The Liturgical Home: All Saints’ Day

Posted on October 30, 2023

Halloween is almost here! I doubt this is news to you. The stores have been filled with hanging witches and zombies for weeks, and nowhere is Halloween on fuller display than in neighborhood yards. Driving through my mom’s neighborhood yesterday, I passed by ghosts hanging from trees and gravestones placed in the grass. There was…

The Liturgical Home: The Feast of St. Simon & St. Jude

Posted on October 26, 2023

As the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude approaches on October 28th, the Church anticipates a unique celebration that honors not one but two remarkable saints and apostles. The Church commemorates them together due to ancient Christian traditions and writings that suggest their collaboration in spreading the Gospel and a shared martyrdom in distant…

Let Us Now Praise Famous (and Unfamous) Men: The Wisdom of Sirach

Posted on October 25, 2023

This is the third part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” “Let us now praise famous men” is the best-known phrase from the entire Apocrypha. In the 20th century, it was used as the title of a photo narrative of poverty in Appalachia by James Agee and Walker Evans and a patriotic…

The Liturgical Home: The Feast of St. James of Jerusalem

Posted on October 21, 2023

On October 23rd, Christians worldwide celebrate the Feast of St. James of Jerusalem, also known as James the Just or James, the Brother of the Lord (more on that later). St. James of Jerusalem was a remarkable leader and writer of the early Christian Church. His wisdom, character, and contributions to Christian thought continue to…

The Liturgical Home: The Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

Posted on October 16, 2023

The Feast of St. Luke, celebrated on October 18th, invites Christians around the world to honor the life and contributions of this beloved saint and evangelist. As the author of one of the four Gospels and the Book of Acts, St. Luke leaves a legacy not only on the Christian calendar but also on the…

Was St. Paul an Anglican?

Posted on October 5, 2023

As an Anglican, I’ve always been fascinated with the familiar rapport between the Apostle Paul and his understudy, Timothy. Their friendship and partnership, forged through correspondence and cooperative missionary efforts, are familiar to me, as they are to most Anglican Christians. My title question, “Was St. Paul an Anglican?” is tongue-in-cheek, of course. But I…

The Feast of St. Francis: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on October 2, 2023

Perhaps it’s the novelty of bringing pets to church, but the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th, is surprisingly popular amongst Anglicans. Indeed, it is as ubiquitous as statues of that “Little Poor Man of Assisi” in gardens. Francis, in fact, has maintained astonishing popularity across many Christian traditions and beyond for over…

The Liturgical Home: Holy Michael and All Angels

Posted on September 27, 2023

The Church celebrates the Feast of Holy Michael and All Angels on September 29th! We also know this feast as Michaelmas (pronounced mik-uhl-mus), a shortening of “Michael’s mass.” It is the special day set aside by the church to celebrate Michael, the captain of the heavenly host, and all other angels. Why do we sometimes…

The Liturgical Home: The Feast of St. Matthew

Posted on September 19, 2023

On September 21st, Christians worldwide will celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew, a day dedicated to honoring the remarkable life and enduring legacy of one of the beloved apostles. Known both as Matthew and Levi in the Bible, this apostle underwent a profound transformation through his encounter with Jesus, going from a despised tax collector…

Beheaded for the Gospel: A Legacy of Martyrs

Posted on August 26, 2023

Across church history’s rich tapestry, the thread of martyrdom emerges as a vivid testament to Christ. As we join in prayer on the feast days of martyrs, we petition God in the collect, “Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly…