Archive for May, 2011

Today, we remember all who have served our nation, especially those who have given their lives in the service of their country.  Saint Alban’s salutes her veterans and their families, as well as all of our military wherever serving, most importantly those who go in danger or harm’s way.  Please offer special intentions today for the families of our deployed soldiers, sailors and airmen, as well as for the wounded and their swift recovery.

Memorial Days.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

In Time of War and Tumults.

ALMIGHTY God, the supreme Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to those who truly repent; Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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There will be a Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011  at Saint Alban’s.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.Amen.

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Military News

CH (COL) Charles Nalls has been awarded the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist qualification. Students must complete advanced emergency management practical assignments, various Train-the-Trainer certifications and related advanced training programs. The Master MEMS badge also involves a comprehensive MEMS Academy resident capstone exercise.  For the exercise component, Chaplain Nalls directed a team of Maryland Defense Force Chaplains during Operation Vigilant Guard. a joint exercise to improve command and control and operational relationships with internal military and external civilian and military partners against homeland security threats. Vigilant Guard 2010 included a scenario in which an explosion collapses part of a chemical production facility causing mass casualties and trapping numerous personnel in the building.   MDDF Chaplains provided spiritual support in the scenario, as well as real time religious support to participants including conducting religious services.

Chaplain Nalls, a recipient of the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross, the state military department’s highest award, recently became Division Chaplain for the Virginia Defense Force in February 2011.  He serves as rector of Saint Alban’s Anglican-Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.  Chaplain Nalls and his family are residents of Ginter Park in Richmond’s North Side.

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The Last Jump

A Lectio Coram in Progress

Well, it’s on.  My lectio coram, the last jump for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL), is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th at 3:30 p.m.  The lecture will be in the area of dogmatic theology, and the title of the lecture is “Conversion in Four Movements: Some Observations on Grace and Conversion.”  It has been a great 11 years on and off at Dominican House of Studies and the Pontifical Faculty.  But, now the ball is now on the five yard line.  As the Spartans were wont to say, Wednesday I’ll be home carrying my shield or on it!

Thanks to all for your  encouragement, support and prayers, and a special thank you to Elizabeth and Laura who have so patiently endured their twelve-o’clock scholar.

“Grace is nothing else than a kind of beginning of glory in us.”-St. Thomas Aquinas (Theologian, Doctor of the Church and Saint)

“The truth surely is that there is nothing sinful in wishing to achieve beatitude, but only in trying to achieve it otherwise than as God has willed.”-Eric L. Mascall (Anglican Theologian and Possible Saint)

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On May 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m, God willing, there will be a Mass for the ordination of Saint Alban’s own Dcn. Robert McMillion to the sacred order of the priesthood with The Rt. Rev. William McClean celebrating. As well, Mr. Jeffrey Johnson will be ordained to the diaconate. Please offer prayers and intentions for these newest ordinands.

For those who are to be admitted into Holy Orders.

To be used in the Weeks preceding the stated Times of Ordination.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons, to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church, And to those who shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Come join the Saint Alban’s family for food, fun and our plant and book sale.  As well, our local neighborhood association will join us to offer jumble sale items.  This will be a great opportunity to meet folks from the area surrounding the parish.  Prayers for clement weather will be most welcome!

For Fair Weather.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee, of thy great goodness, to restrain those immoderate rains, wherewith thou hast afflicted us. And we pray thee to send us such seasonable weather, that the earth may, in due time, yield her increase for our use and benefit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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