What's Happening at Calvary

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Daily Readings ...

posted May 23, 2016, 3:48 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated May 23, 2016, 4:18 PM ]


The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion.  These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship on Sunday; Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead.





Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016

Reflection:


Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the Daily Readings is available though Augsburg Fortress.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to Calvary on April 9, 2016 ...

posted Mar 13, 2016, 11:55 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated May 5, 2016, 12:57 PM ]

Calvary members greet Presiding Bishop Curry at the Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, April 9, 2016


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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to our diocese
April 8-10, 2016​


The weekend's events


The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, visited Charleston April 8-10 to preach, worship and visit with people from across The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at special events at five downtown churches.

Presiding Bishop Curry's major public appearance in Charleston was on Saturday at Church of the Holy Communion, where he gave the keynote address at an all-day educational conference titled "Spirituality, Evangelism, and Justice: Telling the Story, Sharing the Message of The Jesus Movement." (Read  about the conference in the column at the right.)
  
Friday, April 8
Community Evening Prayer
​Presiding Bishop Curry's first event was an ecumenical service of Community Evening Prayer at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 67 Anson St., with Christian leaders from around the city. The Reverend Dr. Betty Deas Clark, Pastor of Emanuel AME Church (above) was the preacher.  (video of Dr. Clark's Sermonvideo of the Presiding Bishop's Greeting) (photos)
Bishop's Lock-In
The Presiding Bishop visited middle-school and high-school students at an overnight lock-in at Grace Church Cathedral (above) (
more photos)
 
Saturday, April 9

'Spirituality, Evangelism, & Justice' Conference see the column on the right
Solemn High Mass
The Presiding Bishop was celebrant at Solemn High Mass at Church of the Holy Communion (above) at the conclusion of the Saturday conference. The preacher was The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within The Episcopal Church. (photos) (video of Canon Hunn's sermon)
​​
Neighborhood Block Party
Calvary Episcopal Church, 106 Line St., celebrated the visit with a neighborhood block party on Saturday evening, with a DJ, barbecue, and a big crowd of neighbors and friends. Dr. Seabrook presented the Presiding Bishop with a special gift (above): a giclee print of a quilt made by educator and artist Dr. Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook, commemorating Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in The Episcopal Church.  (more photos)

Sunday, April 10
Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's
St. Mark's and Calvary welcomed the Presiding Bishop as the preacher at a joint celebration of Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's (above) on Sunday morning. (more photos)
Choral Eucharist and Cathedral Celebration
Presiding Bishop Curry preached at Grace Church Cathedral, the newly-designated cathedral of the diocese, at 11:00 a.m. The Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in the Church of England (left in the photo above), and Bishop vonRosenberg (right) also participated along with Dean Michael Wright of Grace Church Cathedral. The gift of a stone from Canterbury Cathedral was dedicated to mark the occasion. (video) (photos) ​Read more about the cathedral celebration here.
Celebrating our
​New Cathedral
The Presiding Bishop's visit to Grace Church Cathedral was an opportunity to celebrate Grace as the newest cathedral in the Anglican Communion. Read about the celebration here.

Quick links to photos
​and videos


VIDEOS (listed chronologically)
The Rev. Betty Deas Clark’s Sermon at Community Evening Prayer with the Presiding Bishop
Presiding Bishop Curry's Greetings at the Community Evening Prayer Service
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Keynote Address at the Spirituality, Evangelism & Justice Conference
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn’s Sermon at the concluding Eucharist at the Spirituality, Evangelism & Justice Conference
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Sermon at Grace Church Cathedral
 (sermon begins at 38:20 in the video of the service)
 
ONLINE PHOTO ALBUMS
Bishop's Youth Lock-In at the Cathedral
Community Evening Prayer at St. Stephen's
'Spirituality, Evangelism and Justice' Conference at Holy Communion
Neighborhood Block Party at Calvary
Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's, Charleston
Choral Eucharist at Grace Church Cathedral 
Photo album shared by participants from the Diocese of Upper SC

SOCIAL MEDIA
See a sample of tweets and Instagram photos that used the hashtag #PBinSC

 'Spirituality, Evangelism, and Justice' Conference

Keynote speaker

Presiding Bishop Curry 
(video of the address)

Speakers

The Rev. Dr. David T. Gortner
Virginia Theological Seminary, "The Spiritual Practice of Evangelism"

The Rev. Kammy Young
of the University of the South at Sewanee, "Jesus, Justice and Jubilee" 
Resource: Download a PDF with the Rev. Young's presentation and a resource sheet.

The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart 
of Calvary Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C, "Racial Reconciliation: Beginning the Conversation"

Dr. Lester Pittman
of Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, "Who is My Neighbor? Living in a Multi-Faith Society 

​__________________________

The Conference Sponsor
This conference was made possible by The Episcopal forum of South Carolina, whose mission is to support The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, The Episcopal Church, and the worldwide Anglican Communion by providing support and educational offerings, including an annual educational conference.
 
Learn more, and find out how you can support The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina:
episcopalforumofsc.org
Facebook: facebook.com/EFofSC


 

The Gathering at the Table Group meets on Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

   The Gathering at the Table group was formed through the initiative of Father Michael Burton.  Members of Calvary Episcopal Church and members of East Cooper Episcopal Church meet in the Calvary Church Parish Hall each Tuesday evening to share their perspectives on matters of race - past and present. 

   Originally scheduled to meet for four weeks, the group has bonded and grown in their commitment.  They continue to meet after 20 weeks, entertaining lively and healing discussions.  All are invited and encouraged to attend. 

ECW CRAB CRACK IS COMING - July 23, 2016 1pm-4pm Tickets: $20.

posted Nov 15, 2015, 3:10 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated May 23, 2016, 10:11 PM ]



Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop - The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

posted Oct 26, 2015, 8:07 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 8:01 AM ]

Sunday, November 1, 2015 12 PM

 Holy Eucharist with the Installation of
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry as XXVII Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church


VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE INSTALLATION

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Episcopal Church installs its first African American presiding bishop
 Michelle Boorstein November 1 at 10:22 PM
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/episcopal-church-installs-its-first-african-american-bishop/2015/11/01/d9b7c44c-80d2-11e5-9afb-0c971f713d0c_story.html

The public face and style of the Episcopal Church shifted Sunday with the installation of Michael Bruce Curry, the denomination’s first African American spiritual leader.

Curry, 62, a high-energy, evangelical pastor, is expected to bring a positive, Pope Francis-like vibe to a church community marked in recent years by shrinking numbers and legal disputes related to gay rights.

“Don’t worry! Be happy! God loves you!” Curry boomed at the close of his sermon to the 2,500 people gathered in the soaring Washington National Cathedral. Preaching from the elevated Canterbury Pulpit, Curry immediately changed the face of Episcopalianism, historically one of the faiths of the nation’s white elite.

Curry, known for focusing on evangelism and programs for the poor, follows Katharine Jefferts Schori, a somber Nevada oceanographer who was presiding bishop for nine years.

Jefferts Schori oversaw a tumultuous period as Americans turned away from the denomination and conservatives streamed out, in some cases triggering litigation over church properties that bled into many millions of dollars. The church has faced the same tensions that other faiths have had for decades over issues such as gay rights and the female clergy, but it ordained Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop, in 2003. Since then, the church has lost 20 percent of its membership.

Curry focused his installation sermon on racial reconciliation, a cause at the center of what he calls “the Jesus movement” — a new emphasis on evangelism. Preaching in an animated style more familiar to a Baptist church, he told the story of a young black couple who visited an all-white Episcopal church in the 1940s. The woman, an Episcopalian, approached to take Communion. The man, who was studying to be a Baptist pastor, sat in the back, watching to see what would happen when it became clear in this segregated era that there was just one cup from which everyone would drink.

When the white priest offered the cup to the young black woman, the scene was so dramatic that the man shifted his affiliation and was ordained as an Episcopalian.

“The Holy Spirit has done evangelism and racial reconciliation in the Episcopal Church before, because that man and woman were the parents of the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” Curry said, speaking of himself.

The church broke into roars and applause.

“Yes, the way of God’s love turns our world upside down. But that’s really right-side up,” Curry preached. “And in that way, the nightmare of this world will be transfigured into the very dream of God for humanity and all creation. My brothers and sisters, God has not given up on God’s world. And God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet.”

[More on Bishop Curry’s life story]

Racial reconciliation has become a higher priority for many predominantly white U.S. churches. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, along with the Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, in recent years have elevated it in sermons, programs on gun control and symbolic actions such as removing the Confederate flag from stained glass in the cathedral. The question for Curry and other faith leaders is how to avoid the political polarization Americans both love and hate and with which many young people associate organized Christianity.

While Curry focused on overcoming economic, racial, educational and political divisions, he is known as a progressive who was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed, in North Carolina. He was involved in grass-roots demonstrations in Raleigh called Moral Monday, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.

“Is it an understatement to say we live in a deeply complex and difficult time for our world,” Curry said. “Life is not easy. It is an understatement to say that these are not, and will not be, easy times for people of faith.

“Churches, religious communities and institutions are being profoundly challenged,” he said. “But the realistic social critique of Charles Dickens rings true for us even now: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ . . . Don’t worry! Be happy!”

The installation drew a large crowd for the cathedral, including 150 bishops who streamed in together in white-and-red clerical garb. There were at least 75 “watch parties” of Episcopalians across the country, church spokeswoman Neva Rae Fox said.

The Episcopal Church is the U.S.-based part of the global Anglican Communion, one of the largest Christian communities in the world. Its membership, about 1.8 million, was never large, but until recently was home to a disproportionate number of the United States’ business and political elite. Culturally it was considered a proper part of U.S. society, with a refined and orderly worship style. Although that is a somewhat outdated image, Curry’s installation drove home the change as clergy processed to powerful Native American drumming music and an intense rendition of the black spiritual “Wade in the Water.”



On demand video of the Eucharist will be available on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YZtmFkNyU 






The Most Reverend Michael Curry

Hashtag #MichaelCurry

Michael Bruce Curry was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City on June 27, 2015. He was previously elected as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has also done continued study at the College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.

Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess.

He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1978 and was rector there 1979-1982. He next accepted a call to serve as the rector of St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, where he served 1982-1988.

In 1988 he became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, Maryland, where he served until his election as bishop.

In his three parish ministries, Bishop Curry was active in the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, the creation of networks of family day care providers and educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He also sat on the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses in which he has served.

During his time as Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Curry has taken the Diocese into 21st-century Galilee, the complex modern world that churches must engage in order to continue spreading the Gospel. He instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that already happens in local congregations and refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has also been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.

Bishop Curry serves on the boards of a large number of organizations and has a national preaching and teaching ministry. He has been featured on The Protestant Hour and North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, as well as on The Huffington Post. In addition, Bishop Curry is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, Yale, and, most recently, Episcopal Divinity School. He served on the Taskforce for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church and recently was named chair of Episcopal Relief and Development’s Board of Directors. His book of sermons, Crazy Christians, came out in August 2013, and his second book, Songs My Grandma Sang, came out in June 2015.

He and his wife, Sharon, have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Source:  Washington National Cathedral website:  http://www.cathedral.org/staff/PE-7CHH8-380004.shtml

Source:  Wikipedia:  Click here for a list of the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_presiding_bishops_of_the_Episcopal_Church_in_the_United_States_of_America



The Episcopal Church’s first black leader — and its ‘tortuous’ path toward integration
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey October 15
Source:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/first-black-episcopal-church-leader-will-continue-his-fathers-teachings/2015/10/14/bede82e2-72b2-11e5-8d93-0af317ed58c9_story.html

Bishop Michael Curry vividly remembers growing up in segregated Buffalo in the 1950s and ’60s, where on one bright morning in 1963, he crossed Main Street from East Buffalo to West Buffalo to attend an integrated school.

As an Episcopal priest and civil rights activist, his late father, Kenneth Curry, helped lead the boycott of the city’s segregated public schools. And yet, like the larger culture at the time, worship in the Episcopal Church he so loved was largely segregated. As leader of a black congregation in Buffalo, he never would have been called to the pulpit of a white Episcopal church.

Five decades later, Kenneth Curry probably would never have imagined that his son would be chosen to lead the entire denomination.

On Nov. 1, Michael Curry — who was elected this summer just one week after the shootings at a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. — will be installed as the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral. He will replace Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was elected the church’s first female presiding bishop in 2006.
John Agbaje, right, takes a selfie with the Rev. Michael Curry
after the Virginia Theological Seminary consecrated its newly
built Immanuel Chapel on Tuesday in Alexandria.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

In many ways, Curry’s tenure will be a continuation of what his father taught him: In God’s eyes, all human beings are equal and deserve to be treated as such.  “I grew up seeing that Jesus of Nazareth has something to do with our lives and has something to do with how we structure and order our society,” said Curry, 62.

Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina since 2000, was elected with an overwhelming majority, the third black candidate for presiding bishop in the church’s history.

“Most black Episcopalians interpret this as catching up, as something they should’ve done before,” said Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of Deputies and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Blacks make up 6.3 percent of the church’s membership, compared with 86.6 percent for non-Hispanic white members, according to church data.

But as presiding bishop, Curry will face membership challenges that extend far beyond race. Like other mainline denominations, the Episcopal Church — the historic home to U.S. presidents and the nation’s elite — has struggled to fill its pews. It has lost more than 20 percent of its members since it consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003, and new statistics suggest that membership continues to fall, dropping 2.7 percent from 2013 to about 1.8 million U.S. members in 2014.

Progressive on social issues

On Tuesday, Curry and other church leaders gathered at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria to consecrate a chapel to replace the one that burned down in 2010. Curry was like a rock star to many of the seminarians, making faces for selfies.

Ian Markham, dean of the seminary, noted that the founders and faculty from the institution once owned slaves and that its new chapel has a plaque noting its past segregation in worship. “We have to recognize the sins of our past and repent of them,” he said.

Curry has a clear passion for evangelism, something he calls “the Jesus movement,” though not a formal movement within the church. He is also progressive on social issues and was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in North Carolina churches.

As bishop in North Carolina, Curry was involved in the grass-roots Moral Monday demonstrations in Raleigh, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.

“The work of evangelism and social justice must go together, because it’s part of the whole gospel,” he said.

Observers note Curry’s desire to keep his installation service simple and his focus on people on the margins — almost like a Protestant Pope Francis who could help change the face of the church. His friends point to his boisterous preaching style as he moves around the pulpit and gestures with his arms, more Baptist than Episcopal in some ways.

The father of two adult daughters with his wife, Sharon, Curry is known for his infectious laughter and self-deprecating humor. He is an avid reader, a Buffalo Bills fan and a self-described “certified NFL grief counselor,” and a lover of music who took up the violin about seven years ago.

Curry said he was deeply shaped by his Baptist grandmother, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves. While he was in middle school, she stepped in after Curry’s mother went into a coma brought on by a cerebral hemorrhage.

“My grandmother couldn’t imagine Barack Obama in the White House, and I know she couldn’t imagine her grandson as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” he said.

As a family, they would pray every night, and Curry jokingly said he would secretly hope that his father would pray so it would be a shorter one. “If it was the Baptist prayer, it would go on forever,” he said.

His mother, who grew up Baptist, switched to the Episcopal Church after she read “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. His father, who was a licensed Baptist pastor and came from a line of Baptist preachers, followed her.

Curry remembers the denominational bantering between his father and grandmother.

“They would tease each other. She would say, ‘How do you know if someone in your church has the Holy Spirit?’ He’d say, ‘You all got too much Holy Spirit in your church.’ ”

Ending the battles

Curry’s down-to-earth style and gift for bringing people together should prove valuable as he leads a church riven by divisions in recent years over issues from gay rights to how to read Scripture. However, many of its more theologically conservative churches have left the denomination after having been involved in multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the right to church properties.

Part of Curry’s challenge will be to put those battles over social issues fully in the past, said Ryan Danker, a church historian at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

“If he can bring some peace and healing, maybe end the lawsuits, have discussion and dialogue with various parties, I think he’ll be very successful,” Danker said.

Jefferts Schori, the outgoing presiding bishop, said Tuesday that the Episcopal Church is no longer “the establishment church” in the United States, which she considers to be a good thing.

“We’re more focused on the people of the margins,” she said. “We’re willing to go be with, rather than do for, and I think that’s healthier spiritually.”

The Rev. Sandye Wilson, rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange, N.J., and a friend of Curry’s, said he is uniquely able to address the range of Episcopal Church members.

“He is comfortable with kings and princes but doesn’t lose the common touch,” Wilson said. “He is as comfortable with people who are very wealthy and comfortable with people in prison.”

The Episcopal Church is affiliated with the larger worldwide Anglican Communion, the world’s third-largest Christian denomination, which is discussing whether it can remain unified amid divisions over sexuality and other issues. A large percentage of Anglicanism is thriving in the developing world, where more-conservative leaders have been unhappy with the Episcopal Church.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who attended Tuesday’s chapel consecration in Alexandria but declined interviews, has called Anglican leaders to a special meeting in January.

The Episcopal Church voted this summer to let gay couples marry in the church’s religious ceremonies, which Welby said “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith resolutions.”

January’s gathering of leaders includes a review of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s future.

Some believe that Curry’s election as presiding bishop could help lead the way into that future, in which the membership of the global church will probably keep growing more diverse.

“It could change the face of the Episcopal Church, which is — at least in the eyes of many — a largely white, upper-class denomination of people in power,” said the Rev. Adam Shoemaker of Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. “It will be significant now that we have a nonwhite presiding bishop to represent us to the rest of the church.”

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth - May 31,2016

posted Oct 23, 2015, 9:04 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated May 23, 2016, 12:54 PM ]




The Visitation


Year (cycle):  C

The Collect: 

Rite I:
Father in heaven, by whose grace the virgin mother of thy incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping thy word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to thy will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
1 Samuel 2:1-10

1 Hannah prayed and said,
‘My heart exults in the Lord;
   my strength is exalted in my God.*
My mouth derides my enemies,
   because I rejoice in my* victory.

2 ‘There is no Holy One like the Lord,
   no one besides you;
   there is no Rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so very proudly,
   let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
   and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
   but the feeble gird on strength.
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
   but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
   but she who has many children is forlorn.
6 The Lord kills and brings to life;
   he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
   he brings low, he also exalts.
8 He raises up the poor from the dust;
   he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
   and inherit a seat of honour.*
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
   and on them he has set the world.

9 ‘He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
   but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
   for not by might does one prevail.
10 The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;
   the Most High* will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
   he will give strength to his king,
   and exalt the power of his anointed.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 113

1 Hallelujah!
  Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
       praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Let the Name of the Lord be blessed, *
       from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down *
       let the Name of the Lord be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, *
       and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high *
       but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust *
       and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes, *
       with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house *
       to be a joyful mother of children.

Epistle: 
Romans 12:9-16b

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.

Gospel: 
Luke 1:39-57

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be* a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

46 And Mary said, 

[The Magnificat]  ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

56 And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.




The Visitation is the visit of Mary with Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56. It is also the name of a Christian feast day commemorating this visit, celebrated on 31 May in the West (2 July in calendars of the 1263–1969 period, and in the modern regional calendar of Germany) and 30 March among Eastern Christians.


Narrative

Mary visits her relative Elizabeth; they are both pregnant. Mary is pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth is pregnant with John the Baptist. Mary left Nazareth immediately after the Annunciation and went "into the hill country...into a city of Judah" (Luke 1:39) to attend to her cousin Elizabeth. There are several possibilities as to exactly which city this was, including Hebron, south of Jerusalem, and Ein Karem. The journey from Nazareth to Hebron is about 130km or 80 miles in a direct line, probably up to half as far again by road, depending on the route taken. Elizabeth was in the sixth month before Mary came (Luke 1:36). Mary stayed three months, and most scholars hold she stayed for the birth of John. Given the prevailing cultural traditions and needs for security etc., it is probable that Joseph accompanied Mary to Judah then returned to Nazareth, and came again after three months to take his wife home. The apparition of the angel, mentioned in Matthew 1:19-25, may have taken place then to end the tormenting doubts of Joseph regarding Mary's maternity.[1]

In the Gospel of Luke, the author's accounts of the Annunciation and Visitation are constructed using eight points of literary parallelism to compare Mary to the Ark of the Covenant.[2][3]

In Catholicism, it is held that the purpose of this visit was to bring divine grace to both Elizabeth and her unborn child. Even though he was still in his mother's womb, John became aware of the presence of Christ, and leapt for joy as he was cleansed from original sin and filled with divine grace. Elizabeth also responded and recognised the presence of Jesus, thus Mary exercised her function as mediatrix between God and man for the first time.[1]

And she [Elizabeth] spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb. And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. (Luke 1:42–45)

It is also at this point, in response to Elizabeth's remark, that Mary proclaims the Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Luke 1:46–55, for which reason this canticle had traditionally been reserved for this feast day.

In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the Visitation is the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

Feast

Western Christianity

The theme of the Feast of the Visitation centers on Mary responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to set out on a mission of charity.[4]

This feast is of medieval origin. It was kept by the Order of Friars Minor before 1263 when Saint Bonaventure recommended it and the Franciscan chapter adopted it, and the Franciscan Breviary spread it to many churches. In 1389 Pope Urban VI, hoping thereby to obtain an end to the Great Western Schism, inserted it in the Roman Calendar, for celebration on 2 July.[5] In the Tridentine Calendar, it was a Double. When that Missal of Pope Pius V was replaced by that of Pope Clement VIII in 1604, the Visitation became a Double of the Second Class. It remained so until Pope John XXIII reclassified it as a Second-Class Feast in 1962.[6] It continued to be assigned to 2 July, the day after the end of the octave following the feast of the birth of John the Baptist, who was still in his mother's womb at the time of the Visitation.

The 1969 revision of the calendar moved it to 31 May, "between the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (25 March) and that of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (24 June), so that it would harmonize better with the Gospel story."[7]

The Catholic Church in Germany (together with the Lutheran) has, with the consent of the Holy See, kept the 2 July date as a national variation of the General Roman Calendar. July 2 is observed also by Traditionalist Catholics who use a pre-1970 calendar, and by Anglicans who use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (in some Anglican traditions it is merely a commemoration rather than a feast day).[8]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visitation_%28Christianity%29




News and Pictures from the Anti-Racism Training at Calvary on September 15, 2015

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:19 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church


"Traces of the Trade" program encourages conversations, listening, and action

See a full report and pictures at this link: 
http://www.episcopalchurchsc.org/anti-racism-training.html


Clergy and laypeople from around the diocese filled historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston on Tuesday for the first diocesan “Traces of the Trade” event and an opportunity to bring open minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.

Participants at Tuesday's session said they were glad they took part in the conversations, and encouraged others to attend the remaining programs being offered this week in Hilton Head Island, Conway, and North Charleston.

“This event sheds light, so that others can light their candles by it,” said Joe Frazier, Senior Warden of Calvary. “It’s a worthwhile opportunity for people to come and participate.”

Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, a retired educator and lecturer who attended the session, said events like “Traces” were a way of beginning to address the need for better education. “So much of the problem of communication between the races is due to a lack of knowledge,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to learn how each group is feeling – to lessen the gap.”

Bishop Charles vonRosenberg opened the gathering by recalling his first experience with Dain and Constance Perry, the couple who are visiting Charleston to facilitate the programs. The Bishop had invited the Perrys to East Tennessee several years ago, when he was bishop there. “That began a process that is ongoing, and we hope the same will be true here.”

Tuesday’s program consisted of a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” followed by a time for people to share their own stories. Introducing the film, Dain Perry spoke of growing up in Charleston. He attended Porter-Gaud School. His father was rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston for 13 years; and his grandfather was James DeWolf Perry III, the 18th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, who died in Summerville in 1947.

The DeWolf family was the pre-eminent slave trading family in United States history, playing a role in bringing more than 10,000 enslaved people from Africa to the Americas. Mrs. Perry, meanwhile, introduced herself as a descendant of slaves from North Carolina and Virginia – states in which Dain Perry’s maternal ancestors once were slaveholders.

Mr. Perry told the audience that on June 16, the couple had just confirmed their plans to come to Charleston to facilitate the “Traces” program. The following day, June 17, the Emanuel AME shootings occurred.

“We were struck down to the depths of our hearts,” he said. Under the circumstances, he said they almost expected a call from the diocese asking to postpone the “Traces” program. But Bishop vonRosenberg’s response was different, Mr. Perry said: that the events at Emanuel made this kind of conversation more important and necessary than ever. “We were just awed by that,” he said.

Reflecting on the reaction to the tragedy by the people of Mother Emanuel and the people of Charleston, he said, “I haven’t ever been more proud of Charleston. You all did a remarkable job, and you’re continuing to do a remarkable job. You are bringing the gospel right to where the gospel needs to work the hardest.”

Events like the four “Traces” programs being offered by the diocese are not about blame or guilt, he said. “It’s about getting a better understanding of how we’ve gotten so terribly stuck where we are today, so we can begin healing.” 

The film traced the journey of 10 of the DeWolf family descendants, including Dain Perry, as they uncovered the family’s historic involvement with the slave trade that bought and sold human beings, sugar, rum and ships in a triangular route from Rhode Island to Ghana in West Africa, to Cuba, and back to New England.

After watching the documentary, people gave one-word descriptions of their feelings. Some of the words they used were: understanding and respect, sadness, shame, guilt and sorrow; hopefulness and gratitude; desire for action; impatience for change and healing; despair and hope, disappointment, and urgency. They elaborated on these words by sharing some of their personal stories and experiences with racism.

Conversations like these are “a very holy time, a time of handing over these feelings to God,” Constance Perry said. And they are not times for debate, but a time to speak and listen with open hearts.

Episcopal Church Calendar and Colors

posted Sep 2, 2015, 11:20 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 4:44 AM ]



Seasons

The Episcopal Church’s calendar is divided into seasons that celebrate particular periods of the life of Jesus and the Church. The two main cycles of feasts and holy days are dependent on the fixed date of Christmas and on the movable date of Easter. Other holy days can be found in the Prayer Book. Principal Feasts are marked (+). Most links are to the Glossary of Liturgical Terms.

Calendar of the Church Year:

  • Advent Four Sundays before Christmas
  • Christmas season December 24 to January 5
  • Christmas Day + December 25
  • The Epiphany + January 6
  • Epiphany season January 6 to Ash Wednesday
  • Ash Wednesday (Fast) Forty days before Easter Sunday
  • Lent Ash Wednesday to Holy Week
  • Holy Week The week before Easter
  • Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday (Fast)
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday + First Sunday after the first full moon of spring*
  • Easter season Fifty days after Easter Sunday
  • Ascension Day + The Thursday forty days after Easter Sunday
  • Pentecost or Whitsunday + Fifty days after Easter
  • The season after Pentecost or Ordinary TimePentecost to Advent
  • Trinity Sunday + The Sunday after Pentecost
  • All Saint’s Day + November 1 (Our parish’s name day)

*The Prayer Book contains a table for finding the date of Easter Sunday and other holy days in any given year.



Colors of the Church Year
and Seasonal Dates, 2016

The Dates below are for the Church Year 2016,  Year C  of the Revised Common Lectionary 

and  Year 2  of the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer, beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, 2015.

The Dates of the Church Year, RCL  Year C , 2015-2016

Colors Season Dates Alternate
Dark Blue Blue Advent Nov 29-Dec 12 Blue Violet Purple
Pink* 3rd Wk of Advent Dec 13-Dec 19 Rose*
Dark Blue Blue Advent Dec 20-23 Blue Violet Purple
Dark Blue Blue Christmas Eve Dec 24 Blue Violet Purple
White Gold Christmas Dec 25-Jan 5 White Yellow
White Gold Epiphany Jan 6-9 White Yellow
Green After Epiphany Jan 10-Feb 6 Lt. Green
White Gold Transfiguration Feb 7-9 White Yellow
Purple Ash Wednesday Feb 10 Gray
Purple Lent Feb 10- Mar 19 Red Violet
Rose* [Laetere Sunday] [March 6] Rose*
Purple Palm Sunday Mar 20-24 Red**
Purple Maundy Thursday Mar 24 Red**
Purple Black Good Friday Mar 25 //// No Colors ////
Black Holy Saturday Mar 26 //// No Colors ////
White Gold Easter Mar 27-April 2 White Yellow
White Gold Eastertide Apr 3-May 4 Red**
White Gold Ascension Day May 5 [Sun May 8] White Yellow
White Gold Eastertide May 6-14 Red*
Red Pentecost Sunday May 15-21 Red Gold
White Gold Trinity Sunday May 21-May 28 Red**
Green Ordinary Time May 29-Oct 31 Lt. Green Bronze
  Aqua Olive
Red** All Saints Day or Sunday Nov 1 [or the next Sunday] White Gold
Green Ordinary Time Nov 2-19 Lt. Green Bronze
  Aqua Olive
White Gold Christ the King Nov 20-26 White Yellow

 * In some churches, Pink or Rose is used the Fourth Sunday of Advent; in Catholic and Anglican traditions, Pink or Rose is also used the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

** In some churches, Red is used only on Pentecost Sunday and the following week.

In the chart above, with the exception of Advent, more traditional colors are in the left column and alternate colors in the right column. Some Protestant church traditions use only traditional colors, including purple for Advent, while others are more free to use alternate colors within the basic sequence. Where two colors are given for a particular Sunday, either color is appropriate.  For example, for Advent either Dark Blue or Bright Blue can be used if using Blue (many Protestants), or either Purple or Blue Violet are appropriate if using Purple (Catholic traditions). The exceptions are Holy Days in which White and Gold (or White and Yellow) are usually used together, with White being the primary color. For more detailed information on each Season of the Church Year, visit the page for that Season (The Church Year).

Metallic Silver is sometimes used for, or with, white, especially at Easter and Christmas.  Likewise Metallic Gold can be used for gold or yellow.  While some traditions (Roman Catholic, for example) still use for purple for Advent, there is a trend to use a bluish violet for Advent and deep red violet for Lent.

In most traditions, the sanctuary cross is draped in color only during Lent (purple), Good Friday (black), and Easter (white).  Some churches leave white on the cross through Eastertide, drape the cross in red for Pentecost Sunday, and then leave the cross undraped until the beginning of Lent the next year.  Usually the cross is not decorated during Ordinary Time, nor during the Holy Days of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany both because the focus is not yet on the cross, and because the Greens of Advent and the other symbols of the Christmas season carry the visual message of that season.

Click below for information about the various Seasons and Holy Days that comprise The Christian Church Year. Except as noted, the dates are for 2015-2016 Year C , of the Revised Common Lectionary, Year 2  of the the Daily Office (daily readings) of the Book of Common Prayer. (For a more complete calendar, see The Church Year, 2016)

Advent Year C  (Nov 20 - Dec 24, 2015)
Christmas (Dec 25, 2015 - Jan 5, 2016)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Dec 25, 2015 - Jan 5, 2016)
Epiphany (and Ordinary Time until Lent) (January 6 - Feb 9, 2016)
Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Feb 9, 2016)
Ash Wednesday (Feb 10, 2016)
Lent (Feb 10 - Mar 26, 2016)
Holy Week (March 20 - March 26 [27], 2016)
Maundy Thursday (March 24, 2016)
Good Friday (March 25, 2016)
Easter (March 27, 2016)
Pentecost (May 15, 2016)
Ordinary Time (May 22 - Nov 26, 2016)

The Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross)

posted Jan 27, 2015, 8:55 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 1:27 PM ]

Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross)

A devotion to the Passion of Christ which recalls a series of events at the end of Jesus' life from his condemnation to his burial. The Way of the Cross imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus' Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims. The first stations outside Palestine were built in Bologna in the fifth century. This devotion was encouraged by the Franciscans, and it became common in the fifteenth century. The number of stations for prayer and meditation in the Way of the Cross has varied, but it typically includes fourteen stations. Each station may have a cross and an artistic representation of the scene. The stations may be erected inside a church or outdoors. The BOS includes the following stations in the Way of the Cross: 1) Jesus is condemned to death; 2) Jesus takes up his cross; 3) Jesus falls the first time; 4) Jesus meets his afflicted mother; 5) the cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene; 6) a woman wipes the face of Jesus; 7) Jesus falls a second time; 8) Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem; 9) Jesus falls a third time; 10) Jesus is stripped of his garments; 11) Jesus is nailed to the cross; 12) Jesus dies on the cross; 13) the body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother; 14) Jesus is laid in the tomb. The BOS notes that eight of the stations are based on events that are recorded in the gospels. The remaining six (stations 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 13) are based on inferences from the gospels or pious legends. The BOS allows these six stations to be omitted from the Way of the Cross. The BOS provides opening devotions and the Lord's Prayer. There is a versicle and response, a reading, a prayer, and a collect for each of the fourteen stations. Concluding prayers before the altar follow the fourteenth station in the BOS service. The hymn Stabat Mater has been associated with the Way of the Cross. Verses of this hymn traditionally have been sung between each of the stations when the devotion is done by a congregation. The Stabat Mater appears as "At the cross her vigil keeping," Hymn 159 in The Hymnal 1982. The BOS suggests that verses of this hymn be sung as the ministers enter for the Way of the Cross and as they approach the first station. The BOS also suggests that the Trisagion be chanted as the procession goes from station to station. The Way of the Cross is a popular devotion that is often done on Fridays during Lent. However, it should not displace the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday. Some have questioned its disassociation of Jesus' death from his resurrection.

Source:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/way-cross-stations-cross


Why do the Stations?

Source:  http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations-prn.html

The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us.  It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise.  It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions.  To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep.  Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved.  First, just a note about the history of the stations:

The History:

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection.  When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was.  These sites become important holy connections with Jesus.  Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit.  The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites.  In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem.  Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.


How to do the Stations?

Making the stations is easy.  And, we tried to make this online experience of them an easy adaptation of what one would do, if doing them in a church before real stations.

The Context:

The first point to note is that this is prayer.  It isn't an intellectual exercise.  It is in the context of my relationship with God.  I could read through the text of each of the stations, and look at the pictures, but that wouldn't necessarily be prayer.  This is an invitation to enter into a gifted faith experience of who Jesus is for me.  It becomes prayer when I open my heart to be touched, and it leads me to express my response in prayer.

The second thing to remember is that this is an imaginative exercise.  Its purpose is not a historical examination of "what really happened" on that day in history.  It's about something far more profound.  This is an opportunity to use this long standing Christian prayer to let Jesus touch my heart deeply by showing me the depth of his love for me.  The context is the historical fact that he was made to carry the instrument of his death, from the place where he was condemned to die, to Calvary where he died, and that he was taken down and laid in a tomb.  The religious context is that today Jesus wants to use any means available to move my heart to know his love for me.  These exercises can allow me to imaginatively visualize the "meaning" of his passion and death.

The point of this exercise is to lead us to gratitude.  It will also lead us into a sense of solidarity with all our brothers and sisters.  In our busy, high tech lives we can easily get out of touch with the terrible suffering of real people in our world.  Journeying with Jesus in the Stations, allows us to imagine his entry into the experience of those who are tortured, unjustly accused or victimized, sitting on death row, carrying impossible burdens, facing terminal illnesses, or simply fatigued with life.

How to:
Just go from one station to another.  When "arriving" at a station, begin by looking carefully at the image itself.  Click on the image there to enlarge the photo.  See who is in the scene.  Look at how they are arranged and what the artist who created this image is trying to tell us about the drama there.

This online version is divided into four parts:

  • The first part is a simple description of the scene.  It helps us be conscious of what the "meaning" of this station is for us.
  • The second part is the traditional prayer at each station.  Its words become more and more meaningful as we repeat them throughout the journey.
  • The third part is the contemplation of the scene.  This is a guided reflection on the power of the scene for me, to enter it more deeply and to lead to some experience of it personally.
  • The fourth part is my response.  This is expressed in my own words.  It is the place where the sorrow and gratitude flow from my heart.
When to do them:
The beauty of the online version is that I can do the stations whenever I like.  The only guide we'd offer is to not rush through them.  Just reading through them is not making them, any more than walking around a church to look at them is making them.  It could be a wonderful prayer experience to do them as only one or two stations a day for one or two weeks.  It can also be powerful to do all 14, very prayerfully, over the course of 40 minutes to an hour, in a single evening, or to do seven one night and seven the following night.  Finally, it can be wonderful to return to the experience several weeks or months later, and discover that because of some struggle or difficulty I am experiencing, the stations become a different experience and a fresh experience of consolation.


The First Station:  Jesus is condemned to die.
Jesus stands in the most human of places.  He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured.  Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death.  His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps.  He has said "yes" to God and placed his life in God's hands.  We follow him in this final surrender, and contemplate with reverence each place along the way, as he is broken and given for us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As I view the scene, I become moved by both outrage and gratitude.
I look at Jesus.  His face.  The crown of thorns.  The blood.  His clothes stuck to the wounds on his back. 
Pilate washes his hands of the whole affair.  Jesus' hands are tied behind his back.

This is for me.  That I might be free.  That I might have eternal life. 
As the journey begins I ask to be with Jesus.  To follow his journey. I express my love and thanks.



The Second Station:  Jesus Carries His Cross.
Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die.  It represents the weight of all our crosses.  What he must have felt as he first took it upon his shoulders!  With each step he enters more deeply into our human experience.  He walks in the path of human misery and suffering, and experiences its crushing weight.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I contemplate the wood of that cross.  I imagine how heavy it is.  I reflect upon all it means that Jesus is carrying it.
I look into his eyes.  It's all there.

This is for me.  So I place myself with him in this journey.  In its anguish.  In his freedom and surrender.  In the love that must fill his heart.

With sorrow and gratitude, I continue the journey.  Moved by the power of his love, I am drawn to him and express my love in the words that come to me.



The Third Station:  Jesus Falls the First Time.
The weight is unbearable.  Jesus falls under it.  How could he enter our lives completely without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life of so many on this earth!  He lays on the ground and knows the experience of weakness beneath unfair burdens.  He feels the powerlessness of wondering if he will ever be able to continue.  He is pulled up and made to continue.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I stare at the weakness in his eyes.  I can look at his whole body and see the exhaustion.
As I behold him there on the ground, being roughly pulled up, I know forever how profoundly he understands my fatigue and my defeats.

This is for me.  In grief and gratitude I want to let him remain there.  As I watch him stand again and gain an inner strength, I accept his love and express my thanks.



The Fourth Station:  Jesus Meets His Mother.
Jesus' path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue.  All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord."  Now they look into each other's eyes.  How pierced-through her heart must be!  How pained he must be to see her tears!  Now, her grace-filled smile blesses his mission and stirs his heart to its depth.  Love and trust in God bind them together.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As I watch them in this place along the way, I contemplate the mystery of love's power to give strength.
She knows the sorrow in every mother's heart, who has lost a child to tragedy or violence.
I look at the two of them very carefully, and long for such love and such peace.

This is for me.  Such incredible freedom.  The availability of a servant.  I find the words to express what is in my heart.



The Fifth Station:  Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross.
Jesus even experiences our struggle to receive help.  He is made to experience the poverty of not being able to carry his burden alone.  He enters into the experience of all who must depend upon others to survive.  He is deprived of the satisfaction of carrying this burden on his own.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I look into his face and contemplate his struggle.  His weariness and fragility.  His impotence.
I see how he looks at Simon, with utmost humility and gratitude.

This is for me. So I feel anguish and gratitude.  I express my thanks that he can continue this journey.  That he has help.  That he knows my inability to carry my burden alone.

I say what is in my heart, with deep feeling.



The Sixth Station:  Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.
Jesus' journey is at times brutal.  He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice.  He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment.  He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face.  On her veil, she discovers the image of his face - his gift to her.  And, for us to contemplate forever.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

What does the face of Jesus hold for me?  What do I see, as I look deeply into his face?
Can I try to comfort the agony and pain? Can I embrace him, with his face so covered with his passion?

The veil I behold is a true icon of his gift of himself. This is for me.  In wonder and awe, I behold his face now wiped clean, and see the depth of his suffering in solidarity with all flesh.



The Seventh Station:  Jesus Falls the Second Time.
Even with help, Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground.  In deep exhaustion he stares at the earth beneath him.  "Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return."  He has seen death before.  Now he can feel the profound weakness of disability and disease and aging itself, there on his knees, under the weight of his cross.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I contemplate Jesus brought very low.  As I behold him there on the ground, with all the agony taking its toll on him, I let my heart go out to him.
I store up this image in my heart, knowing that I will never feel alone in my suffering or in any diminishment, with this image of Jesus on the ground before me.

This is for me, so I express the feelings in my heart.



The Eighth Station:  Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.
The women of Jerusalem, and their children, come out to comfort and thank him.  They had seen his compassion and welcomed his words of healing and freedom.  He had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them.  Now they are here to support him.  He feels their grief.  He suffers, knowing he can't remain to help them more in this life.  He knows the mystery of facing the separation of death.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I look at their faces.  So full of love and gratitude, loss and fear.  I contemplate what words might have passed between them.
I remember all his tender, compassionate, merciful love for me.  I place myself with these women and children to support him.

This is for me.  So, I let this scene stir up deep gratitude.



The Ninth Station:  Jesus Falls the Third Time.
This last fall is devastating.  Jesus can barely proceed to the end.  Summoning all this remaining strength, supported by his inner trust in God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross.  His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves.  They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to contemplate him there on the ground. The brokeness that makes me whole.  The surrender that gives me life.
I pause to experience and receive how completely he loves me. He is indeed completely poured out for me.

As I treasure this gifted experience, I express what is in my heart.



The Tenth Station:  Jesus is Stripped.
Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. Jesus is completely stripped of any pride  The wounds on his back are torn open again.  He experiences the ultimate vulnerability of the defenseless. No shield or security protects him.  As they stare at him, his eyes turn to heaven.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to watch the stripping.  I contemplate all that is taken from him.  And, how he faces his death with such nakedness.
I reflect upon how much of himself he has revealed to me.  Holding nothing back. 

As I look at him in his humility, I know that this is for me, and I share my feelings of gratitude.



The Eleventh Station:  Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.
Huge nails are hammered through his hands and feet to fix him on the cross.  He is bleeding much more seriously now.  As the cross is lifted up, the weight of his life hangs on those nails.  Every time he struggles to pull himself up to breathe, his ability to cling to life slips away. 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I make myself watch the nails being driven through his flesh.  And I watch his face.
I contemplate the completeness of his entry into our lives.  Can there be any pain or agony he would not understand?

This is for me.  Nailed to a cross to forever proclaim liberty to captives.  What sorrow and gratitude fill my heart!



The Twelfth Station:  Jesus Dies On The Cross.
Between two criminals, a mocking title above his head, with only Mary and John and Mary Magdalene to support him, Jesus surrenders his last breath:  "Into your hands I commend my spirit." 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I stand there, at the foot of the cross, side by side with all of humanity, and behold our salvation.
I carefully watch and listen to all that is said.
And then, I experience the one who gives life pass from life to death, for me.  I console Mary and John and Mary.  And let them console me.

This is the hour to express the deepest feelings within me.



The Thirteenth Station:  Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross.
What tender mourning!  Jesus' lifeless body lays in his mother's arms.  He has truly died.  A profound sacrifice, complete.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I behold this scene at the foot of the cross.  I contemplate touching, caressing his body.  I remember all his hands have touched, all who have been blessed by his warm embrace.
I pause to let it soak in.  He knows the mystery of death.  He has fallen into God's hands.

For me.  That I might love as I have been loved.  I pour out my heart to the God of all mercies. 




The Fourteenth Station:  Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.
They take the body of Jesus to its resting place.  The huge stone over the tomb is the final sign of the permanence of death.  In this final act of surrender, who would have imagined this tomb would soon be empty or that Jesus would show himself alive to his disciples, or that they would recognize him in the breaking of bread?  Oh, that our hearts might burn within us, as we realize how he had to suffer and die so as to enter into his glory, for us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to contemplate this act of closure on his life.  In solidarity with all humanity, his body is taken to its grave. 

I stand for a moment outside this tomb.  This final journey of his life has shown me the meaning of his gift of himself for me.  This tomb represents every tomb I stand before with fear, in defeat, struggling to believe it could ever be empty.

In the fullness of faith in the Risen One, given by his own Holy Spirit, I express my gratitude for this way of the cross.  I ask Jesus, whose hands, feet and side still bear the signs of this journey, to grant me the graces I need to take up my cross to be a servant of his own mission.



Note
Modern liturgists have emphasized that devotion to the Passion is incomplete without reference to the Resurrection and have thus fostered the addition of a "fifteenth station," the Resurrection of Jesus.

The Fifteenth Station:  The Resurrection

J
esus, your friends were devastated in their loss. Their darkness couldn't have been any deeper. As we find ourselves in Winter, it can seem like life has given out on us. Yet we know that it is impossible to snuff out the life God has given. Even when all seems lost, your Resurrection gives us new hope!
As a child, sometimes I feel sad. I can think of those who have died and how much I miss them. I can worry about many things.
As an adult, I can despair when I think of family members and friends who have died. I can forget that you died and rose again in order to save them and prepare a place for them.
Help me remember that, through Baptism, I have become a child of God. I am united with Christ, with those who live around me, and with those who have died as well. Jesus suffered all the difficulties I must face, so I know you understand my challenges and walk with me as I face them. I know I must face certain difficulties. Even though I don't like them, help me feel your presence with me.


LET US PRAY
God, you so loved the world that you gave your only son, who died and rose for all of us. Help me be thankful for the eternal life promised me. Help me approach you often for the forgiveness I need, the forgiveness Jesus won for me through his passion, death and resurrection. Help me use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to face all the challenges that confront me. I know that sin, suffering and death have been overcome by the resurrection of your son. Help me share in the joy of all who have been redeemed, that I may be renewed, made more perfect, and cry out with joy with all your people


Source:  Pictures are from http://ourladyswarriors.org/prayer/stations.htm

Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) - Monday, Apri 18 at 7:00 pm (Registration 6:15 pm)

posted Dec 13, 2012, 2:23 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 1:28 PM ]

CHARLESTON AREA JUSTICE MINISTRY (CAJM) 


 UPCOMING JUSTICE DATES FOR 2016  


Monday, March 7   at 7:00 pm    Team Assembly III at Calvary Episcopal Church.  All team members and clergy.

Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm    (registration at 6:30 pm) - Rally  --  location: Mount Moriah Baptist Church.  
                                                     ALL team leaders, network members and clergy.
                                                     Address: 7396 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

Monday, April 18   at 7:00 pm    (registration at 6:15 pm) - Nehemiah Action Assembly  --  location TBA.  ALL team leaders,
                                                      network members, clergy and EVERYONE bring at least 3 people.

Monday, May 23    at 6:30 pm    Celebration  --  location TBA.  ALL team members, network members and clergy.
                                                     See Veronica Sheppard for information.



Congregations, organizations, and individuals may make a tax deductible donation to CAJM by mailing a check to:

Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM)

P.O. Box 71416

North Charleston, SC 29415



Please click on "NEXT" to see the Financial Commitment Form we recommend you use: http://www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org/index.php/donate/83-donate/87-financial-commitment-form



CAJM is also in need of team leaders.  Visit the CAJM website for more information:  http://www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org/



Who is CAJM?

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry—CAJM—is a growing network of Faith Based Congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse – coming together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live. Member congregations (currently 20) work together to empower marginalized people in our communities.  We accomplish this by doing research, educating the public, and publically addressing the root causes of, and solutions to, poverty and injustice in our communities. CAJM is unique in its approach in that it transforms the systems that cause suffering by holding local officials accountable for resolving these inequities and injustices.

 

Our Mission

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry is committed to justice and building a powerful organization capable of negotiating the interests of our community.  Having been founded by religious congregations, CAJM is based on values of justice and compassion as shared values of our faith traditions.

 

Our Model

CAJM uses a proven model developed by The Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc. (DART) to achieve its goals. DART is committed to building powerful, diverse, congregation-based and democratically-run organizations capable of winning justice on issues facing the community. Since 1982, DART has helped establish over twenty locally affiliated organizations in five states and trained over 10,000 community leaders and 150 professional Community Organizers.

 

Our History and Our Future

CAJM began in 2011 when a group of clergy gathered together to form a Sponsoring Committee with the Director of DART to begin the process of establishing a justice organization in the Charleston area. In October of 2012, member congregations came together and voted to address the following issues: Schools/Education and Crime/Violence. CAJM's research committees worked tirelessly to identify the specific issues for CAJM to address.

 

Nehemiah Action - April 29, 2013 St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, North Charleston

We turned out over 1,500 people at our first annual public meeting to gain commitments from our public officials toward the use of best practices to correct systemic injustices.

With our power of people, we gained a commitment from Dr. McGinley, Superintendent of Charleston County Public Schools to submit a proposal to the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees to provide preschool education to ALL of the county's 4 year olds in Title I schools by the year 2015, to implement a research-based literacy curriculum, and to measure the progress of those children through third grade.  We also gained commitments from our local law enforcement officials, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and Solicitor General Wilson to participate in our task force to develop a plan to reduce pretrial detention by 65% in 2014.  

 

Progress

On June 24, 2013, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. McGinley's proposal to fund 300 additional slots for early childhood education.  We prayerfully look forward to receiving a favorable report from the law enforcement task force in October 2013.  

 

Please Join Us!

However you feel called to do justice, whether it is God’s call or your innate sense of fairness and compassion, please join us!  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/charlestonareajusticeministry 

 


 

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