Art for Lent 1A

Enjoy this art and commentary as you walk with the readings from the First Sunday in Lent (especially the story/reading from Genesis).

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God accuses Adam and Eve,
[Panel from the Doors of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Hildesheim, Germany],
bronze, 1015. Commissioned by Bishop Bernward, c. 960 – 1022.

Expulsion from the Garden
[Panel from the Doors of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Hildesheim, Germany],
bronze, 1015. Commissioned by Bishop Bernward, c. 960 – 1022.

Commentary by Hovak Najarian

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And then the Lord commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-17

Often in the past, the period after the fall of the Roman Empire was referred to as the “Dark Ages.” This assessment was based on a mistaken belief that without a…

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Common Sense Advice for Church activities in a time of viral infections

Wise counsel, based on experience, as we gather to worship.

Click the image below to read some common sense advice about worshipping together in a time of viral infections (flu, cold, or even the COVID-19 infection being covered 24/7 by news media and social media). The source of this post is an email from Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce to Episcopalians in the Diocese of Los Angeles (and their friends and neighbors).

Please note: Nothing in this post is meant to be medical advice. Please consult your own healthcare provider for any questions or issues concerning your own health status.

Ash Wednesday

Service of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

The Service for Ash Wednesday is open to all. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent for many Christians, including Episcopalians. Join us on the Way. ALL are welcome. You are invited to join us as we being a holy Lent.

Want to know more about Ash Wednesday and Lent? Here is a video from Busted Halo (Roman Catholic media site). As Episcopalians we share these same understandings about Ash Wednesday and Lent:

Looking for still more information? Try these links to our Episcopal Glossary of Terms:

Some Epiphany Customs

As we continue in the Season of Epiphany here are a few customs that are observed on January 6th

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A man dressed as one of the Three Kings greets people during the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain, on Jan. 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Eloy Alonso

A baby in the cake, shoes left out for candy (or coal), a polar bear dip to retrieve a cross: these are a few of the customs explained in a Religion News Service (RNS) “‘Splainer.” Epiphany was celebrated on January 6th, but the RNS post “What is Epiphany?” is still timely. Enjoy the read.

You thought the holidays were over. Technically, no — not until Jan. 6, when Christians all over the world celebrate Epiphany. In some places, the day is known as “Three Kings Day” after the wise men, or Magi, who, the Bible says, brought the infant gifts and proclaimed him the Son of God. In other places, the day is known for giving gifts, for extremely cold baths and…

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