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Listening for The Heartbeat of God, Celtic Christian Spirituality- Part 1

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   January 30th, 2022 Celtic Cross Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3 Opening Prayer for Sunday Morning I watch this morning for the light that the darkness has not overcome. I watch for the fire that was in the beginning and that burns still in the brilliance of the rising sun. I watch for the glow of life that gleams in the growing earth and glistens in the sea and... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Feb 1

Praying with Icons: Part 12

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   December 19th, 2021   St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3   St. Nicholas [was] a fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city now in ruins in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He wrote no books nor have any of his sermons or letters survived, but few saints have been the object of such universal affection. He is seen as a brave defender of Orthodoxy,... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 22

Advent Reflection: Week Three "Love and the Husk"

With The Rev. Matthew Addington   December 17th, 2021     Advent III Reflection     Welcome to this the third Friday in the season of Advent. The Friday in which we remember God's love. Our scripture for today comes from Luke chapter one. It's one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. We find Mary rejoicing at the news that she will be the mother of Jesus.    Mary said: “My soul magnifies... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 18

Praying with Icons: Part 11

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   December 12th, 2021   The Holy Family Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3   In this week's Praying with Icons, Deacon Joe discusses The Holy Family icon and the work of Artist/Iconographer Kelly Latimore.  Click Here ( Related article )   Watch Sunday's Sermon including related topics:     ... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 14

Advent Reflection: Week Two “Becoming Pure”

With The Rev. Matthew Addington   December 10th, 2021       Advent II Reflection   Hello, and welcome to the second Friday of Advent, you might say the Friday of peace. Our reading for today comes from Malachi. It is the same reading that we heard this past Sunday. The prophet Malachi writes “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 10

Praying with Icons: Part 10

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   December 5th, 2021     John the Baptist Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3   From before he was born, John the Baptist had been chosen to prepare the Israelites for the coming of the Messiah. In their old age, his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, were told by the angel Gabriel that they would have a son “With the spirit and power of... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 7

Advent Reflection: Week One “There will be Signs”

With The Rev. Matthew Addington   December 3rd, 2021     Advent I Reflection   Hello, I am Father Matt Addington.  I am one of the priests here at Saint Francis Episcopal Church and I want to welcome you to the first Friday in Advent.  Each Friday in Advent we will be offering a very brief reflection for you.  We hope that you take this time to sit and be present during this Advent season.  Our first... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Dec 3

Praying with Icons: Part 9

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   November 28th, 2021   The Annunciation Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3   The chief commander of the King’s armies, the Archangel Gabriel, was sent to Mary to announce the Incarnation – God’s coming to earth. According to Orthodox iconography, Gabriel appeared to Mary when she was hand spinning with a spindle. The icon shows how she stops and... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Nov 29

Praying with Icons: Part 8

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   November 21st, 2021   Christ Pantocrator Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3   Christ Pantocrator (The All-ruler) is an icon of the Creator, the Savior, and the Judge. Here he is portrayed frontally as a half figure. The face is authoritative, but also gentle, the eyes are wide open looking directly at us. The two-piece robe he is wearing, a red tunic (chiton), and a... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Nov 24

Praying with Icons: Part 7

With The Rev. Deacon Joe Dzugan   November 7th, 2021   The Hospitality of Abraham Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mp3 The icon called “The Hospitality of Abraham” or “The Old Testament Trinity”, is based on the incident referred to in Genesis 18: “And the Lord appeared to him (Abraham) by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up... Read More
Posted by Mark Hamby at Nov 12
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