This author has seen a plaque outside the oldest church in Britain, St. Martin’s, Canterbury. That plaque reads…
We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to Scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way. Whoever you are, we offer you a space to draw nearer to God and walk with us.
May the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist become such a place for you.
The Holy Name, January 1. As was the custom in Jewish households, a male child was given a name and was circumcised eight days after his birth. Jesus’ mother, Mary, was told by the angel Gabriel to name her son Jesus, meaning savior.
The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ, January 6. This day marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of a long period that takes up more than half of the year. Epiphany means “manifestation.” While Christmas tells us of Jesus’ gift to the Jewish world, Epiphany shows his gift to the Gentile world. The magi who brought gifts to Jesus from the Arab world to the east are featured in this day.
The Baptism of our Lord, January 12. Jesus was baptized by his cousin, the patron of our parish, John the Baptist.
The Confession of St. Peter the Apostle, January 18. The Book of Acts quotes Peter at great length describing his belief that Jesus is lord.
The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, January 25. Paul dramatically became a follower and the most effective teacher about Jesus after an encounter on the road to Damascus.
The eight days between these two feasts is sometimes known as the Octave of Christian Unity. During this time we emphasize that all are one in Christ regardless of denominational differences.