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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 +
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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St. Bartholomew (Apostle)—Bartholomew is one of the twelve apostles known to us only by his name being listed in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Sometimes he is identified as Nathanael in John's gospel. According to several ancient writers he wrote a gospel of his own, but no copy has ever been found. Some traditions say he traveled to India, and that he was martyred in Armenia. [This year the feast day is transferred to Monday.]
Simone Weil (Philosopher and mystic, 1943)—Born in France to a well-educated nonreligious Jewish family, Weil had a brilliant mind and was drawn to philosophy. She dabbled in the labor movement and extremist politics, always identifying with the suffering masses of humanity. As her personal spiritual journey evolved she was drawn to Jesus’ death on the cross, and to Christianity as “the religion of slaves.” Even so, she chose not to be baptized, not wanting to be separated from the “immense and unfortunate multitude of unbelievers.” She forged an intensely personal mysticism, like Joan of Arc, following her own internal voices.
Louis (King of France, 1270)—Louis was a man of unusual purity of life and faith. He was a just and compassionate king who lived his life with genuine integrity. He observed the disciplines of Franciscan self-denial, even amidst the splendor of the French court, wearing a hair shirt under his royal dress.
Thomas Gallaudet with Henry Winter Syle (1902, 1890)—Gallaudet has been called “The Apostle to the Deaf.” His mother and wife were both deaf-mutes. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and founded ministries and congregations for the deaf community. Gallaudet supported Henry Syle in pursuing holy orders, becoming the first deaf person to be ordained in the Church.
Augustine of Hippo (Bishop and Theologian, 430)—Born in North Africa to a Christian mother and pagan father, Augustine was deeply interested in philosophy. Under the influence of his mother, Monica, and the preaching of Ambrose of Milan he was converted. He became an influential preacher and teacher, addressing many of the great heresies of his time, against which he affirmed God as the sole creator, the holiness of the Church, and that “original sin” was hereditary. His legacy has not been entirely positive. Due to his own inner struggles as a young man, he developed a very negative perspective on the body and sexuality, yet ultimately affirmed that creation was good. One of the greatest minds of Western thought, his most influential works were The City of God and his very personal Confessions, in which he prays, “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until they rest in you.”
Moses the Black (Desert Father and Martyr, c. 405)—You may have noticed his icon in our narthex. Moses of Ethiopia, called the Black, was a monk who lived in an isolated monastery in the desert of southern Egypt. In his former life he had been a thief and murderer, and was driven by sexual desires. Many legends accumulated about his life and piety, stories of the deep struggles of a Christian soul seeking salvation in a difficult setting.
John Bunyan (Writer, 1688)—Born to an Anglican family, Bunyan experienced a powerful conversion as a Puritan when he married. His work as a lay preacher after the English Civil War led to his imprisonment, where he did most of his writing. As a Calvinist he saw the world as a grand conflict between good and evil. He is best known for The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegory about the Christian life as a journey and adventure of faith.
Charles Chapman Grafton (Bishop of Fond du Lac and Ecumenist, 1912)—Grafton came out of the Oxford (“High Church”) Movement, serving parishes in Maryland and Massachusetts. He was a founding member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Because he was considered too ritualistic and Anglo-Catholic, his election as bishop was highly controversial. He was also deeply committed to improving ecumenical relationships, especially with the Orthodox and Old Catholic churches.
This week, please pray for the following—
Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop
St. Ambrose, Ft. Lauderdale
St. John’s, Hollywood
Anglican Communion, especially…
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of
Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Diocese of Nassau and the Bahamas and Turks
and Caicos, our companion diocese
St. George, Nassau
Ministries in this parish…
Episcopal Church Women
Debbie Teate, Secretary to the Vestry
Ministries in the world…
Integrity (Episcopal ministry for LGBT
community & allies)
teachers and those that work in schools
those confronted by temptation
those who serve on the search committee for a
the new creation in Christ and all gifts of healing
those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
the saints and holy days remembered this week
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A Syrian Prayer—
Strengthen for service, Lord
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamor and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise
be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the
tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been
fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.
—Manual of Anglo-Catholic Devotion