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Wednesday 5th October 2016 --- Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis issued a Common Declaration. The Archbishop is in Rome to join in celebrations to mark 50 years of closer and deeper relationships between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church.
To read the Declaration and for more information click here.
From the desk of Father Dominique
Try, try, try again?
The most obvious theme for this Sunday is that of perseverance. The collect (opening prayer) asks, "that the Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name". St. Paul, in the second reading, encourages Timothy (and us!) to "continue in what you have learned and firmly believed" and to "be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable". And, Jesus offers "a parable about the need to pray always and not to lose heart."
19th-century British writer W. E. Hickson is credited with the well-known proverb:
Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try, try again
Go go our Facebook page to see a short video from our Blessing of the Animals service.
Welcoming Fr. James Farwell
Fr. Farwell is Professor of liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary (since 2012). He completed his Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University, his M.Div. at the General Theological Seminary. and his B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
Before joining the faculty at VTS, he was Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Bethany College. He has also taught at The General Theological Seminary, Drew University, and Bexley Hall. In addition to publishing numerous articles, essays, and reviews, Professor Farwell is the author of the book This Is the Night: Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week (T.& T. Clark Int’l., 2005); and has recently written a new version of the classic primer The Liturgy Explained (Morehouse, 2013).
Professor Farwell is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the Society for Comparative Theology. He served for nearly 20 years in parish ministry in Miami, Atlanta, Long Island, and West Virginia.
We welcome Professor Farwell this Sunday, October 16, to speak at our Coffee Hour, on the origin, the beauty and the current Eucharistic focus of the liturgy. Our purpose is formative. We are blessed to have a moment of adult formation with someone who has spent many years giving thoughtful theological reflection to what stands at the heart of our parish life together: the Mass. When we seek truth in what we live, we find ourselves rejoicing. Let us seek truth and rejoice.
Parish Hike: Old Rag
Saturday, October 22nd, starting at 7:45 am
Everyone who is interested in joining for a full day of leaf peeping and strolling through God's creation is welcome to join a Parish hike on Old Rag mountain in Shenandoah National Park.
One group will follow the strenuous rock scramble path to summit, while others will hike a relatively well-graded fire road in the direction of the Old Rag shelter. All hikers should bring layered clothing and sturdy shoes suitable to hiking; $10 cash for the park entrance fee; at least 2 quarts of water; and a picnic lunch that they can carry themselves (with the option to bring items to share).
More information on hiking Old Rag is available here. Hiking is at each person's own risk!
We will depart from ASA at 7:45 am. Elizabeth Vish is coordinating rides through an editable Google doc, available here; you can also email Elizabeth to sign up; and we will have the option to sign up at coffee hour on October 16th. Please sign up to give a ride if you can drive, or sign up to receive a ride if you cannot drive.
Some drivers may choose to stop for dinner on the way back to DC from the hike, so expect to be back in DC late Saturday evening.
For those “who for reasonable cause cannot be present” (BCP, p. 396) at the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, Fr. Dominique, Deacon Fred, or one of our other Eucharistic Visitors would be happy to bring you Communion. This is a privileged ministry and a privileged experience of the “communion of saints”. If you are able, please let us know in advance when you would like a visit on a Sunday, so that the Eucharistic Visitor can be sent forth from the Sunday celebration.