Our Traditions

July and August

These are quiet months in the church’s calendar of worship and prayer activities. Known in some other churches as “ordinary time,” these weeks following the Feast of Pentecost are times for rest and reflection. They offer a contrast to the busier half of the year that begins in Advent (early December) through Easter, Ascension, and finally Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

Elsewhere in this web page you will find that, while our worship schedule slows down a bit, there is much of interest going on at the parish of St. John the Baptist.

We worship at 8 and 10am Sundays, and Tuesdays at 9am in the Lady Chapel, behind the high altar. Sunday at 8 is a spoken service in traditional language, while at 10 we have hymns, with a more contemporary language in our worship.

Other holy days in July and August:

St. Mary Magdalene, July 22. A close follower of Jesus, she was the first to encounter the risen Christ at the tomb early on the first Easter.

St. James the Apostle, July 25. Brother of the prominent apostle Simon Peter, James was in the “inner circle” of those closest to Jesus during the Lord’s earthly ministry.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord, August 6. Jesus on a mountain in Galilee showed his divinity in a striking and dazzling way to that inner circle of his apostles.

St. Mary the Virgin, August 15. Mother of Our Lord, Mary was the chosen one to bear the Son of God.

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, August 24. He is mentioned by name in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but little is known of his personality. We honor our neighboring Episcopal parish of St. Bartholomew (usually by its nickname, “St. Bart’s”) in Beaverton.