Ember Day (Advent Day Eighteen)

Today is an “ember” day. In the catholic (i.e. universal) Tradition of the Church, ember days are days when the Church has set aside time specifically for ordination and prayer for the bringing in of new ministers. Advent is a good time of the Church year...

Under His Wings (Advent Day Seventeen)

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4 Do we think of God in this simple way? As a mother hen covers her chicks, so our God covers us in times of trouble, hiding us from the...

Now (Advent Day Sixteen)

Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall...

“Messenger of the Word” (Third Sunday in Advent: Day 15)

This morning my sermon was entitled, “Messenger of the Word.” On the third Sunday in Advent, we traditionally recognize the contributions of John the Baptist and celebrate his “preparing the Way” for the Messiah. As part of that, we see his...