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Sexagesima Sunday (2020)

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O Lord God, Who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do: Mercifully grant that by Thy power we may be defended against all adversity: through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen

-- Common Service Book of the . . .

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February 16, 2020

Septuagesima Sunday (2020)

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O Lord, we beseech Thee favorably to hear the prayers of Thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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February 09, 2020

the Transfiguration of our Lord

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Note: Unlike the post-Vatican II church calendar, in the old calendar used by the Common Service Book Jesus' transfiguration was celebrated in the last Sunday after the Epiphany.

O God, Who in the glorious Transfiguration of Thy Only-begotten Son, hast confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of the . . .

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February 02, 2020

no, Virginia, there is no repentance after death

commentary on heresy in our local parish

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It is the practice of our current pastor to occasionally replace his sermon with the faith testimony of one of the members of our congregation. While we could debate the appropriateness of having only a testimony and not a homily during formal worship, I understand and appreciate his intent--fostering community by building . . .

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January 29, 2020

the third Sunday after the Epiphany

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ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty, to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son. our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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January 26, 2020

what I learned as a father from the Astros cheating scandal

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When we moved to Houston over a decade ago, my lifelong baseball allegiance to the Cubs was challenged. As much as I wanted to cheer for the hometown team--who were as big a losers as the Cubs during that time--I couldn't entirely get on board. It got easier when the Astros moved to the American League. After all, what were the . . .

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January 22, 2020

the second Sunday after the Epiphany

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Almighty and Everlasting God, Who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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January 19, 2020

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