Our Traditions


The church season of Pentecost begins on the day of that name and continues all the way through a long season (half the calendar year) through summer and fall until the First Sunday of Advent in late November or early December. Pentecost is one of the three main events of the entire church year, the others being Christmas and Easter.

August is a relatively quiet month at St. John the Baptist, allowing a season to enjoy our beautiful world and to gather our resources for the coming, busier, academic year. “Back to school” often means, for many, “back to church.” We hope so, and we look forward to welcoming you in the new fall season.

August 6 is the Day of Transfiguration of Our Lord, a reminder of the time that Jesus was accompanied by his inner circle of apostles, Peter, James, and John, and went on a mountaintop. The apostles sensed that Jesus was indeed a godly man. This editor has visited the very Mount of Transfiguration in Galilee, and can attest that it is, indeed, a very special place.

August 15 is the feast of St. Mary the Virgin, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. We venerate St. Mary because she was chosen by God to carry and give birth to God’s son. She holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Christians.

August 24 is the feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. Hardly anything is known of him in scripture, reminding us that those who are quietly supportive of more prominent leaders are to be appreciated and valued for the behind the scenes work and encouragement that they provide.

Consider attending a weekday service to learn more of the saints of history. We gather for morning prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9am, and a said service of Holy Eucharist on Tuesdays at 9:20am, all in the Lady Chapel at the east end of the church. The main door is usually open on weekday mornings to provide access to Oregon Episcopal School assemblies.