July 2024 Shepherd’s Staff (Special Edition)

Register Now for St. Wolbodo Youth Retreat

Registration forms and detailed information about the retreat, fees and scholarships are available here. Please contact Fr. Dan Canda at stjamesapck@gmail.com with any questions.

Location: Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center, Larkspur, CO
Check-in: Sunday, August 4, 2024, 4:00 pm
Check-out: Wednesday, August 7, 1:00 pm
Registration Due Date: July 19, 2024

This is the inaugural year for the St. Wolbodo Youth Retreat. Our aim is to provide Anglican youth with a few days to escape the busyness of the world and focus on the faith while enjoying team building activities and summer recreation in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Larkspur, Colorado. Each day will consist of the Daily Offices and the Eucharist, coupled with a Bible Study, group activities provided by the camp, a liturgical-based class, and night games/activities. We will also complete a service project.

Campers will be challenged to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Opportunities will abound for making new friends and meeting people from all over the United States, learning leadership skills, taking responsibility for oneself and others, and having lots of fun!

Registration Forms (scroll to bottom of page)

Email Fr. Dan Canda if you have any questions.

June 2024 Shepherd’s Staff

The Shepherd’s Staff, our provincial newsletter, is filled with news and photos from APCK parishes around the country.  The June 2024 issue of the Shepherd’s Staff includes stories about:

  • Recent ordinations at Holy Cross (Oklahoma City) and St. George’s (Las Vegas)
  • Repairs to be undertaken at Bishop Morse House (Berkeley)
  • Registration information for Summer and Fall courses at St. Joseph of Arimathea

An archive of past issues is available on the APCK website.

If you would like to receive the Shepherd’s Staff via email, please speak to Fr. Rick after the Liturgy, or email him at info@st-bartholomews.org.

Risen! Ascended! Glorified!

Dear Parish Family,

This Thursday, we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a Prayer Book Holy Day. Our Lord has now completed His earthly ministry and we await the descent of the Holy Ghost.

The Propers for the Day are found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, pages 177-178.

-Fr. Rick

Uhde, “The Ascension of Christ”, 1897.

From the Orthowiki website:

The Ascension of Jesus Christ is one of the Great Feasts of the Church, celebrated forty days after Easter (and thus always falling on a Thursday).

Forty days after the Resurrection, while blessing his disciples (Gospel of Luke 24:50-51), Christ ascended into heaven, taking his place at the right hand of the Father (Gospel of Mark 16:19 and Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed).

The first account of the Ascension found in the Bible is in the Gospel of Mark (16:14-19); the description is brief. Jesus and the remaining eleven disciples are seated at a table, presumably in a room in or near Jerusalem. Jesus commands his followers to spread the Gospel, and that those who believe will be known by their invulnerability to poison, ability to heal the sick, and the like. After delivering these final words, Jesus is received into heaven to sit at the right hand of God. No description of the Ascension itself is given; Mark simply states that it happened.

The Gospel of Luke is even more brief in its description (24:50-51). Jesus led the eleven to Bethany, not far from Jerusalem. While in the act of blessing them, Jesus was carried up to heaven.

The third, and most celebrated, account of the Ascension is in the Acts of the Apostles (1:9-12). For forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus continued to preach the Gospel. Jesus and the eleven were gathered near Mt. Olivet (or the Mount of Olives), to the northeast of Bethany. Jesus tells his disciples that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and that they will spread his message the world over. Jesus is taken up and received by a cloud. Some traditions say that he was taken up in a fiery chariot, much like the Prophet Elijah. Two men clothed in white appear and tell the disciples that Jesus will return in the same manner as he was taken. They say: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye
have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11). Afterwards, the disciples return to Jerusalem rejoicing, remaining continually in the Temple.

The Gospel of Matthew ends at a mountain in Galilee, with Jesus commanding the disciples to spread the Gospel. No mention of the Ascension is made.

Importance

The Ascension of Christ shows the last stage in God’s plan for mankind: total union with Himself upon one’s departure from the world. According to V. Rev. George Florovsky, “in the Ascension resides the meaning and the fullness of Christ’s Resurrection….and with Christ, man’s nature ascends also.”

Propers for Easter Week

Prayer Book Holy Days

April 1: MONDAY in EASTER Week

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 166–168)

The Collect
O GOD, whole blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread; Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold thee in all thy works; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle and Gospel

April 2: Tuesday in Easter Week

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 168-170)

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal Feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle and Gospel

Psalms and Lessons for Easter Week

[Morning and Evening Prayer are available daily at Cradle of Prayer.]

Propers for Holy Week

Dear Parish Family,

We now enter the week that changed the history of the world and the fate of all human beings. Our Prayer Book has some of the most beautiful Collects for each day of Holy Week as well as the appropriate Scripture readings.

I found some exceptional videos that amplify these Holy Days and have included them here.

~Fr. Rick

25 March, Monday before Easter

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 138–144)

The Collect
ALMIGHTY God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified; Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle and Gospel

26 March, Tuesday before Easter

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 144–147)

The Collect
O LORD God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame; Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle and Gospel

27 March, Wednesday before Easter

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 147–152)

The Collect
ASSIST us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

28 March, Maundy Thursday

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 152–156)

The Collect
ALMIGHTY Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood; Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal; the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

29 March, Good Friday

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 156–161)

The Collects
ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

O MERCIFUL God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor desirest* the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, infidels, and heretics; and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

30 March, Easter Even

(Book of Common Prayer, pages 161-162)

The Collect
GRANT, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection; for his merits, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

March 2024 Shepherd’s Staff

Canon Edward Jones receives a gift of flowers from a group of Nigerian Anglicans who hope to revive Old St. Mary’s Parish in Plano, Texas

The Shepherd’s Staff, the provincial newsletter, is filled with news and photos from APCK parishes around the country. Here are a few of this month’s articles:

  • Canon Jones organizes new mission church in Plano, TX
  • A Homily for Passiontide by founding Archbishop Robert Morse
  • A reflection on St. Patrick’s Day by Mrs. Christine Sunderland

Read the March Shepherd’s Staff →

Passion Sunday

Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Dear Parish Family,

Tomorrow is Passion Sunday. The Passion of Our Lord Jesus
Christ has always been controversial. It separates Christianity from other major world religions because it is God-Incarnate who suffers this torture on behalf of all humanity.

St. Paul calls it a stumbling-block to those who cannot understand or accept this truth. Yet, it is reality that Jesus Christ has suffered, died and risen from the grave, washing us from sin and granting us life eternal.

Count on it!

Faithfully yours,
Fr. Rick Gregory

[Photo: Statue of Jesus Christ bearing the Cross, The Grotto (National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother), Portland, Oregon, U.S.]

The Stations of the Cross

Good Friday
March 29, 7:30pm

The Stations of the Cross will be said on Good Friday at 7:30pm. All are welcome at this solemn service of prayer, meditation and Scripture.

Since ancient times Christians have relived the sufferings of Our Lord by following the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem, remembering the events leading up to the Crucifixion and beyond. In churches this tradition has been continued by depictions of the Stations of the Cross, with prayers, meditations and scripture readings popularized by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri. This video features the depictions of the traditional stations, with scripture readings (KJV) associated with each station, read by Alexander Scourby.

April ACW Meeting

Dear Ladies of St. Bartholomew’s,

We are planning an ACW** Meeting on Sunday, March 3rd following the Liturgy. We will elect new officers for 2024 and discuss outreach ideas. Please plan to attend.

** Every lady at St. Bartholomew’s is a member of the Anglican Churchwomen (ACW) of St. Bart’s.