Eve of the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, 2017
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son
revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that
we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be
strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his
likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
- Collect for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany (BCP 217)
Dear Congregation and friends of the Cathedral,
Next week, Lent begins on Wednesday with services at 7:30, 8:30, 12:15, and 7:00 PM. Bishop Dietsche will be preaching and celebrating at the later service. Lent has always been my favorite season, and I'm tempted to skip ahead and talk about that (and all the programs we have planned that you can find below).
However, we have a few days left of the season before - the Season after the great Epiphany to the Wise Men and everyone else in the wake of Christmas. That includes this Sunday, where we pray and read about Christ bright and fantastic atop the mountain the Transfiguration. (The Readings are here.)
This is the Sunday that is apparently the full vision - a vision so great that Christ tells them to hold on to it until after he dies and rises again. A vision so great - and so complete - that Peter would like to live up on the mountain there. But, it's not to be. They see it. They get that glance of great fulfilled hope. And then they are told to not be afraid and to head back down the mountain.
So in these next few days, I encourage you to find ways to celebrate that hope and that glimpse of fulfillment and celebration to prepare for Lent. There is a pancake dinner Tuesday Night and all sorts of opportunities to celebrate in church and elsewhere, and prepare for the call of Christ to go back down the mountain and into the world with Lent and all that follows.
In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
Pancake Dinner - Tuesday, February 28th
All are welcome to this festive celebration in Cathedral House at 7 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Services at 7:30, 8:30, 12:15, and 7
Sunday Nights at 5 PM - Exploring Baptism and Confirmation
If you have been considering Baptism or Confirmation, we will join together for dinner and discussion about faith, tradition, and practice. For more information, contact Mother Jett.
Monday mornings at 11 AM - Christian Spiritual Practices
St. Martin's Chapel - Before the 12:15 Eucharist
Join Cathedral staff and clergy in learning and participating in different forms of traditional Christian Spiritual practices including Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.
Tuesday March 14th and March 21st at 7 PM - Lenten Discussion & Soup Dinner
Join Canon Charles Simmons, the Diocesan Canon for Ministry, in a class hosted by the Congregation of Saint Saviour. All are welcome!
Fridays at 1 PM - Meditations on the Stations of the Cross
St. Martin's Chapel - Following the 12:15 Eucharist
Various diocesan and Cathedral staff, including some of the Bishops, will be leading discussions on the journey of Christ to the Cross.
Other Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 26th at 11 AM - Brunch for Families with Young Children
Upcoming Dialogues on Race and Religion
February 27 - The Legacy of Colonialism and Protestant Missionaries in Puerto Rico [More Info]
March 6 - Community Organizing and Community Healing with activist Wesley Morris [More info]
March 13 - Muslim-Christian Dialogue with the Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah [More info]
March 20 - Sabeeha Rehman: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim[More info]
March 27 - The Rising Hope Prison Ministry [More info]
Pastoral Dialogue on Sex Trafficking | March 4 from 1 to 3 in Cathedral House
Welcoming Raleigh Sadler, the Executive Director of Let My People Go. [More Info]
For other upcoming formation opportunities...
To learn more about all of the upcoming opportunities for Bible Study, Liturgical Study, and more, see the program page of the Saint Saviour website.