Archive for the ‘Pro-Cathedral’ Category

ImageJoin us on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 9 am (Morning Prayer at 8 a.m.) for a day of reflection, prayer, study and fellowship.  Programs will include meditations on the “Communion of the Saints”, “fasting” and “Lenten Collects” as well as sessions on liturgical music.  Priests will be available to hear Confessions throughout the day i…n the penance chapel, and there will be services of morning and evening prayer as well as the Eucharist.  A registration fee of $12 covers a breakfast and lunch of Lenten fare (vegetable soup, bread, etc.).  For those unable to afford the registration, we will make arrangements for you to join us.

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On Saturday, February 4 at 10 am, deo volente, Fr. Donald F. Lerow will be consecrated Bishop of the Armed Forces (ACC) and will become the episcopal visitor for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States (ACC). Participants must be present at the rehearsal, Friday, February 4th at 3 pm.
The consecration will be followed by a reception sponsored by the diocese and hosted by the Ladies of Saint Alban’s.
At 8 am, there will be a chanted Matins for all who wish to attend.

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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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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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It has been a busy and wonderful Epiphany week at Saint Alban’s.  First, our thanks to all who made the Epiphany evening gala and art auction a stunning success, especially Ron and Holly Brinton, Kenny Garbee (and her merry band!), Bernard Riley and the music team, Eunice Green, and the many folks who gave time, treasure and talent.  It was an evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising that let others in our Richmond community and in neignboring parishes see the Saint Alban’s parish family at their very best.

The following evening the families of the parish gathered for their monthly movie night and a viewing of the film Fireproof.  A serious treatment of issues facing marriages, the movie offered useful insights into how to preserve the marriage relationship through prayer and persistence.  There was not a dry eye in the house, as well.

The next movie night will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, with pizza as the main course.   Stay tuned for the name of the main feature!

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A Cross for Christmas

Oberammergau Cross

The Oberammergau Cross and Saint Alban's Altar

The Oberammergau Cross

In 2007, Mr. William Howe of Saint Alban’s Anglican Church in Pennsylvania learned that his boyhood church in the tiny mining town of Karthaus, PA would be permanently closed. The parent church, Saint Mary’s, Frenchville, asked Bill if his company would use its heavy equipment to remove the bell from the mission and transport it to the main parish. Concerned over the potential loss of other church items, particularly the mission’s unique carved Cross, Bill arranged for their transfer to The Very Reverend Canon Charles H. Nalls in the hope that one day they could be put to use in an Anglo-Catholic setting. Subsequently, the pews have been given to Saint Columba’s (ACC) in Warrenton, VA and the altar has been at the center of St. Cyprian’s Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland.

During a snowstorm in the winter of 2007, Canon Nalls traveled to Karthaus to retrieve the Oberammergau Cross from the shuttered church. The Cross had been commissioned by a group of men from Karthaus who had made a pilgrimage to Oberammergau just after the Second World War. They returned home to Karthaus carrying the Cross, which is hand carved from local wood around Oberammergau and installed it in the mission church where it remained for a half-century. In turn, Canon Nalls presented the Cross to the Vestry of Saint Alban’s following his institution as Rector and Dean.
We express our deep thanks to those who had this unique work commissioned to the honor and glory of God, to Mr. Bill Howe for his preservation of a treasure of the Church, and to Messrs. Chuck Robinson and Michael Mazza for their care and work in installing the Oberammergau Cross over the high altar of Saint Alban’s Pro-Cathedral.

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The St. Alban’s Men’s Group enjoyed a great Italian dinner last evening and formally organized as a lay-led parish organization. The crowd assembled elected Messrs. Bob Witt Presidend, and John Hekman Vice-Presidentfor the coming year. During the short meeting portion of the evening, the group discussed upcoming events and projects, and set meeting dates for the remander of the year.

Following the business meeting, John Heckman presented an invormative program on the Port of Richmond of which he is the Chairman. As well, John, who has served on the board of the Virginia War Memorial for nine years, gave a brief talk about the newly expanded and refurbished Memorial and its mission to educate young people who might not otherwise learn of Virginia’s long and honorable military history. The talk concluded with a video produced by the memorial with interviews of Virginians who wer POWs in Germany. The testimony of these members of the “greatest generation” was quite moving, The proceedings concluded with a prayer for the armed forces of the United States.

Our next mMeeting is scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 17th at 6:00 pm.

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