MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF PASSIONTIDE (March 25, 2012)
26, Monday – Annunciation of the BVM (Transferred) (In your prayers remember Judges and Law Enforcement)
27, Tuesday – St. John Damascene (Pray for Homeless People)
28, Wednesday – St. Benedict (Pray for Athletes)
29, Thursday – Feria (Pray for Laborers)
30, Friday – Feria (Pray for Refugees)
+ The Menu this Wednesday is savory Portuguese soup with Swiss chard & Flat Bread & Fruit! Agape, fellowship and classes begins at 5:45 p.m. with our common meal and classes at 6:30 p.m. – come one, come all, bring some friends, but let Fr. Dan!
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group meets March 27, Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m.
+ Daily Mass at 12:15 p.m.
+ Weekday Bible Study will begin on Monday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. The class will use “The God Who Cares and Knows You,” a study of the Gospel of John, written by Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries. The books cost $10 and will be ordered Tuesday, March 20. If you would like to join, let Priscilla King know by Tuesday morning. If you have questions, please email Priscilla at email@example.com or call her at 540-456-6458.
+Luke 1:26 – And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
+ John, a Confessor and Doctor of the Church (675-749) named Damascene (of Damascus) lived under Muslim rule and he is remembered for defending the use of icons at a time when Muslims and other Iconoclasts (“destroyers of images”) were literally smashing and burning icons. One of his most important theological works, “De Fide Orthodox” – which is part of his larger work, the ‘Fount of Wisdom’ – deals with the Incarnation and of the Real Presence in the Eucharist and in particular the witness of icons to the true Incarnation of our Lord. Because of his orthodox understanding of the Incarnation it follows that he would defend “the honor of holy images, having been endued by God with, heavenly learning and wondrous strength of spirit.” (The day’s collect, Anglican Missal).