Mary takes centre stage on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Today in our Gospel reading, we recall her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, in whose womb John the Baptist leaps for joy to welcome his recently conceived cousin, Jesus.
Mary sings the following, which we know as the Magnificat. It is still said or sung at evening prayer in our Anglican Church:
MY soul doth magnify the Lord :
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded :
the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth :
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him :
throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things :
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.
On December 1st, the annual Holly Tea was held at the parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Kenmount Terrace, St. John’s. This even has been held by this parish since 2005.
With singing, elves, mummers, and so much delicious food, a wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all who came. For more on this event, be sure to see the February 2019 issue of Anglican Life when it comes out!
From October 21-27th, staff at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre in Port aux Basques took part in its annual pastoral care week. “Hospitality Cultivating Time” was the theme for 2018. More photos of this will be in the February issue of Anglican Life.
“I walked down memory lane today at Queen’s College. But it was so much more than just a nostalgic jaunt. I walked slowly in front of the wall of esteemed of graduates going back for over 170 years. I read the names of my forbears—men who shaped my identity—and that of my parents and grand parents. These were the loyal and dedicated men who were called and then prepared at Queen’s to minister all across our great land. They framed, and constantly re-shaped the mold of dedicated Queen’s men. They became the respected religious leaders in every community in Newfoundland and Labrador, and were the authentic stuff of which legends are born. They were fearless men who braved every danger and comforted every broken heart. They never flinched in the face of harsh reality. They could be fiercely tough when facing adversaries, but they also had a gentleness of spirit. Their Ministry of Presence was all pervasive They were consulted in every situation and eagerly sought throughout all the joys and tragedies of life.”
Gerry Peddle’s full article will be available in the January issue of Anglican Life.
As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
On November 19th, we remember Elizabeth of Hungary, born in 1207. She is sometimes also known as Elizabeth of Thuringia or St. Elisabeth of Thuringia. She was married at the age of fourteen, but following her husband’s death on his way to join the Sixth Crusade, she regained her dowry and used it to build a hospital at Marburg. She is revered as a symbol of Christian charity, and was made a saint in 1235.
Elizabeth is known for a miracle that happened during her lifetime which is called “the miracle of the roses.” When she was still married and secretly taking for to the poor, she was stopped by a hunting party and asked what she was doing. Upon opening her cloak, a vision of red and white roses could be seen by her accusers, proving that God’s protection was working over her. She is often portrayed in art carrying bread to show her devotion to helping the poor.
On October 22nd, the Outreach Committee and some members of the senior choir from All Saints’ Church in Corner Brook went to Mountain View House in Meadows to visit the residents and have a sing along. Here is a photograph of them; full story to appear in the January issue of Anglican Life.
The Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador held his bi-annual Synod at the Parish of All Saints’, Foxtrap, beginning with an service of ordination on Thursday the 8th of November. This was followed by two days of meetings, concluding in the late afternoon of November 10th. A full story on this Synod will appear in the January issue of Anglican Life.