Rector’s Blog

Spiritual Communion

This short video was created by one of the founders and first Archbishop of the ACNA, Robert Duncan.  In it he explains the history and meaning of “spiritual communion,” and ancient practice and understanding of the church concerning how those who are separated from the Eucharist physically may participate and receive the blessing spiritually.

Understanding Anxiety in a System

This funny little video is full of valuable insights about how anxiety works in a system of any kind–family, church, business, school, etc.

Our whole world system — and all the sub-systems that comprise it–has been shaken.  We are in a heightened state of anxiety.  Just look at all the blaming going on.  People under stress always start “sharing” their anxiety.  Often it comes disguised in packages of “concern.”

I think you will enjoy this.  It will make sense of a lot — maybe even all — of what we are seeing in the media and among policy makers.

In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality

Here is a beautiful prayer from the BCP.

O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour.  Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain life is, may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The church without the Eucharist is not the church — interview with John Zizioulas

From a fascinating interview with Metropolitan John Zizioulas:

The Church of Greece will broadcast the Holy Liturgy via the Internet. Some in America will do the same. What is your opinion?

I don’t agree with the Divine Liturgy being transmitted by television. I’m confined to my home and will not be able to attend Liturgy. However, I will not turn the television on in order to watch the Liturgy. I consider that an expression of impiety. It is impious for someone to sit and watch the Liturgy.

Click here to read the whole interview