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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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Funeral services will be held for longtime Saont Alban’s parishioner Dorothy P. “Dottie” Roberts at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Alban’s Anglican Catholic Church, 4006 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, Va. 23227. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery.

Dottie Roberts, 88, of Richmond, widow of Judge William Jerry Roberts, passed away March 25, 2011. She is survived by her sons, Pete Shuman of Mississippi and Chris Shuman of Alaska; grandson, Michael Shuman of Mississippi; sisters, Carol Hines of Virginia Beach, Sylvia Register and Diane Godwin, both of North Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Roberts was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

THe family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Rd., Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

May her soul with the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, and may Light Perpetual shine upon her. Amen.

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A reminder to all that Saint Alban’s and its Music Director Mr. Bernard Riley will host a singing workshop for DMAS and all interested ACC clergy, deacons, Scott school students, cantors or other prospective gentlemen singers this coming Saturday February 19th from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. Albans. The workshop will treat of liturgical singing emphasizing the Mass and also the offices with regards to the questions “if?” , “when?”, “why?” and “how?  The choir of St. ALban’s will be providing lunch, so please phone in your attendance to 804-262-6100 so that we can have an accurate count.

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Following our usual weekday Matins at 7:30, Saint Alban’s “little chapter” of those who gather for the office had a Benedictine breakfast with readings to commemorate Saint Benedict Biscop.  This holy abbot founded monasteries in Weremouth (AD 674)  and in Jarrow (AD 681).  These monasteries of St. Peter and Paul, respectively, followed the Rule of St. Benedict and were extraordinary centers of learning, the Venerable Bede being foremost among the scholars frome Weremouth.

One of Bede’s works was ‘The Lives of The Holy Abbots of Weremouth and Jarrow’, a self-explanatory account which begins thus:

The pious servant of Christ, Biscop, called Benedict, with the assistance of the Divine grace, built a monastery in honour of the most holy of the apostles, St. Peter, near the mouth of the river Were, on the north side. The venerable and devout king of that nation, Egfrid, contributed the land; and Biscop, for the space of sixteen years, amid innumerable perils in journeying and in illness, ruled this monastery with the same piety which stirred him up to build it. If I may use the words of the blessed Pope Gregory, in which he glorifies the life of the abbot of the same name, he was a man of a venerable life, blessed (Benedictus) both in grace and in name; having the mind of an adult even from his childhood, surpassing his age by his manners, and with a soul addicted to no false pleasures. He was descended from a noble lineage of the Angles, and by corresponding dignity of mind worthy to be exalted into the company of the angels. Lastly, he was the minister of King Oswy, and by his gift enjoyed an estate suitable to his rank; but at the age of twenty five years he despised a transitory wealth, that he might obtain that which is eternal. He made light of a temporal warfare with a donative that will decay, that he might serve under the true King, and earn an everlasting kingdom in the heavenly city. He left his home, his kinsmen and country, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, that he might receive a hundredfold and enjoy everlasting life…

The hearty souls up at such an early hour kept silence during a plain meal of hot homemade oat porridge, bread, fruit and tea, while listening to readings from the life of Saint Benedict Biscop, the Monastic Breviary and the portion of the Rule of Saint Benedict (the great) appointed for the day.  We hope that this event will repeat-with advance notice-following Matins on days on or near the Benedictine commemorations throughout the year.

 

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PARISH QUIET DAY RETREAT-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th

Saint Alban’s Advent Quiet Day Retreat of prayer and meditation has been moved to Saturday, December 18th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The three meditations will focus on the nature of prayer, proper ways of praying and the thoughts on maintaining a good prayer life. Meditations will be loosely based on the short book Prayer: A Field Guide by Canon Nalls, but no prior readings are necessary for the retreat. Copies of book, will, however, be available for purchase after the retreat with all profit going to the ACC’s Society of Saint Paul to support mission work. The retreat schedule is as follows:

0900-Matins
0930-Coffee
0945-First Meditation-Why pray?
1045-Break
1100-Second Meditation-Problems of prayer: what if God says, “No”?
1200-Benedictine Lunch (Soup and Bread) with a Reading
1300-Third Meditation-Prayers to redeem the time.
1400-Break
1415-Evensong

Silence will be kept throughout the day, including break times, except for the readers and during Matins and Evensong.
Please e-mail the church office at stalbansacc@gmail.com or ring 804-262-6100.

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Saint Alban’s Advent Quiet Day Retreat of prayer and meditation has been moved to Saturday, December 18th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The three meditations will focus on the nature of prayer, proper ways of praying and the thoughts on maintaining a good prayer life.  Meditations will be loosely based on the short book Prayer:A Field Guide by Canon Nalls, but no prior readings are necessary for the retreat.  Copies of book, will, however, be available for purchase after the retreat with all profit going to the  ACC’s Society of Saint Paul to support mission work.  The retreat schedule is as follows:

0900-Matins

0930-Coffee

0945-First Meditation-Why pray?

1045-Break

1100-Second Meditation-Problems of prayer: what if God says, “No”?

1200-Benedictine Lunch (Soup and Bread) with a Reading

1300-Third Meditation-Prayers to redeem the time.

1400-Break

1415-Evensong

Silence will be kept throughout the day, including break times,  except for the readers and during Matins and Evensong.

Please e-mail the church office at stalbansacc@gmail.com or ring 804-262-6100.

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Once again it is time for Saint Alban’s Family Movie Night.  Dinner (chili) will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd, with a showing of Miracle on 34th Street to follow.  Come join us for an evening of great fellowship and fun with this Oscar-winning, holiday classic on the big screen.

At the Macy’s Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy’s outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle’s doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways

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