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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi’s feast day is October 4. Giovanni Francesco Bernardone was born in 1181 or 1182 and died October 3, 1226. He founded the Order of Friars Minor, commonly known as the Franciscans. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment, and Italy. Churches often hold services with animals near to… Continue Reading

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Resources for 27th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 27th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may be open to God’s goodness] Pause Almighty everliving God, [or Compassionate God] you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we desire or deserve; pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our… Continue Reading

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Rogation Days

Rogation Days

Rogation (from the Latin rogare ‘ask’) is a solemn supplication. Rogation days appear to go back to about the fourth or fifth century, particularly associated with litanies (a long series of prayers of intercession and praise) for crops. Rogation days are days of prayer and fasting. Traditionally there was the ‘major rogation’ on 25 April,… Continue Reading

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 2,000 locations around the globe have marched worldwide. This is a campaign, ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week, for curbs on carbon emissions. Many Christians are in a liturgical month, the Creation Season, in preparation for the Feast of St Francis of… Continue Reading

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First Franciscan in the REC

First Franciscan in the REC

The video shows Bishop Dan Morse receiving the vows of the first Franciscan Friar, Fr. Greg Mashburn, in the Reformed Episcopal Church. The service took place on September 25, 2009, at the 2009 Synod of the Missionary Diocese of the Central States. Further to previous comments on the celebration of last Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI… Continue Reading

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Advent: do nothing!

Happy New Year! Well for Western Christians anyway – we start the new church year on Advent Sunday, the Sunday that falls between November 27 and December 3. (Orthodox start the church year September 1). From the late 4th century CE to the late Middle Ages, much of Western Europe, including Great Britain, engaged in… Continue Reading

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