We are a small church, yet we have decided to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The thinking behind this is that it is more important to have opportunity for as many folks as possible. Some families gather in their homes on Christmas Eve and others on Christmas Day, so this year we are embracing the values of availability and opportunity and praying for the Lord's blessing through us for the community and also to us because of all those who come and worship this Christmas.
The Feast of the Transfiguration - August 6
The following content is from justus.anglican.org
Today we celebrate the occasion (recorded in Matthew 17:1-8 = Mark 9:2-8 = Luke 9:28-36) on which Christ, as He was beginning to teach His disciples that He must die and rise again, revealed Himself in shining splendor to Peter, James, and John. Moses and Elijah were present, and are taken to signify that the Law and the Prophets testify that Jesus is the promised Messiah. God the Father also proclaimed him as such, saying, "This is my Beloved Son. Listen to him." For a moment the veil is drawn aside, and men still on earth are permitted a glimpse of the heavenly reality, the glory of the Eternal Triune God.
In the East, the Festival of the Transfiguration has been celebrated since the late fourth century, and is one of the twelve great festivals of the East Orthodox calendar. In the West it was observed after the ninth century by some monastic orders, and in 1457 Pope Callistus III ordered its general observance. At the time of the Reformation, it was still felt in some countries to be a "recent innovation," and so was not immediately taken over into most Reformation calendars, but is now found on most calendars that have been revised in the twentieth century. A recent tendency in the West is to commemorate the Transfiguration on the Sunday just before Lent, in accordance with the pattern found in the Synoptics, where Jesus is represented as beginning to speak of his forthcoming death just about the time of the Transfiguration, so that it forms a fitting transition between the Epiphany season, in which Christ makes himself known, and the Lenten season, in which he prepares the disciples for what lies ahead. Whether observing the Transfiguration then will affect the observation of it on 6 August remains to be seen.
Here is a brief and well-written article about St. Christopher from Franciscan Media.
"St. Christopher: Fact or Fiction"
A video presentation by Catholic Online:
At our most recent Mission Council meeting, it was unanimously agreed that St. Christopher's main international/global outreach would be Obaatan Pa hospital in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Amelia Laing, a parishioner of St. Christopher's, is an integral part of this work, and serves on both the Ghanan and United States board of trustees of Serving Women in Ghana.
This is what is written as "Our Story" on the Serving Women in Ghana Facebook page:
Serving Women in Ghana was formed as a response to many stories of avoidable tragic outcomes around women’s health and childbearing, and is an effort to create a model health care facility for women, with high quality, affordable care, offered in a clean environment, with dignity afforded to all who are served."
This June the ACNA's first Book of Common Prayer (2019) will be released. St. Christopher's is campaigning to purchase prayer books for our church, asking that each one of us would buy one for ourselves, and then one for the church.