St. Honore

While not as well known to the wider church, St. Honoré (Saint Honoratus of Amiens) is well known to bakers. He was chosen the seventh bishop of Amiens, against his wishes. Due to his deep humility, he did not believe himself worthy of the honor. Apparently neither did his hometown.  Upon hearing the news of his selection as bishop, his … Read More

Feast Day of Julian of Norwich

“All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” These are the most cherished words of St. Julian, or Lady Julian as she is called. She was a medieval English lay woman who had a revelation of God’s love while gravely ill. Subsequently she wrote the first book in the English language attributed to a … Read More

May Day

While this may be one of the least religious festivals that we have recognized, it still plays an important part in the calendar. May 1st is a quarter day that marks the beginning of early summer. It is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Just like Easter subsumed the spring equinox holiday, Pentecost generally has taken the … Read More

Good Shepherd Sunday

On the fourth Sunday of Easter many Christians celebrate Jesus as the Good Shepherd by reading Psalm 23 and John 10. Jesus as Good Shepard has long been a part of the Easter lectionary, but in modern times it has been highlighted in new way.   Jesus said “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for … Read More

St Mark the Evangelist

April 25 is the feast of St. Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark.  Scholars believe that Mark’s gospel is the earliest of the four canonical gospels and a source of inspiration for the others. Mark likely was an early disciple of Jesus, possibly, John Mark. The Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ life and ministry from his baptism to his … Read More

Second Sunday of Easter

On the eighth day of Easter the church reads the story about St. Thomas. Thomas had missed the previous resurrection appearances, but Jesus came back just for him. Thomas had said, “unless I touch the nail marks in his hand and put my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Then Jesus with all his scars stood in front of him. Thomas … Read More

Easter Sunday

Easter is the highest point of the Christian Year. It is the most important and most ancient Christian festival. In the early church it was the Christian version of Passover. In fact most of the world calls Easter — Pascha. The Sunday of Passover gained special significance because Christians gathered to worship on Sundays (which they called the Lord’s Day) and it … Read More