St Michael and All Angels
Week Commencing 28th September 2014
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The Feast of St Michael and all Angels
Today the Universal Church celebrates the Feast of St Michael and all Angels. Michael is honoured for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven. He is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence. The ministry of angels is wonderful and mysterious. An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The Old Testament theology included a belief in angels: the name applied to certain spiritual beings or intelligences of heavenly residence, employed by God as the ministers of God's will.
The English word "angel" comes from the Greek angelos, which means 'messenger'. In the Old Testament, with two exceptions, the Hebrew word for "angel" is malak, also meaning 'messenger'. The prophet Malachi took his name from this word. He was himself a messenger, and he prophesied about the coming of "the messenger of the covenant", Jesus Christ.Although the word "angel" in the Bible, meaning a messenger, nearly always applies to heavenly beings, it can occasionally apply to human messengers. Malachi himself said a priest was a messenger (malak) of the LORD of hosts, and in the Book of Revelation the elders of the seven churches of Asia were called angels. But when we meet messengers doing supernatural things, there is no doubt they are heavenly beings - God's messengers, working for Him and for the ultimate benefit of mankind.
Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral
Tonight 3:30pm Sept 28th
To celebrate our Cathedral's 125th Anniversary and to commemorate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels there will be a Choral Evensong with a Massed Choir from the Diocese at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard at Georgia.
Music this Week
Rachmaninoff composed the work in July, 1910 at his summer estate Ivanovka, following his American tour of 1909. Writing to his friend Nikita Morozov, Rachmaninoff said of the work, "I have been thinking about the Liturgy for a long time and for a long time I strove to write it. I started to work on it somehow by chance and then suddenly became fascinated with it. And then I finished it very quickly. Not for a long time have I written anything with such pleasure."
The work premiered November 25, 1910 in Moscow. Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical authorities strongly objected to the work's "spirit of modernism" and refused to sanction it for use during church services. Rachmaninoff did nothing to promote the work himself, and it soon fell into obscurity until later revival.
Blessing of the Animals Service
October 4th at 2pm
Please invite all your animal loving friends and neighbours to this special service where we honour St Francis. We are expecting horses from the Vancouver Police Department (arriving at 1:45), as well as a large selection of parishioners’ beloved dogs. Other pets are most welcome.
Harvest Thanksgiving October 12th
Please join us at 10am, and bring a donation of food to be taken to those in need. If you would like volunteer to decorate the sanctuary the day before, please contact the office or speak to Robyn or Louise.
Also this year we are also collecting donations of winter clothing (coats, boots, mittens, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags), toiletries and non-perishable food items to be donated to St Faith’s Angican Church for their Take a Bite Out of Winter event for the homeless on October 18th.
Questions You Were Afraid to Ask: Vestments
The basic vestment (they are not robes, as a lot of people call them) used is the alb . It is white in colour, hence the name (Albus is Latin for white). This was the clothing worn by most people in the time of our Lord. Then there is the cincture or girdle, which helps to hold everything together. Next we have a stole, which symbolizes the bonds and fetters with which Jesus was bound during his Passion, worn of the left shoulder by a deacon and over both shoulders by priests and bishops. It is thought that this vestment came from the red stoles worn by the Roman Senetors. On top of this the priest or bishop weas a chasuble, which is derived from the early cloak of Roman times; a round piece of material with a hole in the middle. This is the vestment worn by the priest or bishop for the celebration of the Eucharist and at noother time. The word chasuble comes from the Latin cassula or little house.
You may well ask: Why do we priests wear all these things? Well the reasons are two fold. First to link us to the past, the time of our Lord, the classical Roman Dress worn at the time. Second and most important they hide the personality of the priest, they hide the ego. It is not me, or Fr Fuller, of Bishop Melissa up at the altar. It is a priest leading the people in the worship of Almighty God.
Fr Michael Forshaw
Our next Bible Study will not be until the 21st of October.
PWRDF – Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Ride for Refuge
The Ride (via bicycle) takes place on Saturday, October 4th. PWRDF riders are helping to raise funds to provide food to 12,000 people forced to flee violence in South Sudan through a partnership with Finn Church Aid and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Thanks to the matching funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, every dollar raised by the PWRDF riders will be matched by $4 from the Government of Canada!
You can help either by registering as a rider or by donating to the Diocese riding team. For more information on how you can participate as a rider or donor, please contact me, Doug Symons, at church on Sunday or by phone 604 277 2674 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ride takes place in Richmond (no hills) for 10 km, 25 km, 50 km, or 10 km. Each rider chooses the distance she/he will take.
St Jude’s Day
Thursday, October 23rd 2pm
You are invited to join us for afternoon tea!
Special guest: Bishop Melissa Skelton
RSVP Rev. Trudi Shaw, Chaplain
Or leave a message at reception 604 875 3200 ex 0
A Week of Accompanied Prayer and Spiritual Direction
A St. Philip’s 90th Anniversary event:
26th October—1st November
Enjoy one-on-one time with a qualified spiritual guide—someone very experienced and able to tailor their help and direction to your personal spiritual path. For many people this is a rare and unique opportunity, so to benefit, participants make the following commitments a priority:
* Attend a service of welcome, introduction and commitment on Sunday afternoon, 26th October. This will also provide a brief opportunity to meet and get to know your spiritual director
* Half an hour a day of prayer using whatever format you choose or want to try
* Daily half-hour meetings with your personal spiritual director at times to be mutually agreed between 3:00 and 8:00 pm
* A final Eucharist on the Saturday morning, 1st November (or possibly 31st October, tbc)
Discover the joy of meditation and prayer tailored to your own gifts, needs, lifestyle and background by trying various forms, for example: walking meditation, knitting or drawing as a contemplative exercise, listening to music, lectio divina, focussing on one word or phrase, enjoying nature or profound silence. Tea, coffee, cookies and a place to sit and relax, or chat will be available for participants every day.
Others have found that a week like this improved their mood and ability to concentrate through the practice of ‘mindfulness’, wishing they’d tried it earlier, since it was the “best thing since sliced bread!”
Besides, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people, you may well find this week could change your life, or at the very least help you cherish and enjoy it more than you could have imagined.
Donations of $30 will help cover the travel costs for each of the guest spiritual directors and allow us to show our appreciation for their generous offering of time and wisdom with a small gift or honorarium.
Space is limited, so places will be allocated on a first-come-first–serve basis, with applications accepted (on the forms below faxed to Anne Richards at 604 224 3239) ASAP.
Application for St. Philip’s Week of Accompanied Prayer and Spiritual Direction
Phone Number: ___________________________
Specific interest? _________________________
Rector’s Signature: _______________________
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