Sunday, September 4th: The Rector’s Study Group will continue to meet at 9:30 Sunday mornings for a six or seven week discussion of the virtues. All are welcome!
The Mass propers will be sung by the Schola Cantorum Stella Solae under the direction of Mr. Brian Bentley.
A “champagne brunch” will be served in the parish hall after mass. There is no charge. All are welcome.
Thursday, September 8th – Friday, September 9th: There will be no mass
Sunday, September 25th: The Vestry meeting will be held after mass.
September 2: The Martyrs of New Guinea
When World War II threatened Papua and New Guinea, it was obvious that missionaries of European origin were in danger. There was talk of leaving, but Bishop Philip Strong wrote to his clergy: “We must endeavour to carry on our work. God expects this of us. The church at home, which sent us out, will surely expect it of us. The universal church expects it of us. The people whom we serve expect it of us. We could never hold up our faces again if, for our own safety, we all forsook Him and fled when the shadows of the Passion began to gather around Him in His spiritual and mystical body, the Church in Papua.” They stayed. Almost immediately there were arrests by the Japanese. Eight clergymen and two laymen were executed as an example on September 2, 1942. In the next few years, many Papuan Christians of all Churches risked their own lives to care for the wounded. Today, thanks to the work of these holy martyrs, and others who preceded and followed them, Papua New Guinea is its own province within the Anglican Communion, and is one of the strongholds of Catholic Anglicanism.
September 3: St. Phoebe the Deaconess
Phoebe (1st century) was a deaconess of the Church at Cenchreae, the port of Corinth. She was recommended to the Christian congregation at Rome by St. Paul, who praised her for her assistance to him and to many others. She may have brought Paul’s epistle to the Romans to Rome with her. Little else is know of her. St. Paul mentions her in Romans 16.1.
September 5: Ss. Boris and Gleb
The first saints canonized in Kieven Rus, after the conversion of that region to faith in Christ. Both were princes, and both were murdered during the Russian wards of the 11th century. Orthodox Christians consider them “protomartyrs” of Russia, and “passion-bearers” – saints who, though they did not die for the faith, nevertheless faced their death in a Christ-like way.
September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This feast has been celebrated since the 5th century, nine months after the feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (on December 8). The theological significance of the Nativity of Mary was first laid out in a richly symbolical work called the Protoevangelium of James, probably written about the year 150 AD. Today we remember that already in Genesis, the Lord had promised deliverance for the creatures he had made in his image and likeness, when God himself prophesied the birth of a woman whose seed would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3.15). Mary is that woman, and Jesus is her Son. Today we celebrate the birth of the Ark of the New Covenant, the one in whom “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”