Monthly Archives: October 2013

Darkness and Light

Tonight is the Eve of All Hallows (or All Saints as it is more commonly known now and shortened to “Halloween” of course), and tomorrow is All Saints Day, that feast day for those extraordinary people who have walked among … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the Temple

This week’s readings from the Hebrew Bible comprise one of the great love-songs of Scripture: the story of the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. The Temple had been destroyed by the Babylonians when they conquered … Continue reading

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Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, is one of the saints of the church that has special meaning for me. His feast day was three days ago, October 26, the day of his death. Mary Magdalene, Thomas a … Continue reading

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A Golden Silence?

Within the context of three small groups at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC we’ve spent the last five weeks (with a few more to go) talking about prayer.  The journey has brought us to a myriad of places, … Continue reading

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The Meditation of My Heart

The portion of the Psalter appointed for the daily celebration of Holy Eucharist today is Psalm 19:7-14.  The verse that caught my ear and my imagination was the last verse.  The words may be familiar as they are sometimes used … Continue reading

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The Joy of Work

“Chopin Etudes”, a grieving widow said to me in a sudden burst of clarity.   I didn’t expect her to think clearly about music for a funeral she hadn’t known a few days earlier she would be planning, but though still … Continue reading

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St. James of Jerusalem

Today is the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, the brother of Our Lord. The readings for today contain one of the most heart-rendingly beautiful unfulfilled prophecies in Scripture: “Behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. … Continue reading

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