December 10: The Second Sunday of Advent

Collect of the Day  Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 4o.1-5, 9-11  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"  Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Epistle  2 Peter 3:8-14  Brethren: Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!  But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

Gospel   Mark 1.1-8  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight – “ John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather belt around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptised you with water; but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit."


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NOTICES

An ADVENT FESTIVAL of LESSONS & CAROLS! 12/10 at 5.30PM, featuring the choir of St Mary of the Annunciation.

ADVENT IV AND CHRISTMAS MASSES:

  • Advent IV, Sunday 12/24: Corpus Christi & St. Mary’s will combine for one Mass at 9AM.

  • Christmas Eve: 3.30pM Children’s Pageant; 4PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 6PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 10PM, Mass with choir (Corpus Christi)

  • Nota bene: Both the Sunday of Advent IV (12/24) and Christmas are obligatory for Catholics!

RETIREMENT FUND FOR PRIESTS: If you have not done so already, please support the Retirement Fund for Priests! Please use one of the pre-addressed envelopes in the narthex. Checks should be made out to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, or visit ordinariate.net to give electronically.

December 3: The First Sunday of Advent

Benedictional of St Æthelwold (10th century)

Collect of the Day  Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility: that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead; we may rise to the life immortal; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 63.16d-17; 64.1, 3b-8  You, O LORD, art our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.  O LORD, why do you make us err from your ways and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you?  Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. O that you would tear the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence! You came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.  From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides your, who works for those who wait for him.  You meet him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?  We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.  We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.  There is no one that calls upon your name, that bestirs himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.  Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Epistle  1 Corinthians 1.3-9   Brethren: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you -- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ; who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel   Mark 13.33-37  At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.  Watch therefore -- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning -- lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.  And what I say to you I say to all: Watch."

26 November: Christ the King

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


NOTICES

ADVENT WREATH MAKING: ThisWednesday, 11/29, 5.30PM. Wednesday School will feature Advent Wreath making for the whole family. Supper & all wreath supplies are provided. Please RSVP at corpuschristi.org so that we may be sure to have adequate supplies!

RETIREMENT FUND FOR PRIESTS: Next weekend, Dec. 2 & 3, join your brothers and sisters across the Ordinariate in supporting the Retirement Fund for Priests: a second collection for the pension of the Ordinariate’s clergy. Special envelopes have been provided to us for this collection; please take a donation envelope today and consider offering a gift next weekend. Checks should be made to the “Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.” We will collect these gifts Dec. 2 & 3 (or you may send your gift directly to the Chancery using the provided, pre-addressed envelopes). Donations may also be made online. Please prayerfully consider making a gift!

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COLLECT & LESSONS

Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Ezekiel 34.11-12, 15-17  Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. "I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD.  I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice. "As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, rams and he-goats."

Epistle  1 Corinthians 15.20-26, 28  Brethren: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.  Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.

Gospel  Matthew 25.31-46  At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.  "Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' "Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' "Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' "Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

19 November: The 23rd Sunday after Trinity

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Parable of the Talents"

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Parable of the Talents"

NOTICES

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: No Wednesday School this week (11/22); Advent wreath making next Wednesday (11/29) – please RSVP at corpuschristicsp.org

THANKSGIVING: Fr West will celebrate Mass for Thanksgiving Day at 10.00am (there is no 8.00am Mass that day).

ADVENT WREATH MAKING: Wednesday, 11/29, 5.30pm. Wednesday School will feature Advent Wreath making for the whole family. Supper & all wreath supplies are provided. Please RSVP so that we may be sure to have adequate supplies!

AN ADVENT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS: 10 December, 5.30pm  Prepare ye the way of the Lord!  Join us for a prayerful service of carols, hymns, and Biblical prophecies to prepare our hearts in the midst of this busy season to welcome our Lord, who came among us once in great humility and will come again in his glorious majesty.

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MASS PROPERS for TRINITY XXIII

Collect of the Day  O God our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Proverbs 31.10-13, 19-20, 30-31   Who can find a good wife?  She is far more precious than jewels.  The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.  She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.  She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.  She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Epistle  1 Thessalonians 5.1-6  As to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you.  For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  When people say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labour pains come upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape.  But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief.  For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.  So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Gospel  Matthew 25.14-30   At that time: Jesus told his disciples this parable: "A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.  Then he went away.  He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.  So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.  But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. "Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' "And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' "He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.  Here you have what is yours.' "But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant!  You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?  Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.  So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.  For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

Advent Wreath Making!

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Family Supper & Advent Wreath Making!

Wednesday, 29 November
Prepare to prepare! Join your parish family for supper and to make Advent wreaths for your home. All supplies will be provided - but please RSVP below so we may be sure there is plenty go around!


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12 November: The 22nd Sunday after Trinity

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936): Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936): Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins

Collect of the Day   Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in perpetual godliness: that through thy protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve thee in all good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson   Wisdom 6.12-16  Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for he will find her sitting at his gates. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and he who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

Epistle   1 Thessalonians 4.13-18   Brethren: we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of   command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Gospel   Matthew 25.1-13   At that time: Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Afterward the other maidens came also,  saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


NOTICES

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: This Sunday, 11/12, 5.30pm

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

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5 November: The 21st Sunday after Trinity

"Christ & the Pharisees"; Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

Collect of the Day   Grant we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace: that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R Amen. 

Lesson   Malachi 1.14b-2.2b, 8-10  I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name is feared among the nations. "And now, O priests, this command is for you.  If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you. "You have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction." Have we not all one father?  Has not one God created us?  Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Epistle   1 Thessalonians 2.7-9, 13   Brethren: we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.  So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.  For you remember our labour and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.  And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Gospel   Matthew 22.34-40   At that time: Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practise and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practise.  They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.  They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honour at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.  But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.  And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.  Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.  He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."


NOTICES

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WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

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All Saints' & All Souls!

Don't miss this week's All Saints' and All Souls' celebrations! All Saints' is a holy day of obligation. Our All Souls' prayers will be perfected by the St Mary's choir's singing of the Duruflé setting of the Requiem Mass. This will be a privileged opportunity to hear one of the 20th century's greatest choral works sung in prayer and praise to God and for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed - that is, sung in the context and to the end for which it was composed. This Mass will be a great milestone in the life of our community, and as well a great opportunity to invite friends and family to worship with us "in the beauty of holiness."


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ALL SAINTS' DAY

Holy Day of Obligation
Holy Mass: Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 8AM & 6PM
Rejoice we all, and praise the Lord, celebrating a holy-day in honor of all the Saints  In whose solemnity the angels are joyful, and glorify the Son of God.

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ALL SOULS' DAY
8AM & 7PM

At the 7PM Mass, the choir of St Mary's will sing the Maurice Duruflé setting of the Requiem Mass. Come hear one of the great works of 20th century choral art prayerfully performed in the setting and to the end for which it was composed. Mass will be in the Ordinariate Form, and Fr West will be the preacher.
A book of remembrance is being compiled for the names of those faithfully departed for whom these Masses will be offered. If you would like to add a name and donate a stipend, please contact Becky at the parish office (email; 843.722.7696).

All Souls' Rosary

At 12pm on All Souls' Day (11/2), Fr Allen will lead a "rosary walk" through the St Mary's churchyard and then be available to hear confessions so that you may gain the Indulgences the Church offers on behalf of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Learn about these indulgences here!

29 October: the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

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Collect of the Day   O Almighty and most merciful God: of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson   Exodus 22.21-27  Thus Thus says the LORD: "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.  If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.  "If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor, and you shall not exact interest from him.  If ever you take your neighbour's garment in pledge, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down; for that is his only covering, it is his mantle for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.”

Epistle   1 Thessalonians 1.5c-10  Brethren: You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.  And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit; so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.  For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.  For they themselves report concerning us what a welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Gospel   Matthew 22.34-40   At that time: When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together.  And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.  "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."


NOTICES

ALL SAINTS’ DAY (Holy Day of Obligation): Wednesday, 1 November; Mass at 8AM and 6PM.

ALL SOULS’ DAY: Thursday, 2 November; Mass at 8AM (said) and 7PM – Duruflé Requiem. 

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults beginning 4 October; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

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Letter from Our Seminarian

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A letter home from our seminarian, Robb Lester. Please keep him in your prayers!

October 10, 2017

Dear Fr.  Allen and Corpus Christi family,

It has been 2 months since I arrived at St Joseph Seminary, or St Ben's as it’s called.  I have been busy from the start, settling in and making new friends and learning so much. The weather is not far off of from what I know from Charleston, with threats of hurricanes, too; I'm thankful that Irma didn't bothered you too much.  The campus is beautiful and peaceful.  Though there’s not a Bojangles anywhere near me, I have found it engaging and fun all at the same time.  

There are about 150 seminarians here from the southeast US.  I am the only one from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter so I spent the first few weeks teaching those who were unaware of who we are.  My formation advisor is a Catholic priest whose father was an Anglican minister, so he is most assuredly supportive of my discernment.

Each day is filled with morning prayer, classes, Mass with the monks, evening prayer and lots of studying.  We do find time to socialize, play ultimate frisbee and of course, eat!  There have been day trips into New Orleans and Baton Rouge; (I prefer the piney woods and swamp of St Ben's to either city).   It is encouraging to see other young men like myself coming together to pray and build lasting relationships for the work of the Kingdom.

Recently on a Friday a few weeks ago, we had a Penance service and Silence day.  We went to confession and Mass and then the rest of the day we were silent.  No talking, not even during meals.  It gave us time to build the interior life that all of us need for our relationship with Our Lord.  No distractions of the outside world.  Saturday, after Silence had been completed, I drove to Houston to our Cathedral.  It was the weekend for the candidates of the Instituted Acolytes, coinciding with the Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham. I met the other seminarians of the Ordinariate, with the exception of one who studies in Rome. It was good to bond with them as we discern the path we are on together.  We prayed Evening Prayer with the candidates for Instituted Acolytes and had a wonderful dinner with the cathedral parish.  It was comforting to see familiar faces from home as Dr. Lackey was there as a candidate for Acolyte, along with Mrs. Lackey.  

Sunday morning arrived and I, along with the other seminarians, vested for Mass.  It was the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.   The processional hymn was “Hail thee, Festival Day”, a favorite of my entire family (both my sisters have used this for their weddings for the recessional hymn!)  In case you didn’t know, I was trained as an altar server by my mother back at Holy Communion.  She taught that a server should keep facial expressions to a minimum, no smiling or weird faces.  While I kept that lesson in my mind I could not help but feel joy as I sat in the cathedral and before long I knew there was a smile on my face.  I felt the joy of being there, at Mass, a Catholic Mass, something that, when as a former Anglican, I never thought I would feel.  Back then, I thought being a Catholic meant giving up worshiping in the beauty of holiness.  I remember being cautioned as I was converting that I wouldn’t find the same liturgy in the Catholic church as I had known in the Episcopal church.   Yet, I have found the liturgy, even better than before.  It’s wonderful!  It’s beautiful!  We have a bishop who cares to preserve and enrich our patrimony.  We have a beautiful cathedral to worship in.  We have young Catholics who love the beauty of the Mass of Divine Worship.  As I drove the 5 hours back to school, I knew that the decision to swim the Tiber was what God had been calling for me to do.  I have so much joy and peace about my life in the One True Catholic and Apostolic Church.  I give thanks that Benedict XVI gave this opportunity to us and our Holy Father Francis supports us by giving us Divine Worship and Bishop Lopes.  I pray that with the intercessions of Our Lady of Walsingham, the true queen of England, we all shall become one.  

I thank all of you for your prayers for me in my discernment.   I look forward to seeing all of you at Thanksgiving.  Until then, please know that you are in my prayers.

In Christ,

Robb

 

Duruflé's Requiem for All Souls' Day

This All Souls' Day, the choir of St Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church will perfect our praise and prayer with the singing of Maurice Duruflé's setting of the Requiem Mass. Mass will be celebrated according to the Ordinariate form. Please join us, and invite your friends. To add names of the faithfully departed for whose repose the Mass will be celebrated, please contact the parish office: stmarys1789@bellsouth.net; 843.722.7696.

22 October: The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day  O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee: mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 45.1,4-6  Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and ungird the loins of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I clothe you, though you do not know me, that men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Epistle   1 Thessalonians 1.1-5b  Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the Church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you; for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

Gospel   Matthew 22.15-21  At that time: The Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle Jesus in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the tax.” And they brought him a coin. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”


NOTICES

ALL SAINTS’ DAY (Holy Day of Obligation): 1 November; Mass at 8AM and 6PM.

ALL SOULS’ DAY: Mass at 8AM (said) and 7PM – Duruflé Requiem.

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults beginning 4 October; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

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15 October: The 18th Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day  Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil: and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 25.6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of choice wines, of fat things full of marrow, of choice wines well refined.  And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.  He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.  This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation." For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

Epistle  Philippians 4.12-14, 19-20  Brethren: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want.  I can do all things in him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel   Matthew 22.1-14  At that time: Again Jesus spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people, in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.  Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'  But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.  The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  Go therefore to the streets, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'  And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.  "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?'  And he was speechless.  Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'  For many are called, but few are chosen."


Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Following the Homily, the Celebrant and Servers process to the Lady Altar for the Consecration of Corpus Christi Catholic Community to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 100th Anniversary of the final Fatima apparition and miracle of the sun, using the form composed by Pope St John Paul II. All invited at the same time to entrust their own lives, families, and holy resolutions to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


NOTICES

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults beginning 4 October; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

DAILY MASS: Monday through Thursday, 8AM; First Fridays, 12PM, Adoration & Benediction to follow.

ROSARY: Tuesdays, 5.15PM

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8 October: The 17th Sunday after Trinity

James B. Janknegt, Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Collect of the Day  Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us: and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 5.1-7  Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.  He digged it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.  And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard.  What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?  When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?  And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard.  I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.  I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.  For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry!

Epistle  Philippians 4.6-9  Brethren: Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel  Matthew 21.33-43 At that time: Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, "Hear another parable.  There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.  When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.  Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.  Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'  And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes'?  Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Tonight! 5.30PM, refreshments to follow.

FATIMA JUBILEE: This Friday, 10/13. 100th Anniversary of final apparition of Our Lady & Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. Mass at 12PM. Statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for veneration from 11AM. Rosary and devotions to follow Mass.

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL: Christian Formation for children and adults beginning 4 October; 5.30PM, family supper; 6PM, class. Go to corpuschristicsp.org to RSVP for supper and register children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd!

DAILY MASS: Monday through Thursday, 8AM; First Fridays, 12PM, Adoration & Benediction to follow.

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