posted speed limit.  A couple days later, I was enjoying a nourishing meal at...

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Sermon: XX Pentecost (23b)

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Diocese of South Carolina News

Patrick Allen on October 17, 2012

This afternoon, the Diocese of South Carolina announced that "On Monday, October 15, 2012, Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church.  This action by The Episcopal Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17,...

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Sermon: XIX Pentecost (22b)

Patrick Allen on October 9, 2012 Comments (4)

  XIX Pentecost (22b) Gn 2.18-24; Mk 10.2-9 7 October 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + +   In the Holy Scriptures and throughout the Christian tradition, there is a great deal of talk about the freedom of Christian faith.  So we might immediately think of Jesus saying, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,” and then declaring that he himself is that truth in person.  St. Paul becomes so enamored of the theme that in his epistle to the Galatians he goes rhetorically overboard, stating “It is for freedom that Christ has set you...

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Sermon: XVIII Pentecost (21b)

Patrick Allen on October 5, 2012 Comments (0)

XVIII Pentecost (21b) Mk 9.38-50  September 30, 2012 Fr. M. Dow Sanderson + + + Well, dearly beloved… it seems as if the scriptures this morning… are aimed smack dab at the ministers of religion… Which might lull you momentarily into a false sense of security…After all, preachers get to get in the pulpit and yack all the time about how the lay folk should be more faithful.  It would seem only fair for the shoe to be on the other foot. Of course, I would like to remind you that the catechism instructs us that the ministers of the...

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October Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 27, 2012

  From the Rectors Desk: As I write you these words, I have just returned from the Synod of the Society of the Holy Cross in Baltimore.  The SSC (initials for the name in Latin) is a priestly society for Anglo-Catholics founded in England during the 19th Century.  We have our own “Province” in North America (a goodly number from Canada) and the Province is divided into Chapters.  Fr. Patrick and I are in the St. Thomas More Chapter which is the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.  Fr. Dan Clarke is our local vicar, and we gather together several times a...

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Sermon: XVI Pentecost (19b)

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Sermon: XVII Pentecost (20b)

Patrick Allen on September 25, 2012 Comments (0)

  XVII Pentecost (20b) Mk 9.31-37 23 September 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + … [I am] the greatest! Yes! I am the man this poem’s about, I’ll be champ of the world, there isn’t a doubt. Here I predict Mr. Liston’s dismemberment, I’ll hit him so hard; he’ll wonder where October and November went. When I say two, there’s never a third, Standin’ against me is completely absurd. When Cassius says a mouse can outrun a horse, Don’t ask how; put your money where your mouse is! I AM THE GREATEST!" That quality bit of poetry comes, of course,...

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Sermon: XV Pentecost (18b)

Patrick Allen on September 11, 2012 Comments (3)

  XV Pentecost (18b) Mk 7.31-37 9 Sept 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + In this morning’s Gospel lesson, St. Mark shows us the miraculous healing of a deaf-mute, a man who could neither hear, nor as a consequence, speak.  St. Mark no doubt intended his readers immediately to see this healing as evidence of our Lord’s fulfillment of Israel’s messianic hope.  We’ve heard that sure and certain hope expressed this morning by the prophet Isaiah in our Old Testament lesson, and we’ve sung that hope, Charles Wesley’s great paraphrase of Isaiah, in our sequence hymn: Hear him, ye...

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September 2012 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on September 5, 2012

  Dear Friends, It was very good to be back in our own parish church on Sunday, September 2.  During our time on vacation, we worshipped in another Episcopal Church, a Roman Catholic parish, and a Presbyterian Church.  I was blessed by each experience, and learned from others, as I always do, but I am always glad to come home! To read full newsletter click here.

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PSA Sermon @ Good Shepherd

Patrick Allen on September 4, 2012 Comments (0)

  XIV Pentecost (17b) Mk 7.1-8 2 Sept 2012 PSA – Church of the Good Shepherd + + + Here we are in South Carolina.  And not just in South Carolina, but in Charleston – and in fact just across the street from the spot on which the colony was founded 342 years ago.  And of course it’s not just that we are South Carolinians and Charlestonians – no it’s much worse than that! – we are church-going folks, and not just church-going folks but Anglicans, Episcopalians.  All of which means that we are a people who place a high...

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Sermon: XIV Pentecost (17b)

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Sermon: XIII Pentecost (16b)

Patrick Allen on August 30, 2012 Comments (0)

  XIII Pentecost (16b) Josh 24.1-25; Eph 5.21-33; Jn 6.60-69 26 August 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + (Download audio or scroll down for audio player) We come this morning in our Gospel lesson to the end of a long account of Jesus’ teaching and interaction with an apparently largish group of his disciples at the synagogue in Capernaum.  It’s known usually as the “Bread of Life” discourse and it takes all of chapter 6 of St. John’s Gospel.  We’ve spent four Sundays reading through it, and as we’ve seen week by week, Jesus has continually raised the level of...

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Sermon: XII Pentecost (15b)

Patrick Allen on August 21, 2012 Comments (0)

XII Pentecost (15b) Jn 6.53-59 19 August 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + +   Way, way back in the olden days, the 1990’s, there was a television show I loved to watch – maybe some of you did, too – called the X-Files.  The protagonists were a pair of FBI agents who were tasked with investigating bizarre crimes and weird happenings which didn’t yield to the FBI’s normal investigative techniques, and which often turned out to involve a strange and byzantine conspiracy involving the highest levels of the United States Government and, well, space aliens.  The show had a...

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Sermon: Assumption of the BVM

Patrick Allen on August 17, 2012

The Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin Is 61.1-11; Gal 4.4-7; Lk 1.46-55 15 August 2012 Dcn Jeremy Boccabello + + + (Scroll down for audio.) He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree. In the face of a brutal invasion that would see the last breath of King David’s dynasty expire, Isaiah was whistling in the dark - speaking vividly about a New Kingdom – not the one greedily staring up the hill toward Jerusalem, but another – later - that would unbreak the world by turning everything upside down. It will...

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Sermon: XI Pentecost (14b)

Patrick Allen on August 15, 2012 Comments (0)

XI Pentecost (14b) 12 August 2012 Jn 6.35,41-51 Fr. Dow Sanderson

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2012 Parish Picnic!

Patrick Allen on August 14, 2012

  Join us for our annual Parish Picnic at beautiful Camp St. Christopher! Sunday, Sept. 9th. Noon - (immediately after 9.30 Mass) Masses at Holy Communion will be at 8.00 & 9.30 - there is no 10.30 Mass this day! $5 per person or $15 per family Food & drink provided! Click here to register!

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Sermon: X Pentecost (13b)

Patrick Allen on August 7, 2012 Comments (6)

X Pentecost Jn 6.24-35 5 August 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen     + + + If you’ve been watching the Olympics – and of course you have – not only have you seen the athletes compete, but you’ve seen their coaches urging them on.  In the interviews and little biographical back stories that the television folks delight in showing us instead of, you know, the actual competition, they often show us the coach acting in the role of kind and sympathetic therapist, not so much training the athlete in proper technique and strategy, but with endless patience and gentle, encouraging...

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Sermon VIII Pentecost (11b)

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Sermon IX Pentecost (12b)

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Pentecost IX (12b) Mark 6.45-52 July 29, 2012 Fr. Dow Sanderson + + + They called him the Riverboat Gambler… a certain quarterback, for a certain NFL team… in a small city in Wisconsin.  He played the game with a wild abandon that few had ever seen.  And when he was good, he was very, very good…  but when he was bad, he was awful. He could lead you to the mountain of Glory… throwing a touchdown pass from the first play from scrimmage in a Super Bowl…and afterwards run off the field, helmet in hand, with the pure unbridled...

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August Newsletter

Kim McAtee on August 3, 2012

FROM THE RECTORS DESK:   My Dear Friends, Following the General Convention, most of you heard me read from the pulpit (or have had an opportunity to read) Bishop Lawrence’s letter to the Diocese.  In that letter, he stated that The Episcopal Church had now “crossed a line” in terms of changing the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church in such a way that his own personal conscience could not go.  Asking for a point of personal privilege, he addressed the House of Bishops... Click August Newsletter to read the entire post.

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Sermon: VII Pentecost (10b)

Patrick Allen on July 17, 2012

VII Pentecost (10b) 15 July 2012 Mk 6.7-13 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + Well, that’s a little bit of a tough act to follow!  But maybe after – or in the midst of – our prayerful concern about these changes in the “doctrine, discipline, and worship” of the church about which Bp. Lawrence has written to us, it might be helpful to turn our attention, however briefly, to the mission of the church. We talk a lot about mission in the Church – what the church is here for, and by way of contrast, what it is not here...

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Letter form Bp. Lawrence

Patrick Allen on July 17, 2012

The following letter written by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, was provided to clergy throughout the Diocese to be read aloud in parishes on Sunday, July 15, 2012.                                                                                                                       July 15, 2012,7th Sunday After Pentecost Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Some of you have actively followed the decisions of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Others have been blissfully unaware that our denomination even had a General Convention. We have. And the actions taken mark a significant and distressing departure from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them. In conversations with clergy,...

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Sermon: VI Pentecost (9b)

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Sermon: V Pentecost (8b)

Patrick Allen on July 2, 2012 Comments (0)

V Pentecost (8b) Mk 5.22-24,35-43 1 July 2012 Fr. Patrick S. Allen + + + (Download Audio) A few years ago, Malcolm Gladwell, whom I suppose we could describe as a journalist and amateur pop social-psychologist, wrote a bestselling book called The Tipping Point, in which he attempted to describe that moment – and the conditions required to bring that moment about – when an idea or trend, a behavior or consumer product, "tips" and begins to spread exponentially throughout the culture until it becomes utterly ubiquitous. The Facebook phenomenon might be the most obvious example of recent years –...

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July Newsletter

Kim McAtee on June 28, 2012

From the Rector's Desk:           I am not a really big fan of all those shared messages on Facebook that have little “heartwarming” verses  that sound as if a (nearly) retired greeting card writer for Hallmark  had stayed up a little too late thinking them up.  Too saccharine.  Too sentimental.  Too “mushy” for the taste of this old cynic. (By the way, this version of Microsoft Word that I am using to type this does not recognize that “facebook” is a correctly spelled word… do I need an upgrade?!) To read this article & the newsletter in it's entirety, please...

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Sermon: IV Pentecost (7b)

Patrick Allen on June 26, 2012 Comments (0)

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Sermon III Pentecost (6b)

Patrick Allen on June 19, 2012 Comments (0)

III Pentecost (6b) 17 June 2012 2 Cor 5.1-10; Mk 4.26-34 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + There's a wonderful scene in one of Arnold Lobel's "Frog & Toad" children's books.  Toad, inspired by Frog's example, decides to plant a garden.  After he gets the last seed in the ground and looks down at the freshly sown ground, he is immediately frustrated by the lack of progress.  Nothing seems to be happening.  And so, we read, "Toad put his head very close to the ground and shouted, ‘Now seeds, start growing!!'"  Well, any of us who has ever planted a...

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Sermon: Corpus Christi

Patrick Allen on June 13, 2012 Comments (0)

Corpus Christi June 10, 2012 Fr. Dow Sanderson +++ One of the interesting things about names in the Holy Scripture is that they are both descriptive and prescriptive. Isaac... Yitsak.. is both born of laughter... and is a delight to his father (and mother) Jacob... the supplanter...certainly lives up to his name. And you shall call his name Jeshua... Jesus... for he shall save his people... And I tell you, you are Petrus... Peter...  a Rock... and upon this Rock I will build my Church. Time and again... we see that the NAME that is given indicates in advance the...

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Patrick Allen on June 5, 2012 Comments (0)

Trinity Sunday (b) Ex 3.1-6; Jn 3.1-16 3 June 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + Here we are this Trinity Sunday morning, set aside for us together to consider and celebrate the Divine Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity – that God has revealed himself as one God – the ancient creed of Israel still holds and is the creed of the Church:  Sh'ma Yisra'el YHWH Eloheinu YHWH Eḥad ("Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is One").[i] But, in the fullness of time, God revealed himself beyond his One-ness.  So the Church has seen and bears...

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June Newsletter

Kim McAtee on May 31, 2012

2012 June Newsletter

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Sermon: Day of Pentecost

Patrick Allen on May 29, 2012 Comments (0)

Day of Pentecost Acts 2.1-11; Ps 104.24-34; I Cor 12.4-13; Jn 20.19-23 27 May 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen (Download audio) The other night in themidst of our bedtime routine of stories, songs, and prayers, our three-year-old, Lucy, surprised me by quoting "Humpty Dumpty," which I didn't know she had learned – Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall And all the King's horses, and all the King's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. She asked me if I knew that one, and I said I did and recited it for her.  And then we said it...

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Sermon: VII Easter (b)

Patrick Allen on May 22, 2012 Comments (0)

VII Easter (b): audio / text20 May 2012 Jn 17.11-19Fr. Dow Sanderson

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Sermon: Ascension Day

Patrick Allen on May 18, 2012 Comments (1)

 Ascension Day: audio17 May 2012 Ezk 1.3-28; Acts 1.1-11; Mk 19.9-20Dcn. Jeremy Boccabello    +In the Name... Where did Jesus go?  The simple answer to that is "Up."  Why else would we call this Ascension Day?  "As they were looking on, he was lifted - up - and a cloud took Him - out of their sight."  Then - where?  To heaven, yes, but again: Where is that? How do you get from the place that is here to the place that is there?  Where is that place in relation to this place?  How did He get there?  These questions occupy...

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Youth Sunday: Sermon & Music

Patrick Allen on May 15, 2012 Comments (0)

Phoebe Crawford wields her oboe of doom: Adagio & Allegro, OstranskyWill Boccabello pounds the pulpit: sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter - John 15.9-17

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Sermon: V Easter (b)

Patrick Allen on May 8, 2012 Comments (0)

V Easter (b) Jn 14.15-21; 1 Jn 3.18-24 6 May 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen (audio) + + + Fr. Sanderson drew our attention last Sunday to the liturgical rhythm of this Eastertide, as the lessons for each Sunday take us on a path of contemplation that is at the same time well-worn but always fresh.  With this Sunday, this fifth Sunday of Easter, our lessons and our thinking together about them take a decided turn – we begin to look forward to the next great benchmarks in the drama of Jesus, the story of our redemption:  to the Ascension of...

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Sermon: IV Easter

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May Messenger

Kim McAtee on April 30, 2012

From the Rector’s Desk: Recently, during a Sunday School discussion, we came to one of those “aha” moments in which it became clear that the Church must, from time to time, do a little “loving reminder” on the subject of epistemology.  And epistemology is just a fancy word for asking, How do we know what we know?  This can be applied to knowledge in general, but for the purposes of this article, I am speaking specifically of Christian knowledge.  How do we know what to believe?  By what authority?To continue to read this article and the rest of The Messenger...

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Sermon: III Easter

Patrick Allen on April 27, 2012 Comments (0)

III Easter (b) Lk 24.36-4822 April 2012Fr. Patrick Allen   + + +   It's interesting how we are sometimes able, and sometimes unable, to recognize people, places, and faces.  The other day I was flipping through the channels, and as I hit upon a particular channel, as soon as the photons hit the little rods and cones in the backs of my eyes, I said to myself, "that's home!"  And it was – it was Polk County, Florida.  And even though it was just a weather reporter standing in a non-descript field, and even though I haven't lived in...

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Evensong & Benediction: Sunday, 4/29

Patrick Allen on April 25, 2012

Choral Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed SacramentSunday, 29 April5.00PM

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Sermon: II Easter

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Bp. Lawrence on Anglicanism

Patrick Allen on April 10, 2012

Here's audio of Bp. Mark Lawrence's Lenten talk, "Anglicanism: Biblical truth, Authentic tradition, Catholic Order."

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Triduum Homilies

Patrick Allen on April 10, 2012 Comments (0)

  Maundy Thursday: audio / textApril 5, 2012Ex 12.1-14; 1 Cor 11.23-32; Lk 22.14-30Dcn. Jeremy BocabellaGood Friday: audio / textApril 6, 2012Jn 18.1-19.37Fr. Dow SandersonGreat Vigil of Easter: audio / textApril 7, 2012Mt 28.1-10Fr. Patrick AllenEaster Day, the Sunday of the Resurrection: audio / textApril 8, 2012Mk 16.1-8Fr. Dow Sanderson

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Sermon: Great Vigil of Easter

Patrick Allen on April 10, 2012 Comments (0)

 Great Vigil of Easter 7 April 2012 Mt 28.1-10 Fr. Patrick Allen + + +(audio) Towards the end of last week's episode of Mad Men, which all the cool people are watching, one of the main characters, beleaguered and exhausted by the dramatic changes within the advertizing agency and in his own and his friends' personal lives and relationships, to say nothing of the vast social and cultural changes surging across 1960's America, which threaten to swamp his settled understanding of the world and his privileged place in it, looks at one of his partners and asks, "When is everything...

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April Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 30, 2012

The April Newsletter is now available.  Please click on Messenger to open the link.

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Sermon: Lent V(b)

Dow Sanderson on March 28, 2012 Comments (0)

V Lent: audio March 25, 2012 Jn 12.20-33 Fr. Dow Sanderson + + +  It would be more than fair to say that the 11th and 12th Chapters of St. John's Gospel present us with an abundance of information... and  it is delivered...at a rather rapid pace... If we pause for just a moment, we may consider that in the space of seventy or so verses, we learn of the illness of Lazarus... the delay of Jesus in coming... the death of this dear friend...  the arrival of Jesus at Bethany... the conversations separately with both Martha and Mary concerning what...

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Bp. Lawrence this Sunday Evening

Patrick Allen on March 22, 2012

Join us this Sunday evening (3/25) for the last of our Lenten programs:"Biblical Truth, Authentic Tradition, Catholic Order"with Bishop Mark LawrenceSupper at 5.30, Program at 6.00

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Sermon: IV Lent

Patrick Allen on March 20, 2012 Comments (0)

IV Lent Eph 2.4-10; Jn 6.4-15 18 March 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + +(Stream or download sermon audio) Economics is often described as the "dismal science," and for my part I couldn't agree more.  The "C" I got in the one economics class I ever took describes exactly my level of interest.  Though that class also met at 8.00 in the morning during the first actual winter – which is to say, the first non-central Florida winter – I had ever experienced, and I was a less than enthusiastic student.  In fact, I was a less than enthusiastic human...

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If Christ is Present...

Patrick Allen on March 13, 2012 Comments (0)

Click the link below for audio of Fr. John Parker's talk, "If Christ is Present, then What?", from Sunday evening, 11 March. Fr. Parker is rector of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Mt. Pleasant SC.If Christ is Present, the What?

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Sermon: III Lent

Patrick Allen on March 13, 2012 Comments (0)

III Lent: audio / textMarch 11, 2012Ex 20.1-17; Jn 2.13-22Fr. Dow Sanderson

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A Grateful Lent

Patrick Allen on March 8, 2012 Comments (0)

(Fr. Dow's article from the March newsletter)(The following is a Lenten Mediation offered by the rector on the evening of February 26)   On of my favorite lines from TS Eliot's famous play Murder in the Cathedral is:  Alas, the Last Temptation is the Highest Treason; To do the Right Thing... for the Wrong Reason... In other words, the motive for what we do is often as important... if not sometimes more so... than the deed itself... And when it comes to Christian leaders trying to motivate their flock... well, as you know too well... it is often done very,...

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Occupy Downton (with Zombies)

Patrick Allen on March 8, 2012 Comments (0)

(Fr. Patrick's aritcle from the March newsletter)Like lots of other folks, I got myself fairly hooked on PBS' ye-olde-English-country-house upstairs-downstairs soap opera, Downton Abbey.  Because Ashley cannot abide any show or movie which involves period dress, I would record each episode on our Tivo, and then watch sometime after its original airing.  I found this especially convenient, because I could then compensate for Downton's effete British (let's just say it) prissiness by immediately watching a recorded episode of AMC's rural Georgia-set, blood-spattered zombie apocalypse show, The Walking Dead.  (Please note, I am not recommending you try this jarring feat of...

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March Newsletter

Kim McAtee on March 7, 2012

  March 2012 Newsletter

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Sermon: II Lent

Patrick Allen on March 7, 2012 Comments (0)

II Lent (b) Gn 22.1-14; Mk 8.31-38 Holy Communion Parish Retreat – Kanuga 4 March 2012 Rev. Dr. Jeremy Bocabella + + + ...And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. This was not the first time Abraham had been asked - by the mysterious God that had come to dominate his life - to do something that made no sense to him.  He was a Chaldean from the mighty ancient city of Ur, superior in its wealth, architecture, technology and bureaucracy, and devoted to the pagan worship of...

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Sermon: I Lent

Patrick Allen on February 28, 2012 Comments (0)

I Lent (b) Mk 1.9-13 26 February 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + +(Audio) Back in 1994, the philosopher and moral theologian Gilbert Meilaender was a signatory to a statement defending the traditional Christian understanding of a particular, and particularly controverted, question of morality.  Doesn't really matter what, but the consequences do.  An unhelpfully brief excerpt of the statement appeared in the Wall Street Journal and then, so it would seem to Professor Meilaender, all hell broke loose:  students at the small but prestigious college at which he taught called for his resignation and a boycott of his classes in...

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Sermon: Last Epiphany (b)

Patrick Allen on February 23, 2012 Comments (0)

Last Sunday in Epiphany February 19, 2012 Fr. Dow Sanderson +++ For those of you who have long memories and a sharp recall for detail, you will have noted that this morning's Gospel sounds quite a bit like a mid-season re-run of the Transfiguration.  And, of course, you would be right. For centuries, the events described in this morning's Gospel were commemorated on August 6... and of course, they still are... (for the four or five of us who show up in Starr Chapel for a morning mass in the heat of the summer). But with the Liturgical Revival that...

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Sermon: VI Epiphany (b)

Patrick Allen on February 14, 2012 Comments (0)

 VI Epiphany (b) 1 Cor 9.24-27; Mk 1.40-45 12 February 2012 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + I've made a little list: The Nordic Track.  The Stationary Bicycle.  Elliptical trainers, treadmills, and stairmasters.  The shake weight, the sauna suit, soloflex, bow flex.  The iGallop, the power glide, the body blade, the toning tube.  The ab coaster, the abtronic, ab rocket, ab roller, ab wheel, ab glider, the abdominator (Okay, I made that one up). The Chuck Norris Total Gym, P90X, and we cannot forget, much as we might like to, Suzanne Somers and the Thigh Master. In addition to that...

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Sermon: V Epiphany (b)

Patrick Allen on February 7, 2012 Comments (1)

  February 5, 2012 Epiphany V (b) Fr. Dow Sanderson + + +  My wife and my son Noah are the artists in the family, both in training and in temperament.   When it comes to visual art... I, on the other hand,  am a Philistine.  I don't know much about Manet or Monet...and I have just the vaguest awareness of terms like impressionism and postimpressionism. So, as a critic, I am entirely without credentials. But like all of you, I can tell the difference between things that appear to me to be beautiful... and things which appear to me to...

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February 2012 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 31, 2012

From the Rector's Desk: I know that we aren’t the oldest Church in the world… or even in Charleston. It used to astound me that St. Philip’s dates to 1680 and St. Michael’s to 1751… until I went to England and walked up the stones “worn concave” by the knees of Canterbury pilgrims making their way to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket.  (to see the rest of the article and newsletter please click here:  February 2012 Newsletter)

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Sermon: IV Epiphany (b)

Patrick Allen on January 31, 2012 Comments (0)

+JMJ+   IV Epiphany, Yr. B Mk 1.21-28 29:I:2012 Fr. Patrick Allen   (Listen) + + + Several days ago, Fr. Sanderson asked if I would put together a little flyer and some electronic publicity for our vigil mass of the Presentation of Our Lord (5.30PM this Wednesday; coffee and dessert to follow!), which I was glad to do.  It was a pleasure, and actually kind of edifying, to do a little Google image search for the Presentation, to scroll across icons and paintings from multitudes of master artists across hundreds of years, all depicting this one event, each using...

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Vestry Candidate Profiles

Kim McAtee on January 10, 2012

This Sunday January 15th we have our annual parish meeting.  We will be electing 4 candidates to Vestry.  3 candidates will fill 3 year openings, and 1 will complete a 2 year vacancy.  The Vestry Candidates are:  Dawn Balsam, Melissa Dawson, Fred Fabian, Patricia Henley, John Jordan, Keith McElveen, & Terry Williams. The candidate profiles can be veiwed here:      Profiles 

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January 2012 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on January 3, 2012

From the Rector: Dear Friends, Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a Blessed celebration of Our Lord’s Nativity. Fiona and I are so very thankful for your personal expressions of Christmas good cheer.  I am also exceeding thankful for all the planning and hard work that went into making all of our liturgies so beautiful and inspiring. See full newsletter

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Christmas Homilies

Patrick Allen on December 27, 2011 Comments (0)

Listen to Fr. Sanderson's Midnight Mass homily.Listen (or read below), Fr. Allen's Christmas Day homily.   Christmas Day 25 December 2011 John 1.1-14 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + Here we are, we happy few, "on Christmas Day in the morning," and God bless you for being here this morning, for tearing yourselves away from home and hearth to attend Mass this Lord's Day morning.  I figure we might as well talk about what is on all of our minds:  Presents!  And don't worry, I'm not about to kill your Christmas morning toy-buzz with some anti-consumerist, anti-materialism, anti-commercialism harangue.  I've...

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December 2011 Newsletter

Kim McAtee on December 7, 2011

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Christmas at Holy Communion

Patrick Allen on December 6, 2011

Christmas Eve:5.00pm:  Family Mass & Children's Pageant10.30pm:  Music11.00pm:  Midnight MassChristmas Day:10.00am: Solemn High Mass of the NativityNote:  only one Mass on this day!12/26, 8.00am: Feast of St. Stephen, Low Mass12/27, 8.00am:  Feast of St. John, Low Mass12/28, 8.00am:  Holy Innocents, Low Mass

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Canonborough Caroling!

Patrick Allen on December 6, 2011

Join us Wednesday evening, December 14, for Mass, supper, and caroling around the neighborhood!  Mass is at 5.30, followed by supper and a fun-filled musical stroll around the Canonborough.

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November 13, 2011: XXII Pentecost (28a)

Patrick Allen on November 14, 2011 Comments (0)

+++ Proper 28a Nov. 13, 2011   One of the indisputable facts of church history is that the medieval church put too much emphasis on sinful humanity's need to appease a wrathful God. We can have some sympathy for Martin Luther's spiritual dilemma.  If ever a man could win God's favor by monk-ery... I was that man, he wrote.  I didn't love God, I hated him, for there was no way to satisfy him! Luther's correction of this abuse, of course, began the Protestant Reformation, and the tragic division of Western Christianity. His Battle cry of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fidei...Scripture...

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Pantry Supper!

Patrick Allen on November 9, 2011

 

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Sermon: XXI Pentecost (27a)

Patrick Allen on November 7, 2011 Comments (0)

XXI Pentecost (27a): The Wise & Foolish Virgins Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church Mt 25.1-13 6 November 2011 Fr. Patrick Allen + + + I own a generator.  I have a designated 10-gallon tank of gasoline to fuel that generator.  I have drinking water – a gallon per person per day for several days – carefully stored.  Also a wide variety of flashlights and lanterns, and a large supply of batteries.  A goodly quantity of canned foods, and not only Vienna Sausages.  Baby formula.  A well-stocked first aid kit.  NOAA weather radio.  A zip-loc bag with some money...

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Choral Evensong & Benediction

Kim McAtee on November 4, 2011

This Sunday, November 6th, 5:00 PM Choral Evensong & Benediction.

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November Newsletter Online

Kim McAtee on November 4, 2011

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Newsletters online

Patrick Allen on October 11, 2011

We're now posting the monthly parish newsletter online in .pdf.  Click here.

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Urgent Message from Bishop Lawrence

Patrick Allen on October 5, 2011 Comments (0)

For your prayers, from the Bishop and Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina:October 5, 2011Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On Thursday, September 29, 2011 the Bishop received communication from the President of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops that "serious charges" have been made under Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church. These are allegations that he has abandoned The Episcopal Church. Since several of these allegations also include actions taken by the Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, after sustained prayer and discernment, it has seemed appropriate to both the Bishop and the Standing Committee to...

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September 25, 2011: XV Pentecost (21a)

Patrick Allen on September 29, 2011 Comments (0)

XV Pentecost (21a):  audio / textSeptember 25, 2011Mt 21.28-32Fr. Dow Sanderson

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September 18, 2011: XIV Pentecost (20a)

Patrick Allen on September 20, 2011 Comments (0)

XIV Pentecost (20a) Mt 20.1-16 18 September 2011 Fr. Patrick S. Allen + + + Matthew 20.1-161 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place; 4 and to them he said, 'You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. 5 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he...

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Youth Sunday School

Patrick Allen on August 30, 2011

Way back in Genesis, in the ancient mists of time, God made a promise to overcome the evil that had entered the world by human sin:  I will put enmity between you and the woman,and between your offspring and her offspring;he shall bruise your head,and you shall bruise his heel.”The story of how God fulfilled that promise is the topic for this fall's youth Sunday School.Christian Education for Middle & High School students will be taught this year by Nate and Keirstan Harris - both experienced and popular teachers, coaches, and all around swell folks.  For the fall, their class will focus...

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Fall 2011 Adult Christian Education

Patrick Allen on August 30, 2011

Sunday School for the fall begins on September 18th.  There's something for everyone! Each of the following will meet on Sunday mornings beginning on September 18, 9:30-10:15. The Epistle of James Fr. Patrick Allen Martin Luther called this work "an epistle of straw" and wanted to toss it out of the Bible.  St. Paul tells us, we are justified by faith and not by works, lest any man should boast... But James tells us, Faith without works is dead.  Who is right?  Well James and Paul are both right.  But poor Martin wasn't!  Please join Fr. Patrick Allen in the...

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August 21, 2011: X Pentecost

Patrick Allen on August 22, 2011

X Pentecost (16a):  audio / textAugust 21, 2011Is 51.1-6; Rm 11.33-36; Mt 16.13-20Fr. Dan Clarke

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August 14, 2011: The Assumption (tr)

Patrick Allen on August 15, 2011 Comments (1)

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gal 4.4-7; Lk 1.46-55 14 August 2011 Fr. Patrick S. AllenAudio. + + + The other day when I was sorting through the mail at home, attempting to separate the few grains of wheat from the mound of chaff, one item in particular caught my eye as I was mechanically tossing things into the recycling bin:  an advertising circular, though it presented itself as a real-deal magazine, produced by our good friends at the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.  On the cover was a photograph of a modestly attractive young woman, in a gauzy...

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August 07, 2011: Transfiguration

Patrick Allen on August 8, 2011

Feast of the Tranfiguration:  audio / textAugust 07, 2011Lk  9.28-36Fr. Dan Clarke

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July 31, 2011: VII Pentecost (13a)

Patrick Allen on August 1, 2011 Comments (0)

VII Pentecost (13a):  audio / textJuly 31, 2011Mt 14.13-21Fr. Dan ClarkeVisit out Homilies Page.

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July 24, 2011: VI Pentecost (12a)

Patrick Allen on July 25, 2011 Comments (1)

VI Pentecost (12a):  audio / textJuly 24, 2011Mt 13.31-33,44-49Fr. Dow Sanderson

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July 3, 2011: III Pentecost (9a)

Patrick Allen on July 5, 2011 Comments (0)

III Pentecost (9a), Rm 7.21-8.6; Mt 11.25-30 3 July 2011 Fr. Patrick S. Allen + + + Eleven-score and fifteen years ago, our fathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty.  (It took me most of Thursday and an iphone to do the math on that.)  Liberty is what, we hope, America is about, what it is for, and what – taking some time out from the fireworks and festivities of this Independence Day weekend – we ought all to pause and reflect upon.  It is what "we the people" value:  liberty, freedom, independence.   This is a sermon...

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Holy Week Homilies

Patrick Allen on April 20, 2011 Comments (1)

Homilies from this year's Holy Week Masses:Holy Monday: audio / textApril 18, 2011Mk 1.1-9Fr. Patrick AllenHoly Tuesday: audio / textApril 19, 2011Jn 12.37-38,42-50Fr. Dow SandersonSpy Wednesday: audio / textApril 20, 2011Jn 13.21-35Fr. Dan ClarkeHoly Week - Maundy Thursday: audio / textApril 21, 2011Lk 22.14-30Fr. Dow SandersonHoly Week - Good Friday: audio / textApril 22, 2011St. John's PassionFr. Dan ClarkeHoly Week - Great Vigil of Easter: audio / textApril 23, 2011Mt 28.1-10Fr. Patrick AllenEaster Day: audio / textApril 24, 2011Jn 20.1-10Fr. Dow Sanderson

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Holy Week @ Holy Communion

Patrick Allen on April 7, 2011 Comments (0)

Holy Week17 - 24 April Palm Sunday  8:00 AM & 10:30 AM MassHoly Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday8:00 AM Mass6:30 PM Low Mass with SermonMaundy Thursday6:30 PM Solemn Mass(Childcare provided)Good Friday12:00 NOON Principal Liturgy6:30 PM Stations of the CrossHoly Saturday8:00 PM Easter Vigil & BaptismEaster Day8:00 AM Low Mass with Sermon9:00 AM Breakfast9:10 AM Children’s Easter Egg Hunt9:30 AM Flowering of the Cross10:30 AM Solemn High Mass

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A Man for All Seasons

Patrick Allen on March 30, 2011

Be sure to join us this Sunday evening (4/3) for our weekly Lenten program.  Fr. Gregory Wilson, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, will speak to us about the life and witness of St. Thomas More, the "the king's good servant, but God's first." A light supper will be served at 5.00PM, and Fr. Wilson's talk will begin at 6.00PM in the church.

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Lent @ Holy Communion

Patrick Allen on March 7, 2011 Comments (0)

2011 Lenten Series: The Cost of Discipleship.Sunday, 13 March:  Blood of the Martyrs, the Seed of the Church.  Fr. John Johns, pastor of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will offer a teaching on the earliest Christian martyrs.Weekend of 18-20 March, Kanuga Parish Retreat:  Discipleship & the Virtues.  Fr. Craig O'Brien, Vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church in Savannah will offer meditations on the Cardinal (prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude) and Theological (faith, hope, and love) Virtues.Sunday, 27 March:  The Oxford Martyrs - Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer.  The Rev'd Dr. Peter Moore on the martyrs of the English Reformation.Sunday, 3 April:...

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Bp. Lawrence's Convention Address

Patrick Allen on February 23, 2011 Comments (0)

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence Addresses the 220th Annual Diocesan ConventionSt. Helena’s, Beaufort, South Carolina, February 19, 2011Listen to the audio version of this address. Download a printable copy.As I have spoken in recent days to Diocesan Council, the deans, and the Standing Committee, it is my expressed hope that this year of 2011 will be free from constitutional and canonical challenges from the “national” leadership of the Episcopal Church, and that we in the Diocese of South Carolina can get on with the work of growing our parishes, strengthening the lives of our parishioners and churches, and planting...

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The Gospel of the Trees

Patrick Allen on February 21, 2011 Comments (1)

Alan JacobsA project by Alan Jacobs:The Bible is a story about trees. It begins, or nearly enough, with two trees in a garden: the Tree of Life, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The pivotal event in the book comes when a man named Jesus is hanged on a tree. And the last chapter of the last book features a remade Jerusalem: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the...

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The King James Version: Measuring Our Loss

Patrick Allen on February 21, 2011 Comments (0)

In a Guardian symposium on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Authorized, or "King James", Version of the Bible, novelist Jeanette Winterson laments the loss of a common and beautiful language the KJV engendered:As every poet knows, words begin in the mouth before they hit the page, and it is our experience of learning language. The King James karaoke nights, common to households where long familiarity with the stories meant that everyone joined in the refrains, built a confidence with language that the educated classes prefer to imagine as their own. My dad left school at 12, and never learned to...

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Anglicans, the Ordinariate, and the Unopened Gift

Patrick Allen on February 8, 2011 Comments (0)

A sobering but helpful summing up of the present state of play with regard to the Anglican Ordinariate: Catholics have long insisted that the Roman primacy is an integral and necessary part of the ecumenical movement toward Christian unity. And they have further insisted, as Pope John Paul II paradigmatically did in Ut Unum Sint, on the “power and the authority without which such an office would be illusory.” But this is precisely what Rowan Williams challenged in his Vatican address: whether instead it might be that shared theological understandings of primacy could coexist “alongside a diversity of canonical or...

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From self-assertion’s every refuge and hide-out

Patrick Allen on February 3, 2011 Comments (178)

By way of Fr. Aaron Pidel, SJ at Whoseover Desires, Romano Guardini reflects on his conversion, and the necessity of the Church for holding on to God: Then came a turning point.  What had drawn me away from faith had not been real reasons against it, but the fact that the reasons for it no longer spoke to me.  Faith as a conscious act had grown ever weaker and had finally died out.  Still, I think that one’s unconscious relation to the reality of Christ is never entirely sundered.  It was also important that I held no grudge against the Church...

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Mere Anglicanism

Patrick Allen on January 6, 2011

Mere Anglicanism: Renewing Biblical Anglicanism for a Global Future St. Philip’s, Charleston, January 20-22 (Conference registration here.) Mere Anglicanism is about renewing our witness to the One who gave us His Word and who across many centuries has providentially provided for the Anglican Way of faithfulness to that Word. At a time when such faithfulness has been undermined, Mere Anglicanism is committed to the recovery and renewal of faithfulness to the Gospel within the Anglican Way. Such is the compelling motivation which underlies the sixth annual Mere Anglicanism conference in Charleston, South Carolina, January 20 – 22/23, 2011. It is...

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Advent Conspiracy (Video)

Patrick Allen on December 1, 2010 Comments (0)

 

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Not So "Modern Family"

Patrick Allen on October 5, 2010 Comments (0)

Susan McWilliams points out the sad irony lurking beneath a happy sitcom: It’s the “modern” elements of the “Modern Family” that you’re supposed to notice right away. The family patriarch, Jay, has divorced his children’s mother and is married to a much younger Colombian woman named Gloria. Gloria has her own son from a previous marriage, Manny. Jay’s own children – Claire and Mitchell – are grown and have households of their own. Claire is married with three children. Mitchell, who is gay, lives with his partner Cameron and their adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily. So we have divorce and remarriage, homosexuality and...

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Homily: XIX Pentecost, 03 Oct 2010

Patrick Allen on October 4, 2010

Fr. Sanderson's homily: 

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Don't Know Much About Religion

Patrick Allen on September 28, 2010 Comments (0)

Some not at all surprizing news from the New York Times: Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion. The New York Times Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith. Those who scored the highest were...

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SC Bible College Bubble

Patrick Allen on September 15, 2010 Comments (0)

Evangelical writer Philip Yancey offers a fascinating glimpse into life in the fundamentalist Bible College Bubble circa 1968 (Yancey declines to name the school in his piece, but it's South Carolina's own Columbia Bible College - now, Columbia International University): Looking back forty years from the vantage of our belly-baring, pants-drooping, tattooed and lip-ringed society, I find it hard to resurrect the ethos of the late 1960s at a southern Bible college where gentlemen students wore jackets and ties to dinner each evening and all men stood when a female student approached the table. Female students had a rigid, though...

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Mass: Entropy Stops Here.

Patrick Allen on September 13, 2010 Comments (2)

Why bother with the Mass and Liturgy in general? Yale professor David Gelertner suggests they teach us that physics does not have the last word: The second law of thermodynamics is one of science's biggest, boldest, chart-topping hits. It has recurred in popular science and scientific philosophy for years. The Second Law tells us that the universe runs down. The entropy of the universe relentlessly increases. Entropy is chaos, disorder, mixed-upness. In physical systems, it can be measured precisely. The Second Law tells us that nature works inexorably to disperse, to eliminate distinctions, to bring all things up or down to the same...

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Education for Life.

Patrick Allen on September 1, 2010 Comments (1)

Sally Thomas (and her daughter) on what education is for: One night over dinner with her twenty-six new best friends,  the talk turned to the subject of what everyone wanted to be when he or she grew up. The girls, one by one, announced that they wanted to be lawyers. One girl said she wanted to go into politics, maybe. A few other girls thought they'd like to do some corporate kind of job.At last my daughter's turn came.  "Well," she said, "I want to be a mom."There was a silence. Finally someone asked, "Then why are you here?""Because I...

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Passion to Pantomime

Patrick Allen on August 31, 2010 Comments (0)

Fr. George Rutler, a Roman Catholic, has some constructive thoughts on liturgy & worship, occaisioned by the the new English translation of the Ordinary Form of the Mass: The Liturgy by grace changes lives. Any pastor who is blessed with an abundance of priestly vocations in his parish knows that they come in spite of epicene worship, demotic liturgy committees, and flailing song leaders. They simply join the chorus of the Greeks: "Sir, we would see Jesus." I recall a prelate saying that even as a seminarian he hoped one day to be able to say Mass facing the people....

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The Internet, Red in Tooth and Claw

Patrick Allen on August 30, 2010 Comments (0)

An excellent reflection from Alan Jacobs on much of what passes for "discourse" on the Internet, with an Anglican connection to boot.  I've excerpted a large chucnk, but please read the whole thing. A couple of years ago, I was visiting an Anglican blog, as was then my habit, and came across an article in which a theological conservative — that is, someone on “my side” of the Anglican debate, if (God help us) we must speak in such terms — was accusing Archbishop Williams of something like complete epistemological skepticism, effective unbelief. I have heard many of my fellow...

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Harvard Sister

Patrick Allen on August 25, 2010 Comments (0)

A great interview with a remarkable young woman: Don’t tell Mary Anne Marks the Catholic Church is an oppressive, misogynistic disaster. She knows better. And she’s got a Harvard degree, too. Miss Marks, a native of Queens, N.Y., graduated from Harvard University this past semester with an undergraduate degree in classics and English, delivering her valedictory address in Latin. This fall, she begins a new life, discerning her future consecrated to Christ as a Catholic religious sister with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She and I are alumnae of the same high...

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"When You Give Alms" - Florence Crittenton Home

Patrick Allen on August 11, 2010 Comments (3)

The third of Fr. John Parker's reflections in advance of our special collection to support the work of the Florence Crittenton Home on Assumption Day: When You Give Alms Fr. John Parker The term ‘almsgiving’ is very, very rich in New Testament Greek. In the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew, it is written, “When you do acts of mercy”—poies eleimosyne. The first word is the verb “to do”, from which we gain our English word “poem”, and the second, from the word “eleos”, “mercy”. Most of us are familiar with the Greek, “Kyrie, Eleison”—Lord, have mercy....

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Marriage, Marriage, Marriage

Patrick Allen on August 10, 2010 Comments (1)

Turbulent times for the institution that is at the foundation of society; here are a few recent considerations: Ross Douthat, "The Marriage Ideal" in the New York Times: ...So what are gay marriage’s opponents really defending, if not some universal, biologically inevitable institution? It’s a particular vision of marriage, rooted in a particular tradition, that establishes a particular sexual ideal. This ideal holds up the commitment to lifelong fidelity and support by two sexually different human beings — a commitment that involves the mutual surrender, arguably, of their reproductive self-interest — as a uniquely admirable kind of relationship. It holds...

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Evolution, Evil, & God?

Patrick Allen on August 9, 2010 Comments (0)

On "Big Questions Online", a fine new website of the Templeton Foundation, Mark Vernon ponders the challenge to religious belief posed by natural selection: These familiar arguments are a distraction, however, from an even bigger evolutionary challenge to religious belief: the ravaging of life that is inherent in natural selection. Evolution is indeed magnificently fruitful, but it squanders, at a truly fearful rate, the life that is so supposedly valuable to God. It is possible that swallows may sing for joy as they flit across the evening sky and flying fish may leap from the waves just because they can....

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Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

Patrick Allen on August 5, 2010 Comments (0)

Herewith the second of Fr. John Parker's meditations leading up to our special collection in support of the ministry of the Florence Crittenton Home: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! By Fr John Parker In the 6th Century, a most‐beautiful hymn was written praising Mary, the Mother of God, for her role in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This hymn, called the Akathist (a Greek term used generally for hymns written after the pattern of this one, and meaning not‐seated, since it is sung standing), is sung throughout the world during various seasons— specifically during Great Lent. If one has sung it...

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Anne Rice, Meet Flannery O'Connor

Patrick Allen on August 4, 2010 Comments (1)

Perhaps you've seen that best-selling Vampire Diaries author Anne Rice has repudiated the Christianity she recently adopted.  If not, look here.  Rod Dreher ponders the apostacy and prescribes Flannery O'Connor: Look, we're all in this together. I wish we were all saints, but there's no getting around the fact that the same faith that produced the odious Pope Alexander VI Borgia also produced the Cure of Ars. The faith that gave us hotheaded segregationist preachers also inspired abolitionists and civil rights heroes. If Anne Rice doesn't believe that Jesus is the resurrected Son of God, then she is no longer...

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Florence Crittenton Home

Patrick Allen on August 3, 2010

On Sunday, August 15 - The Feast of the Assumption - we will have a special collection to benefit the Florence Crittenton Home in Charleston.  Our friend Fr. John Parker of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church is writing a series of meditations to help us reflect on our Christian responsibility to unwed mothers and unborn children.  Check back for further reflections from Fr. Parker. The Sancity of Life and the Unwed Mother. Every human person sins. And who among us does not have at least one example where we wish we could have a life "do‐over"—a chance to have a go...

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Relics of St. John the Baptist Found!?

Patrick Allen on August 3, 2010 Comments (0)

See this BBC report. And here is a report from CNN: Archaeologists in Bulgaria claim they have found remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan. A reliquary – a container for holy relics – discovered last week under the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday and found to contain bone fragments of a skull, a hand and a tooth, Bulgaria’s official news agency BTA reported. Excavation leader Kazimir Popkonstantinov lifted the reliquary’s lid in a ceremony in the coastal town of Sozopol attended by dignitaries...

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Rowan Williams: Morality & Transcendence

Patrick Allen on July 20, 2010 Comments (0)

An interesting interview with the ever-thoughtful Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams: Can we make sense of morality without a religious notion of a transcendent or supernatural being?I think that, to make sense of unconditional rights or claims, we need to be clear that there is such a thing as universal human nature and that it has some intrinsic dignity or worth. To try and ground this independently of the idea of a transcendent source of value seems to me not finally feasible. People do, of course, make such claims, and do so in good faith, but I don't see how...

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Signposts In Post-Christian England

Patrick Allen on July 6, 2010 Comments (0)

Eegad: From classical concerts to sophisticated dinners, Liverpool Cathedral is a venue with a difference. Fanfares, fashion, cocktails... from belinis to Beethoven, Liverpool Cathedral has the perfect event space for you... With its magnificent gothic arches the central space offers historical beauty with a modern twist. Liverpool Cathedral is a versatile space and we are open to creative ideas. Whether it is a candlelit dinner, star-studded awards ceremony or a stylish canapé reception the central space will wow your guests. Here it is, by way of First Thoughts.

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Manute Bol, Sports & "Redemption"

Patrick Allen on June 30, 2010 Comments (0)

From the Wall Street Journal, and apropos of Fr. Sanderson's homily this past Sunday, an assesment of Manute Bol's Christian legacy: Bol reportedly gave most of his fortune, estimated at $6 million, to aid Sudanese refugees. As one twitter feed aptly put it: "Most NBA cats go broke on cars, jewelry & groupies. Manute Bol went broke building hospitals." When his fortune dried up, Bol raised more money for charity by doing what most athletes would find humiliating: He turned himself into a humorous spectacle. Bol was hired, for example, as a horse jockey, hockey player and celebrity boxer. Some...

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Of Confession.

Patrick Allen on June 29, 2010 Comments (0)

Eve Tushnet on making a confession: There's an objection that Protestants sometimes pose to Catholics: Why should I confess my sins to a man, when I could simply confess alone, in my room, to God?   I'm sure there are all kinds of theological answers to this question. But I want to talk about what the presence of the "other person," and the other structural elements of the sacrament, add to the experience and spirituality of confession.   Praying alone in one's room, recalling one's sins and intentionally holding them up for God to inspect, can be deeply humbling. It...

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Atheists Don't Have No Songs.

Patrick Allen on June 29, 2010 Comments (0)

 

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Oldest Known Images of Apostles Discovered

Patrick Allen on June 23, 2010 Comments (0)

From beneath the streets of Rome: The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century AD, archaeologists announced Tuesday. The paintings were found in the same location where the oldest known painting of St. Paul was discovered last year, the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology said Tuesday. They are part of a group of paintings around an image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd on the ceiling of what is thought to have been a Roman noblewoman's tomb, experts said. A painting of...

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Adam & Eve: Jewish

Patrick Allen on June 21, 2010 Comments (3)

We had occaision to note Stephen Prothero's book God Is Not One here.  Now Prothero is interviewed by Stephen Colbert, to our very great edification:  The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cStephen Protherowww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorFox News  

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Dawn Eden: Sexual Healing & Holiness

Patrick Allen on June 16, 2010 Comments (0)

Our 2008 Family Retreat speaker and general Friend-of-the-Parish Dawn Eden has completed and successfully defended her Masters Thesis - Towards a 'Climate of Chastity': Bringing Catechesis on the Theology of the Body into the Hermeneutic of Continuity - at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., and she has made a version of that thesis available as an eBook (she humbly asks for a small donation to support this work - click here for ordering and donation information). Dawn recently gave a talk summarizing her thesis.  An excerpt: What concerns me is West's insistence that the "long and painful journey" of...

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Taking Secularism Seriously.

Patrick Allen on June 15, 2010 Comments (0)

 A helpful talk on contemporary apologetic challenges, via the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.    Watch the video above of a talk delivered on June 2, 2010 by Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Archbishop DiNoia argues that the most effective way of overcoming challenges to faith in the uniqueness of Christ, or demonstrating the nature of the moral law, is to take the conceptual underpinnings of secularism and pluralism seriously before, in order to better make the intellectual case for Catholic faith and practice. "St. Thomas Aquinas tried...

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Miss Kitty, Saint.

Patrick Allen on June 10, 2010 Comments (1)

At Touchstone Magazine's Mere Comments blog, Anthony Esolen lists his top 11 Christian television shows, including: 2. Gunsmoke.  This show started off great, and got better as the seasons went on; the very best episodes are those of its second decade, in color, with Ken Curtis as Festus, the wise fool and television's greatest sidekick.  Yes, there were saloon girls, and yes, Miss Kitty was (in the early shows especially) obviously Matt Dillon's woman.  But it is hard to find a show more affirmative of the holiness of marriage, or the need to uphold the law, or the terrible beauty...

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Not Perfect, But Good

Patrick Allen on June 10, 2010 Comments (0)

Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal on the moral example of Armando Galarraga's perfect game and the umpire who screwed blew the biggest call of his career: What was sweet and surprising was that all the principals in the story comported themselves as fully formed adults, with patience, grace and dignity. And in doing so, Galarraga and Joyce showed kids How to Do It. A lot of adults don't teach kids this now, because the adults themselves don't know how to do it. There's a mentoring gap, an instruction gap in our country. We don't put forward a template...

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Love & War

Patrick Allen on June 9, 2010 Comments (0)

Over and over again – and I have video of this – guys will stand up and risk getting hit in order to do their job up in the platoon and keep everyone safe.  They’re choosing to participate in a potentially suicidal act in order to safeguard everyone else.  That is a very profound choice that a person makes for the welfare of another person.  Putting someone else’s welfare above your own – it’s at the heart of combat, but ironically it’s also at the heart of much of religious thought.  There are real parallels between the two. From a...

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Sacred Made Real

Patrick Allen on June 3, 2010 Comments (2)

Mary Eberstadt (one of my favorite exegetes of our culture) lauds and ponders the National Gallery's soon-to-close exhibition of 16th-century Spanish religious art, "The Sacred Made Real": Here a bleeding, suffering Christ stretches tautly on the Cross, staring both piteously and pitiably at the penitent near his feet. There a dewy yet tormented Mary Magdalen, her dazzling soiled skin wrapped roughly in a penitent's coat of rushes, hunches in sorrow over a crucifix. A statue of Saint Ignatius Loyola looms so lifelike and animated that a recitation of his Exercises seems a strong possibility. Many more shocks await. Of course,...

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The Empathy Shortage [Updated]

Patrick Allen on June 2, 2010 Comments (0)

Maia Szalavitz, in Psychology Today: College students who hit campus after 2000 have empathy levels that are 40% lower than those who came before them, according to a stunning new meta-analysis presented to at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science by University of Michigan researchers. It includes data from over 14,000 students. Although we argue in Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered that modern child-rearing practices are putting empathy at risk, this is the largest study presented so far to quantify the decline. Previous research done by psychologist Jean Twenge had measured what she labeled...

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Holy Ascension Piccolo Event

Patrick Allen on June 2, 2010

 

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++Rowan William: Pentecost Letter to the Anglican Communion

Patrick Allen on May 28, 2010 Comments (0)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written an important letter to the bishops, clergy, and faithful of the Anglican Communion.  An excerpt: From the very first, as the New Testament makes plain, the Church has experienced division and internal hostilities. From the very first, the Church has had to repent of its failure to live fully in the light and truth of the Spirit. Jesus tells us in St John’s gospel that the Spirit of truth will ‘prove the world wrong’ in respect of sin and righteousness and judgement (Jn 16.8). But if the Spirit is leading us all further into the truth, the...

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St. Gianna

Patrick Allen on May 25, 2010 Comments (0)

Sancta Gianna ora pro nobis! St. Gianna Beretta Molla may be the first saint ever canonized while her children are still alive. She spent her life in her native Italy as a physician, wife and mother. In 1962, pregnant with her fourth child, she developed a uterine tumor. She refused to have an abortion or hysterectomy, and insisted that if a choice had to be made between herself and the baby, doctors were to save the baby. She died at age 39, a week after giving birth to a healthy girl. St. Gianna was beatified in 1994 and was canonized...

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Kreeft: Learning From Islam

Patrick Allen on May 20, 2010 Comments (0)

Catholic philospher and prolific author Peter Kreeft has a new book viewing Islam from a Christian prospective, Between Allah & Jesus: What Christians Can Learn from Muslims.  Here's an excerpt from the Introduction: Why the West Fears Islam Many Christians today have a deep fear of Islam, as of no other religion. They have reasons: over three thousand of them after 9/11. Yet many Muslims, most Muslims in the West, and the vast majority in America, want to be our friends, not our enemies in our battle against our real common enemy, which is sin, Satan, selfishness and secularism. If...

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Living with Limits (or Not)

Patrick Allen on May 18, 2010 Comments (0)

Georgetown political philosopher Patrick Deneen:Two crises are unfolding half a world apart, competing for space on the front pages of the world’s newspapers and otherwise apparently disconnected. The first has been the unfolding disaster of the “spill” in the Gulf of Mexico (this word, “spill,” seems highly inaccurate to me – it is a hole, a gash, a cavity in the earth that we have created and from which crude oil is spewing forth. “Spill” makes it sound like it’s an accidental tipping out of liquids we have gathered, giving the impression that somehow we are in control. It’s not...

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Henry in Hell?

Patrick Allen on May 18, 2010 Comments (0)

A very fine sermon on the Carthusian martyrs by Archbishop Rowan Williams: The God who has, it seems, been vanquished, is yet a God who cannot be abolished. In many ages and many places, authorities even more appalling than Henry VIII have believed that they could abolish God and the cross of God; and they have had to discover that while they may vanquish, they cannot destroy. That which is the last hope, the last longing of the condemned and tortured, remains. The cross stands while the world turns. And whatever human power and human injustice can achieve and effect, the hanged God, the...

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Naming Mary

Patrick Allen on May 17, 2010 Comments (0)

Fr. Michael Monshau, O.P. on the titles of Our Lady: In many ways, expressions of love for Mary rank among the products of Catholic devotional spirituality at its best. As Our Lord assured us from the Cross, Mary is our Mother. Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est, "Mary has truly become the Mother of all believers. Men and women of every time and place have recourse to her motherly kindness and her virginal purity and grace, in all their needs and aspirations, their joys and sorrows, their moments of loneliness and their common endeavors. ... Mary,...

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Youth Sunday Sermon

Patrick Allen on May 12, 2010 Comments (0)

Katie-Greta Lester's Youth Sunday Sermon:  

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Truth or "Tolerance"?

Patrick Allen on May 12, 2010 Comments (0)

Today is the 131st anniversary of John Henry Newman's "Bigglietto Speech," delivered upon receiving news that he had elevated to the office of Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII: In a long course of years I have made many mistakes. I have nothing of that high perfection which belongs to the writings of Saints, viz., that error cannot be found in them; but what I trust that I may claim all through what I have written, is this,—an honest intention, an absence of private ends, a temper of obedience, a willingness to be corrected, a dread of error, a desire to...

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Churchly Dissonance

Patrick Allen on May 10, 2010 Comments (1)

Reflecting on a quick trip to London, Alan Jacobs points up a sad and common dissonance in Anglican life (to which we can only say, "Behold the harmony which is the Church of the Holy Communion!"): Great St. Bart's remains, as Iain Sinclair has said, the most numinous of London's churches.   The current rector seems to be Anglo-Catholic in sympathies: I smelled incense as I came in the door, and noted some classes to be offered in the thought of John Henry Newman. And yet I saw also an assertive notice proclaiming that, whatever other churches might do, this...

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Right and Wrong and Babies

Patrick Allen on May 10, 2010 Comments (0)

As the Apostle saith, "They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts" (Rm 2.15).  From the New York Times, fascinating insights into the moral life of babies: Not long ago, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy had just seen a puppet show in which one puppet played with a ball while interacting with two other puppets. The center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the right, who would pass it back. And the center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet...

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Embarrasment Is Dead.

Patrick Allen on May 4, 2010 Comments (1)

Christine Rosen ponders the rise in public displays of just about anything: It is not only public grooming that you'll see more of these days; public displays of affection have become more frequent (and more amorous) as well.  As one young Manhattan resident recently complained in the New York Times, "Everywhere I go, people are fondling each other as if the entire city were a cheap motel room."   At work, over-sharing is becoming as vexing an office problem as gossip.  Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Bernstein wrote recently of the challenge of erasing from her mind the image of a...

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Religious Harmony?

Patrick Allen on April 29, 2010 Comments (0)

An article in the Boston Globe, adapting a section of Stephen Prothero's new book God Is Not One: ...Of course, those who claim that the world’s religions are different paths up the same mountain do not deny the undeniable fact that they differ in some particulars. Obviously, Christians do not go on pilgrimage to Mecca, and Muslims do not practice baptism. Religious paths do diverge in dogma, rites, and institutions. To claim that all religions are basically the same, therefore, is not to deny the differences between a Buddhist who believes in no god, a Jew who believes in one...

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Neighborly Arts

Patrick Allen on April 29, 2010 Comments (1)

Via Front Proch Republic: There is a connection between what might be called the “neighborly arts” and a life well lived. When we make it a point to learn various skills, we become better equipped to help our neighbors. When we can grow a tomato, we can then share it with others. When we can build a fence, install a light fixture, or repair a carburetor, we can not only take better care of ourselves and our families, we can better serve our neighbors. Learning to tend livestock, cultivate fruit trees, and keep bees provides the satisfaction of doing for...

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Time Saver

Patrick Allen on April 27, 2010 Comments (0)

Every work hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art on 10 April 2010 in just two minutes:

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Chesterton Lecture

Patrick Allen on April 26, 2010 Comments (0)

"Who is the Apostle of Common Sense?" Tuesday, 25 May, 7.00PM The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist 120 Broad Street, Charleston  "Who is the Apostle of Common Sense?" with Dale Alquist, president of the American Chesterton Society Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) cannot be summed up in one sentence. Nor in one paragraph. In fact, in spite of the fine biographies that have been written of him, he has never been captured between the covers of one book. But rather than waiting to separate the goats from the sheep, let’s just come right out and say it: G.K. Chesterton was...

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Photos: The Beauty of Holiness

Patrick Allen on April 26, 2010 Comments (1)

Local artist Steven Hyatt has recently completed a stunning photo essay of the Church of the Holy Communion for his "Churches of Charleston Project."  You may view the images (and purchase prints) via the Churches of Charleston Project webpage.

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Sea-born Goddess or Crucified God?

Patrick Allen on April 20, 2010 Comments (0)

Orthodox theologian and general Christian provocateur David Bentley Hart laments the lameness of the New Atheism (which he thoroughly eviscerated in this book): If I were to choose from among the New Atheists a single figure who to my mind epitomizes the spiritual chasm that separates Nietzsche's unbelief from theirs, I think it would be the philosopher and essayist A.C. Grayling. For a short time I entertained the misguided hope that he might produce an atheist manifesto somewhat richer than the others currently on offer. Unfortunately, all his efforts in that direction suffer from the same defects as those of...

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No Greater Love: The Movie

Patrick Allen on April 19, 2010 Comments (0)

This looks to be a fine documentary film about a congregation of Carmelite nuns, particularly for those of us who were enamored of Into Great Silence - which is to say, all of us who have seen it.    From a review in the Times of London: I suspect that many people, Catholic or not, would form instinctive ideas about a group of women who spend the vast proportion of their days in silence, rarely venture outside of their monastery walls, and who have made vows of poverty, chastity and obedience before God. AsNo Greater Love_1";return this.s_oc?this.s_oc(e):true' href="http://www.nogreaterlove.co.uk/"> No Greater Love begins...

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Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace!

Patrick Allen on April 15, 2010 Comments (0)

The Church of the Holy Communion is hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University  This 13 week course begins Wednesday evening, 21 April, 6.30-8.30pm.  Cost is $100.00.  Call the parish office (843.722.2024) for further details & registration, or register online. What is Financial Peace University? Most people struggle to make ends meet.  They just have too much month left at the end of the money.  If you have made mistakes and feel like your money vanishes each month, you are not alone.  In fact, 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, regardless of income. Financial Peace University is designed to teach you and...

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So Much For the 'Historical Jesus'

Patrick Allen on April 13, 2010 Comments (0)

Professor Scott McKnight ponders the end of the the so-called "quest for the historical Jesus": Sitting on my desk is volume four of J. P. Meier's Rethinking the Historical Jesus. What began as a two-volume venture has doubled, and one or two more volumes are forthcoming. Volume one generated all kinds of conversation; volume four entered the market with barely a notice. Sitting next to Meier on my desk is Martin Hengel's Jesus und das Judentum, over 700 pages and perhaps the last volume from the titan of scholarship. Someone will translate Hengel, doctoral students will read it, professors will...

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Notes on Spiritual Disciplines

Patrick Allen on April 12, 2010 Comments (0)

Our MUSC ministry, Caritas Fellowship, has just concluded its spring study on Spiritual Disciplines.  Links to the study notes (.pdf files) are below, and notes from previous studies may be found on the Caritas Fellowship website. Caritas Bible Study: SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES "Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself." --Leo Tolstoy 1/28: Meditation.pdf (File Size - 105K) 2/11: Prayer.pdf (File Size - 90K) 2/18: Fasting.pdf (File Size - 86K) 2/25: Examination.pdf (File Size - 84K) 3/11: Silence & Solitude.pdf (File Size - 93K) 3/25: Simplicity.pdf (File Size - 99K) 4/1: Service.pdf (File Size - 123K) 4/8: Self-Denial.pdf (File Size - 115K)

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The Glory of Jesus

Patrick Allen on April 12, 2010 Comments (0)

From Fr. Clarke's sermon yesterday: "What God has done in Jesus Christ is to destroy the logic of revenge, the symmetry of getting even.  The wounds he bears, the wounds we gave him, in his hands and in his feet - these Wounds are his Glory.  It is the Shekinah of God, the glory of Jesus, that these wounds are unavenged, that rather than send a thousand legions of angels to requite the Death of a Son (which you and I would do yesterday), God accepted our rage and hate against himself, against his Beloved, and loves us within these...

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PASCHA NOSTRUM

Patrick Allen on April 12, 2010 Comments (0)

Beneventian chant, via the shrine of the Holy Whapping:  

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Loser Letters

Patrick Allen on April 8, 2010 Comments (0)

Mary Eberstadt's wise and hysterically satiric answer to the New Atheism, with a twist.  The Loser Letters:  I highly recommend it. A wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism. Amid the many current books arguing for or against religion, social critic, and writer Mary Eberstadt's The Loser Letters is truly unique: a black comedy about theism and atheism that is simultaneously a rollicking defense of Christianity. And here's an excerpt from Letter One: Dear Sirs (again), First, let's talk about something You Atheist guys all like to talk about (judging by...

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Watch Your Words

Patrick Allen on April 7, 2010 Comments (0)

Preach it, sister: Marilyn Chandler McEntyre's new book, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, is a warning against industrialized language prevalent in contemporary America, where words "come to us processed like cheese, depleted of nutrients, flattened and packaged, artificially colored and mass marketed." To combat this, she advocates a strenuous connoisseurship that insists on "useable, flexible, precise, enlivening language." While the author's Christian commitment is clear throughout—Caring for Words grew out of her 2004 Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary—the book is focused on the "horizontal" dimension of language, on its primary role as man's chief social tool....

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Hitler Tried To Bogart The Shroud

Patrick Allen on April 7, 2010 Comments (0)

From the Perth Sunday Times: Hitler dispatched aides to swipe the sacred relic - believed to have been used to wrap the dead body of Christ - after visiting Italy in 1938. Vatican officials had it moved south from Turin to the Montevergine monastery in the country's Campania region, but the Fuhrer's henchmen eventually stumbled across the shroud's hiding place. However they were unable to find it because of a group of brave monks who surrounded the altar in which the artifact was stashed and pretended to pray, Italian news agency ANSA reported today. Their quick-thinking meant Hitler - who historians...

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The Science of Sainthood

Patrick Allen on April 6, 2010 Comments (0)

Saintly ‘science’: When doctors and doubters are called upon to prove miracles Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, a hematologist, lapsed Anglican and firm atheist, was desperate for work in the mid-1980s when she took on a small contract in Ottawa to interpret a set of laboratory slides for a colleague and write a report.She was given no information about the patient and assumed her report would be used in a malpractice lawsuit, which is common for that kind of blind medical analysis.Instead, her findings and subsequent oral testimony became the last piece of “evidence” of a miracle in the 200-year cause for...

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Holy Week Homilies

Patrick Allen on April 6, 2010 Comments (0)

Your Holy Week homilies in one convenient location: Monday in Holy Week: audio / textJn 12.1-11March 29, 2010Fr. Dow Sanderson Tuesday in Holy Week: audio / textMk 11.15-19March 30, 2010Fr. Patrick Allen Wednesday in Holy Week: audio / textJn 13.21-35March 31, 2010Fr. Dow Sanderson Maundy Thursday: audio / textJn 13.1-15April 01, 2010Fr. Dan Clarke Good Friday: audio / textJn 18.1-19.42April 02, 2010Fr. Patrick Allen Great Vigil of Easter: audio / textMt 28.1-10April 03, 2010Fr. Dan Clarke Easter Day: audio / textLk 24.1-10April 04, 2010Fr. Dow Sanderson

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Holy Communion Video

Patrick Allen on March 30, 2010

Video of Fr. Tobin's talks from the 2010 parish retreat are now available via our video page.  Keep an eye on that page for other forthcoming video from the Church of the Holy Communion!

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Bp. Lawrence's Convention Address

Patrick Allen on March 30, 2010 Comments (0)

From Bishop Lawrence's address: Finally, what is it we want for this great and historic Diocese of South Carolina?  I believe this diocese wants to be able to decide under God its destiny; to have a choice as to whether it goes down the same destructive path that has caused such statistical and spiritual decline as can be seen elsewhere among so many Episcopal dioceses and parishes across this country.  I believe what we seek for this diocese is stated succinctly in Resolutions R-1:  It is to be a gospel diocese, proclaiming an evangelical faith, embodied in a catholic order,...

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Holy Week @ Holy Communion

Patrick Allen on March 29, 2010

Monday - Wednesday: Low Mass, 8.00am & 6.30pm Maundy Thursday:  The Mass of the Lord's Supper, 6.30pm Good Friday:  Stations of the Cross, 12.00pm; Good Friday Liturgy & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified, 6.30pm Holy Saturday:  Great Vigil of Easter, 8.00pm Easter Sunday:  Low Mass, 8.00am; Solemn High Mass, 10.30am (Children's Easter Egg hunt, 9.15am)

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The Holy Sepulchre

Patrick Allen on March 23, 2010 Comments (0)

Amazing 360 views of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem - just in time for a Holy Week virtual pilgrimmage.

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Discipline & Desire

Patrick Allen on March 23, 2010 Comments (0)

Georgetown professor of political philosophy Patrick Deneen on the twin moral shoals presented by food and sex: I was struck by the juxtaposition of these events, since both dealt with the elemental kinds of appetite — for food and sex. Those two objects of our desire — both derived from instincts and impulses of the human body — are linked together by Aristotle in his discussion of the origins of political community. In “Politics” he wrote,“Just as man is the best of animals when he perfected, when separated from law and justice he is the worst of all. … Without...

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The Winning Bracket

Patrick Allen on March 18, 2010 Comments (0)

Behold (for even better beholding, click to enlarge):

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Bp. Lawrence & Lent

Patrick Allen on March 11, 2010 Comments (0)

This Lent, Bishop Lawrence has written two very helpful pastoral letters (so far) on Lenten disciplines.  Herewith are excerpts and links: Self-Denial: A Delightful Refrain“Self-denial…” wrote Cardinal John Henry Newman, “is a subject never out of place in Christian teaching.”    It is never out of place because it is a way of putting the cross, the pattern of Christ’s sacrifice, at the very center of our daily lives.  It is especially appropriate during the forty days of Lent.  “If anyone would come after me,” said Jesus, “let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  Let...

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"Mass Market Mysticism"

Patrick Allen on March 10, 2010 Comments (0)

New York Times columnist (and token faithful Catholic) reflects on a recent essay by theologian Luke Timothy Johnson regarding modern mysticism: ...And yet Johnson may be right that something important is being lost as well. By making mysticism more democratic, we’ve also made it more bourgeois, more comfortable, and more dilettantish. It’s become something we pursue as a complement to an upwardly mobile existence, rather than a radical alternative to the ladder of success. Going to yoga classes isn’t the same thing as becoming a yogi; spending a week in a retreat center doesn’t make me Thomas Merton or Thérèse...

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Anglicans & the Pope(s)

Patrick Allen on March 10, 2010 Comments (0)

St John FisherHere's a very helpful address from William Cardinal Levada on ecumenical initiatives from Rome to Anglicans: The recent Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, establishing—I don’t need to translate this, I suppose, it won’t come out so well in translation: “groups of Anglicans”—establishing personal ordinariates for groups of Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, was not created in a vacuum. For many Anglicans, the possibility opened by this initiative has seemed to be a logical development of the official dialogues between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church during the 45 year period since the end of...

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True Places

Patrick Allen on March 8, 2010 Comments (0)

Lauren Winner reviewsTrue Places: a Lowcountry Preacher, His Church, and His People by photographer Stanley Lanzano: Herewith a white photographer's journey into the churches of African Americans in the South Carolina low-country. The project was born when photographer Stanley F. Lanzano was vacationing at a posh inn on Pawley's Island. The inn made for a lovely getaway: each room was well-appointed; cocktails were served on the porch each evening. But what "intrigued" Lanzano was the "silent black staff. They moved slowly, their eyes kept low … . [W]earing starched white uniforms, they did their jobs in a quiet, efficient, and accommodating...

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Innocence Is Bliss!

Patrick Allen on March 2, 2010 Comments (0)

Church of the Holy Communion parishioner Frank Royster's latest record, Innocence Is Bliss, is out and available for purchase!  And I think I recognize our newest boat boy on the cover.  The album may be downloaded from Digstation, here, and from iTunes by the end of this week.  It's also available from local music retail outlets.  And Frank can hook you up after Mass.  Frank's website is here. About the album: A look at the cover of Frank Royster's newest solo album, you'll see the image of his 5-year old son standing, lifting up a giant blue sphere. "He almost looks like a...

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Ending the Reformation?

Patrick Allen on March 1, 2010 Comments (1)

Charlotte Hays in the Wall Street Journal: On a recent evening, about 60 people—ex-Episcopalians, curious Catholics and a smattering of earnest Episcopal priests in clerical collars—gathered downtown for an unusual liturgy: It was Evensong and Benediction, sung according to the Book of Divine Worship, an Anglican Use liturgical book still being prepared in Rome. Beautiful evensongs are a signature of Protestant Episcopal worship. Benediction, which consists of hymns, canticles or litanies before the consecrated host on the altar, is a Catholic devotion. We were getting a blend of both at St. Mary Mother of God Church, lent for the occasion....

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Jews & Christians, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Patrick Allen on March 1, 2010 Comments (0)

Here's an interesting essay advancing the thesis that the Christian imagination lends itself to fantasy (i.e., Tolkien & Lewis) and the Jewish imaginaiton to Science Fiction (i.e., Asimov & Silverberg): C. S. Lewis was always clear that he did not set out to write The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a didactic project. It began, he said, with an image in his head of an umbrella-toting faun standing in the snow. Nonetheless, when he wrote the Narnia books, Lewis drew deeply from his Christian beliefs. In this, he and the many Christian fantasy writers have an advantage over...

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Clarity and/or Fidelity?

Fr. Dow Sanderson on February 25, 2010 Comments (0)

From the Rector's Desk: Many of you will have read that we hosted the national gathering of the Anglo-Catholic Rectors Conference here a few weeks ago.  It was a very helpful, encouraging and rewarding experience.  It was good to meet new friends, and to reconnect with acquaintances of long standing.  And of course, one of the best things about such gatherings is the opportunity to hear and share stories.  Fr. Reid, the Rector of St. Clement's, Philadelphia, for example, is a regular raconteur, and he kept me in stitches the entire time.  He shared with us regarding his parish, We...

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Of Facebook and Friendship

Patrick Allen on February 24, 2010 Comments (0)

The website "Frontporch Republic," is having a symposium on friendship, including this contribution from Susan McWilliams on "Facebook and Friendship."  An excerpt: What I’d like to stress is that, whatever else you make of Facebook friendship, it underscores the great and significant discrepancy between: 1) the scale of contemporary life, and 2) the scale of friendship. The scale of contemporary life is so vast that it is hard to fathom. For most of us, completing even the most homebound tasks – using the bathroom, eating a meal – involves us massive networks of pipe and road, transportation and production, people and...

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The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

Patrick Allen on February 23, 2010 Comments (0)

The Morgan Library & Museum up in New York City (apparently it's an urban center of note somewhere north of Raleigh) is exhibiting a 15th Century Book of Hours commissioned by Catherine of Cleves, and has provided a fascinating online exhibition as well.  There's a bit about Catherine and her Prayer Book in the Wall Street Journal, here: Catherine's manuscript was so rich that, in the 19th century, an unscrupulous dealer divided and recombined the pages as two separate volumes. The Morgan Library, which owns both parts, has had the books disbound prior to reassembly in their original order (minus 11...

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Thou hast set eternity in their hearts...

Patrick Allen on February 22, 2010 Comments (0)

From Newsweek, via "First Thoughts": Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago—a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they...

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How Evangelism Happens

Patrick Allen on February 22, 2010 Comments (5)

I'm a big fan of singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, whose new album Downtown Church (as the title suggests) has a heavy gospel influence.  In reading about the genesis of the new record on her website, I came across the following, a good object lesson in how evangelism happens - through hospitality and inclusion (that much abused & besmirched word): “I wanted to do it in a church,” Patty says, the wonder still in her voice nearly a year later. “I didn’t expect Buddy to find such a church. I was thinking, nice little church out in the country, one of those...

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Lent Last Year

Patrick Allen on February 17, 2010 Comments (0)

Audio from our 2009 Lenten Lectures, including Fr. Tobin's talks from the parish retreat (go ahead and register for this year's edition here) is available on this page.

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Music for Ash Wednesday

Patrick Allen on February 17, 2010 Comments (0)

  An English tranlation: Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.To thee, Redeemer, on thy throne of glory: lift we our weeping eyes in holy pleadings: listen, O Jesu, to our supplications.Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.O thou chief cornerstone, right hand of the Father: way of salvation, gate of life celestial: cleanse thou our sinful souls from all defilement. Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.God, we implore thee, in thy glory seated: bow down and hearken...

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Episcopal News

Patrick Allen on February 17, 2010 Comments (0)

From the Institute On Religion & Democracy, an update on recent Anglican happenings, including our own South Carolina drama: A blizzard of winter weather on the Eastern seaboard was matched this past week by a flurry of activity from the Episcopal Church Center. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori traveled to Britain in order to lobby Church of England (CoE) leaders against a motion favorable to conservative rivals in North America. At the same time, South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence revealed that the Presiding Bishop's office had retained an attorney in South Carolina who was apparently laying the groundwork for a...

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Shrove Tuesday!

Patrick Allen on February 16, 2010

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, tonight (2/16), 5.00 till 6.30.  And yes, Virginia, there will be compote.

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Love & Commitment.

Patrick Allen on February 15, 2010 Comments (0)

From the Wall Street Journal:

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Family Life & Lent

Patrick Allen on February 15, 2010 Comments (0)

Courtesy of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph... Family Life and Lentby Fr. Michael Monshau, O.P. Do you need Lent this year or are you planning on doing without it, or don't you think about such things ahead of time at all? God has called you to holiness, which is another way of saying that He has invited you into intimate friendship with Him. Lent is a good time to invest more deeply into that friendship. How will you be investing yourself more radically into that friendship this Lent? Will your experience of Lent be a rather personal and private...

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Haiti: How to Help II

Patrick Allen on January 14, 2010

From Headline Bistro: Haiti: And a Little Child Will Lead Them by Rachel Campos-Duffy  So often, when natural disasters and human tragedy hit on the scale we are currently witnessing in Haiti, we feel helpless. How could this happen to people who are already suffering so much? As the images first hit my television screen, a deep sense of sadness came over me.  Though I prayed, the sadness and helplessness did not go away. I wanted to do something more than sit in my warm kitchen and write a check. But what can I do? I have five young children, no...

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Haiti: How to Help

Patrick Allen on January 14, 2010

Click image for more photographsFrom the Diocesan website: Diocese Responds to Earthquake on Haiti January 13, 2009 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God; for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God." 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 As you know the recent earthquake in Haiti has been devastating for many Haitians. Many of our parishes have made mission trips and established ongoing relationships with the Diocese of Haiti, with Bishop Duracin...

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This Time & That Time.

Patrick Allen on January 12, 2010

Fr. James Schall explains the calendar(s): We Catholics live, as it were, in a double time zone. We live in cosmic time. The ages of the universe, Sun, and planet are behind us but still go on. We also live in creation-redemption time. The Liturgical Year keeps our attention on this second time, the time that really counts. For those who live only in cosmic time, their lives mean relatively little or nothing. Even if they suspect that their lives have some purpose, they have little light on what it might be. They are but one of the hundreds of...

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Magi and Bishop and Food - Oh My!

Patrick Allen on January 5, 2010

Dear Friends - Just a reminder that this Wednesday (6 January) is the Feast of the Epiphany, and that this coming Sunday Bishop Lawrence will make his annual visitation to the Church of the Holy Communion.  So,The Feast of the Epiphany:Wednesday, 5.00pmSolemn High MassA light supper to followRegular Wednesday programs will resume next weekSunday (The Baptism of Our Lord):Bishop Lawrence will preach at both MassesBaptism & Confirmation at the 10.30 MassSpecial adult forum with Bp. Lawrence during Sunday School (beginning 9.20)Covered-dish supper following the 10.30 MassPlease make every effort to lend your prayers and presence to the celebrations!Blessings,Fr. PatrickP.S.  Also,...

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2010 Homilies

Patrick Allen on January 4, 2010

Please note that with the new year begins a new page for sermon audio & text links: 2010 Homilies

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Dating Christmas

Patrick Allen on December 23, 2009

An article in Biblical Archeology Review examines the foundations of the traditiona date of our Lord's Nativity, December 25 (and it doesn't have anything to do with pagan festivals): The earliest mention of December 25 as Jesus' birthday comes from a mid-fourth-century Roman almanac that lists the death dates of various Christian bishops and martyrs. The first date listed, December 25, is marked: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae: "Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea." In about 400 C.E., Augustine of Hippo mentions a local dissident Christian group, the Donatists, who apparently kept Christmas festivals on December 25, but refused...

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The End of Advent

Patrick Allen on November 30, 2009

First Things editor Jody Bottum ponders the meaning (or meaninglessness) of Chrsitmas without Advent: Still, the disappearance of Advent seems especially disturbing—for it's injured even the secular Christmas season: opening a hole, from Thanksgiving on, that can be filled only with fiercer, madder, and wilder attempts to anticipate Christmas. More Christmas trees. More Christmas lights. More tinsel, more tassels, more glitter, more glee—until the glut of candies and carols, ornaments and trimmings, has left almost nothing for Christmas Day. For much of America, Christmas itself arrives nearly as an afterthought: not the fulfillment, but only the end, of the long Yule...

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Metropolitan Jonah - Audio

Patrick Allen on November 23, 2009

Click here to download or stream audio Metropolitan Jonah's talk at the Chuch of the Holy Communion (11/23/2009), "The Cross of Christ: an Orthodox Perspective."  Metropolitan Jonah is the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Take the Mass out of Xmas

Patrick Allen on November 17, 2009

Philosopher Ralph McInerny reflects on, and responds to, our consumerist culture's subversion of Christ's Mass:Morose delectation is more often a temporary grace than a settled view of life, but longevity brings the feeling that one has outlived his time, that there are events it would have been better not to see, that human folly is a bottomless resource. Now when the secular Advent begins more or less on Labor Day, the familiar lament that Christmas is being trivialized, commercialized, and secularized is once more heard in the land, even though the mourner’s bench has becomes less crowded. Christ’s Mass, the...

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Metropolitan Jonah

Patrick Allen on November 16, 2009

Monday 23 November 2009 Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will offer a meditation on THE CROSS OF CHRIST: An Orthodox Perspective 11:30 AM CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMMUNION At 12:15 the NOONDAY OFFICE will be sung At 12:30 PM SOUP AND SANDWICH LUNCH with the opportunity to continue the conversation with the Metropolitan Please telephone 722.2024 if interested in lunch.

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Bp. Lawrence's Convention Address

Patrick Allen on October 27, 2009

Click here to read/print the text.  Video courtesy of Anglican TV.

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Molly on the D.R.

Patrick Allen on September 15, 2009

Join us for our first Wednesday night program of the Fall.  Our own Molly Walker will show photographs and report on her summer-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic and invite us to consider enlarging that mission with a group from Holy Communion next summer. 5.00pm  Mass 5.30pm  Supper 6.00pm  Molly

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Bishop Lawrence's Address to the Clergy, 8.13.2009

Patrick Allen on August 24, 2009

Please click here to read Bishop Lawrence's address to the diocesan clergy regarding developments in the Episcopal Church and the response of the Diocese of South Carolina.  (Printer-friendly .pdf link at bottom of page)Documents referred to in the Address:"Communion, Covenant, and Our Anglican Future", The Most Rev'd Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury"An Anglican Covenant - Ridley Cambridge Draft"

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Audio Links Updated (5/21)

Patrick Allen on May 13, 2009

UPDATE (5/21):  All links now updated.  Sermons may streamed or downloaded from the homilies pages (2008, 2009), from the podcast page, from iTunes (see below), or you may subscribe to the RSS feed.____________________We are in the process of switching to a new host for our audio files.  The audio links on the Homilies page for Jan. 4 through April 12 are not yet updated and no longer functional ("Text" links are still good).  To listen to those sermons, please go to our podcast page:  holycommunion.libsyn.comAlso, the iTunes podcast should continue to work (search "Holy Communion Homilies" in the iTunes store).Please...

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Wedding Homily

Patrick Allen on April 22, 2009

Audio of Fr. Sanderson's homiliy from the Clarke-Fleming wedding is available.  Click here to download or listen.

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Wedding Pictures!

Patrick Allen on April 22, 2009

 Photos of Fr. Dan & Miss Lisa's wedding are up, with more coming soon - click here to see the album.

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Lent Audio Posted

Patrick Allen on March 18, 2009

Audio from our first two Lenten lectures is now available, here.  The rest, including Fr. Vincent Tobin's Kanuga talks and Annunciation Mass homily from Fr. Trip Cormeny, will be posted as they become available. 

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Bp. Lawrence @ Holy Communion

Patrick Allen on December 31, 2008

Join us Sunday, 4 January, as Bishop Lawrence makes his annual visit to celebrate, preach & confirm.

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Listen to CHC Sermons Online

Patrick Allen on October 21, 2008

As of today, we have our first Church of the Holy Communion sermon available for audio download or online listening - not that any of you ever miss Mass, but because some of you just can't get enough good preachin'!From the left hand menu of the CHC homepage, click on "Homilies" and then on "Homilies - audio".  From that page you may listen to individual sermons as they become available, or download them to your computer, or even subscribe to an RSS feed to automatically sync with your computer or .mp3 player (a "Holy Communion Homilies" podcast will be available...

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Lucy Grace Allen - Updated

Patrick Allen on October 12, 2008

Here are some pictues of mine & Ashley's little girl, Lucy - click on the picture to enlarge.  We are grateful for all your prayers and many kindlnesses toward us.  We'll add more pictures soon."Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb, * are an heritage and gift that cometh of the LORD." Ps 127.4 Blessings,Fr. Patrick & Ashley

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Bp. Lawrence re Depostion of Bp. Duncan

on September 29, 2008

Dear Fellow Clergy and Members of the Diocese of South Carolina, We met in Salt Lake City, Utah, to consider our experience at Lambeth and to carry out the business of the House, which in this instance was the deposition under Title IV.9 of The Rt. Reverend Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh. I have known Bob for close to 20 years, as a fellow priest in the diocese of Pittsburgh, as my Bishop for a year or so in Pittsburgh, and then as a colleague in the struggles of The Episcopal Church. The discussion regarding Lambeth on Wednesday morning and...

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Picnic Photos!

Patrick Allen on September 26, 2008

Photographs from the annual parish picnic.

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Homily, 9/21/2008

on September 26, 2008

Pentecost IXX, Proper 20a Jon 3.10-4.11; Mt 20.1-16 September 21, 2008 Fr. M. Dow Sanderson   +++ It has always been a part of the promised "American Dream" that people who work hard enough, regardless of how humble their circumstances, can achieve the loftiest of goals. How often in American history have we celebrated the impressive From Log Cabin to White House sort of journey.  And in this election year more than ever, we are seeing the long-time obstacles of race and gender being overcome. We always seem to be touched and inspired by those who work hard and succeed......

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Dawn Eden Interview

Patrick Allen on September 23, 2008

Here's friend o' the parish Dawn Eden, interviewed by Culture11's Jillian Bandes:

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Progressively Superstitious

Fr. Patrick Allen on September 22, 2008

Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal:"What Americans Really Believe," a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.The Gallup Organization, under contract to Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, asked American adults a series of questions to gauge credulity. Do dreams foretell...

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