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You can listen to it here. May she rest in peace.

Listen to them here: Fr Kroh on sainthood and the Baptismal Covenant. Ed Schneider on poverty, wealth, power, and idolatry. Fr Haller on the sacrifice of Christ in relation to Old Covenant sacrifices. Dcn Whitehair on the history and meaning of the Feast of Christ the King. Bp Knudsen celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the Church of the Advent, recording sadly somewhat bad. Fr Kroh on John the Baptist and preparation for the Incarnation. Ed Schneider on the Great Reversal. Dcn Whitehair on hope and the Magnificat in trying times. Fr Kroh on the circumstances of Christ’s birth, and Christ’s acceptance and humility. Dcn Whitehair on Herod, the wise men, and their gifts, and the meaning of the gifts. Fr Kroh on the significance of Mary’s role in Christ’s transformation of water to wine.

We will be having a Christmas Eve service tonight at 7:00 PM and a Christmas Day service tomorrow at 10:00 AM.

By Dcn. Eric Whitehair on the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of the Father, and in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit. Before we get started, I always have a preface that I like to say whenever I do a Gospel reading that includes a particular word that, taken out of its historical and textual context and placed into the twenty-first century here in America, or in Europe, or pretty much anywhere else in the world, really, is going to look different then I think that it was intended when it was originally written. I do not presume to speak for the Gospeler, that being said, I will tell you why I am led to think this way. “The Jews then disputed amongst themselves, saying…” I don’t know about you, but when I read that word aloud to you all, it jumped…

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By Dcn. Eric Whitehair on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In some ways, the things that our Lord said to the folks following Him may have been a little hard to understand. They were looking for bread, very literally, for bread. He was speaking of bread, but by the end we see that He is speaking of bread in a way that, dare I say, we might think of as metaphorical, not a literal bread that you would hold in your hand, but the bread of life. But metaphor might be a little bit – not exactly correct. I’m not certain that when we come to the Eucharistic feast, that what we’re holding in our hand is merely a metaphor. I’m always a little careful when I come to a Gospel reading,…

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By Seminarian Jean-Pierre Seguin on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here I come before you today in the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today’s Gospel tells us about fear and unexpected plenty. And it underlines the connection between justice and divine liberation. Jesus and the disciples attempt to get away from the crowds as His ministry around the Sea of Galilee grows in popularity. But they cannot. Finally, on a mountainside, an anxious and hopeful crowd gathers to hear Jesus. Seeing a large group at an unplanned event, the disciples worry that it will be impossible to feed all who are present. This is not an unexpected fear, as they did not plan to have a mass teaching and healing event. Andrew points out a child with five loaves and two fishes. And Jesus says to share them. Seven is considered a number of…

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By Mr. Ed Schneider on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us always. Amen. There are many spiritual disciplines. These disciplines include prayer, self-denial, simplicity, hospitality, work, study, fasting, worship, and giving. This isn’t a complete list, but it gives you an idea of how spiritual disciplines are intended to touch on every area of our lives. Spiritual disciplines are intended to help us move beyond ourselves and to learn to be open to experiencing God in new, diverse ways. Spiritual disciplines are so critical to our spiritual health and to the health of every Christian community that you’ll find some explicitly mentioned in Scripture. And you’ll find some at the core of all Christian monastic rules. Today’s Gospel is about one spiritual discipline that’s routinely…

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By Seminarian Jean-Pierre Seguin on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here I come before you in the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A plumb line may seem like an odd image for God’s justice. To start with, a plumb line was the ancient near Eastern version of a level: basically, an evenly weighted stone or some other material on a string. But it could show you that a wall was straight, based on Earth’s gravitational pull. A plumb line is not to be debated: your wall will be straight, or your wall will be crooked, depending on its measurements. But in order to understand the full impact of Amos encountering a plumb line in a vision from God, we have to go a little bit further ahead in the chapter, because this is just the third image God has showed him. So in order…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Jesus is rejected. Rejection is one of the most difficulty of human experiences. It slightly unravels our sense of self, at least the false sense of self we receive from the feedback of others. Rejection is never something too easily sloughed off. Jesus knows this. So, He experiences rejection, first, for us, to show us the right way. Why would I say that He chooses this rejection? It doesn’t look that way on the surface. However, the One who knew all, also knew the way He would be received in his hometown, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that sometimes the people who have known us since childhood have a hard time changing their opinions. Jesus wanted the disciples to be there…

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By Fr. Timothy Kroh on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings (Track 2)   Listen Here In the Name ✠ of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. On this Sunday before Independence Day, in this particular time in our history, we should consider migrants. The story of America is a story of migrations. The first migrations were millennia ago, as the ancestors of the First Nations came onto this land as the first humans to live here, and then millennia later another wave of migration, this time from Europe. Many European migrants were fleeing persecution and violence, as migrants due today, but the migrants from Europe were not only human migrants, but also the migration of colonialism, disease, violence, forced conversions. Soon after the arrival of this migration, another one began: four hundred years of forced kidnappings, brutal transport, and the sale of human beings as chattel fueled the economy of…

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