Bishop's poetry glows through ages

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day that art hallowed forever, day when the Holy Ghost shone in the world with God’s grace. Lo, in the likeness or fire, on those who await his appearing,  he whom the Lord foretold suddenly, swiftly descends: Forth from the Father he comes with sevenfold mystical offering, pouring on all human souls infinite riches of God: Hark! for the myriad tongues, Christ’s own, his chosen apostles, preach to the ends of the earth and his wonderful w... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Glory on high!

If the birth of Jesus Christ is the beginning of the story, is the Ascension of the Lord the end? Well, perhaps. The Ascension is the end of Jesus’ earthly life, but it is most certainly not the end. From last Sunday’s gospel: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in yo... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, May 22, 2017

On these high notes, summer begins!

The Parish Choir of Church of the Holy Communion is going on a much-deserved break beginning the first of June. Not to worry: We will sing familiar, beloved congregational hymns for all of June and July, which our parishioners happily anticipate.  The Parish Choir is finishing the season with a bit of a flourish of worthy anthems, thanks mostly to the Revised Common Lectionary, which makes our weekly worship experiences so very rich. Two Sundays ago, for the Fourth Sunday of ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spiritual home in good hands

With May being one of our busiest times of the year at Church of the Holy Communion and St. Mary's Episcopal School, it's difficult to be away, even for a few days.  I have just returned from one of my spiritual homes, a great church in New York, host of a conference I have not attended for more than ten years. For 44 years, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue has hosted an annual choirmasters conference that has been led by some of the finest Anglican musicians and choir train... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All we like sheep

In the Christian calendar, we know that all Sundays have specific names according to the lectionary year (Fourth Sunday of Easter, Day of Pentecost, etc.). Some Sundays have “liturgical nicknames” as well, mainly taken from the readings for a particular Sunday. The Second Sunday of Easter is known as “Thomas Sunday” from the gospel account of “Doubting Thomas.” The Seventh Sunday of Easter is known as “Ascension Sunday,” as it is the Sunday aft... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, May 1, 2017