Hebrew Christians

Hebrew is in the blood of any Christian, even an Episcopalian. An oversimplification of sorts, I have often said that our liturgy is descended Jewish liturgy. What we do in worship closely follows the Jewish liturgy. Jesus just tagged on Holy Communion to the Jewish liturgy when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Today many Christians refer to the Old Testament as the Hebrew scriptures. I have even seen this in print in parish service leaflets, “A reading from the He... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, March 28, 2019

Missa Appalachia

Missa (Latin “mass”) refers not only to the act of sacramental worship, known by different names such as Holy Communion, Holy Eucharist, and the Lord ’s Supper. Missa also conjures up numerous musical settings, musical forms, and a variety of composers, at least for those of us in the sacred music community. Missa brevis (short), Missa solemnis (solemn, for festive occasions with orchestra), Missa ferialis (weekday, omits Gloria and Credo), Missa sine nomine (without a name... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thanks be to God for Lent

At an Episcopal music conference years ago, a Memphis colleague said to me, “You know what the scuttlebutt on the street is about Church of the Holy Communion, don’t you? They say that you never hear a bad sermon at Church of the Holy Communion.” I smiled humbly, took a sip, and quietly said, “Well, yes, that’s true.” Yesterday morning, the first Sunday in Lent, I heard a sermon that quickly grabbed my attention. Father Sandy’s thesis is t... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Our pilgrim way of Lent

Our annual Lenten journey begins this week on Ash Wednesday. Yes, this Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, the last liturgical hoorah before the Lenten fast and the day we use up all the medieval luxuries of eggs, flour, milk, sugar and meat in our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. The Shrove Tuesday supper will begin with great feasting and color, pancakes and sausage with lots of gooey syrup, and then move into the burial of the Alleluias by the rector and the c... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, March 5, 2019