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The Great Vigil of Easter

The Easter Vigil is the most important service of the Christian year. In the early church, the catechumens, their sponsors, and catechists gathered for an all-night storytelling session that culminated in baptism, the proclamation of the resurrection, and the Eucharist. … Continue reading

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Holy Week

The Church gives to its people the period of Holy Week as a solemn time to reflect on the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ and to prepare for the celebration of his resurrection from the dead. The … Continue reading

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent: Year B

Written on our hearts Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ encounter with some Gentiles (Greeks) seem to signal to him that his mission is completed; only the cross remains. Through his … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 18, Year A

Conflict and Forgiveness Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. We live in a world of conflict, just as Jesus and his followers did. At the center of any … Continue reading

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Updated Holy Week Liturgies in the BCP

The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) has issued the following statement concerning inconsistencies between the Revised Common Lectionary and the Holy Week Liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer. The statement was prepared during the SCLM meeting in … Continue reading

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The Great Fifty Days of Easter Easter Sunday begins the fifty days of the Easter season with the story of the empty tomb and the charge of the messengers to “go and tell!” For the next forty days – until … Continue reading



Lent Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencton – the time of year when the days grow long. In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the Easter baptism of converts to the faith. Through the experience of fasting, … Continue reading