In the least expected places ...

For some weeks now, as we heard in the sermon this past Sunday, our lectionary readings have been foreshadowing the coming of the Christ Child into the world, which is a pretty good definition for the Advent season itself. The Gospel reading for this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, lines out a number of these vivid images. There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Look at the fig tree a... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, November 27, 2018

OK, mortal flesh, sing it out!

We might be singing your favorite hymn this Sunday morning at 10:30. Yes, indeed. Everyone has favorites, and each parish church has its own “top 25” list. However, I venture to say that “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” is a serious favorite in this parish, in the Episcopal Church, in the Anglican Communion, and of Anglicans, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics and Lutherans everywhere. This ancient Greek hymn of Eucharistic devotion is based upon Habakkuk 2:20, &... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving, already

Thanksgiving Day is next week. From whence did that come? I feel as though we just finished our All Saints' Day and Remembrance Sunday celebrations. And now it's Thanksgiving. In my profession, some colleagues have called this upcoming church music season the "All Saints' to Christmas Uphill Mad Dash to the Manger."  As Thanksgiving Day in the United States always is the fourth Thursday of November, the holiday this year is the earliest that I can ever remember.&... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Glory, honor and valor

In 2008, we began what has become a beloved Holy Communion parish tradition, singing a setting of a Requiem with orchestra on a Sunday morning once a year. We sing this Requiem in memory of the faithful departed who have been buried from this parish since last All Saints’ Day. For a number of years, we sang the Requiem on the Sunday after All Saints’ Day. When, in 2012 we combined our former 9 a.m. and 11:15 Sunday services into one 10:30 liturgy, we moved the Requiem to Re... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, November 6, 2018