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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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Next Week's Readings
the 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20)
Holy Cross Day—After the conversion of Constantine the Emperor entrusted to his mother Helena the supervision of a large project of building churches in Jerusalem. The principal shrine was a set of two buildings, a large basilica for the Liturgy of the Word, and a circular church built over the location of Jesus’ tomb, used for the Liturgy of the Table. To go from one building to the other the people processed by the exposed rock of Calvary where Jesus was crucified. The dedication took place on this day in 335. Later this site would be known as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.[This year this feast is transferred to Monday.]
Cyprian (Bishop and Martyr of Carthage, 258)—During a period of official persecution Cyprian went into hiding, but kept in touch with his people through an extensive series of letters that tell us a great deal about the life of the early church. A highly controversial topic became what to do with those who renounced their faith during the persecution, but later repented and wanted to return to the fellowship of believers. Cyprian’s approach was very pastoral. He would allow those who had lapsed to return, but only after a period of genuine penance, which became the practice through much of Christianity. Cyprian died by beheading in a subsequent persecution.
James Chisholm (Priest, 1855)—Not thought of as a particularly strong or heroic person, Chisholm rose to the challenge of caring for the people of Portsmouth, Virginia during an aggressive yellow fever epidemic. Most of the wealthy had abandoned the city, including most doctors and clergy. He worked himself to exhaustion providing what physical comfort and pastoral care he could, including digging many graves, showing a strength and courage few knew he possessed. As the plague began to subside he died himself of yellow fever.
Martyrs of Birmingham (1963)—A few weeks of Martin Luther King had given his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” and in the midst of an intense summer of civil disobedience and demonstrations, the situation in Birmingham, Alabama had come to a head. The nation watched as fire hoses and attack dogs had dramatized the evil or racism. Much of the civil rights movement was based in black churches. On a peaceful Sunday morning someone threw dynamite through the basement window of the 16th Street Baptist Church, where four young girls, who had just finished their Sunday School class, were changing into choir robes. In their eulogy Dr. King called them “martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity.”
Ninian of Galloway (Bishop, c. 430)—Ninian was a Romanized Briton born in southern Scotland. He studied under Martin of Tours, from whom he gained the ideals of an episcopal-monastic structure for missionary work. He converted many Britons and Picts in England and Scotland, and together with Patrick, is one of the links of continuity between the ancient Roman-British Church and the developing Celtic Christianity of Ireland and Scotland.
Ember Wednesday— Traditionally observed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday four times a year, Ember Days were originally days for fasting and prayer. They are associated especially with ordination and prayer for vocations. Pray today for those who are seeking ordination (Prayer Book page 256.)
Hildegard of Bingen (Abbess and visionary, 1179)—Hildegard is one of the most amazing women in church history. She started as a simple Benedictine nun, but excelled as an author, prophet, preacher, theologian, musician, composer, poet, doctor, and pharmacist. Her intense visions and ecological and holistic spirituality speak strongly to our own time. Her music has become very popular in recent decades. She is the first woman composer for whom we have her actual music.
Edward Bouverie Pusey (Priest, 1882)—The revival of High Church teachings and practices known as the Oxford Movement was led principally by Pusey. He was known for his influential sermons and the writing of numerous tracts arguing for the catholic traditions of Anglicanism.
Dag Hammarskjöld (Secretary General of the United Nations, 1961)—A skilled Swedish diplomat, Hammarskjöld served for eight years as the head of the United Nations. He was a rare person in that public service was not a means to gain power, but a religious vocation, a way of living out his faith. He was deeply committed to the cause of world peace. His person journal, Markings, published after his death, revealed his own inner struggles with finding meaning in life.
Ember Friday— Pray today for the choice of fit persons for ordained ministry (Prayer Book page 256.)
Theodore of Tarsus (Archbishop of Canterbury, 690)—A monk from the home city of the Apostle Paul in modern Turkey, Theodore was living in Rome when the church in England was in desperate need of leadership. He was sent to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury, becoming a key leader in bringing together the two rival strains of the faith followed among Anglo-Saxon Christians, Celtic and Roman.
Talk Like a Pirate Day (Parodic holiday)—Begun in 1995, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is not found in the BCP or any list of holy days. It is, however, a chance to greet your friends with “Ahoy, matey!” Drift back to the first time you saw Treasure Island, and when your boss tells you to get back to work just answer, “Aaarrr.” When the Rector says, “The Lawrd be with ye,” the correct Episcopal pirate replies, “And also with ye.” (And if you TLAP today Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut.)
Ember Saturday— Pray today for all Christians in their vocation (Prayer Book page 256.)
John Coleridge Patteson and his Companions (Bishop of Melanesia, Martyrs, 1871)—The death of Bishop Patteson and his companions became the foundation of what became a strong church in Melanesia today. After his ordination in England he went to serve in New Zealand, eventually learning over 20 languages of the South Pacific. He worked to protect the people from the slave trade, but was murdered in mistaken retaliation for outrages committed by earlier slave-traders.
Henri Nouwen (Priest and spiritual guide, 1996)—After ordination in his native Holland, Nouwen taught in the US at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard. He was drawn toward monastic life, and became one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers of our time. The spiritual life, he said, was not something just for saints or “perfect people,” but the call of Jesus was for all of us, even in our brokenness.
This week, please pray for the following—
Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop
Candidates for Holy Orders
Anglican Communion, especially…
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding
Bishop of the US
Anglican Church of Tanzania
Diocese of Haiti, our companion diocese
St. Joseph’s, Eleuthera; St. Paul’s, The Bluff:
Ministries in this parish…
Social Media team
Michelle Fountain, Sunday School Director
Ministries in the world…
Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida
first responders in times of emergency (fire,
police, EMTs, etc)
those in positions of authority over others
those who serve on the search committee for a
the resources of the earth
those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
the saints and holy days remembered this week
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A prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola—
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil, and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.