August marks the end of summer for many of us, particularly those who have family members who attend school. St. John Baptist shares space with the Oregon Episcopal School, and this proximity tends to influence much of the character and spirit of our church. In some very tangible ways, late August and early September feels like “Happy New Year!”
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, as will be fall when it arrives.
Holy Days in August include:
Transfiguration Day. August 6. The calendar invites us to recall Jesus’ visit to the Mount of Transfiguration with his inner circle of apostles, Peter, James, and John. His divinity, as son of God, was dazzling to the apostles, and they knew that this man was indeed a very special person of God.
St. Mary the Virgin. August 15. Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary is often considered the queen of the saints. In the Episcopal tradition, we venerate Mary as the person who was closest to Jesus from before Jesus’ birth throughout his life and was present at his crucifixion and in the days following the resurrection.
St. Bartholomew the Apostle. August 24. Less is known of this apostle than some of the others, but his work and witness are nevertheless valuable. We offer friendship to our brother/sister Episcopal church in Beaverton that takes his name.
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.