A Homily for the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed

St Mary’s Chapel, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants, and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

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A Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

St James, Calgary

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent into our hearts the Spirit of your Son. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

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A Homily for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Cross, Calgary & St Aldhelm’s, Vulcan

O GOD Most High, who didst endue with wonderful virtue and grace the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: Grant that we, who now call her blessed, may be made very members of the heavenly family of him who was pleased to be called the first-born among many brethren; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

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A Homily for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Cross, Calgary

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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Sing we of the Blessèd Mother

Sing we of the blessèd Mother (St Lk 1. 42, 48b)
who received the angel’s word, (St Lk 1. 30-33)
And obedient to his summons (St Lk 1. 38)
Bore in love the infant Lord; (St L1 1. 46b-48a)
Sing we of the joys of Mary
At whose breast that child was fed (St Lk 11. 27)
Who is Son of God eternal (St Lk 1. 33; St Jn 1. 1, 2)
And the everlasting Bread. (St Jn 6. 35)

Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows,
Of the sword that pierced her through, (St Lk 2. 34, 35)
When beneath the cross of Jesus
She his weight of suffering knew,
Looked upon her Son and Saviour (St Jn 19. 25b)
Reigning high on Calvary’s tree,
Saw the price of man’s redemption
Paid to set the sinner free. (Eph 1. 7; I St Pt 1. 18, 19; 2. 24)

Sing again the joys of Mary
When she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ’s apostles,
Waited on his promised word; (Acts 1. 14)
From on high the blazing glory
Of the Spirit’s presence came,
Heavenly breath of God’s own being,
Manifest through wind and flame. (Acts 2. 2-4)

Sing the chiefest joy of Mary
When on earth her work was done,
And the Lord of all creation
Brought her to his heavenly home; (Rev 11. 19)
Virgin Mother, Mary blessèd,
Raised on high and crowned with grace, (Rev 12. 1)
May your Son, the world’s redeemer,
Grant us all to see his face.

A Homily for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Cross, Calgary

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of your  children we do also for him. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

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“The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord?” Because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order, and neighbors, friends, and relatives praise the result. Great benefits, both of families and states, are thus produced. When it is otherwise, however, everything is thrown into confusion and turned upside-down.”
St. John Chrysostom, Homily 20 on Ephesians

A Homily for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Cross, Calgary

O God, you have assured the human family of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

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Toward a Common Spiritual Life: Morning Prayer

Reverend Kyle Norman

The English poet and Anglican priest, John Donne, once penned that ‘No man [sic] is an island, entire unto itself; every man [sic] is piece of the continent.’  In this phrase, Donne is highlight an important reality for our lives; we exist amid a myriad of relationships.  In fact, if we look at scripture, we see this even more profoundly.  We are created to be a people, and our Christian lives are to be lived amid the tapestry of relationships and structures of the Body of Christ.  Yes, I can point to myself and say, “I am a Christian”, or” I am an Anglican”. These statements may be true in some respects, but it would be more appropriate to say, “I belong to the body of Christ”, or “I belong to the Anglican community”.  My faith is not an isolated island in which I reside…

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