Archive for October, 2012

Vigil of All Saints-October 31st-Noon
All Saints-November 1st-6:30 pm

All Souls-November 2nd-6:30 pm

Those wishing commemorations should contact the parish office before 2:00 pm on November 1st.

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Anglicans for Life

A chapter of Anglicans for Life to include folks from St. Athanasius and St. Luke’s parishes is forming here at St. Alban’s. Anglicans for Life believes that, as Christians, we need to uphold the sanctity of every human life as a form of worship to God, our Creator. As believers, we need to understand all of the issues (abortion, stem cell research, end of life concerns, abstinence, and adoption) that threaten life in our culture—Anglicans for Life can be a vast resource for information on life!

God, and not man, is the creator of human life. Therefore, from conception to natural death we will protect and respect the sanctity of every human life.

Furthermore, we recognize that the unjustified taking of life is sinful, but God gives absolution to those who ask for His forgiveness.

Furthermore, we recognize that the unjustified taking of life is sinful, but God gives absolution to those who ask for His forgiveness.

A brief organizing meeting will be held after the 11 am Mass on Sunday, November 25th.

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I appreciate the fact that many of you have asked me to distribute various Chrisian voter guides before this all-important presidential election. I have declined to do so for the simple reason that we should know who we are as tradtional Anglicans.  As a parish that arose as a result of the Affirmation of St. Louis, St. Alban’s and this priest adhere, in particular, to certain “non-negotiables”, in particular, two key principles of the Christian faith:
Sanctity of Human Life

Every human being, from the time of his conception, is a creature and child of God, made in His image and likeness, an infinitely precious soul; and that the unjustifiable or inexcusable taking of life is always sinful.

Family Life

The God-given sacramental bond in marriage between one man and one woman is God’s loving provision for procreation and family life, and sexual activity is to be practised only within the bonds of Holy Matrimony.

In all that we do, not just exercise of the franchise, we are bound to maintain these standards of traditional Christianity. To be sure, “[w]e recognize that man, as inheritor of original sin, is ‘very far gone from original righteousness,’and as a rebel against God’s authority is liable to His righteous judgement.”  Thus, we are reminded of our place in dealing with other siners in charity given the beam in our own eyes.  Never theless, we believe, in charity, “it is the duty of the Church and her members to bear witness to Christian Morality, to follow it in their lives, and to reject the false standards of the world.”

So, as we prepare to vote, there is a yardstick-a rule-wherewith we can make truly informed choices–choices informed by the faith once-delivered to the saints.  That’s all that need be said.

Now let us pray fervently:

For Our Country.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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