In our secular calendar, January marks the beginning of a new year. 2019 is now upon us, and the year stretches out beyond. A loved hymn:
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come. Be Thou our God while life shall last, and our eternal home.
God has been with us in the year that is past, and will continue to be with us in the days and months to come.
January 1, New Year’s Day, is also a church holy day, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Joseph the Protector, step father of Jesus, was told by the angel Gabriel that the new born child was to be named Jesus, meaning savior. In the Jewish tradition, boys were circumcised and named on the 8th day after birth.
Other Days in January include:
The Epiphany, January 6. Christmas is not merely a day, but a season. We know the popular song about the Twelve Days of Christmas, and so it is in the church calendar. The Day of Epiphany, always January 6, marks the adoration of the child Jesus by the magi, or kings or wise men, from the desert lands to the east. Most know the carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are…
By the calendar, this day falls on a Sunday this year. See elsewhere in this web page the description of our worship on that day, January 6, 2019.
The Baptism of our Lord. January 13. The first Sunday after the Epiphany reminds us of Jesus’ baptism at the hand of his cousin (and the patron of our church), St. John the Baptist.
The Confession of St. Peter the Apostle. January 18. Peter was one of the inner circle of Jesus’ apostles, and his spoken confession of belief in Jesus is a remarkable testimony. Jesus said that the the church is built upon Peter, the rock.
The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. January 25. Paul had a dramatic conversion to belief in Jesus as the Christ, resulting in his becoming the most widely written apostle. Most of the Christian Bible (The New Testament) consists of his letters to the churches of the first century.
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.