Category: liturgy

Happy St. … Somebody’s Day

Sure, you might be wanting to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day today, to take part in the consumer holiday of choice. Here at 7WD headquarters, we are commemorating St. Cyril and St. Methodius, the saints...

Music for Candlemas

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, also known as Candlemas. The Nunc dimittis is the theme song for today. Enjoy. Here’s some lovely music from...

The Conversion of St. Paul

Back in 2004, Forward Movement published “Calendar of Saints” by David Veal. It’s a set of meditations on the lives of saints — a hagiography that doesn’t require a theology degree to enjoy. Alas,...

The lost art of preaching

Today the church remembers Phillips Brooks, famously rector of Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston and late bishop of Massachusetts. More than these things, he is remembered as a phenomenal preacher. Here’s a bit...

The story of Jonah

I love the story of Jonah, a tiny sliver of which pops up in tomorrow’s lectionary. Here’s some lovely art with panels that tell much of Jonah’s story. The artist is John August Swanson....

Of broken things in the church

Not long ago, a Facebook friend wrote that the General Ordination Exam is “the most idiotic thing” in the Episcopal Church. I disagree. Last year I wrote a blog post in which I asserted...

Epiphany Proclamation 2012

Happy Feast of the Epiphany! In my parish ministry, I always read the Epiphany Proclamation at our services on this day. It’s old fashioned, to be sure, but it nicely sets out the year...

Real priests do not wear billboards. Part I

When I was thinking about ordained ministry, the idea of wearing a clergy shirt was appealing to me. The attraction was not any perceived power, or the desire to have a piece of plastic...

Of common prayer and its neglect

Oops. Advent got away from me. Guess I wasn’t doing my job. I had thought I’d write a series on liturgy, but I never managed to get to that. So this post will compress...

An Advent miscellany

Happy new year and holy Advent to all! My resolution for liturgical new year is to devote some more time to 7WD, so I’ve lined up an Advent feast. But first, I have a...