Sunday, May 19, Whitsunday (Pentecost): 8:00 a.m., Holy Communion & Homily; 10:00 a.m., Sung Eucharist, Sermon, Church School, Coffee Hour, Vestry Meeting.
Whit Monday: Noon Mass.
Whit Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Mass.
Wednesday, May 22: Noon Mass; 7:00 Inquirers/Confirmation Class.
Thursday, May 23: 6:30 p..m., Evensong; 7:00, Scripture Class.
May 26, Trinity Sunday: 8:00 a.m., Holy Communion & Homily; 10:00 a.m., Sung Eucharist, Sermon, Church School, Coffee Hour.
From the Rector’s Desk:
An observation, one that occurs to me every year when I look at the calendar in springtime: Passover and Easter always circle round each other. One comes first one year and the other the next. This year, the first night of Passover was the Monday of Holy Week, March 25. The nearness in time of these feasts is no accident and there is a lesson for all of us in that.
The Jewish liturgical calendar is lunar. Ancient Israel got it from Mesopotamia, where people measured the year by the moon’s cycles. God acknowledged that way of measuring time in the Law He gave through Moses at Sinai (see Exodus 12 and Deut.16).
Our Christian church year tracks the solar calendar of the Roman Empire. Except where the date of Easter is concerned. The Church celebrates Our Lord’s Resurrection as a “movable feast.” What moves it is the moon, and we sun-following Christians (say that aloud and let the pun – it’s also a prayer – hit you) make the moon guide our holiest holy day because of Easter’s Jewish roots.
Jesus kept the Passover with His disciples. In commanding them to “take and eat” of Him in bread and wine, He linked His own atoning death, resurrection, and ascension with the Exodus from Egypt that Passover commemorates. (See John chapter 6.) In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul thus likens Christ to the lamb sacrificed at Passover and which, since the Temple’s destruction in the year 72, has been represented on the synagogue’s Seder plate by a lamb bone.
Some early Christians celebrated Easter when Passover starts, on the 14th of the Jewish month Adar. Those in the Church who disagreed with them called these Christians quatrodecimans (“fourteeners”). They may once have been a majority in Asia Minor (modern Turkey), but the Church as a whole had rejected their position by the year 325 when the Council of Nicea, that of the Creed, met.
You see, the way the lunar calendar works, if Easter were tied to the Jewish dating of Passover, it would not always be on a Sunday, and that was deemed far more important. So much more important, in fact, that the Council forbade the practice of observing Easter on Passover.
Until they faded from history about 150 years later, the “fourteeners” kept their Pascha (the Greek for Passover and a cognate of the Hebrew “Pesach” which, most literally, means “to skip”) on Adar 14th. With their demise, the festivals’ uncoupling was complete.
“So what,” one may say? Fair enough. The lesson here is in what results from the festivals’ relation in time today. On our American calendar (based upon that of Christian Western Europe), it makes for a dance between the sun and moon, heavenly bodies God created to rule each in its own sphere (Genesis 1:16).
They are siblings in His scheme of things, as Francis of Assisi wrote so beautifully in his Canticle of the Sun, and we are siblings of them and of one another also. Maybe, instead of arguing, we should do like our feasts already do and ask one another, “Shall we dance?” It’s just a thought … and a prayer. Amen+
Reach Father Mautner: 708-363-2887, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christus Rex: A new issue of the APCK newsletter can be found at the Provincial website, www.anglicanpck.org. This a great issue, don’t miss it! Thank you, Monty Stanford. http://www.anglicanpck.org/news/newsletters/ChristusRex-V6-N1.pdf
The May Encyclical, St. Peter’s parish newsletter, may be viewed by clicking the Welcome tab or going to http://www.saintpetersoakland.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/The-Encyclical-May-2013.pdf
The biweekly Wednesday prayer group is being resurrected! The next meeting will be May 29, at 11 a.m. Deacon Towle will lead intercessory devotions in Canon Gee Hall, followed by our mid-week noon mass.
Confirmation/Inquirers/Refresher Class: The next biweekly Wednesday evening class will be on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The first part of each session will be one of the Offices of Instruction or the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. Come and see! Come and learn of the glories of the Anglican tradition, and what we believe as Anglican Christians, worshiping through sacrament, Scripture, and creed. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and enrich their faith. The first part of each class will be one of the Offices of Instruction or the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer.
Music Camp: Coming to Saint Peter’s on July 8-12 and 15-19, and August 5-9 and 12-16, Mister D’s Music Club is offering a multi-day camp for children aged 8-13, filled with music and activities in which they can participate. Registration is required and is limited to 20 per class. Members of Saint Peter’s get a $15 discount, and if you register before May 18, you get an additional $30 savings. Information is on the bulletin board in the narthex; go to www.mrdsmusicclub.com for complete information, or via e-mail, email@example.com.
Seminary Summer Session: From July 8-19, St. Joseph’s Theological Seminary in Berkeley will be holding a two-week residential summer session for men of the Province to test possible vocations. Check the narthex bulletin board for the schedule and fees. Father Mautner will be teaching Old Testament on the two Thursday mornings. Please see Father Mautner is you are interested.
St. Peter’s offers classes for age three through twelve. Nursery is provided for babies through two years of age. Join us for Scripture-based lessons, crafts, prayer, and worship, as we experience God’s immense love for us. All are welcome, including drop-ins. Pickup a copy of the most recent Church School News in the narthex.
Mark the Dates:
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. : Inquirers/Confirmation/Refresher Class for adults, taught by Father Mautner, alternate Wednesdays.
Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.: Intercessory Prayer Group.
Thursday, May 30: Corpus Christi Mass/Benediction (Bible Study follows), 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: Corpus Christi Mass and Procession.
Saturday, June 29: St. Peter’s Day & our 100th Anniversary, BBQ & Birthday Cake beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 30: The first day of our Children’s Summer Program 2013, The Saints of God. Join us for singing, crafts, and stories.
Sunday, September 29: Archbishop Provence will celebrate the rite of Holy Confirmation. All interested candidates, adults and children, please see Father Mautner.
Holy Days this Week:
Monday through Saturday: Whitsunweek.