Red-letter days

Of course, I must write on The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple this week, as it is a red-letter day. Red letter days, referring to special days on any calendar, have their origins from calendars of the Roman Republic (509-527 BC) when they were printed on the calendars with red ink. After the invention of the printing press, the red-letter day practice was continued in liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church. The feast days or holy days on the calenda... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, January 27, 2020

Fishers of people

This Sunday, January 26, is “fishers of people” Sunday, nicknamed by the Gospel story of Jesus’ calling of the first disciples. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19) A version of this story appears in each of the three synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This year, which is Lectionary Year A, we hear the Matthew account on Epiphany III, which is this coming Sunday. In 2018, which was Year B, we heard the L... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, January 23, 2020

From the ancient to the contemporary

"This is one of the oldest texts in the book!" I find myself frequently saying this to our choirs during rehearsals, and my proclamation is frequently true. The Hymnal 1982 is one of the most successful Christian hymnals in history, as was its predecessor The Hymnal 1940. In modern Christianity, the average lifespan of any denomination's hymnal is about 20-25 years; in the Episcopal Church, we seem to use our hymnals for about 40 years, a testament to the scholarship and edito... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Crunchy harmonies

If southerners communicate by telling stories, I confess that I communicate by telling stories, supplemented by the frequent use of colloquialisms. When writing in a scholarly manner, I always attempt to use the highest possible grammar and the most correct punctuation. However, having a conversation with me is an entirely different matter. Throughout the years, I have gratefully received compliments about my own performances ranging from “You played so beautifully” to “Yo... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, January 7, 2020