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


Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America 

Sunday, December 22, 2013


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

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