On January 17th, we remember St. Anthony the Great. Known as the “Father of all monks,” he was one of the Desert Fathers, a group of hermit monks who lived mainly in the Egyptian desert of Scetes around the third century AD. The majority of what we know about St. Anthony comes from a work written by Athanasius of Alexandria called “Life of Anthony.” It became a very famous book after being translated into Latin (from the original Greek), and was well known throughout the Middle Ages. His life’s example helped to spread the idea of Christian monasticism, and there are accounts of him enduring supernatural temptation which his readers found most inspiring. His followers credited him with being able to cure them of diseases, most especially of ergotism which became known as “St. Anthony’s Fire.”
In the March issue of Anglican Life, you’ll find more about the Christmas plays that took place in the Parishes of Flower’s Cove and Green Island in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland..
Their rector, the Rev’d Omar Reyes, says that “It was a blessed time and was very very edifying to the whole church.”
As the Editor of Anglican Life, I just had lunch with members of The Anglican Foundation. Do you know about their great work within our Anglican Church of Canada?
From their mission statement:
“The Anglican Foundation of Canada seeks to foster Anglican presence by providing abundant resources for innovative ministry and diverse infrastructure projects and theological formation throughout the Canadian church.”
For more detailed information, visit their website at: https://www.anglicanfoundation.org
Left to right: The Rev’d Amanda Taylor, Emily Rowe, Kevin Smith, Heather Skanes, Debbie Collins, The Rev’d Dr. Alex Faseruk (also note that we had Hope Bear join us)
Here are some of the wonderful things that the Anglican Foundation has helped our three dioceses with over the last few years:
William Laud was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 until his execution in 1645. Born at Reading on 7 October 1573, Laud went to Oxford University and eventually became a fellow of his own college, St. John’s College. In the year 1601, he was ordained first as a deacon, and then as a priest. Throughout his ordained career, William Laud enforced a very strict adherence to the Book of Common Prayer, to traditional practices such as bowing at the name of Jesus, and to the placement of the altar at the east end of the church (rather than having a table in the middle), amongst other things. He also strongly opposed the Puritans and their less catholic practices.
Laud became Archbishop of Canterbury and religious advisor to King Charles I of England. By 1640, there were lots of protests against Laud and his persecution of the Puritans. He was thrown into jail (at the Tower of London), and with the country descending into the English Civil Wars that ended the reign of Charles I, Laud went to trial. When a verdict failed to be reached, Parliament passed a bill of attainder under which he was beheaded on 10 January 1645.
St. Paul’s Church in Grand Bay had their confirmation with the Rt. Rev’d John Organ on Sunday, December 9th, 2018.
A wonderful Christmas celebration this year at St. John the Evangelist church in Topsail. For more, you’ll have to check out the February issue of Anglican Life when it’s available.
Today is the feast day of St. Stephen, often called the first Christian martyr. Stephen was called a deacon in the church of Jerusalem, and we read about his in the Acts of the Apostles. He was accused of blasphemy by the Jewish authorities, and was condemned to death, and was stoned. His martyrdom was witness by the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, the man who would later become Paul the Apostle.
The name Stephen is a Greek name, and Stephen was a Jew who spoke Greek. He converted to Christianity and was opposed to the sacrificial cult at the Temple in Jerusalem. For him, the building of the Temple was akin to idolatry, and in this he felt much more strongly about the Temple than did his fellow early Christians. At his trial, he said, ““However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands.” (Acts 7:48)
The stoning of Stephen (Acts 7: 54-60):
When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.