June marks the beginning of summer, as we anticipate the long days, short nights, and warmer temperatures following the summer solstice, June 21 give or take a day.
Our Sundays mark the longest season of the church year, the season of Pentecost. This season begins with the Day of Pentecost that we observed on May, and will continue until the first Sunday of Advent, this year on December 2. Unlike the church year from Advent through Pentecost, highlighting the events of the life of Jesus, the season of Pentecost offers a more leisurely opportunity to learn and reflect on the gospel teaching of Jesus. Summer is very welcome, indeed.
Holy Days in June include:
St. Barnabas the Apostle. June 11. He and the apostle Paul journeyed on missions defending the conversion of non-Jewish Gentiles to the Christian faith.
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist. June 24. The cousin of Jesus Christ was a “Forerunner” of the Lord, preparing the way for Jesus, his presence, miracles, and teaching. Our church is named after him, and so on this our “name day” or “patronal festival,” we honor this very special person. Take note elsewhere in this web page of the commemoration of John Baptist on this day.
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. June 29. Although each of these notable teachers and doers of the faith has his own day commemorating their births, this day has us in memory of their deaths as martyrs, those executed due to their beliefs. Peter and Paul’s vastly differing styles of missionary work remind us that we don’t have to choose between “either-or” but rather “both-and.”
In addition to Sunday worship, consider adding our weekday gatherings about the altar in the Lady Chapel (behind the main altar at the east end of the church). Here, we remember the saints of history at morning prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and at a said service of Holy Eucharist on Tuesdays at 9:20 a.m. The main door to the church is usually open on weekday mornings. You are welcome to enter by that door when open.