MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK IX TRINITY (July 29, 2013)
2, St. Peter’s Chains
+ St. Peter’s Chains – We read the story of Peter’s deliverance in Acts 12:1-17. King Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, (who tried to kill the infant Jesus), nephew of Herod Antipas who killed John the Baptist and examined Jesus on Good Friday) and father of Herod Agrippa II, who heard the defense of Paul before Festus (Acts 25), acting probably in 42 AD, put the Apostle James bar-Zebedee to death, and imprisoned Peter with the intent of killing him also. But as Peter slept, chained to guards, an angel jabbed him in the ribs and said, “Get up, get dressed, and follow me.” He led Peter out of the prison and a few blocks away, and there left him. Peter went to a house where many Christians had gathered to pray for him, got an interesting reception, gave them a message for James the kinsman of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem community, and left Jerusalem for a while. Soon after (in 44 AD, at the age of 34), Herod died suddenly. These events took place around Passover time, but to commemorate them then would be a distraction from the theme of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord. They are accordingly celebrated on 1 August, the anniversary of the dedication of a church which was said to possess a length of the chain with which Peter had been bound. In English-speaking countries 1 August is also Lammas Day, or loaf-mass day, the festival of the first grain harvest of the year (barley?), on which day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop. The custom of giving thanks for the harvest is undoubtedly older than Christianity, and probably loaves were offered in worship in Britain around 1 August before Christians took over the practice. (From Sketches, Kieffer)
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group will meet Tuesday July 30, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ 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!
+ Monday Morning Bible Study is taking the summer off! The class will start up again in September. For further information please contact Priscilla King, firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-456-6458.
+ 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.