This, the Sunday after Ascension Day, is also known as “Expectation Sunday,” in the traditional Latin lectionary, Exaudi Sunday. Exaudi comes from the Latin translation of the first line of the introit (Exaudi Domine), meaning “Lord, hear my voice.” (Psalm 27:7) It is the Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost, and is therefore a sort of “time between,” an “almost, but not yet” kind of day.
The image – a detail from “The Ascension” by Kulmbach (1521-22), does a good job of capturing this feeling on the part of Jesus’ disciples, as they gaze toward the heavens, following our Lord’s Ascension: they can no longer seen our Lord, who has bodily ascended into heaven, taking our human nature – glorified in His person by His Resurrection – with him; but nor can they yet see the promised coming of the Holy Ghost!
The Propers for the Sunday after Ascension Day.
The Book of Common Prayer 1928.
O GOD, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. Pet. iv. 7.
THE end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel. St. John xv. 26, and part of chap. xvi.
WHEN the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.
Announcements for the Week of May 29th, 2022
If you are a visitor:
Welcome! Thank you for being here. We are very pleased to have you with us, and hope that your worship at Christ Church Anglican was a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and include your email address to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!
Feasts and Holy Days:
Thursday, June 2nd: Octave of the Ascension
Saturday, June 4th: Eve (Vigil) of Pentecost
June 5th – Coffee Hour Talk with Fr. John Taylor Brantley: Classical Christian Education
Next Sunday, June 5th – the Feast of Pentecost, or Whitsunday – after church at our coffee hour / fellowship meal, we will welcome Fr. John Taylor Brantley: a frequent guest here, with his family, and an Anglican priest licensed to officiate in our parish by our Bishop, to discuss the “hot topic” of Classical Christian Education: what is it, what is its significance in and for our present age, and how can it benefit the parish?
Fr. Brantley is deputy head-teacher at All Saints Classical Christian Academy, a Christian hybrid educational community that combines schooling at home with on-campus learning, and employs the content of a classical curriculum and the pedagogy of restful learning (Scholé) – and which has tripled in size in the three years it has been in existence, to 87 students at the end of this academic year. He is also Vicar of Holyrood Anglican Mission in Smithfield, NC, Registrar at Latimer Theological Institute, and a doctoral candidate for a Doctor of Education in Classical Christian Education.
As we ponder expansion, and our future needs, goals, and mission as a parish, in the context of the world in which we find ourselves – a world increasingly indifferent or actually hostile to the Christian faith and message – Classical Christian Education, as an alternative to the frequently soulless and morally questionable content and ethos of secular public education, is a topic which is timely and may well be applicable to our plans for the future. We look forward to welcoming Fr. Brantley, and hearing his thoughts on this important topic!
June Vestry Meeting
Just a reminder that our regularly-scheduled Vestry meeting for the month of June will be held, as usual, on the second Saturday of the month – which in this case is June 10th.
Donations invited for Bibles and Hymnals
If you would like to make a donation to help defray the cost of our recently-purchased Bibles or the replacement hymnals we need to purchase (as many of our existing ones are falling apart, and/or missing pages), please see our Treasurer, Bud Saulsbury. Many thanks!
Kiwanis Blueberry Sale 2022
The annual Blueberry Sale by the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills is going on! Proceeds will benefit children of Moore County and beyond. Cost is $33 for a flat of 12 1-pint boxes of blueberries – please see George Hillard for details, or sign up using the form on the narthex table. You can also order by phone or online: see form for details. $2.75/pint (order by flat) is a very respectable deal for blueberries, even without the charitable contribution aspect! And I am reliably informed that these are excellent blueberries, locally grown and picked the day before delivery.
Matthew 25:40 Project (Sandhills Student Assistance)
We continue to collect protein bars for this worthy project, which provides nutritional and other targeted support for students of Moore County schools who are in need. Jack Kennard and I (Fr. Tom) sit on the board of SSA, which relies on teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers to identify students in need of assistance, and then provides it with a minimum of bureaucracy. Protein bars are our parish’s contribution to this worthy ministry. Please donate as you are able!