Grace Notes: Advent 4

And so… We’ve arrived at the final week of another Advent season. I pray that in the stillness, you were able to hear the voice of God in clearer, more precise tones: that in hearing, you have been convinced of the fact that in the midst of all that seems …

Grace Notes: Advent 3

Today’s Gospel reading [Luke 3: 7 – 18] is, in essence, a continuation of last week’s and from all accounts, John the baptizer is pulling no punches in delivering his sermon. He is very direct in addressing the questions and concerns of those who had come to him, seeking baptism. …

Grace Notes: Advent 2

 In the Gospel reading for today, taken from Luke 3: 1 – 6, the evangelist places the message of John the baptizer, within historical and social contexts, that make both message and messenger, worthy of our pondering. There is no mistaking the fact that there were big-wigs at the time, …

Grace Notes: Advent 1

Lo, He comes with Clouds Descending! Once for favored sinners slain; thousand, thousand saints attending swell the triumph of his train. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God appears on earth to reign. Every eye shall now behold him, robed in dreadful majesty; those who set at naught and sold him, pierced and …

Epiphany

“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)   The Epiphany (manifestation) of Jesus Christ to the (non-Jewish) world, celebrated in liturgical observances on this day, January 6, serves as a reminder to the Church, of the great privilege that is …

Advent

The Season of Advent Advent begins on the nearest Sunday to St Andrew’s Day (November 30) and lasts until Christmas. Advent is a time for preparation – and specifically a time when we examine our readiness for the advent, or coming, of Christ. It is a time when we prepare …

Pentecost

Fifty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost which comes from the Greek word meaning “fiftieth”. It originally refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after the Passover, and it was to celebrate this Jewish festival that the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ …

The Season of Easter

Easter is the most important liturgical season in Christendom as it celebrates resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion.  It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent .  In Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday …