Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.

Ordinary Time

Most of the Seasons of the Christian Church Year are organized around the two major festivals that mark sacred time: Christmas and Easter. The rest of the year following Epiphany and Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time. Rather than meaning "common"or "mundane," this term comes from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Pentecost, etc.), which is probably a better way to think of this time of the year. Counted time after Pentecost always begins with Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost) and ends with Christ the King Sunday or the Reign of Christ the King (last Sunday before the beginning of Advent). The sanctuary color for Ordinary Time is green, although other shades of green are commonly used. Green has traditionally been associated with new life and growth. Even in Hebrew in the Old Testament, the same word for the color "green" also means "young." In Christian tradition, green came to symbolize the life of the church following Pentecost, as well as symbolizing the hope of new life in the resurrection.

June 17 — July 17- Fast of Ramadan

Observed during the ninth month of the Moslem calendar. Followers of the religion of Islam believe that during Ramadan the Holy Quran (Koran) "was sent down from heaven” to bring us guidance, direction, and salvation. Ramadan has a special spirit. It generates piety, sincerity and humbleness. It increases charity and generosity. It gives a sense of unity and solidarity to Muslims. It removes anger, hatred, jealousy and animosity and it brings out the goodness in every person who fasts. It leaves some marks of purity and divine beauty on every person and on every soul. We surely need this spirit and the whole humanity needs it. Blessed are the individuals and blessed is the community that lives with this spirit throughout the year, throughout their lives.- — by Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Jun 21, Summer Solstice

As summer begins in the North and winter in the South, we rejoice in the light: dancing around a bonfire to honor the longest day and shortest night, or gratefully greeting the return of longer days.

Jun 20 - Jun 21, Feast of the Great Spirit

Native American feast day honoring the Deity as Orenda (Iroquois), Asgaya Galun Lati (Cherokee), Wakan Tanka (Lakota), and Awonawilona (Zuni). May we all turn our hearts in praise and thanksgiving to the highest power we know.

June 24- Birth of John the Baptist, or Nativity of the Forerunner

is a Christian feast day celebrating the birth of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus, whom he later baptised.The Nativity of St John the Baptist on June 24 comes three months after the celebration on March 25 of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy and six months before the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus. The purpose of these festivals is not to celebrate the exact dates of these events, but simply to commemorate them in an interlinking way. The Nativity of St. John the Baptist anticipates the feast of Christmas.

June25- James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership within the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917, being chosen as the first black executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer.[1] He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. He was first known for his writing, which includes poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. He was the first African-American professor at New York University.

June 26-Isabel Florence Hapgood , a lifelong and faithful Episcopalian, was a force behind ecumenical relations between Episcopalians and Russian Orthodoxy in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century.

June 27- Cornelius Hill ( born 1834) was the first great Oneida chief to be born in Wisconsin, after the United States government had forced the Oneida peoples west from New York State. As a young man, Hill spent several years at Nashotah House, where the Episcopal priests educated him and formed him in the faith, worship, and tradition of the Church. Hill was greatly respected among his people for his intelligence, courage, and ability to lead, and by his teenage years, he had already been made an Oneida chief, named Onan-gwat-go, or “Big Medicine. When land allotment became a legal reality under the Dawes General Act of 1893, Hill turned to the Church, and in 1895 he was ordained an Episcopal deacon. In 1903 he became the ?rst Oneida to be ordained a priest. At the ordination, he repeated his vows in the Oneida language.

Hill saw Christian faith as a way to help his people grapple with the profound and rapid changes which faced them, and the authority of his ordination enhanced his ability to be a bridge between Oneida and white culture.

June 29- Feast of St. Peter and Paul

— day remembering the the two Apostles who were martyred in Rome.

July 1- Canada Day

Holiday celebrating the Dominion of Canada, which was formed in 1867 and confirmed by the Statute of Westminster in 1931. "Kanata" – from which "Canada" is derived – means "village" in Huron.Since the whole world has become a "village," all of us can join our Canadian sisters and brothers in celebrating this day.

July 2-Birthday of Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)

Director of NAACP for 21 years and first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Marshall’s work to end legal segregation in transportation, housing, voting, and education profoundly influenced U.S. race relations.

July 4- Independence Day

U.S. celebration commemorating the 1776 Declaration of Independence. May we seek nonviolent, skillful means to insure each person’s “unalienable right” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

July 7- Devi Puja

A day to fast from grains and meat and make offerings to Devi, the Divine Mother of the Hindu cosmos. Her creative power takes both benevolent and fierce forms, reminding us to see the divine in all circumstances.

July 22- St. Mary Magdalene

She is usually thought of as the second-most important woman in the New Testament after Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers. She was present at Jesus' two most important moments: the crucifixion and the resurrection. Within the four Gospels, the oldest historical record mentioning her name, she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. The Gospel references describe her as courageous, brave enough to stand by Jesus in his hours of suffering, death and beyond.

July 23, A Prayer

For those celebrating the anniversaries of their lives this week especially our Bishop Mark

Ever-gracious God, we thank you for our Muslim sisters and brothers who will celebrate Laylat al-Qadr tomorrow, remembering the night in which you revealed the Quaran to the Prophet Mohammad. We also share their joy in the feast of Eid Al Fitr, which they will celebrate on Friday, marking the end of their month of fasting.

July 24- Lailet-al-Qadar

Variously rendered in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures. It is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadan. It is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

July 25- St. James

One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. James is described as one of the first disciples to join Jesus. The Gospels state that James and John were with their father by the seashore when Jesus called them to follow him. James was one of only three apostles whom Jesus selected to bear witness to his Transfiguration.

July 26-Joachim and Anne, Parents of Blessed Mary

The Gospels tell us little about the home of our Lord’s mother. She is thought to have been of Davidic descent and to have been brought up in a devout Jewish family that cherished the hope of Israel for the coming kingdom of God, in remembrance of the promise to Abraham and the forefathers.

In the second century, a devout Christian sought to supply a fuller account of Mary’s birth and family, to satisfy the interest and curiosity of believers. An apocryphal gospel, known as the Protevangelium of James or The Nativity of Mary, appeared. It included legendary stories of Mary’s parents Joachim and Anne. These stories were built out of Old Testament narratives of the births of Isaac and of Samuel (whose mother’s name, Hannah, is the original form of Anne), and from traditions of the birth of John the Baptist. In these stories, Joachim and Anne—the childless, elderly couple who grieved that they would have no posterity—were rewarded with the birth of a girl whom they dedicated in infancy to the service of God under the tutelage of the temple priests.

In 550 the Emperor Justinian I erected in Constantinople the first church to Saint Anne. The Eastern Churches observe her festival on July 25. Not until the twelfth century did her feast become known in the West. Pope Urban VI fixed her day, in 1378, to follow the feast of Saint James. Joachim has had several dates assigned to his memory; but the new Roman Calendar of 1969 joins his festival to that of Anne on this day.

July 27- Panteleimon-Healer and Martyr

He studied medicine with such success that the Emperor Maximian appointed him his physician. One day as he was talking with a priest named Hermolaus, the latter, after praising the study of medicine, concluded thus: "But, my friend, of what use are all thy acquirements in this art, since thou art ignorant of the science of salvation?

By miraculously healing a blind man by invoking the name of Jesus over him, Panteleimon converted his father, upon whose death he came into possession of a large fortune, but freed his slaves and, distributing his wealth among the poor, developed a great reputation in Nicomedia. Envious colleagues denounced him to the emperor during the Diocletian persecution. The emperor wished to save him and sought to persuade him to apostasy. Pateleimon, however, openly confessed his faith, and as proof that Christ is the true God, he healed a paralytic. Notwithstanding this, he was condemned to death by the emperor, who regarded the miracle as an exhibition of magic.

According to the later stories Panteleimon's flesh was first burned with torches, whereupon Christ appeared to all in the form of Hermolaus to strengthen and heal Panteleimon. The torches were extinguished. Then a bath of molten lead was prepared; when the apparition of Christ stepped into the cauldron with him, the fire went out and the lead became cold. Panteleimon was now thrown into the sea, loaded with a great stone, which floated. He was thrown to wild beasts, but these fawned upon him and could not be forced away until he had blessed them. He was bound on the wheel, but the ropes snapped, and the wheel broke. An attempt was made to behead him, but the sword bent, and the executioners were converted to Christianity.

Panteleimon implored Heaven to forgive them, for which reason he also received the name of Panteleimon ("mercy for everyone" or "all-compassionate"). It was not until he himself desired it that it was possible to behead him, upon which there issued forth blood and a white liquid like milk.

He is patron saint of Physicians, midwives, livestock, lottery, lottery winners, lottery tickets, invoked against headaches, consumption, locusts, witchcraft, accidents and loneliness, helper for crying children.


July 28- Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick, and Henry Purcell

July 29- Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany are described in the Gospels according to Luke and John as close and much-loved friends of Jesus. Luke records the well-known story of their hospitality, which made Martha a symbol of the active life and Mary of the contemplative, though some commentators would take the words of Jesus to be a defense of that which Mary does best, and a commendation of Martha for what she does best—neither vocation giving grounds for despising the other. The devotion and friendship of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus have been an example of fidelity and service to the Lord. Their hospitality and kindness, and Jesus’ enjoyment of their company, show us the beauty of human friendship and love at its best. And the raising of Lazarus by Jesus is a sign of hope and promise for all who are in Christ.

July 29- First Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church

In 1974 and 1975 fifteen women shattered the stained-glass ceiling and forced a morally correct change in the ordination policies of The Episcopal Church.


Within the past three years I heard the following anecdote: Someone asked a young Roman Catholic female how many sacraments there are. She answered, "That depends on whether you are a boy or a girl." I am glad to report that Episcopalians have equal access to all seven sacraments without regard to their XX or XY chromosomes.

Prior to 1970 women could not serve as delegates to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. That year the denomination redefined Deaconesses as ordained members of the Sacred Order of Deacons. Three years later the General Convention almost opened the priesthood and the episcopate to women, except for a parliamentary procedure.

On July 29, 1974, at the Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three bishops conducted eleven "irregular" ordinations. These were "irregular" because the ordinands were women (all deacons, by the way) who lacked the recommendations of their bishops and diocesan standing committees for ordination. These eleven women became the first female Episcopal Priests, the "Philadelphia Eleven."

The three bishops were Daniel Corrigan (retired from the Diocese of Colorado), Robert L. DeWitt (resigned from the Diocese of Pennsylvania), and Edward R. Welles II (retired from the Diocese of West Missouri). These men, who had devoted many years of their careers to social justice, considered the ordination of women consistent with this inclination. Welles, for example, had supported the ordination of women since at least 1928. A fourth bishop, Jose Antonio Ramos, diocesan of Costa Rica, was present and supportive, yet did not ordain anyone.

July 30- William Wilberforce and Anthony Ashley Cooper - William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833)

An English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (28 April 1801 – 1 October 1885), styled Lord Ashley from 1811 to 1851, was an English politician, philanthropist and social reformer. Although he was offered a burial at Westminster Abbey, Shaftesbury wished to be buried at St. Giles. A funeral service was held in Westminster Abbey during early morning of 8 October and the streets along the route from Grosvenor Square and Westminster Abbey were thronged with poor people, costermongers, flower-girls, boot-blacks, crossing-sweepers, factory-hands and similar workers who waited for hours to see Shaftesbury's coffin as it passed by. Due to his constant advocacy for the better treatment of the working classes, Shaftesbury became known as the "Poor Man's Earl".

One of his biographers, Georgina Battiscombe, has claimed that "No man has in fact ever done more to lessen the extent of human misery or to add to the sum total of human happiness".

July 31 - St. Ignatius of Loyola - Ignatius was born into a noble Basque family in 1491. In his autobiography he tells us, “Up to his twenty-sixth year, he was a man given over to the vanities of the world and took special delight in the exercise of arms with a great and vain desire of winning glory.” An act of reckless heroism at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521 led to his being seriously wounded. During his convalescence at Loyola, Ignatius experienced a profound spiritual awakening. Following his recovery and an arduous period of retreat, a call to be Christ’s knight in the service of God’s kingdom was deepened and confirmed.

Ignatius began to share the fruits of his experience with others, making use of a notebook which eventually became the text of the Spiritual Exercises. Since his time, many have found the Exercises to be a way of encountering Christ as intimate companion and responding to Christ’s call: "Whoever wishes to come with me must labor with me."

The fact that Ignatius was an unschooled layman made him suspect in the eyes of church authorities and led him, at the age of 37, to study theology at the University of Paris in preparation for the priesthood. While there, Ignatius gave the Exercises to several of his fellow students; and in 1534, together with six companions, he took vows to live lives of strict poverty and to serve the needs of the poor. Thus, what later came to be known as the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) was born.

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