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the Church: essential or non-essential?

considering church in the midst of global pandemic

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In the past couple weeks, as cities, counties, and states across the United States and around the world have basically shut down to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, leaders have tended to categorize everything as 'essential' or 'non-essential.' The idea being, of course, that essential services, activities, and . . .

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March 26, 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

"O Emmanuel..."

advent antiphons 2019

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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel.
-- Isaiah 7.14 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Emmanuel, our king
and our lawgiver,
the anointed of the nations
and their . . .

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December 23, 2019

"O King of the Nations..."

advent antiphons 2019

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He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore...
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
. . .

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December 22, 2019

"O Dayspring..."

advent antiphons 2019

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The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
-- Isaiah 9.2 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Dayspring,
splendor of light everlasting:
Come and enlighten those
who . . .

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December 21, 2019

"O Key of David..."

advent antiphons 2019

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The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
-- Isaiah 22.22 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel,
you open and no one else . . .

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December 20, 2019

"O Root of Jesse..."

advent antiphons 2019

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There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots...
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”
-- Isaiah 11.1, 11 (NKJV)

. . .

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December 19, 2019

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