Familiar, favorite hymns

…whatever those are. Why don’t we ever sing the old favorites? Why don’t we ever sing hymns that I know? We never sing my favorite hymn. Before we go down this blog road, let’s acknowledge and accept that the Episcopal Church is a Church of converts from every faith tradition that we can name. “Amazing grace” is one person’s old favorite. “O God, our help in ages past” is another person’s. “Jerusalem the golden” is ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, November 18, 2019

Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

Sunday’s collect (opening prayer) is one of the best known in the Book of Common Prayer: BLESSED lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to bee written for our learnyng; graunte us that we maye in suche wise heare them, read, marke, learne, and inwardly digeste them; that by pacience, and coumfort of thy holy woorde, we may embrace, and ever holde fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast geven us in our saviour Jesus Christe. Well, perhaps our printed version is ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, November 11, 2019

All things in order

In a regular year, this is the week when I would be writing about our Parish Choral Requiem, which we offer each November on the second Sunday of the month. Known as Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom, the Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women. Remembrance Sunday is also the Sunday nearest to Veterans Day, our federal holiday observed annually on November 11, and is also observed by many Episcopal and Anglo-Catholic parishes in ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, November 7, 2019