Saturday, May 15, 2021

Pachomius of Tabenissi

 Pachomius of Tabenissi, Monastic, 348

Today, the Church remembers Pachomius of Tabenissi. Pachomius (Greek: Παχώμιος, ca. 292–348), also known as Pachome and Pakhomius, is generally recognized as the founder of Christian cenobitic monasticism, which is a monastic tradition that stresses community life, and where the community belongs to a religious order, and the life of the cenobitic monk is regulated by a religious rule, a collection of precepts.

Pachomius was born in 292 in Thebes (Luxor, Egypt) to pagan parents. He converted to Christianity and was baptized in 314. Pachomius was abbot to the cenobites for some forty years. During an epidemic (probably plague), Pachomius called the monks, strengthened their faith, and appointed his successor. Pachomius then died on 9 May 348 A.D.

By the time Pachomius died eight monasteries and several hundred monks followed his guidance. Within a generation, cenobic practices spread from Egypt to Palestine and the Judean Desert, Syria, North Africa and eventually Western Europe.

The Collect:

Set us free, O God, from all false desires, vain ambitions, and everything that would separate us from your love; that, like your servant Pachomius, we might give ourselves fully to a life of discipleship, seeking you alone and serving those whom you have given us to serve; through Jesus Christ, our only mediator and advocate. Amen.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Worship this Sunday

  


Join us for “at church” or “virtually” for worship this Sunday, May 16, 2021, The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day, at St. Alban’s, St. Thomas’, St. Patrick’s, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias UnidasPer the May 14, 2021 COVID Update From Bishop Owensby, we will no longer require social distancing or masks for anyone fully vaccinated. All those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks, and social distance for their own safety and the safety of others.
 
Holy Eucharist, Rite Two
St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. or at 10:30 a.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.*
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
 
These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. A pdf of the leaflet that can be used on your phone or tablet is available at this link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gYkv13iZQG-cw_CBG6jEXeDuymszHNIM/view?usp=sharing
Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.
 
La Santa Eucaristía: Rito Dos
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – Domingo - 5:00 p.m.
y vía transmisión en vivo en nuestra página de Facebook.
 
Zoom Compline
Sunday -  8:00 p.m.
 
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We hope to “see” you all on Sunday as you are most comfortable!
 
And remember - We will celebrate the life of The Rev'd Lee Jefferson with Burial and Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, the Rev’d Donald Smith, rector, the Right Rev’d Jacob W. Owensby presiding, and the Rev'd T. Whitfield Stodghill, III,  preaching.  Visitation will be held before the service at 10:00 a.m. at Kilbourne Hall.  Masks required at the visitation and funeral (an announcement will be made if this changes). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Alban’s Church, 2816 Deborah Drive,  Monroe 71201, and will all go to Camp Hardtner.
 
Dawnell+, Whit+, Deacon Rita, and Deacon Rob
 
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Father Lee Jefferson's Burial

  

We will celebrate the life of The Rev'd Lee Jefferson with Burial and Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m, at Grace Episcopal Church, the Rev’d Donald Smith, rector, the Right Rev’d Jacob W. Owensby presiding, and the Rev'd T. Whitfield Stodghill, III,  preaching. 

Visitation will be held before the service at 10:00 a.m. at Kilbourne Hall.  Masks required at the visitation and funeral (an announcement will be made if this changes).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Alban’s Church, 2816 Deborah Drive,  Monroe 71201, and will all go to Camp Hardtner.

UPDATE from Bishop Jake

 


COVID Update From Bishop Owensby

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday’s CDC announcement comes as a relief to many of us. With a few exceptions, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or maintain social distance outdoors or indoors. The few exceptions outlined by the CDC do not include churches.

Accordingly, masks and social distancing are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated in worship, study, or fellowship settings in our congregations. Those who are not yet vaccinated should continue wearing masks and observing social distancing for their own protection and to prevent infecting other unvaccinated persons. Congregations will not verify anyone’s vaccination status.

Because many of our young people have only recently been given access to the vaccine, I am implementing interim measures to continue to protect them until full vaccination could reasonably have been achieved. Independence Day will mark our pivot to the full lifting of pandemic restrictions barring unforeseen setbacks. Below is an outline of these interim guidelines.

For the Holy Eucharist: We may now return to the altar rail to receive communion. We will receive the wine by intinction until Independence Day. A customary passing of the Peace will resume on Independence Day.

Sanitation: Return now to normal sanitation practices and keep hand sanitizer available. Surfaces have not been shown to spread the virus.

Social Gatherings: Coffee hour and receptions may now resume indoors and out. Potluck meals and other gatherings with a sit-down meal will resume on Independence Day.

Children’s and Youth Christian Formation: For now follow the guidance provided by the state for schools when inside and outside.

Singing: For the fully vaccinated, congregational and choral singing without masks and distancing is allowed. Others should wear masks and observe distance until Independence Day.

As always, local variations are permissible. Each congregation exists in its own ministry context. Depending upon local conditions and the health of those involved, clergy and lay leadership may require continued mask wearing and social distancing.

We are aiming for Independence Day as our Pivot Day to the new normal. Unforeseen developments can change this, but optimism is called for. We have learned much about building virtual community, discovered new ministries, and recognized that some ministries have run their course. Now it’s time to apply this learning to plans for Rally Day as well as for a full Program and Liturgical Year.

Faithfully in Christ,

 

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD IV Bishop of Western Louisiana

Note: Per the above guidelines, we will no longer require social distancing or masks for anyone fully vaccinated. All those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks, and social distance for their own safety and the safety of others. 

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day. We remember that the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days (Acts 1:1-11, Mk 16:19). The Ascension marks the conclusion of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances. It is the final elevation of his human nature to divine glory and the near presence of God.

The Collect:

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Acts 1:1-11

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’