“What?” you’re thinking to yourself, “Leap Day isn’t until the 29th.”
Not according to the Kalendar, which follows the guidelines set forth by Julius Caesar. The ancient Romans had this odd procedure of numbering days by counting backwards from certain landmark days in the month, viz., the Kalends, the Ides, and the Nones.
The . . . → Read More: Felix Dies Bissextum! Happy Leap Day!
Most Americans probably think of November 11 as Veterans Day, but a number are old enough to remember it as “Armistice Day”, marking the conclusion of World War I, the “Great War”. But to residents of the Commonwealth nations, it is Remembrance Day.
As part of their Remembrance Day observance, residents of the . . . → Read More: Remembrance Day
So did you recognize the document in this post? These are the (in)famous “Ninety-Five Theses” of Martin Luther, which he nailed to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517. This is why our Lutheran brethren celebrate Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday in October (transferring the observance . . . → Read More: Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
A Hallowe’en challenge for you: 1. Dominus et magister noster Iesus Christus dicendo `Penitentiam agite &c.’ omnem vitam fidelium penitentiam esse voluit.
2. Quod verbum de penitentia sacramentali (id est confessionis et satisfactionis, que sacerdotum ministerio celebratur) non potest intelligi.
3. Non tamen solam intendit interiorem, immo interior nulla est, nisi foris operetur varias . . . → Read More: Disputatio pro Declaratione Virtutis Indulgentiarum
Saints Crispin and Crispinian are French—the patron saints of cobblers, tanners, and leather workers. Or maybe they were English, after all—although still cobblers. In the French version, they are tortured, thrown into a river with millstones around their necks, and survive to be beheaded, all as punishment for preaching the Gospel to the Gauls. . . . → Read More: Why the English commemorate a pair of French Saints
For a “traditional Episcopal” church, St Stephen’s can be a bit unorthodox. Actually, we prefer to think if it as being ultra-orthodox. For example, we don’t always hold fast to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. We actually reach back in time and use the 1662 Prayer Book for Holy Communion.
(We use the . . . → Read More: Thoughts on our Liturgy
St Stephen’s is blessed with a truly fine altar, an example of the best of 19th-century woodworking. Read about it’s origins in a shipbuilders’ church in Sparrows Point, and how it came to St Stephen’s through the efforts of one of our founding members, in the latest monograph to be added to our . . . → Read More: The Remarkable Story of St Stephen’s Altar