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.

Rogationtide

This event asks God’s blessing on the fields, gardens, orchards, seeds, etc. to be used in food production that season.

Rogation Day Processions trace their roots to the church of Fifth-Century France when special prayers were offered just before the Feast of the Ascension because of earthquake and poor harvests. The early Roman church celebrated Rogation Days with a Christian procession around the fields on the Feast of St. Mark (April 25) to suppress the ancient pagan roman celebrations honoring the god "Mildew" and the goddess "Rust".

The word "rogation" is from the Latin verb, rogo, "I ask." They come at this point in the year because they are a time of special prayer that God may bless us in this season of planting and blessing of the land.

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ascensiontide

The 40th day of the 50 days of Easter rejoicing.

The Ascension of Jesus the Christian teaching found in the New Testament that the resurrected Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his apostles, occurring 40 days after the resurrection.

The Pentecost Novena begins. A time of prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

What are you doing here?
We are looking for Jesus.

What are you doing here?
We have questions to ask.

What are you doing here ?
We seek hope; we seek healing.

What are you doing here?
We have heard God calling our names.



You have ascended in glory, O Christ our God,
having gladdened Your disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit;
and they were assured by the blessing
that You are the Son of God,
the Redeemer of the world.
(Troparion, Tone 4)

Pentecost Novena Prayer

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us; and heal our souls, gracious One.

Lag B'Omer - May 6-7

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 7, 2015—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron, northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the common era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the “Kabbalah,” and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”

Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.” These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow.

Lailat al Mira- May 15

Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to the ‘Farthest Mosque’ in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily.

The story of Lailat al Miraj consists of two major parts. The first part of the story begins with the Prophet Muhammad at the Kabaa in Mecca. He is visited by two archangels who provide him with a mythical winged steed called Buraq. Buraq carries the Prophet to the ‘Farthest Mosque,’ believed by Muslims to be the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, where Muhammad joins past prophets in prayer.

The Prophet then ascends to heaven where he is told by God of the duty for Muslims to pray five times daily (Salat). This second part of the journey is commonly referred to as the Miraj, an Arabic word meaning “ladder.”

Martyrs of Sudan- May 16

Shavuot- May 24

Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, and its date is directly linked to that of Passover. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. The word Shavuot means weeks, and the festival of Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

Memorial Day- May 25

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.

Americans killed in wars that involved the United States:

***the numbers do not include those who are missing in Action or dead from the causalities of war affecting both sides.***

Prayer

God the King of Glory, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give you thanks for all those who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant them your mercy and the light of your presence; give us a sense of your will and purpose, that we may understand that the work you have begun in them will be perfected through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in whom all strife is resolved. Amen.

Bertha and Ethelbert - May 27

was the queen of Kent whose influence led to the Christianization of Anglo-Saxon England. She was canonized as a saint for her role in its establishment during that period of English history.

Ember Days- May27, 29, 30

The Ember Days are four series of Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays which correspond to the natural seasons of the year. Autumn brings the September, or Michaelmas, Embertide; winter, the Advent Embertide; Spring, the Lenten Embertide; and in summer, the Whit Embertide (named after Whitsunday, the Feast of Pentecost).

The English title for these days, "Ember," is derived from their Latin name: Quatuor Temporum, meaning the "Four Times" or "Four Seasons."

Joan of Arc- May 30

Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) was born in France in 1412, in the midst of the Hundred Years' War when France and England were locked in an epic struggle over who should govern portions of what is now France. The daughter of a farmer from the village of Domrémy, Joan had no formal schooling and could not write her name without someone guiding her hand, but made her mark on history and the church.

At age twelve or thirteen, Joan began to experience visions. She heard the voices of Saint Michael the Archangel (see September 29), Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and others, telling her to raise the siege at Orleans and have the Dauphin crowned king of France. Based on a successful prediction of a reversal in battle, Joan gained credibility with the court and with military leaders. Soon the Dauphin was leading armies to victory based on her mystical visions, and after a stunning victory at Orleans, he was crowned Charles VII at Reims cathedral. But after a defeat at Compiègne, Joan was captured by the Burgundian troops, sold to the English, and tried at Rouen on charges of sorcery and heresy. She was found guilty and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was just nineteen years old. The French eventually won the war, and Joan's conviction was annulled by the church in 1456. Joan of Arc came to be regarded as a French heroine, honored for her courage, steadfast faith, and unwavering commitment to her country.

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary June 1

According to Luke's Gospel, Mary, immediately after being told of the forthcoming birth of Jesus, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth was also pregnant and her child was to be John the Baptist. This famous visit was important for several reasons. When Elizabeth saw Mary, the baby leaped in her womb, not an uncommon experience in pregnancy but in this case regarded as a supernatural occurrence, signifying little John's excitement at the presence of the Savior whom he was to proclaim. Elizabeth was the first to recognize Mary as the Mother of the Lord, exclaiming "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"

Lailatal- Bara'at- June 1

The word "‌Barat" translation and meaning in English is "the quality of being guileless", "without guile or deception". On this night Allah said : ` who wants forgiveness, I will forgive you. Who wants food, I will provide food.` Allah said this over again and again until fajr. The night of Shab-E-Barat also commemorates the entry of Muhammad into the city of Mecca. The festival of Shab-E-Barat is celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm by Muslims all over the world. For, Muslims believe that on the night of Shab-E-Barat God writes the destinies of all men for the coming year by taking into account the deeds committed by them in the past. It is considered one of the holiest nights on the Islamic Calendar.


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** This prayer is offer for Victims of Violence throughout of the world. Victims of verbal, physical, emotional, of hunger and thirst,economic abuse,warfare (especially Ukraine, Venezuela, parts of Africa, South America Asia and the Middle East, terrorist action, the death penalty, suicide, shootings (in our cities and neighborhoods), and other guise of violence. May their souls rest in peace and their families experience the Comfort of God. The Church bells will toll on Wednesdays @ 6:10pm.

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