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St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Parish is a welcoming Christian community which celebrates, embraces and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with a world hungry for the Word of God in their daily lives.

The Reverend Canon Mark H. Sims

Digital Advent & More...

Following the Star… Daily online devotions take on a seasonal theme beginning with first Sunday in Advent on November 30. Following the Star is written for teenage youth and the adults who work with them. Subscribe to the website to receive a daily reminder or download the mobile app; d365 Daily Devotions by Passport, Inc. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Society of Saint John the Evangelist has developed a digital Advent calendar. Subscribe at and receive a daily word and meditation accompanied by a stunning image delivered to your inbox. The Brothers also invite people to pray with their phone cameras and submit photos.

Church Publishing of the Episcopal Church has released an app entitled Living Well Through Advent 2014 that provides scripture and a place for writing reflections.

A Letter from Bishop Frade:

As most of you know by now, Canon Mark Sims, Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, and Board Chair of Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida, was issued a criminal citation for feeding the homeless on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale on All Saints’ Sunday, November 2nd. Canon Sims is facing a $500 fine and the possibility of sixty days in jail for sharing food with the homeless.

In spite of the possibility of facing another criminal citation Canon Sims is determined to continue feeding individuals living on our city streets. Additionally, he and many others throughout the Diocese continue to serve meals through the many programs operating in parishes, food banks, shelters and established food sharing programs.


Canon Sims, along with his parishioners and several friends have raised $20,000 over the past two days with the goal of using these funds to issue a challenge grant to the parishes in the Diocese with the hope of doubling the funds they have raised. The money raised will be matched, dollar for dollar, with any and all funds raised up to $20,000.


When I spoke with Mark last week he recounted how so many members who had attended the Diocesan convention, both lay and clergy, asked him, “What can I do to help?” Well, my brothers and sisters, now is the opportunity to show your support of our Diocese’s efforts to feed and care for the most needy who live amongst us, and to show your support toward his efforts to answer Christ’s call of us to care for the poor.


As your Bishop, I am asking all of you, over the next two weeks to take at least one collection at your parish that will be used for the sole purpose of putting food into the hands and mouths of the most needy people. Your contributions will be matched by the funds Mark has already raised, up to $20,000.


As we all share the Gospel message from Matthew 25 this weekend, let this be an opportunity to put words into action in our parishes and within the Diocese. I pray that you will use this simple act of sacrifice and compassion to bring hope to the individuals and families who might otherwise go hungry.


Please consolidate your individual parish’s collection, and forward your check to Episcopal Charities who will coordinate the collection.



+The Right Reverend Leopold Frade

Are you ready to do something

to feed the hungry and homeless?


Stay informed…

like & follow Fr. Mark’s Facebook page:

(or search Mark Sims, Miami Shores)

like & follow the story on the church Facebook page:

as well as Youtube:



at St. Laurence Chapel, see Deacon Lorna

with the Social Action Committee,

Philippa Sunnergren



Fr. Mark Sims Homeless Defense Fund:

Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida:

Service Schedule

Weekend Service Schedule

Saturday at 5 p.m., Holy Eucharist

Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I

Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II

Weekday Service Schedule

Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., Healing Service and Holy Communion

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Parish Announcements


 Next Week's Readings 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Psalm 126 or the Magnificat

John 1:6-8, 19-28


Holy Days and Holidays

Sunday · Dec. 7

Ambrose (Bishop of Milan, 397)—Ambrose was raised in a Christian family, although not baptized. As Governor of the powerful city of Milan he became involved in mediating disputes among various factions over the election of a new bishop. Ambrose encouraged them to keep the peace, and suddenly both sides insisted that he become bishop himself. He was quickly baptized and ordained in order to be able to be elected bishop. He became famous as a preacher and defender of the faith. He was also a noted writer of hymns, and introduced the practice of antiphonal chanting (back and forth between two sides of the church). His preaching helped convert Augustine of Hippo.

Monday · Dec. 8

Richard Baxter (Pastor and Writer, 1691)—During the English Civil War Baxter sided with the Puritans, however he was always a moderate and stood against the destructiveness of Cromwell’s army. He was very successful as a pastor and teacher, establishing patterns of parish ministry that greatly enriched the Anglican tradition. When the monarchy and episcopacy were restored his Puritan convictions were such he turned down the offer to become a bishop. He argued for changes in the Prayer Book that would make it more acceptable to the Puritans.

Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)—The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is not held in the Anglican tradition, with the exception of some Anglo-Catholics. It is not to be confused with the Incarnation or Virgin Birth of Jesus. It holds that Mary herself was also conceived without original sin. As a doctrine this was not defined until 1854 by a pronouncement by Pope Pius IX. Today is a holiday in many Roman Catholic countries.

Tuesday · Dec. 9

Juan Diego (Witness to our Lady of Guadalupe, 16th c.)—Only ten years after the conquest of Mexico, Diego—a humble Christian Native American—experienced a series of visions which marked the birth of Hispanic peoples in the Americas. Mary appeared with dark skin and Indian features, surrounded by symbols of Indian religion and culture. She spoke to him in his native Nahuatl, not Spanish. The message to the church was clear: it must not serve as the agent of colonial oppression, but be rooted in the experience of the people. Within six years nine million Aztecs were baptized.

Wednesday · Dec. 10

Karl Barth (Pastor and Theologian, 1968)—In the years after WWI this Swiss pastor and professor challenged the conventional theology of his day, reasserting the doctrines of God’s sovereignty and human sin. During Hitler’s rise to power he aligned himself with the Confessional Church and would swear his allegiance only to Christ. Because he would not swear loyalty to Hitler he lost his professorship. His immense thirteen volume Church Dogmatics would prove to be one of the most important theological documents of modern times.

Thomas Merton (Contemplative and Writer, 1968)—Merton was an American priest and Trappist monk whose writings are among the greatest spiritual works of our time. Merton initially turned his back on the world by seeking solitude at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. In time he came to understand a deep solidarity with humanity and concern for issues of peace and justice. He also had a strong interest in Eastern spirituality, especially Zen Buddhism, from which he learned that the path to God is found in experience, not analysis.

International Human Rights Day (International observance)—On this day in 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which aimed at securing basic human rights for people of all nations. Traditionally this is also the day on which the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.

Friday · Dec. 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Roman Catholic)—This feast day honors the vision of the Virgin Mary by Juan Diego (whose story is found on Dec. 9). This title is associated with a famous image of her found in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Mexican national identity is entwined with that of Guadalupe. This is the most visited Marian shrine in the world, and the image is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image.

Sister Alicia Domon (French nun and martyr, 1977)—During a period of military dictatorship in Argentina thousands of civilians were abducted and never heard from again, including several French nuns who had devoted themselves to working with the poor and oppressed. Sister Alicia became closely involved with the Mothers of the Disappeared, who dressed in black and gathered in silence in the central plaza each day, carrying pictures of their children. Along with several others, Alicia was abducted and, as later reports revealed, tossed out of an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean.

Saturday · Dec. 13

Lucy (Martyr at Syracuse, 304)—Lucia was martyred during one of the most violent persecutions of the early church. Her tomb can still be found in the catacombs of Syracuse in Sicily. She was remembered for her purity in life and gentleness of spirit. Because her name means light, in Scandinavian countries her feast day is celebrated as a festival of light during a time of year marked by darkness.

St.Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church Oasis in Advent

St. Mary Magdalene will offer our own Advent reflections online with links on the parish website and Twitter page. Find a refreshing place to go in the midst of daily pre-Christmas chaos and see how your fellow parishioners are engaging the season....

Advent with a family

How dark outside!
but see — a star’s in the sky;
Mary and Joseph are passing by.
So let’s light a candle to welcome them as they go on their way to Bethlehem. We’ll light a candle in church each day, We’ll light one candle each week and pray. We’ll light a candle at home each day, We’ll light a candle each week and pray.

O God,
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us, warming our hearts and brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.

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Advent Festival of the
Great “O” Antiphons

Sunday December 7, 2014 5:00 pm

Presented by the Choir and Musicians of

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

Cycle of Prayer

This week, please pray for the following—

Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...

The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop

St. Luke’s, Port Salerno

St. Martin’s, Clewiston


Anglican Communion, especially…

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of

The Anglican Church of Uganda


Ministries in this parish…

Education for Ministry

Debbie Teate, Secretary to the Vestry


Ministries in the world…

Our Little Roses Orphanage (Honduras)

artists, creative minds, and those who bring
   beauty to our lives


Intercessions for…
those who are unemployed or underemployed
the selection of a new Bishop for our diocese


Thanksgiving for…

the resources of the earth

those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries

the saints and holy days remembered this week

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Prayer for Lighting an Advent Wreath
(Week 2)—

Come, O Holy One, 

as the water of life and refiner's fire!

Strengthen us with courage
for your work of justice

that in all the creation and among every people

your peace may be established

and your joy abound,

through Jesus our Deliverer. Amen.

               —Jennifer M. Phillips, an Episcopal priest,
       is Rector of St. Francis Church, Rio Rancho, NM