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.
All Saints, All Souls, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving. Events that are suited for autumn. As we draw to the end of the agricultural year, we celebrate God’s great harvest of all people throughout history who have shown love, joy and service to others. All creation is united in the Spirit. We link arms with all people of every time and place. We look forward to when the creation will be transformed.
November 1 All Saints. Our heroes have power to shape our lives. What kind of a hero is a saint? Heroes conquer; saints are heroes who conquer themselves. They are found in all cultures, all religious traditions, and all walks of life. The hidden ones may be the greatest.
November 2 All Souls Day. Archaeologists find that even our earliest ancestors proved by burial rites sorrow and affection for their dear ones who died. On this day, we remember all who passed on before us and express lasting love by lighting a candle or by some other ritual.
November 11 - Diwali - (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. Deepavali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India.
November 11 Veterans Day (U.S.)/ Remembrance Day. The day was originally called Armistice Day and then renamed Veterans Day. And indeed, the veterans – the rebuilders – are heroes who deserve our admiration and grateful support. Regardless of the deception that got them caught in the war, the war itself undeceived them. And they proved their heroism by going with open eyes about the task of rebuilding their lives.
November 11- St. Martin of Tours. Martin was reared a pagan and became an officer in the Roman army. As a young officer serving in the Province of Gaul (France) he became an "inquirer" or catechumen of the Christian faith. At Amiens he encountered a beggar who was cold and naked. Moved with compassion he ripped his own officer's cloak in two and gave the beggar half. From that time on he resolved to become a Christian and follow the Lord's way of life.
After obtaining a discharge from the army, he traveled about but finally settled at Poitiers where he and Hilary (see January 13), the Bishop of Poitiers, founded a religious community. Martin was eventually elected Bishop of Tours and in that capacity he became famous as a pastor and evangelist. He succeeded in establishing parishes and monasteries throughout the region. Martin was a strong advocate of justice in a time and place when power seemed to rule. He protested any mistreatment of heretics or pagans by Christians, and vice versa.
November 12 Birthday of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1694. Theologian, early feminist, and first great Latin American poet, who described her inclination to study as so overpowering that neither others’ admonitions nor her own meditations could cause her "to forswear this natural impulse that God placed in me."
November 16- Margaret of Scotland. When the Normans successfully invaded England in 1066 the Anglo-Saxon royalty fled from England. Margaret, a cousin of the defeated king, fled with her mother and sister to Scotland, where they found refuge in the court of King Malcolm. Margaret soon married King Malcolm and became Scotland's most beloved and revered queen.
She was always a deeply religious person, showing great interest in the church and great compassion for the poor. In her youth she considered a religious vocation and in her maturity she found one, as wife and mother. Her firm and loving influence on the king, the church, her children, and the people, virtually renewed the life of the whole nation of Scotland. Under her influence monasteries, schools, orphanages, and hospitals were founded and the quality of life greatly improved in the land. One tragic aspect of Scottish life about which Margaret could do nothing was that of clan warfare and blood feuds. Malcolm was treacherously slain at Alnwick in 1093 and the grief-stricken Margaret died a few days later. Their son, David, became one of Scotland's finest kings. Their daughter, Matilda, married the English King Henry I, and so Margaret and Malcolm are ancestors of the present British Royal Family.
November 18- Hilda of Whitby. The lovely Hilda was like a breath of spring in the dark winter of seventh-century England. She was born of the pagan royalty of Northumbria. When she was thirteen years old her great uncle, King Edwin, was converted, and she was baptized with his household. She was a lady of some rank and station and, although deeply touched by the new faith, hesitated to enter upon a religious vocation until she was over thirty. Eventually she founded a monastery at Whitby, with the help of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne.
The Whitby monastery welcomed men and women and became a great center of the British church. According to Bede, Hilda oversaw the careful teaching of Holy Scripture, "by word and example, righteousness and mercy and purity, and especially peace and charity." There the famous Anglo-Saxon poet, Caedmon, was befriended and there he composed much of his work. There in 664 King Oswy called the church council which decided on the Romanization of the old British (Celtic) Church. Hilda was not pleased with this decision, which seriously changed the worship and discipline of her community. However, she gracefully accepted it, relinquishing local customs in the interest of the unity and order of the universal church.
November 17- Elizabeth of Hungary. Being born wealthy does not assure security in life, and one's own generosity to others does not guarantee repayment in kind by others. Elizabeth was the daughter of the king of Hungary. She married Louis the Fourth, Landgrave of Thuringia, Germany. She was a loving and exemplary wife and mother. However, when she was only twenty years old, her husband was killed and she and her children became the wards of her husband's cruel and selfish brother, Henry Raspe. Eventually he expelled Elizabeth and her children from the family home, Wartburg Castle.
Elizabeth sought refuge in the church in Marburg, but even there she was not kindly treated. The stern, powerful, and insensitive priest, Conrad, called "the Master of Marburg," had her children taken from her and placed her in a convent of women Franciscans, known as Poor Clares. There she was treated with almost sadistic severity. "Like grass beaten by a thunderstorm," to use her own phrase, she revived to become the most beloved "sister of the poor" of Marburg. She often sewed garments for poor children until her fingers bled, or went days without sleep while caring for the sick. She died in 1231, at the age of twenty-four.
November 20-Remembrance Day for Meister Eckhart (1260-1328. German mystic, theologian, and Dominican prior whose writings – condemned as "heretical" by the church of his day -- still profoundly influence us. "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you," he noted, "it will be enough."
November 20- December 20 Advent. Advent means arrival. Ever since human beings have looked up to the starry skies, they have longed for the arrival of a child to bring us a better future. All of us share this deep longing.
Nov. 22 - Christ the King / Reign of Christ - At the conclusion of the Christian year, the church gives thanks and praise for sovereignty of Christ, who is Lord of all creation and is coming again in glory to reign (see Revelation 1:4-8). This festival was established in 1925 by decree of Pope Pius XI. Originally it took place on the last Sunday in October, just prior to All Saints’ Day. Now it is celebrated on the last Sunday of the Christian year, a week before the season of Advent begins. The festival of Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) ends our marking of Ordinary Time after the Day of Pentecost, and moves us to the threshold of Advent, the season of hope for Christ’s coming again at the end of time.
November 22- Thanksgiving Day. Today we celebrate life as a gift we share; we give thanks for the generosity of Mother Earth and for all opportunities to make peace within ourselves and in the world.
November 22 - Feast Day of St. Cecilia. Patroness of church music and musicians, whose feast celebration dates to the 4th century. Depicted with an organ, St. Cecilia has inspired musical tributes by Purcell (“Hail, Bright Cecilia”) and Handel (“Ode on St. Cecilia Day”).
November 26-Birthday of Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) (att.Charles Schutze). Graphic artist, cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts" comic strip, winner of two Peabody Awards and four Emmys. His gift of presenting life's questions and issues with gentle humor brings readers to deeper self-understanding.
November 28- Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885. (att. Queen Emma..). The Hawaiian Islands were first evangelized by sternly Calvinistic Congregationalists and by Roman Catholics. Neither group had much respect for the other or for the native Hawaiian culture and traditions. King Kamehameha IV, who was crowned in 1854, and his wife, Queen Emma, actively sought a branch of Christianity that was all-embracing, reconciliatory, and accepting of Hawaiian culture, yet orthodox and traditional.
They found such in Anglicanism. Queen Victoria served as godmother to their son. Under royal patronage Thomas N. Staley became Hawaii's first bishop, ground was broken for St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, The Book of Common Prayer was translated into Hawaiian, the Queen's Hospital was founded, and several schools were established in the islands with Anglican clergy as tutors. Kamehameha was only twenty-nine when he died. Queen Emma lived on for many years and became a symbol of dignity and Christian piety to the people of Hawaii. The Archbishop of Canterbury described her as one of the most saintly souls he had ever met.
November 30- St. Andrew (att. St. Andrew). Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. In fact, he was in part responsible for Peter's call, for he went and "found his brother Simon…and brought him to Jesus" (John 1:41-42). Andrew was a fisherman by trade. He was a follower of John the Baptist before being called by Jesus as a disciple. It was Andrew who told Jesus about the boy with loaves and fishes at the feeding of the five thousand. Andrew also assisted in the distribution of the food on that occasion.
Tradition tells us that Andrew worked among the Scythians, ancient inhabitants of a part of modern Russia. He has long been the patron saint of Russia. Andrew is also the patron saint of Scotland, and the Scottish flag bears the X shaped cross usually associated with him. It is believed that he was bound to such a cross and thus met his death at the hands of angry pagans.
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Advent 1- Beginning of Lectionary of “Luke” / Advent Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion@ 10:30a
Advent 2/ Congregational Meeting@ 10:30
Advent 3/ Third Anniversary of the Newtown Killings/ Gun Violence Sabbath/Eucharist @ 10:30a
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