January 05, 2006
The Blog of Daniel
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington has started a blog for discussion of the NBC series: Blog of Daniel
The series premieres tomorrow night, and has sparked controversy and plenty of news items. We'll have something new to talk about at coffee hour - see you there!
January 03, 2006
NBC Series "The Book Of Daniel" Premieres Friday
A television series about an Episcopal priest that premieres this Friday is generating a lot of interest - and a lot of controversy.
On the interesting side, "The Book of Daniel" features a man of God who struggles with personal demons, family conflict, parish problems, and a more conservative (but female) bishop. Also, his best best friend Jesus often drops by for a chat.
On the controversial side, at least one prominent conservative religious group has organized a letter-writing and emailing campaign to protest the series, claiming that the series "mocks Christianity." Which is ironic, when you consider the gulf that divides conservative and progressive Christians over most issues - this particular group is more interested in objecting to the portrayal of a (secondary) gay character in a positive way than defending Episcopal priests from being portrayed as human, fallible, or conflicted.
They are very quick to condemn Daniel's addiction to painkillers and his wife's fondness for her afternoon martinis. They disapprove of the They also have a problem with the way the "very unconventional white-robed, bearded Jesus" is portrayed. However, from all reviews I've read, Jesus is shown to be a kind, supportive figure who refuses to be Daniel's fortuneteller, but who offers him insights and friendship.
It's up to each of us to decide for ourselves whether this series is worth watching. It may turn out that it's just not that good - in that case, it will end its short run of 8 episodes and no one will care. On the other hand, it might turn out to be compelling, thought-provoking, and even entertaining, as it's billed as a comedy-drama.
The cast includes Aidan Quinn as Daniel, Ellyn Burstyn as Bishop Congreve, and occasionally Phyllis Diller appears as one of Daniel's parishioners (I bet she's a lot of fun at potluck suppers).
Here's a description of the show from the NBC website:
Emmy nominee Aidan Quinn (“An Early Frost,” “Plainsong,” “Legends of the Fall”) stars as Reverend Daniel Webster, an unconventional Episcopalian minister who not only believes in Jesus - he actually sees him and discusses life with him. Webster is challenged on many levels as he struggles to be a good husband, father and minister, while trying to control a nagging addiction to prescription painkillers, and an often rocky relationship with the church hierarchy, led by Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore,” “Requiem of a Dream”), Roger Paxton, a senior warden of the parish and stalwart churchgoer (Dylan Baker, “Kinsey,” “Happiness”).
"The reverend?" Well, it's rare that the entertainment industry gets the details right on the proper way to refer to an Episcopal priest. For unintentional comedy alone, this may be an interesting series to watch. It's generating a lot of heat, but what is more interesting is the issues that it raises.
Some of us may be troubled by the rather excessive number of challenges Daniel faces, but no one has ever said that the life of a man or woman of God is easy, or that perfection is a requirement for the clergy.
The pilot for the new series was shot in Pasadena, Calif., at All Saints Episcopal Church to the great delight of the congregation.
December 17, 2005
Jan 15 Is Companion Diocese Sunday
Congregations are invited to remember our companion dioceses of Renk and Southeast Mexico in special prayers, collections, and in presentations by members.
December 06, 2005
Advent Meal and Devotions Tonight
St Columba hosts the annual Advent meal and devotional tonight at the church at 630pm. Advent devotions will start at 7pm.
St Columba of Iona Episcopal Church
November 27, 2005
Episcopal Relief Gifts For Life
A couple of Sundays ago, parishioner Bob Kalicki announced that he'd just bought a flock of chickens. He quickly explained that he had been intrigued by the gift offerings in the ERD Gifts for Life Catalog that had been posted on the parish bulletin board. For a very small donation, somewhere in the world a flock of chickens will be given to a family, and they will be given both sustenance and a source of income all in one gift (the amount of donation also includes training for raising poultry for the marketplace).
Another parishioner ordered the Gifts for Life catalog and advised the grown children of the family that if they wanted to spend money on presents for their parents, they might think about "buying" something that will really help other families somewhere in the world.
Imagine all the people in your family who are hard to shop for: think what good you can do in this world if you give gifts for "people who have everything" to help "people who have nothing." For relatively small amounts of money, you can help people gain access to clean water, basic health care, or learn how to start a family-run business.
So if you can't think of anything for your Uncle Joe, consider getting him a pig for Christmas, but be sure to explain that it's in a good cause.
November 17, 2005
Wow! here's a great new resource for people exploring matters of faith. It's from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
The Church of The Seventh-Day Absentists
Members of the Church of The Seventh-Day Absentists can come from any denomination, and may decide on a whim to attend their "home" church one Sunday, and worship as an Absentist the next.
Sometimes it makes no difference where you worship, because God is always there with you anyway. However, this Sunday at Holy Innocents will be special; it is Committment Sunday, when we pledge our time, talents, and efforts to supporting our mission and our community. Completed pledge cards will be brought forward with the regular offering to be blessed.
Members of the Bishop's Committee will be calling and listening to ideas, concerns, and feedback... and also to remind everyone not to be an Absentist this Sunday. See you in church!
November 03, 2005
Archbishop of Canterbury's Address to Global South To South Encounter
The Archbishop of Canterbury recently addressed a meeting of Anglican primates from the Global South, or Southern Cone. This meeting was previously billed as a possible "break point" of conservative African , South Asian, and South American provinces away from the Anglican Communion, or to form their own body.
In other words, a catholic church is not a church that seeks a uniform global culture. The unity f the church is not cultural; it is in Christ "one Lord one faith, one baptism," and any number of languages and costumes. It's been said recently by a theologian that the catholicity of the church is really a kind of great protest against globalisation; the really catholic is the opposite of the globalised, because the catholic is about wholeness, about the wholeness of the person, the wholeness of local culture and language, therefore it's not simplyng the same fast-food shop in every village on the globe, and it's not like the global economy, in which people are drawn into somebody's story and somebody's interests which in fact makes others poor and excluded. The catholic is the opposite of the globalised because the catholic is about everyone's welfare, everyone's growth and justice. And particularly in our globalised world this witness to what I would call the truly catholic is perhaps more important than ever. The affirmation the rights and liberties of local persons but "rights and liberties" is a weak and perhaps misleading phrase; the language of rights has not stood us in good stead in the church. Let's say rather the Christ-touched dignity of every person and every culture. That is what the catholic church honours in its fullness and that is why the catholic church protests about a globalised system that works in the interests of a minority, whether in the church or in the world.
In other words, "all are welcome at this, God's table." This is how those who would exclude and divide are answered.
October 20, 2005
The Good Bishop
That's all Gene Robinson wants to be known for being: the good bishop, and not just the gay bishop.
According to the article, the Diocese of New Hampshire is doing very well, with most parishes reporting modest growth, especially from young families. And there's been a surge of applications for clergy positions in the diocese. Most are not gay, but think New Hampshire is the place for them to begin their journey.
October 04, 2005
Francis of Assisi, Friar
He was the mayor of Baylor Street, proclaimed innocent by the neighbors even after the Fire Department blamed him for that suspicious blaze. He greeted shoppers at Whole Foods Market and offered spiritual insight to his best friend, an Episcopal priest.
The Collect for Francis of Assisi, Friar
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Those of us who have pets give thanks for them today. Those of us who have lost pets remember them today. And all those of us who love animals, please consider donating "time and talents" to an animal rescue group today.
October 03, 2005
Out Of Deep Waters: Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold speaks from New Orleans
From Episcopal News Service:
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold visited hurricane-impacted churches along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans September 19-20. In an interview with Episcopal News Service, Griswold speaks about the faith and determination of Gulf Coast Episcopalians and notes the resiliency and and "deep compassion" of the local community.
August 17, 2005
The Book Of Daniel
This could be really exciting news - it's only a mid-season replacement, but still it's intriguing: a progressive Christian point of view might be shown on network television as an alternative to the somewhate more conservative depictions of faith that are typical of TV drama.
Those of us who attended the enjoyable Via Media sessions may recognize the location; I believe it's the same church where they taped.
[Episcopal News Service] A new television drama featuring the struggles of an Episcopal priest with family, church politics and Jesus, his mentor and friend, and even his own nagging reliance on painkillers, is planned for the NBC 2005-2006 mid-season line-up.
I am just wondering a little about Phyllis Diller, but it could be interesting.
August 15, 2005
Top Ten Reasons Men Give For Not Going To Church.
The following list is courtesy of the Rev. Steven C. Rice, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Waynesboro GA. Do you know someone who gives one of these reasons?
The following list comes from a book reviewed in the Augusta Chronicle on June 18. The book is called (not surprisingly) "Why Men Hate Going to Church" by David Murrow. The Top Ten...Letterman style:
Now, if we were to install a drive-through window along one side of Holy Innocents, with salvation Happy Meals to go (large drink extra), we might be on to something, because that would neutralize answers 10, 8, 4, 3, and 1 for certain and might take care of some of the others, too.
August 12, 2005
Synergy Quintet August 28th!
The group performs the week before at Ravinia on Sunday August 21st. More information will be posted when it becomes available - it could be fun to go to both concerts. Fan club members, please refrain from swooning and making spectacles of yourselves (you know who you are).
This picture was taken at last year's concert.
July 13, 2005
Full-size photos have been uploaded to the church gallery page, but here is a selection of the highlights. Click on the image to go to its page on the gallery site.
He stayed in the clerical collar almost all day - now that's dedication to the cloth.
June 22, 2005
To Set Our Hope On Christ
News from the greater Anglican church:
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold joined six presenters at the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting in Nottingham June 21, explaining that while the Episcopal Church includes diverse views on sexuality, common mission continues.
The booklet can be read online but it's a very long PDF file. However, the language in theng introduction and the first few pages is inspiring,hearted, and even beautiful.
The Anglican Listening website states:
Part of the distinctive tradition of Anglican listening and learning is identified by the 16th century English theologian Richard Hooker, who described Anglicanism as rooted in scripture, reason and tradition.
It looks like there's a great deal of food for thought there - and much listening yet to be done.
June 19, 2005
The Archbishop For York?
As Archbishop of York, he holds the second most important post in the Anglican Church in Britain. It's conceivable that he could be Archbishop of Canterbury one day. He has vowed to ban homophobia in the Church of England. He is looking forward to "developing ways that will enable the Church of England to reconnect imaginatively with England".
After wrestling with an ugly word that is part of the story quoted below, I decided for the moment to leave it in. If we pretend that problems don't exist, they will eventually overwhelm us. We must face them. We must look each other in the eye and join together to combat them, just as the new Archbishop of York has pledged to do. We should remember his struggle and his example when we are in the midst of our own travails, and take heart and hope.
May 20, 2005
Episcopal Day at Six Flags August 16
Save the date: August 16 will be Episcopal Day at Six Flags Great America.
Additionally, the Schaumburg Flyers have a number of "promotional events" at their games this season, and also they are sponsoring something called "Pray Ball" where a small donation (3% of our total ticket sales) might be made to the church, based on the number of Flyers that get on base safely during a specific inning at a game we attend as a group. This would need to be set up in advance through Carolina at the Flyers sales office, and they would let us know what inning is "ours." It sounds like a fun outing, and many dates are available now.
May 18, 2005
The Chocolat Pentecost
Somehow, we managed to do the Pentecost readings in our many different languages, even though a person or persons unknown had moved Father Ted's reading marker, and he began reading something completely other than we were expecting.
After a few seconds' tense silence on our part, wordless communication was exchanged somehow and he began with the words "Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." That was our cue.
All was well; very quickly a torrent of languages grew around the sanctuary. Some spoke more quickly and finished earlier, and some had more of a mouthful to pronounce and trailed off at the end.
Fr. Ted's sermon enlarged on the theme of differences between people, and communication in general. Even the slight hiccup at the beginning, he said, caused an interesting tension and gave our several readings the feeling of pent-up energy released (and not a little relief that we hadn't messed up).Chocolat. In that movie, outsiders visiting an otherwise charming French village were treated very badly, because it was run like a medieval fiefdom by a member of the old aristocratic class, a real French count. And even villagers were treated badly, because they had to toe the old man's very rigid line, and the local priest had to suffer the indignity of having his sermons written for him.
And then a dangerous newcomer moved to town andd a very threatening business, right in the middle of Lent: a gourmet chocolate shop.
This beautiful chocolatier didn't attend church, treated everybody the same, and didn't knuckle under to social pressure to conform. And it's a good thing, because she single-handedly reconnected the villagers with passion, whether it be for food, life, or love. Even the village priest was inspired to give a moving Easter sermon while his patron lay unconscious in the shop window, about how Jesus wants us to live our lives for ourselves and others, and not mindlessly following rules.
There was something magical in the chocolate - but it was not an easy or a quick fix. Some characters struggled with the way others saw them and as they saw themselves, but most emerged better for it (with the exception of the count, who ended up passed out in the display window of the chocolate shop after a disastrous attempt to destroy the shop). A new spirit of tolerance and acceptance filled the little village, and people were much happier and more content.
As it happens, the French passion for fine, rich chocolate and good food in general is explained a little further in the current best seller French Women Don't Get Fat. It's an interesting book, but places a little too much emphasis on drinking Champagne with nearly every meal (the author is an executive with a well-known French Champagne house).
The ultimate lesson learned from the movie, aside from always insisting on fine chocolate and savoring it in small but rich bites, is that life should be lived with passion and joy, and that change should be embraced. And that people who are different from us often have the most to teach. We certainly experienced the differences Sunday, as we all struggled to pronounce French, Estonian, Polish, Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, Latin and Greek...many languages, but all saying the same thing.
May 10, 2005
The date for this event was given incorrectly in Anglican Advance - the correct date is May 21.
Event Date: May 21, 2005 9:30 AM - May 21, 2005 2:30 PM Location: Grace Church, Oak Park Contact: Jo Anne Moore at
May 09, 2005
An Unexpected Treat
Bishop Persell was unable to be with us last Wednesday as preacher and presider at our combined service of Ascension Eve, and our prayers go out to him and to his wife Nancy. She was recovering from a recent medical procedure and Bp. Persell felt he needed to be at home with her.
However, we were in for a special treat; the Rev. Randall Warren, diocesan pastoral care officer, stepped in to preach a dynamic and exciting (and quite funny) homily. He preached on the literal incarnation of the Word and the church; how God breathes out and we breathe in, being inspired by Him. And how we breathe out and God breathes in, taking our praise and supplication.
Fr. Randall preached without notes, and he prowled about the chancel gesturing and telling personal stories illustrating his points about "doing" church, "being" church, welcoming people and leaving plenty of room for discourse between people of different beliefs. Fr. Randall is currently vicar of Christ the King in Lansing, IL.
The service was conducted by members and clergy from Holy Innocents, St Columba, Incarnation, St Bede, and St Nicholas. Far from being a solemn, "churchy" event, it was a fun evening of laughter, music... and some truly awesome desserts afterwards.
May 04, 2005
Bishop Persell Visits Holy Innocents May 4
Dessert will be served downstairs in the Undercroft (church hall) afterwards. Please join us tonight in welcoming the bishop to our communities!
For more information on Bishop Persell, see the his bio on the diocesan website.
May 02, 2005
Ascension Eve May 4 7pm
There are several choices for readings for Ascension Day. Bishop Persell will even have 2 choices for Collects:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Whichever he chooses, it will be a memorable service. Don't forget to bring desserts to share.
April 30, 2005
A Measure Of Success
Seen in the comments section of "Father Jake Stops The World:"
It is a truism that 20% of the membership does 80% of the work of a parish. If this is so, even roughly speaking, then it stands to reason that the key statistic is not how many show up on Sunday, but how many are active. "The ministers of the church," the Catechism says, "are laypeople, bishops, priests and deacons" (ECUSA BCP , p. 855). This simple statement makes it clear that the work of the church belongs to the laity. The clergy are there to help the laity do that work.
This enlarges on themes and topics that are being kicked around in our diocese, and adds new food for thought as well.
April 23, 2005
Past Is Future
This is interesting, as Holy Innocents is pretty "high" on the liturgical scale of things (for this part of the country, anyway):
Choosing the "high church" or Anglo-Catholic format for the new service also was deliberate. Hawkins said several studies had shown that the post-Gen X group, known as the "baby busters," is attracted to high ceremonial worship as a reaction against the casual style of services preferred by their baby boomer parents.
Even more interestingly, they use a trial version of the Eucharistic liturgy. There are a couple of nice pictures on the page as well.
This topic was raised earlier today in a workshop attended by several members of the Bishop's Committee.
April 11, 2005
Hints from (St) Heloise
Another Episcopal blogger and priest, "Fr. John Wilkins," recently passed along tips for getting candle wax out of carpet. This is the sort of thing the Altar Guild has dealt with, but not everyone may know it. As there may have been drops of melted wax scattered about during the Easter Vigil at Holy Innocents, I'll include the link here.
April 07, 2005
Evangelism Webcast April 30
The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Parish of Trinity Church-St. Paul's Chapel in New York are co-sponsoring a unique webcast focusing on the Episcopal Church and evangelism. All are invited to watch the live webcast, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time (9 a.m. Central) on Saturday, April 30. Viewers should log on to www.trinitywallstreet.org/evangelism. The webcast will also be available for on-demand viewing after its conclusion. - Episcopal News ServiceThere are viewing resources and materials available, as some Episcopal parishes will be acting as local hosts for the webcast. However, all are welcome to log on and watch from home.
March 27, 2005
He Is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia
The strife is o'er, the battle won, the Easter eggs have mostly been found. Alleluia!
Pictures from this morning's festival Eucharist of Easter at St Columba have been posted on the new gallery photo pages for both parishes. More photos are being added so please stop by and vote for your favorites.
The New Fire was kindled last night outside the door of Holy Innocents, and the flames leapt up from the brazier and shone into the darkened sanctuary. The Paschal candle was lit, and then as the altar party processed through the door, light came into the church. Gradually, the light was passed from candle to candle held by all members of the congregation, and the first half of the service continued by candlelight.
The songs of exaltation were sung, the many readings were read, and in the end the Resurrection was proclaimed. All went away filled with spiritual food. As there was a reception after the service downstairs, everyone also went away filled with actual food, and there was even a cake shaped like a lamb.
At one point during a hymn there was a small disaster; the large Paschal candle fell off its stand to the floor with a crash. The music continued. After a short but intense pause, the people sitting closest to the spot moved quietly and purposefully into action, since the altar party were pretty far away and something needed to be done to make things right. One lifted the candle up carefully and tenderly and helped the acolytes fix it more securely into the stand. Others quickly swept up the broken glass (the candle was topped with a follower which shattered when it fell). They all did what needed to be done quietly and efficiently, like a well-rehearsed damage control team, and got things put right just before the music ended.
It seemed like a metaphor for when things go wrong; sometimes with even the most carefully choreographed plans, they will go awry... but someone quite unexpected will be there, see the need, and offer assistance. Aside from the loss of the follower, it was actually quite moving to witness.
There was much laughter and gladness after the service (and not a little relief from those of us in the choir), and jokes about various small disasters that have occurred during the Triduum. No one really took my suggestion seriously that we should make them all annual traditions, but they certainly made this year one to remember.
The Blessing Of The Easter Baskets: Gentlekids, Start Your Engines
The service was conducted similar to a Family Mass - children were given jobs such as carrying a small processional cross (topped for the occasion with Easter lilies) or torches or the Gospel. Some children wore special robes, some did not. All helped make the Easter celebration special and fun.
At the end of the service, all the children were invited forward to have their Easter baskets blessed - some didn't have baskets, but were given flowered fabric bags they could sling over one shoulder. There were one or two adults who also came forward to have baskets blessed. Then they were invited to join the procession out at the end of the service, which put them in "post position" at the door of the church, waiting for the checkered flag.
There's always next year.
March 19, 2005
Palm Sunday Tomorrow
This photo is from Palm Sunday 2003; that's our previous vicar, The Rev. Marion Kanour, in the scarlet cope. Rather than traipse around the entire building over the frozen tundra that is the church lawn, we opted that year to stick to the sidewalk that runs on 2 sides of the building. It was much easier on everybody's shoes and less disruptive to the singing.
Tomorrow we'll process with palms and glad singing, and then during the service the drama of the Passion is staged with readers. So we start with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and we end with the fury of the crowd and the indifference of the secular authorities.
The liturgical color for the day changes from purple (mourning, penitence) to scarlet (Passion, triumph) and then often switches back to purple or even black. At one parish I attended years ago, the choir had colored tabards in all the liturgical colors - they were double-sided for reasons of economy. The scarlet one had a black reverse, and on Palm Sunday they used to quietly slip off the tabards and turn them over to the black side at the point in the service when Jesus arrives at Golgotha. It was quite unnerving.
The drama will play itself out tomorrow and later this week as it does every year at Eastertide. Will you be there...?
March 17, 2005
Next Via Media: April 5th - "Sin"
Via Media is a powerful resource for building Christian community, bringing people into the Church who previously have felt alienated or unwelcome. Our Church stands on the threshold of a marvelous evangelism opportunity, and the actions of General Convention 2003d the door. Via Media is the resource we need tothe door even wider and keep itfor all who seek the Good News of Jesus Christ.The next Via Media Lenten program resumes on Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30pm at Holy Innocents (after Holy Week and Easter Week). The simple supper of soup, bread, and salad will be hosted by St Columba. The next topic under discussion will be Sin. That ought to be a lively topic!
This past week's discussion on "The Bible" ranged widely and enjoyably as everyone responded to the video, which this week featured two members of the Episcopal clergy who are also bloggers: AKMA, and Susan Russell.
There was much discussion of "the three-legged stool" of Anglican theology, where Scripture, Tradition and Reason are the legs that support our faith. This time, participants were given homework... which I've just remembered is one of those "things left undone" that will have to be tackled later.
Please try to make some time to come to the next Via Media meeting if you're in the area, it's an interesting and thought-provoking program, and the soup is good too.
The Scent Of Jesus
My supervisor at work mentioned this yesterday, and I couldn't figure out what she was talking about: something about a scented candle that smells like Jesus. We joked around at the end of the day, speculating that Jesus would actually smell like sawdust, the dust of the road, wine, bread, olive oil, old sandals... and blood.
Now there's a candle that lets you experience the scent of Jesus, and they've been selling out by the case.
Interesting, I would have thought it was a reference to King David, but that's the beauty of metaphor.
The candles are sold via a website and they've sold more than 10,000 so far. The lines from the Psalm that inspired this product are
Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
Candles are important in our worship - there is a Presence light that burns perpetually in the sanctuary, and there are smaller votive candles in stands on either side. One side is devoted to Mary, with a small prie-dieu (kneeling stand) next to it. The other side is devoted to remembering the dead. During worship there are often a pair of torches that accompany the Gospel in procession.
On Maundy Thursday, a week from today, the Presence light will be taken from its normal position just to the right of the Tabernacle (the small gated enclosed cupboard behind the altar) and moved over to the side altar next to the remembrance votives, and the entire area will be dressed as an Altar of Repose, all in white and surrounded by lilies and other candles.
At Easter, a Paschal candle will be baptized by dipping it in the font, and nails will be pressed into it to form a cross. Candles don't just symbolize Christ for us, they often stand in for Him. Although ours aren't scented, the incense that we occasionally burn will have to do.
March 14, 2005
Anglicans Online: Essay
Sunday's essay from the Anglicans Online main page is worth saving - they archive by date, but not by title. It addresses the tension between the ends of the spiritual spectrum in the Anglican Communion. Click the "More..." link for the full text.
Hallo again to all.
March 13, 2005
Holy Week And Easter - The Triduum
Lent concludes at the beginning of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy. The Maundy Thursday Liturgy, the Good Friday Liturgy, and the Easter Vigil/Easter Day Liturgies all together are actually one liturgical observance called the Triduum (Three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ). Our celebration of the Resurrection finds its most full expression when we together walk with our Lord through the events of Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday: washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus instituting the Holy Eucharist at his Last Supper. Watching with Jesus in the garden.
Good Friday: Standing with Jesus before Pilate. Walking the way of the cross with Jesus. Standing with Jesus at the Cross. Watching as his body is taken down, wrapped in a shroud, and carried to the tomb.
Holy Saturday: Waiting
Easter Vigil and Easter Day: The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Please make every effort to join our yoked congregations in each of the services of Holy Week and Easter, so that we might together celebrate the fullness of the Resurrection.
March 12, 2005
Holy Week Schedule of Services
Palm Passion Sunday March 20th
St Columba at 820am, Holy Innocents at 10:30amLessons
Procession and Liturgy of the Palms
Maundy Thursday March 24
Holy Innocents at 7pmLessons
Eucharist with footwashing and Vigil. There will be a sign-up sheet posted for parishioners to cover each half-hour of the Vigil.
After the celebration of the Eucharist, the Reserved Sacrament, symbolic of the Body and Blood of Christ, will be processed to a side altar for a solemn Vigil of Repose. At the conclusion of the Vigil, the candles are extinguished, the flowers are taken away, and the altar is stripped in token of grief and mourning. In the end, all is silence.
This rite is part of the Sacred Triduum of the season of Holy Week and Easter. Keep watch with us, in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.
Good Friday Liturgy, March 25th
St Columba at 7pmLessons
The Reserved Sacrament is distributed for Communion, as there is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.
Also a part of the Triduum, one's first Good Friday service in the Episcopal Church can be unnerving. Many fast for the entire day. Old, old hymns and chants are sung, and sound like funeral dirges. The feeling of sorrow or grief is tempered by hope, however.
The Great Vigil of Easter, with the kindling of New Fire
Holy Innocents SATURDAY March 26th at 8pmLessons
In this, the first Festival Eucharist of the Easter Season, we go from darkness and silence to Light and joyful rejoicing as the New Fire is kindled and the words of the Exsultet are chanted.
In some Episcopal churches, the Vigil takes place on Saturday night, and the Rite of the New Fire is part of a pre-dawn service Sunday morning, with the coming of the Light into the world time to coincide with dawn. In the early days of the church, of course, the Vigil simply went all night. In these modern times, the services are combined into one late on Holy Saturday, the final day in the Sacred Triduum.
There will be no Sunday morning service at Holy Innocents, but there will be a Festival Eucharist at St Columba.
Easter Sunday, March 27th - Festival Eucharist
St Columba, 10amLessons
A Festival Eucharist at St Columba's is a special event! We hope to have a choir in addition to organ music for this service. If you like to sing and have been too shy to show up at choir practice, please feel free to lift up your voice with us on this bright and glorious day of Resurrection.
March 11, 2005
If you haven't been able to attend one of the Via Media programs, take some time out of your busy week and drop by for some soup, thought-provoking discussion, and "face time" with your fellow Holy Innocents and St Columba parishioners.
Just as a reminder, there will be no meetings during Holy Week or Easter Week. Via Media will resume after Easter on April 5th.
via media is a powerful resource for building Christian community, bringing people into the Church who previously have felt alienated or unwelcome. Our Church stands on the threshold of a marvelous evangelism opportunity, and the actions of General Convention 2003d the door. via media is the resource we need tothe door even wider and keep itfor all who seek the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Volunteers are needed for hosting suppers and providing childcare. Please see Pat Hoesel at St Columba's or Colleen Muehl at Holy Innocents.
March 09, 2005
The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts
This website details the beautiful art that can be found in many Episcopal churches around the country.
March 02, 2005
Blogging And The Church
Recently, an article about blogging appeared in the local newspaper. It noted the phenomenon of weblogging, how people are using it, and highlighted the growing fame and fortune of one couple who started a blogging software company called Moveable Type.
There are a number of Episcopal weblogs, some of them doing very creative or thought-provoking (or even amusing) things. Here's a sampling of just a few:
Salt Another Episcopal priest, who uses the "nom de blog" of Father John Wilkins.
Going Jesus - a fun and even daffy blog of the Parish Administrator of the "Church of St. Ned of Flanders." In addition to being a big Simpsons fan and a dab hand at web design, she's starting "Skool for Deacons" and recently preached a short sermon in class. It's a refreshingly un-stuffy, un-churchy blog.
Letters from Edgewater is the blog of a Chicagoan from the Edgewater area. This is more in the 'personal blog of someone who is Episcopalian' line. There is an entire list of blogs (called a webring) full of similar blogs.
Every Voice Network A social activism site with a progressive Episcopalian focus. Beautiful design. They are very active in the Via Media movement, apparently.
Dylan's Lectionary Blog - an extremely useful, even indispensable blog with selections from and meditations on the Lectionary readings.
Readers may recognize some of the links, but the webmistress managed somehow to stumble upon some interesting new ones. Some are serious, some not so serious, as you will discover on your own. Happy browsing!
As it happens, this website is built and maintained using Moveable Type. The reasoning behind this is twofold - the webmistress finds MT much easier to use to create and maintain the website, and the blog piece is useful for quickly getting new information posted... and also for attracting the attention of the online, "unchurched" masses in the Chicago suburban region. Blogs are designed to be easily found, and show up on many different kinds of online indexes.
Thus, one goal for the site is to reach out to people in this area who may be looking for a church to attend - especially people who use the Web to "shop" or search for things they need. In the coming weeks, there will be some updates and design tweaks that will make it more and more obvious to the casual web-site visitor that Holy Innocents is a welcoming, inclusive, and caring place to worship.
Another goal is to somehow use the site to gather prayer requests - this would involve either enabling comments, or providing a link to an email address so that requests might be printed out for reading during regular services, or shared among others via email.Schiebetor
Yet more goals may include turning the "blog" part of the website into more of a group effort, with entries from clergy, lay leaders, and parishioners on topics of interest to our faith community and to the wider communities we inhabit. Also, we hope to get back into contact with former parishioners who have moved away from the area, as we will be putting together an "alumni" address list and also possibly working on a church history project. Upcoming fundraising events (such as the second annual Holy Innocents Car Show in July!) will be noted, along with ongoing spiritual development programs such as Via Media (Tuesdays in Lent). The Via Media program is in conjunction with our sister parish, St Columba. As we work to grow closer together as communities, we will be discussing the exciting prospect of sharing more programs with other small Episcopal parishes in our area in the coming year.
The possibility of a new group evangelism or volunteer project will be explored and announced here also. We will be deciding how we might not just physically keep the doors but methaphorically throw the doors of Holy Innocentsas wide as possible to welcome those who maybe have not felt welcome elsewhere.
We at Holy Innocents are beginning to discern what it is that we are called to do as Christians and as Episcopalians in this place -- the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Although our numbers are small, our faith is large. We invite you to come grow with us.