Family Stories

We are in the midst of Holy Week, arguably the holiest week of the Christian Year. Without discounting the significance of Christmas – the gift of the Christ Child, God’s own Son come down to earth, without which none of this week’s sacred events would occur – it is the progression of Holy Week, the Great Three Days ( Triduum ), and Easter Day that defines us as Resurrection Christians. As the Christian Church, we annually relive and celebrate the historic... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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The Only Victim

Solus ad victimam is the Latin title of the anthem at the Offertory at the 10:30 service this Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion. Palm Sunday is the feast day’s official title. The literal translation of solus ad victimam is “only the victim” or “the only victim.” Both versions have slight differences of meaning, but together they convey the message. Jesus went to the cross alone for our sins. The musical setting of this poignant text is not one we... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, April 8, 2019
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Jesu dulcis memoria

This Sunday’s anthem at the Offertory at the 10:30 service “is one of the oldest texts in the book.” I seem to say that a lot. Indeed, The Hymnal 1982 is a storehouse of the theology of the Episcopal Church. Its riches are, in my opinion, unsurpassed among Protestant hymnals published in this country in the 20 th  Century. This anthem text, Jesu dulcis memoria, has inspired centuries of composers from Palestrina to Victoria and all the way to the 21 st ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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