Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Armando Guerra Soria, Primate of the Anglican Church in the Region of Central America
¨To all my friends I wish you a happy 2014 full of blessings in Christ Jesus. Health, peace, work, happiness and love are my most sincere wishes¨

¨A todos y todas mis amig@s les deseo un 2014 lleno de bendiciones en Cristo Jesus. Salud, paz, trabajo, felicidad y amor son mis deseos sinceros¨


Monday, December 30, 2013

PEACE BE WITH YOU: Why be religious? The community of the Spirit says it well.

Why be Religious?: Father Matthew Presents

Episcopal priest video blogger, Matthew Moretz, at Christ's Church, Rye, NY, looks at the value of religion in the face of those who say that they are spiritual but not religious. "Father Matthew Presents" is a regular video series produced on a semi-regular basis. You can find out more about his church and view sermons and stuff at You can contact Fr. Matthew at Peace be with you!
This piece uses the music of hisboyelroy and Kevin MacLeod under their Creative Commons license.

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St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is an outreach project of The Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA
The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Rector and Primate
The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, associate minister

Sunday, December 29, 2013

SACRED VISIONS: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art (slideshow)

François-Joseph Navez (Belgian, 1787-1869)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Elizabeth, 1823
Oil on canvas, 53 15/16 x 42 1/8 in.
Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. 2001.18

Sacred Visions

Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection

OCTOBER 18, 2013–FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Comprised of approximately 30 works of art, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection highlights how biblical subject matter was embraced within the academies of 19th-century Europe. Historically ranked at the top of the Academy’s hierarchy of genres, biblical depictions of both Old and New Testament subjects enjoyed a resurgence in the 19th century. This renewed interest may be attributed to several factors, including the developing field of biblical archaeology and the advent of photography, which produced travel books of the Holy Land. During this century of political and religious upheaval, artists - and the larger societies of which they were a part - looked to the Bible to provide inspiration, often in the form of allegory, for contemporary circumstances.

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St. Alban English Mission, is a outreach project of The Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA
The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Rector and Primate
The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, associate minister

Saturday, December 28, 2013

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS: Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants...

¨Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the kind of feast to which the proper response is: "ewwwww!" According to the story in Matthew's gospel, Herod ordered all the boys under two years old in Bethlehem to be slaughtered because he wanted to prevent the arrival of the Messiah. There are no accounts of this event in non-biblical literature of the time, and one would expect that such a traumatic event would appear somewhere; Flavius Josephus doesn't mention it, and he spent some time on the abuses of Herod. 

Whether Herod had children massacred or not, there are still many innocents being slaughtered here in our own time. Children die of starvation all over the planet, and innocent children die in the war zones our our world, especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Darfur. Innocent children die of abuse and neglect in developed nations and in developing nations. Innocent children die of neglect and abuse in the United States of America, too. Innocent children die every day on the streets of our cities. Innocent children were slaughtered in the shooting in Newtown just last year. The leaders of these nations are even more guilty than Herod, because we have actual proof of these atrocities taking place in our time.

So today, let us pray and remember the innocents massacred in this day and time around the world, and let's remember who is responsible for these modern-day atrocities.

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,, one God, for ever and ever.¨ Amen.

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Massacre of the Innocents 2013

The Nativity story is a good story. Bound up with it is another story, one that barely gets noticed outside the liturgical church calendar. It is very short, tied tightly to the Epiphany, and occurs almost entirely off-stage:
"When Herod realized he had been duped by the astrologers, he was outraged. He then issued a death warrant for all the male children in Bethlehem and surrounding region two years old and younger. this corresponded to the time [of the star] that he had learned from the astrologers. With this event the prediction made by Jeremiah the prophet came true: 
'In Ramah the sound of mourning 
and bitter grieving was heard: 
Rachel weeping for her children. 
She refused to be consoled: 
They were no more.' " (Matthew 2: 16-18, SV) 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu seeks social justice for everyone-- including animals.

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work. He previously made headlines for his strong statements in support of LGBT rights, when he said that he would prefergoing to hell over a homophobic heaven.
In his first major statement on animal welfare, Tutu said:
I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians. No human being should be the target of prejudice or the object of vilification or be denied his or her basic rights.
But there are other issues of justice--not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures. The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.
The remarks were made in his foreword to the Global Guide to Animal Protection, edited by Oxford theologian Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. It will be published by the University of Illinois on 30 December.
Tutu continued:
I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.
It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth...there is more, Thanks to The Huffington Post:
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Special thanks to Jane Mason, South Africa

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A MESSAGE FOR SAINT ALBAN - ANTIGUA COMMUNITY: Father Ricardo is taking the 29th of December off to spend time with children and grandchild. We will be back to our normal schedule on January 5th, at noon.

Fr. Ricardo Frohmader
¨Saint Alban held a service of carols and prayer on Sunday December 22. We gave thanks to God for the Gift of His Son. About two dozen of us turned listen to sing and to pray. Andrea Pellecer-Howard sang two solos. Marlene Foster did a great job on the keyboard. The congregation did a good job of singing. Moises Taqué was our Lay Reader. His spouse Adinah visited Saint Alban for the first time.

Pablo, Sebastian and Helen Arroyave are back from Trenton. Tom and Liz McCullough are back from Idaho.

Elizabeth Bell arranged for the loan of the facilities at the Doña Juana Hotel for the potluck luncheon that followed. The potluck was delicious and featured rhubarb pie, vegetable lasagna, butter beans as well as many other culinary delights. Agua de Jamaica (roselle water) and red wine enlivened our festive meal.

We missed Leonard Clark and several others. We hope that they will be among us soon again. We said prayers for Diane Carofino who is recovering from surgery. Get well soon, Diane

Father Ricardo is taking the 29th of December off to spend time with children and grandchild. We will be back to our normal schedule on January 5th, at noon. We will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on that day.

God Bless you all. Let the light of the newborn Jesus shine in all our hearts


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A GIFT FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY: Brooklyns Grace Church Uncovers a Long-Hidden Celestial Treasure

Thousands of eight-pointed stars in gold, yellow and red were discovered during the renovation of Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights.

At Christmas, thoughts at many churches turn to a certain star

The ceiling was painted over in the early 20th century with a pattern of false wood, or faux bois.

A professional cleaning with sponges, rags, a little water and a gentle detergent brought the stars back to light.
The 165-year-old Episcopal church is undergoing a $5 million renovationAt Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, thoughts are of a thousand stars or more. 
At Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, thoughts are ofathousand stars or more.That’s how many long-hidden stars have been uncovered in the ceiling of the building, a 165-year-old Episcopal church at Hicks Street and Grace Court, under a $5 million renovation that includes a new copper roof, new insulation, new lighting, new wiring and a much-needed cleaning of many of the 3,200 organ pipes.
What had looked until a few months ago like a dull ceiling of plain wood planks turned out to be a dazzling celestial extravaganza of eight-pointed stars in gold, yellow and red — so lacy they might be taken for snowflakes — set in an expansive vault of royal blue.
A professional cleaning with sponges, rags, a little water and a gentle detergent brought the stars back to light. Now, the ceiling seems less a solid plane than an opening to the sky. Its crisscross diagonal braces form a delicate trellis through which the heavens can be glimpsed, as if one were standing in some great Gothic Revival arbor on a cloudless night.
“We were surprised to discover this long hidden splendor that had been waiting to be revealed,” said the Rev. Stephen D. Muncie, the rector of Grace Church. “The restored decorative ceiling and new lighting will lift our eyes — and souls.”
Grace Church was designed by the master architect Richard Upjohn, the confident hand behind Trinity Church on Wall Street. The first service was held at Grace in 1848.
In 1866, the ceiling and walls were painted in a brilliant array of colors and patterns, with a ribbon of biblical verses around the nave and chancel, such as this from Psalms: “Thy testimonies are very sure, Holiness becometh thine house O Lord, forever.”
This work was painted over in the early 20th century with a pattern of false wood, or faux bois, perhaps because the exuberant décor had come to be seen as a bit too riotous. The walls were turned government-office beige; the ceiling, lumberyard brown.
However, sharp-eyed parishioners like Margaret Ann Monsor sensed that something fabulous was lurking below the wood grain. The original decoration could still be faintly discerned. “Sometimes, if the sermon wasn’t gripping, I’d look up and see all this detail,” said Ms. Monsor, a leader of the renovation project.
EverGreene Architectural Arts, the conservation, plaster and decorative painting subcontractor to Grace, made a happy discovery: The faux bois was in distemper paint, a water-soluble combination of pigment, chalk, water and an organic binding agent...there is more:
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Thanks to Grace Episcopal Church
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FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER: The light of Christ has come into the world

"O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen."

(Book of Common Prayer)

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Monday, December 23, 2013

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP ARMANDO GUERRA, PRIMATE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CENTRAL AMERICA: ¨Let us enjoy Christmas, but let’s do it with moderation and temperance...¨

The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Primate of  IARCA

Christmas Message from the Most Reverend Armando R. Guerra S., Primate of the Anglican Church of the Central American Region

 “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”.
Brothers and sisters in Christ: Once again we prepare to celebrate another year since the birth of Jesus our Savior.
The announcement of the Good News of the birth of Jesus is made in the midst of a furious competition between the values of our Christian faith, and the savage consumerism of the marketplace.
Christmas should bring peace, tranquility and the healthy desire to share the life and hope of a better world. Unfortunately, Christmas brings anxiety and stress, and with them physical and psychological illnesses. The pressure of the market makes us spend more than we have, without measuring completely the consequences of disorderly spending on the family budget. Those who lack the resources to spend sink into depression and sadness.
Let us enjoy Christmas, but let’s do it with moderation and temperance, reinforcing those Christian values that bear on the observance of the commandment to love one’s neighbor which Jesus taught us.
In our personal and public prayers let us remember the thousands who lack shelter, bread and clothing. Let us remember the migrants who perhaps are spending Christmas in the desert, trying to evade their persecutors and in need of a piece of bread and a glass of water.
Christmas in its deepest sense enfolds the clamor of Christians for the establishment of a better world in which love, peace and justice prevail; a world in which the message of the Prophet Isaiah “for unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” becomes a reality.
Merry Christmas to the Bishops, Clergy and members of the congregations, and many blessings from Jesus our Lord and Savior. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

ISAIAH HAD PROPHESIED: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2

O Oriens

O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
O light of the East,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Isaiah had prophesied:
  • “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2
The Advent Antiphons are based on a series of metaphors for Christ. There is something almost primeval, for anyone living in the western quadrant of the northern hemisphere (i.e. those for whom Bethlehem is the east) in looking towards the rising sun as the source of our light, and strength, and hope. This goes beyond Christianity – Shakespeare has Romeo saying: What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. The audience immediately grasps, and is in tune with, his feelings. So the Christmas story grafts on to this very human sentiment the birth of Christ, and our star, shining in the east.  There is another sense in which the imagery for today is pre-Christian in the northern hemisphere – it is our shortest day, and the day on which we feel most keenly the desire for light.
Christ was not born on the shortest day – it is as if he waited for mankind to pull back from the brink, knowing that somehow, in the darkest of days, we must begin by trying to find the strength to be a source of light ourselves. And then he comes, as a lamp unto our  feet, and a light unto our path.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

IT ALL STARTED WITH A SONG: Choirs support and comfort those at life’s thresholds

Members of “threshold choirs,” such as singers from the Napa Valley Threshold Choir and healing Moon Threshold Singers shown here, sing a capella in very small groups for people at the thresholds of life. Photo: Faith Echtermeyer
Members of “threshold choirs,” such as singers from the Napa Valley Threshold Choir and healing Moon Threshold Singers shown here, sing a capella in very small groups for people at the thresholds of life. Photo: Faith Echtermeyer
[Episcopal News Service] 
Twenty-three years ago, Kate Munger filled in as a bedside volunteer for a friend dying of AIDS. “All morning I did chores, and in the afternoon I was supposed to sit by his bedside. And he was comatose and agitated, and I was terrified,” she recalled. “I had no idea what to do, so I started singing. I’ve been leading community singing for many years, and there was a song in that period that comforted me, that gave me courage when I was afraid. I sang it for two-and a-half hours.”
By the end of that time, he had calmed, “and I got calmer as well,” she said. “I realized that I had given him the best gift that I personally could give him and that I had given him something essential, something very deep from my soul to his soul.”
Ten years later, in Berkeley, Calif., she started the first of what now are 108 “threshold choirs,” who sing a capella by invitation for people on life’s thresholds. The Threshold Choir network of primarily women’s choirs stretches across the country and as far as Australia and Cambodia, although most groups are in the continental United States and Canada. Members generally visit homes, hospitals, hospices and other locations in groups of two to four, singing softly in what Munger calls “lullaby voice.”
Although Threshold Choir is not a religious organization, members will sing a hymn if asked. Some choirs rehearse at Episcopal churches or have Episcopal members, and at least one choir in Illinois operates as a ministry in an Episcopal parish.
“This is prayer and not performance,” said Munger, the organization’s creative director. “I think people that are not religious have access to prayer just like people who are religious.” A threshold choir can provide support for those who don’t necessarily have a church to meet their beliefs and needs, she noted.
The definition of “threshold” is somewhat flexible. “We focus on end of life, and some choirs sing for people who are ill and in treatment and struggling,” said Munger, the organization’s creative director. “Our official wording is that we sing for people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying.”
In Oregon, the Portland Threshold Choir rehearses at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church and sings for certain communal events as well as for individuals. On Dec. 20 at 6, the group will provide musical accompaniment for a Longest Night Service at the church.
While the holidays are portrayed as “a time of sweetness, joy, happiness, light,” this service acknowledges “that there are a lot of people for whom the holiday season has got the other side of that spectrum, too: grief, depression, despair, sadness, anger,” said Kri Schlafer, the choir’s director. The group sings while worshipers have a chance to light a candle and leave a photo or other reminder of someone who died or needs healing. The singers leave space within the music “where people can speak their name into the silence,” she said.
“Some people call it a Blue Mass,” said Rector Sara Fischer, adding that the singers “do an absolutely beautiful job helping us to create a really meaningful service every year.”
The group also sings at local labyrinth walks and at Portland’s 24-hour Chants for Peace, where groups connected with a variety of traditions each sing for an hour in a kind of musical relay to raise awareness of peace and peace-building.
And the choir sings for individuals or families, with groups of one to three people visiting homes, adult foster cares or hospitals, finding out how to be most supportive and singing the songs that would be meaningful to them.
“The intention is really to be companions on the journey, whatever journey they’re on,” Schlafer said. “We keep things fairly open in Portland in terms of wanting to honor a variety of thresholds.” Their first call was for a family with a new baby. They’ve also sung for a wedding – “pretty much any significant threshold crossing where that kind of presence is called for,” she said.
“We’re not a performance choir; we’re a presence choir,” said Schlafer. And, although the singers rehearse at a church, they are not connected to any particular religion, she said. She herself was raised Episcopalian and now follows the Zen Buddhist mindfulness practice of Thich Nhat Hanh.
The choir will sing secular songs or songs from a religious tradition, if that is what will be most meaningful to the listener, she said. “We want to meet them where they are.”
The choirs work from a songbook, with many of the songs sung as rounds or with harmony, said Georgia Duncan, who sings with the Flagstaff Threshold Choir in Flagstaff, Arizona. The choir rehearses at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, where she is a member.
“They’re mostly ones that have been composed for this situation. They’re very simple, spiritual, quiet songs,” she said. On one occasion, the church’s deacon called to say a woman at the hospice where she is chaplain wanted them to come and sing “Whispering Hope.”
“It’s not like a performance,” she said. “It’s singing very quietly.”
Afterwards, the individuals they sing for seem more relaxed, she said. “Sometimes we’ll sing in the living room area [of a medical institution]. People have remarked that it just seems to lend a note of peace to the whole facility.”
The work affects the singers as well. “I feel quieted and uplifted” after singing, Duncan said.
For her, the threshold choir is a ministry. “Ministries take all forms,” she said. “I try to be aware of all sorts of situations where one can be a minister without thinking of it in the traditional sense.”
In Burr Ridge, Illinois, the St. Helena’s Threshold Singers are not all church members, but the choir is among the ministries of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, said Daryce Hoff Nolan, choir musical director and co-founder, who is a pastoral associate and diaconal aspirant at the church.
“When we rehearse, we start with a prayer intention, which is a little unusual,” she said. “We also have prayer before we go in to sing for someone to settle ourselves. It’s a little bit nerve-wracking, at least at the beginning. You want to be your best.”
Many of the members are or have been choral singers, she said. “You’re programmed to be perfect. This does not have to be perfect. We practice in order for it to be as good as it can be for the listener. … The intention is really what drives all of us together, to support and bring healing and comfort.”
They sing the music compiled by Threshold Choir, much of it written by choir members, some from folk sources, she said. “For anyone in Christian circles, particularly that’s been involved in meditation … I would liken it to Taize music. It tends to be simple and repetitive, [of a] gentle, lullaby nature.”
While they sing to people at the end of life, “it can also be people who are struggling emotionally and need support,” she said. As a music teacher by profession who has worked as a health-care chaplain in a hospital and hospice, “this for me is just the perfect blend … to be able to combine my two great loves.”
She recalled singing at the bedside of a parishioner in hospice and later being asked to sing at her memorial service. “The response that people give when they’re being sung to is just profound. This lady’s response was, she sat up in her bed and just smiled and looked at each one of us in the eye.”
On another occasion, choir members were doing a workshop for staff in a memory-care unit. As they were leaving, one dementia patient became very agitated, and the staff asked them to sing to her.
“At the beginning, she got a little more agitated, but there was a very interesting moment when she took a deep breath and just her whole countenance quieted,” Nolan said. “Actually her breath began to match our song, the breath in the song. It was incredible. And it was really the first some of my choir members had actually had an experience with a patient, so it just made them so acutely aware of what our work was going to do, and it also made them excited to do it.”
Early on, the group also sang to St. Helena’s member Chris DiBartelo, a close friend of Nolan’s with chronic back pain.
“At first, I kind of felt a little, I don’t know, awkward, because most of these people I knew,” she recounted. “Once the opened their mouths to sing, it was just unbelievably beautiful. It just took me to another place, mentally and emotionally. … It was extremely soothing.”
Using a slightly different approach, the Threshold Choir of New York City focuses its efforts on specific hospitals rather than visiting homes. “We don’t have cars. We’re in Manhattan, and it really is difficult to move around,” explained Sue Ribaudo, founder and director. “We decided to go where the people were, and that’s how we decided to be hospital-based.”
They began with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “It’s a little different there, because it’s not hospice,” she said. “The patients that we’re singing to are just there temporarily in the hospital.”
They subsequently added singing on the hospice floors of two other hospitals. They try to visit each hospital once a week, with different song leaders directing groups of three or four people. They’ll visit a hospital floor and sing for different patients, if they wish. Most welcome the experience, she said. “They’re usually surprised. They’re used to getting flowers, not songs.”
The cancer patients often applaud, “which we don’t ask for,” Ribaudo said. “We’re not performance-oriented really so much as offering, I’d say, almost a prayer.
“Music is spiritual. It speaks to that part of us,” she said. “Many of the songs I think of as being very spiritual, that they speak to something beyond us. And also, we do have in our repertoire … some religious songs in case people request them or if we sense that something like that would be appropriate. No one’s against religion. We just want to be open, especially in New York City. It’s so multicultural, we want to be open to the fact that not everybody’s a Christian  ¨
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From darkness to light
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Sunday, December 22, 2013


Friday, December 20, 2013

GIFTS FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER(s) : Thanks to the sisters Mary Bell Kingman and Elizabeth Bell

Fr. Ricardo Frohmader,  Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission,   ( Inglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America is a province of the Anglican Communion).
Antigua, Guatemala
´Twas very nearly Advent season when the package arrived from Mary Bell Kingman, member of All Saints Episcopal Church, diocese of Los Angeles, California.  Mary Bell Kingman is the sister of Elizabeth Bell  (Episcopalian, Antigua Tours founder, author, and much honored Antigua historian/notable citizen).  

We were ALL  thrilled at the Casa Convento Concepcion in our ¨start up¨ chapel (St.Alban mission chapel is available to us thanks to our  friends at the Antigua Jades Factory just down the street) where we have a centuries old inspired spiritual space in a famous Spanish Colonial convent in the historic city of Santiago de los Caballeros aka Antigua! 

The Episcopal Mission of St. Alban,  IARCAwas about to be gifted with religious treasure (pre Christmas, the timing was perfect) because we thought we knew what might be in OUR gift package. Mary Bell Kingman is a generous and thoughtful friend/sister and has expanded our collection of clerical stoles/accessories,  hymnals and altar linens* in the past months.  Mary had already sent us English Hymnals and other embroidered altar linens* too. Mary Kingman, is our Saint from All Saints Pasadena!  

THANK YOU, Mary!  Thank you to you and your/our sister Elizabeth Bell too for helping us  grow and practice our Episcopal/Anglican faith, in English, with fine church linens at St. Albans Mission, Antigua Guatemala.

Prelude- Hymn # 61 Sleepers Wake- a solo by Andrea Pellecer-Howard
Opening Sentence B.C.P 75
Introit Hymn # 96 Angels We Have Heard on High
Liturgy for lighting the Fourth Advent Candle

The first three candles are lit by a congregant
LAY READER: O God, we light the fourth candle of Advent.
(With the first three candles burning, congregant lights the fourth candle.)
LAY READER: We hear your angel Gabriel and witness the faith of Mary. Fill us with your grace and light.
PRIEST: Mary was a young, strong, spiritual woman. Even though her life was not easy, she heard God's voice and said yes. Her song was a prayer that would uplift those who were downtrodden. Her lyrics shattered the proud and called the world to change. She would bear within her the promised child, Jesus, the Light of the World. This Advent, we respond to God's beckoning to us as well.
PEOPLE: Revealing God, visit us and fill us with your Spirit. Bring your good news to life within us. Give us courage to carry your light into the injustices and shadows of this world. Amen.
Hymn #109 -The First Noel
The Collect of the Day
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Hymn # 82- Of the Father’s Love Begotten
 Please be seated for the reading of the Lesson
The Old Testament Reading
 Micah 5: 2-5a
Lector: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Hymn # 56- O Come, O come Emmanuel (vv. 1, 4,7)

A reading from the Gospel according to Saint Luke
Luke 1: 26-38
Lector: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
The Song of Mary- Magnificat    B.C.P 91
The Magnificat- solo by Andrea Pellecer-Howard
Hymn # 81- Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
A reading from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew
Matthew 1: 18-25
Offertory Sentence
The Offertory- Hymn #79- O little Town of Bethlehem
Parish announcements
The Doxology (Hymn 380, v. 3)
You are God- Te Deum Laudamus-B.C.P Page 95
Hymn # 99- Go Tell it on the Mountain
The Apostle’s Creed B.C.P. page 96
The Prayers- Suffrage A- B.C.P. p. 97
The General Thanksgiving, B.C.P. p.101
Hymn # 74- Blest be the King
A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom- B.C.P p.102
Hymn # 115 What Child is this?
Recessional Hymn # 105- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Lay Reader: Let us bless the Lord
People: Thanks be to God


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Sunday, December 22, 2013


*fine church linens, communion veils, altar cloths, purificators, and baptism towels