MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK OF THE EPIPHANY IV (February 2, 2014)
3, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr
5, St. Agatha
6, St. Titus
+ We now celebrate the Holy Communion Monday – Saturday at 12:15.
+ The Feast of the Purification of St. Mary the Virgin is also called Candlemas, and on it candles are lighted and carried in procession. On the following day, 3 February, in some parishes, after the worship service, those who wish may come forward and have their throats blessed by being touched (externally) with a candle from the day before, and a prayer for protection against respiratory ailments and other throat problems. The day is the Feast of Saint Blaise (or Blasius). He was a bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, and died in a persecution under Licinius who was Emperor of the East at the time that Constantine became Emperor of the West, and who continued to persecute Christians for some time after Constantine had stopped that practice in the West. According to one story when Blaise was being led to the arena to be executed, he saw among the bystanders lining the streets a boy who had been eating his lunch and was choking on a bone. Blaise darted past his guards, ran to the boy and saved his life. He then returned quietly to his guards and was led to his death. He is accordingly associated with throat problems. With Blaise we may remember the chaplains of the USS Dorchester, which sank 3 February 1943. Clark Poling, the youngest, was a Congregationalist minister, and had served as the Youth Minister of a congregation while in seminary. George Fox, the oldest, was a Methodist minister, a decorated veteran of World War I. Johnny Washington was a Roman Catholic priest, who before the war had worked with boys in an inner-city parish. Alexander Goode was a Jewish rabbi who had also been going to medical school. When the United States entered World War II, they became Army chaplains, and in January of 1943 they sailed with 900 troops on the USS Dorchester, bound for Europe. On the morning of 3 February the ship was torpedoed. The chaplains were wearing life jackets, but gave them to men who had none. Only 300 men survived.
+ WEDNESDAY SCHOOL AND AGAPE OF 2014 meets this Wednesday, February 5 at 5:45 p.m. Classes begin at 6:30 and run till 7:15 p.m. Please call Jackie Jamison if you are interested in volunteering with the children’s classes since classroom assistants are needed!
+ All Saints Men’s Group meets Tuesday February 4, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Our next Monday morning Bible study will meet February 10, 2014 in the Undercroft. For further information about the Monday morning Bible Study please contact Priscilla King, 540-456-6458 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers!
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.