This author has seen a plaque outside the oldest church in Britain, St. Martin’s, Canterbury. That plaque reads…
We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to Scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way. Whoever you are, we offer you a space to draw nearer to God and walk with us.
May the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist become such a place for you.
The Presentation of Our Lord, February 2. There is a variety of names given to this day in the church calendar, depending on one’s religious tradition. This title speaks of the Jewish law that every firstborn son is to be dedicated to God in memory of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt, when the firstborn sons of the Egyptians died and those of Israel were spared. The day is sometimes called “Candlemas.” Bring a favorite candle to church with you for a blessing.
St. Matthias the Apostle, February 24. When Judas defected from the fellowship of the apostles, there was a vacancy. After prayer, the remaining apostles cast lots (rolled the dice, had a secret vote) and selected Matthias. He’s an example of one whose service is unheralded and unsung.
Ash Wednesday, February 26. This day marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of self examination and the recovery of an intentional rule of life. Ashes on the forehead is a sign that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return.”