Mass Schedule – Epiphany I (January 10, 2016)
14, St. Hilary
+ Wednesday Agape & Christian Education for all ages is into the Epiphany term and will meet this Wednesday, January 13, 2016. We will begin serving the meal at 5:45 and after a time fellowship and classes for all age groups. All blessings! + Hilary of Poitiers (315-367) lived during the great controversy between Athanasius, who taught that the Son is fully God, equally with the Father, and Arius who denied full divinity of the Son. Hilary is sometimes called “the Athanasius of the West.” He was bishop of Poitiers, and when he refused to sign a condemnation of Athanasius, the Arian emperor Constantius (one of the sons of Constantine) banished him to Phrygia in 357. His exile lasted three years, during which time he wrote several essays, including On the Trinity. Finally the Emperor was forced to send him back to Gaul because he was causing such difficulties for the Arians in the East. In 364, he journeyed to Milan, where he engaged in public debate with the Arian bishop Auxentius, and persuaded him of the error of his ways.
Prayers of the Church in thanksgiving for Hilary’s learning and faithfulness to Christ:
“Eternal Father, whose servant Hilary steadfastly confessed thy Son Jesus Christ to be true God and true man: We beseech thee to keep us firmly grounded in this faith; that we may rejoice to behold his face in heaven who humbled himself to bear our form upon earth, even the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.”
“O Lord our God, who didst raise up thy servant Hilary to be a Champion of the catholic faith: Keep us steadfast in that true faith which we professed at our baptism, that we may rejoice in having thee for our Father, and may abide in thy Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; thou who livest and reignest for ever and ever.”
+ All Saints Men’s Group will meets each Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in undercroft.
+ Our Monday Morning Bible Study is also into its Epiphany term. The Bible study meets each Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. For further information contact Priscilla King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ The the word Epiphany, which Church Season we are in, takes its name from the Greek epiphania, which references a visitation, a manifestation, an unveiling of God before his people. The first idea of the feast of the Epiphany is the manifestation of Christ as the Son of God. “Begotten before the daystar and before all ages, the Lord our Savior is this day made manifest to the world.” The feast unites three events in the life of Christ when His divinity, as it were, shines through His humanity: the adoration of the Magi; the baptism of Christ in the Jordan; and the first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. Moreover, at Epiphany the Church looks forward to the majestic coming of Christ on the “youngest day” when His manifestation as God will be complete. We also pray for his manifestation in our selves, our souls, and our bodies, that we may know the “fruition of thy glorious Godhead” as our perfect end. The Gospels of our Lord’s dialogue with the rabbis in the Temple and his baptism are appointed for the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the Epiphany. The marriage at Cana and Gospels that show the divine power of our Lord in some of His most striking miracles are appointed for the later Sundays of the Epiphany season.
+ The Holy Communion is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
+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.