In Sympathy of the Schmaltz family

Our Church family is sorry to learn of the passing of our dear Bob Schmaltz today Dec 4, 2017, following a brief illness. Please remember his family in your prayers as we extend our love and sympathy to them in this time of sadness.

Death is the heartache no one can heal,
Memories are keepsakes no one can steal.
Beautiful memories are all we have left,
Of the ones we loved and will never forget.
Softly the leaves of memory fall,
Gently we gather and cherish them all.
Planted deep in memory’s garden
And watered daily with tears,
Memory has a magical way
Of keeping loved ones near.
~Author unknown

Bob, you will always be in our hearts.

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Seafarers’ House needs to help the annual Shoebox Christmas Project.

Got empty shoeboxes?

Seafarers’ House needs them for our annual Shoebox Christmas project. Be a part of delivering holiday cheer to mariners

working in Port Everglades through the holiday season. The seafarers’ house delivers between 1300 and 2000 gifts aboard ships each year. 

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Spotlight on the Saints

(November 30): Andrew the Apostle

Saint Andrew was one of the twelve apostles. He lived in Capernaum where he made his living as a fisherman. He was the brother of Simon Peter and a follower of John the Baptist before becoming a disciple of Christ.

In the Gospels, we learn of him helping in the distribution of the loaves and fishes to feed the 5000, and for bringing certain Greeks to meet Jesus (John 12: 20-22).

The accompanying picture of Andrew was painted by the Spanish Mannerist painter El Greco (1541-1614)

There is no record as to where he was sent to proselytize following Our Lord’s ascension, but legend holds that it was Greece. He died around 60 A.D.

(November 17): Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop & Confessor

Hugh (C. 1135 – 1200) was born at Avalon in Burgundy. He became a monk at age 24 and later, at the request of King Henry II of England, was called to be the prior of the first Carthusian house in England, located in Somerset. Under his direction the house flourished, and he became the bishop of Lincoln, in 1186.

Under his bishopric, he chose learned men to help him govern, and he rebuilt his cathedral, held synods and visited the parishes of his diocese confirming, baptizing, and consecrating churches.

He was not afraid to excommunicate lay people who refused to recant their heretical views, nor to admonish kings, and would not appoint unbelieving men of wealth to church benefices.

Hugh was also fond of animals, and had a pet swan that he fed from his hand who would follow him about and even kept watch over him by night. Hence, his reliefs often show him with his pet swan standing at his feet. The accompanying picture is of the statue of Saint Hugh at the Saint Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station, New York

Hugh encouraged his lay people to have a charitable heart, to be careful with the wiles of the tongue and to live chaste lives. May we, too, seek to follow his example and heed his admonitions. 

6/20/2017
Translation of Saint Edward, King and Martyr. 

This Edward was the son of Edgar the Peaceful, King of all England. He was baptized by Archbishop Saint Dunstan of Canterbury, who fostered him in things spiritual, like as though he were his own son. When the lad was only thirteen years of age, King Edgar died, and his widow, who was Prince Edward’s stepmother, strove to set her own son Ethelred on the throne, which same was but seven years of age. But the chief men of the realm chose Prince Edward, in accordance with his father’s will. Thereupon the young King Edward submitted himself to the guidance of holy Dunstan, and other wise counsellors; and he grew in favour with God and man as he grew in stature, and so gave promise of great things. But the enemy of all good stirred up the stepmother to plot his death (for so it hath ever been believed) that her own son might reign in his stead.
Now when this excellent youth had reigned three years and eight months, it chanced that he went hunting one day in Warham Wood. And as he was fain to see his brother, whom he dearly loved, he went to the house of his stepmother which was hard by. Whereat they that were with him, took leave of him to continue their pastime, so that the King came alone to the house, suspecting no evil. And the wicked Dowager-queen rejoiced that she had gotten a fit time to carry out her evil desire, and welcomed him, and bade bring him refreshment. Thereupon, whilst he was drinking of the cup which had been offered, a courtier who had just given him the kiss of peace stabbed him with a dagger.
Then the King set spur to his horse, wherefrom he had not yet dismounted; but he soon fell from the saddle, with one foot caught in a stirrup, and thus he was dragged to death. It was on March 18th, 987, that the young King thus went to God. And his stepmother caused his body to be flung in a marsh; but it is said a great light revealed where it lay, whence it was taken and buried with honour. And afterwards, through the intercession of this holy youth in heaven, the stepmother repented, and built monasteries, into one of which she retired from the world, and did penance all the days of her life.
Collect
O GOD, who reignest in glory over an everlasting kingdom: we beseech thee mercifully to behold thy family, who on this day call to remembrance blessed Edward thy King and Martyr; and grant, that by his merits and intercession, they which now rejoice in his triumph may likewise attain to his reward in heaven. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1857-1858; 1877

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6/17/2017

Saint Botulph,Abbot. 
Patron saint of travellers

Botulph, and his brother Adulph, both of whom are venerated as Saints, went as youths to Belgic Gaul, and there became monks. Adulph is said to have become a regionary bishop at Utrecht. Botulph in the course of time returned to England, and founded, about the year 654, a monastery at a place usually identified with Boston in Lincolnshire, for Boston is a corruption of Botulph’s Town. He was proclaimed far and wide as a man of remarkable life and learning, full of the grace of the Holy Spirit, and went to God about the year 680. And when the monastery was destroyed during the Danish invasion of the ninth century, his relicks, and those of Saint Adulph which had been enshrined with him, were saved, and later distributed among various great Minsters in England.
Collect
GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the prayers of thy holy Abbot, blessed Botulph, may commend us unto thee: that we, who have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, may by his advocacy find favour in thy sight. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1877
Information source: http://www.anglicancatholic.org

As the patron saint of travellers, four churches at the gates of the city took his name, our neighbour St Botolph without Bishopsgate, St Botolph without Aldersgate at the other end of the City and St Botolph without Billingsgate, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. On their way to and from the City people would stop and pray and give thanks for travelling mercies.

O God, by whose grace the blessed Abbot Botolph,
enkindled with the fire of your love,
became a burning and a shining light in your church;
grant that we may be inflamed
with the same spirit of discipline and love,
and ever walk before you as children of the light,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

6/15/2017

THE COMMEMORTION OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, COMMONLY CALLED THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

INTROIT. for Votive Masses only
 He fed them also with the finest wheat flour: and with honey from the rock hath he satisfied them (alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. Sing we merrily unto God our helper: make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob. V. Glory be.

INTROIT. Cibavit eos. Ps. 81.
He fed them also with the finest wheat flour: and with honey from the rock hath he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. ibid. Sing we merrily unto God our helper: make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob. V. Glory be.

The Collect.  
O GOD, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast ordained unto us a Memory of thy Passion: grant us, we beseech thee, so to worship the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever know within ourselves the fruits of thy redemption. Who livest and reignest with the Father.

The Epistle. 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
23 BRETHREN: I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

GRADUAL. Ps. 145. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord: and thou givest them their meat in due season. V. Thou openest thine hand: and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St John 6. My Flesh is meat indeed, and my Blood is drink indeed: he that eateth my Flesh and drinketh my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (In Votive Masses here is added Alleluia.)

In Votive Masses after Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia,, and verse following, is said:

TRACT. Mal. I. From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my Name shall be great among the Gentiles. V. And in every place incense shall be offered unto my Name, and a Pure Offering: for my Name shall be great among the heathen. V. Prov. 9. Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

In Votive Masses, in Eastertide, instead of the Gradual, is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. St. Luke 24. The Lord Jesus was made known unto his disciples in the Breaking of Bread. Alleluia. V. St John 6. My Flesh is meat indeed, and my Blood is drink indeed; He that eateth my Flesh, and drinketh my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Alleluia.

SEQUENCE. Lauda Sion Salvatorem. To be omitted in Votive Masses.

Laud, O Sion, thy Salvation,
Laud with hymns of exaltation
Christ, thy King and Shepherd true:

Spend thyself, his honour raising,
Who surpasseth all thy praising;
Never canst thou reach his due.

Sing to-day, the mystery shewing
Of the living, life-bestowing
Bread from heaven before thee set;

E’en the same of old provided,
Where the Twelve, divinely guided,
At the holy Table met.

Full and clear ring out thy chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting
To thy heart and soul today;

When we gather up the measure
Of that Supper and its treasure,
Keeping feast in glad array.

Lo, the new King’s Table gracing,
This new Passover of blessing
Hath fulfilled the elder rite:

Now the new the old effaceth,
Truth revealed the shadow chaseth,
Day is breaking on the night.

What he did at Supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated
His memorial ne’er to cease:

And, His word for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth to Christians given –
Bread becomes His Flesh from heaven,
Wine becomes His Holy Blood.

Doth it pass thy comprehending?
Yet by faith, thy sight transcending,
Wondrous things are understood.

Yea, beneath these signs are hidden
Glorious things to sight forbidden:
Look not on the outward sign.

Wine is poured and Bread is broken,
But in either sacred token
Christ is here by power divine.

Whoso of this Food partaketh,
Rendeth not the Lord nor breaketh:
Christ is whole to all that taste.

Thousands are, as one, receivers;
One as thousands of believers,
Takes the Food that cannot waste.

Good and evil men are sharing
One repast, a doom preparing
Varied as the heart of man;

Doom of life or death awarded,
As their days shall be recorded
Which from one beginning ran.

When the Sacrament is broken,
Doubt not in each severed token,
Hallowed by the word once spoken,
Resteth all the true content:

Nought the precious Gift divideth,
Breaking but the sign betideth,
He himself the same abideth,
Nothing of His fulness spent.

Lo! the Angel’s Food is given
To the pilgrim who hath striven;
See the children’s Bread from heaven,
Which to dogs may not be cast;

Truth the ancient types fulfilling;
Isaac bound, a victim willing;
Paschal lamb, its life-blood spilling;
Manna sent in ages past.

O true Bread, good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesu of thy love befriend us,
Thou refresh us, thou defend us,
Thine eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see;

Thou who all things canst and knowest,
Who on earth such Food bestowest,
Grant us with thy Saints though lowest,
Where the heavenly Feast thou shewest,
Fellow-heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St John 6:55-58   

55 AT that time: Jesus said unto the multitude of the Jews: my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

OFFERTORY. Lev. 21. The priests of the Lord do offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire and the Bread of their God: therefore they shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the Name of their God. (In Eastertide and Corpus Christi Tide: Alleluia)

SECRET. We beseech thee, O Lord, that like as we in these our oblations do shew forth in a mystery the unity and concord of thy Church: so thou wouldest ever mercifully bestow upon her these thy blessings. Through.

COMMUNION. Cor 11. As often as ye do eat of this Bread, and drink of this Cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come: wherefore, whosoever shall eat of this Bread, and drink of this Cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. (In Eastertide and Corpus Christi Tide: Alleluia.)

POSTCOMMUNION. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord: that we who in these outward tokens have been made partakers of thy most precious Body and Blood; may after this life be replenished with the fruition of thy glorious Godhead. Who livest and reignest with the Father.

6/14/2017

Saint  Basil the Great
Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church.
Birth: ~330
Death: 379
Patron of hospital administrators
“The Father of Monastic Communities”
Basil, one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church, was born in 329, at Caesarea of Cappadocia. He came of a remarkable Christian family; for his paternal grandfather was persecuted to death for Christ, and his maternal grandmother, who reared him as a lad, was Saint Macrina the Elder. He was one of ten children born to his parents, who were Saints Basil the Elder, and Emmelia who was a Martyr’s daughter. His sister was the eminent foundress of religious houses for women, Saint Macrina the Younger; and two of his brothers namely, Saints Gregory of Nyssa and Peter of Sebaste, as well as himself, became bishops known for their godliness and courage. He, and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and his intimate friend Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, are often referred to as the three Cappadocians because of their mighty deeds and writings against those enemies of true religion to whom they jointly gave battle in their day. And Basil is reckoned, along with Saints John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Athanasius. as one of the first four Doctors of the East, and is revered next after Athanasius as the defender of the Faith amongst the Orthodox Catholics of the fourth century. He was also the author of the monastic rule called by his name, and followed by the monks of the East, who venerate him as the very Patriarch of Monks.
He studied earthly learning at Athens, in company with Julian the Apostate and Gregory of Nazianzus. To the latter he was ever united in an austere yet tender friendship, which is one of the beauties of Christian history, and concerning which Gregory saith they were as one soul in two bodies. His saintly sister Macrina, fearing that he might be overcome by the brilliant success he so early attained as a teacher, influenced him to travel in search of holy monks, with whom he lived in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. From them he gained that sacred learning and discipline of life, whereby he won for himself the surname of The Great. After his return to his native land, he established a monastery in Pontus. There he also laboured in the Gospel of Christ Jesus, to bring back into the way of salvation that country which before had been wandering astray from the rules of Christian belief and discipline. For Saint Gregory Nazianzus fetched him forth from his retreat, and joined him to himself, in a great work of preaching against the Arians. Basil was shortly afterwards united as coadjutor to Eusebius, Bishop of Caesar, for the edification of that city, and afterwards became his successor in the See. In which once he had much to suffer for the Faith because as Exarch of that region he had oversight over many bishops and their clergy, which same loved him not, because of his zeal for the Catholic religion. One of his chief labours always was to maintain that the Son is of one substance with the Father; and when the Emperor Valens was moved to wrath against him, and willed to send him into exile, he so bent that monarch, by dint of wondrous virtues and mighty deeds, that Valens was forced to forego his intention.
The abstinence and self-control of Basil were truly remarkable. He was content to wear nothing but one single garment. In observance of fasting he was most earnest; and so instant in prayer, that he would oftentimes pass the whole night therein. He built monasteries, wherein he so adapted the institutions of monasticism, that he exquisitely united for the inmates the advantages of the contemplative and of the active life; and it was for these that he wrote his famous monastic rule. He was the author of many learned writings, and according to the witness of Gregory of Nazianzus, no one hath ever composed more faithful and edifying explanations of the books of the Holy Scripture. He died on January 1st, in 379, at the age of forty-nine, at which time so essentially spiritual was his life, that his body shewed nothing but skin and bones. But his feast is kept on June 14th, which is the reputed date of his consecration to the episcopate. The so-called Liturgy of Saint Basil, so widely used in the Eastern Church, is the revision of the current liturgy of Caesarea, which he made when he was as yet a priest there under Bishop Eusebius. Seventy-two years after his death the Council of Chalcedon entitled him: The Great Basil, Minister of Grace, who expounded the truth to the whole earth.
Collect
WE beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers which we offer unto thee on this festival of thy holy Confessor and Bishop, Saint Basil: that like as he was found worthy to do thee faithful service; so by the succour of his merits we may be delivered from the bonds of the sins which we have committed. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
 
The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1243-1245
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Supper Club

Supper Club

At last week’s gathering of the HGA Supper Club, members voted to change the dinner schedule.  The weekly get-together’s will be dinner out at a restaurant once monthly and the other weeks will be Dinner and a Movie in the Parish Hall.  The movie selections will be the preference of Club Members on a rotational basis.

 

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Men’s Club Chowder Night Next Friday 24th

 Men’s Club Chowder Night

The Men’s Club of the Church of the Holy Guardian Angels will put on a Clam Chowder Night in MacDonald Hall (Parish Hall) after Stations of The Cross.   
$5.00 for a Bowl of Clam Chowder, Bread and Tea and Coffee
$1.00 for Soft Drinks
$1.00 for Wine or Beer
Featuring the Sears Family Recipe of the late Captain Henry William Sears of Fair Haven, Connecticut and Dunmore, Harbour Island, Bahamas.   The Sears family of Harbour Island were ship captains and commercial fisherman of Fair Haven, CT, specializing in clams and oysters.  And with all that seafaring blood, we can maybe expect Fr. Sears to demonstrate dancing the hornpipe.
 
LET’S SUPPORT OUR MEN’S CLUB AND PARISH
Proceeds go toward the air conditioning fund.

 

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Lenten Recipes part 3

Lebanese tuna casserole  (Servings: 8     Prep time: 25 Minutes)

Ingredients

  • 2 cans tuna medium
  • 2 onions (big) thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup 7 Spice or white pepper
  • White vinegar for tuna marinade

The Tahini Sauce

  •  1/2 cup Tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic pounded to creamy texture
  • 1 cup water as per consistence
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt pr to taste

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup pine kernels
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 4-5 heads fresh parsley

Instructions

Preparing the Tuna

  1. Drain the Tuna from its liquid, mince it with a fork and marinate it well with white Vinegar
  2.    Slice the onions in thin length and fry them on High heat first then on Medium when the oil starts bubbling. Toss constantly so they won’t burn or change color.
  1. M Meanwhile prepare the Tahini Sauce

Making the Tahini Sauce (Tarator)

  1. In a separate bowl, mix well the creamy garlic with the Tahini.
  2. To succeed the Tarator mixture, it is important to proceed gradually with the liquids while blending.
  3. So first, add water slowly and gradually as you mix. Season with salt and pepper and mix.
  4. Second, add the lemon juice slowly gradually while mixing. The Tahini Sauce, or Tarator, is ready now, Place the bowl aside.

Cooking The Tajen

  1. Your onions should be ready by now. Drain them from ALL the oil and place them back into the same frying pan (out of the fire)
  2. Drain the tuna from the vinegar, add them to the onions in the pan, and mix all smoothly.
  3. Pour the tahini mixture over the onions and tuna in the pan and cook at low to medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Mix constantly. Meanwhile, start preparing the toppings:

Preparing The Toppings

  1. Fry the Pine kernels to golden brown on Medium Heat. Be careful, Pine nuts burn very quickly.
  2. Drain em from the oil and spread them without delay on a thick kitchen towel paper. Cover all with towel paper and pat them down smoothly. This will remove all the oil to keep the dish healthy and light.
  3. Follow same steps for the Almonds.

Bringing the Tajen together: Serving

  1. Pour the Tajen on a serving plate and spread it nicely. Top it with the golden fried Pine kernels and almonds.
  2. BeBefore serving and as the Tajen cools down, decorate with half-slices of lemon on the sides of the plate as you like.
  3. GaGather the heads of the fresh parsley into a very small bouquet and plant it in the center of the Tajen. Another option is to sprinkle finely chopped parsley around the tajen and a little on the top center.

To serve

  1. Warm or at room temperature; with Lebanese bread, toasted, fried or soft.
  2. ThThe most delicious option, and not the healthier one, is fried Lebanese bread. In that case, we cut the bread in small to medium triangle forms, fry them to golden, place them between layers of paper kitchen towel and pat out the oil. I recommend you try it!

 

 

 

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Lenten Recipes Part 2

Lenten Recipes part 2

Forty Holy Martyrs Lenten Fritters

1 ½ cup corn meal
½ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
5 teaspoons garlic pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup corn
2 6 oz. cans crab meat with liquid drained
¾ cup soy milk
Oil for frying

Mix all dry ingredients. Add corn and crab meat and mix well. Add soy milk. The batter should be thick enough to drop from a spoon into hot oil. Heat about ½ inch of oil in frying pan. Fry to a golden brown and drain on paper towel.

Saint John of God Chocolate Pie

1 graham cracker crust
21 oz (1 1/2 pkg) firm silken tofu
1 cup vegan chocolate chips, or dark chocolate, melted 
(in microwave: give 1 min, stir, then +10 sec, stir, +10 sec, till melted) 
1 pkg (4 serving size) 
INSTANT chocolate pudding mix
1 ripe banana (optional)
3/4 c. peanut butter

In a food processor or with electric mixer, blend tofu, melted chocolate, pudding mix, and peanut butter for at least 1 full minute or until nice and creamy. Line pie crust with sliced ripe banana, if desired. Pour tofu mixture into crust. Chill for at least 2 hours.

Very rich. Cut pie into 12 slices. Oh my.

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How and what I can give to my church ?

How much should I pledge?
That is entirely up to you.  Jesus asked for total giving, sacrificial giving—he gave up everything, even his life.  Thankfully, the Church does not require such sacrifice.  You keep what you need.  But you are asked to give God a gift from your heart, a symbol of your close relationship with God.

In ancient Israel, the tithe, 10 percent of a person’s income, was the rule.  It is still the standard of the Anglican Catholic  Church.  Because of taxes and other charitable giving.  Decide what is right for you slowly and steadily.  If this is your first pledge, pick an amount that you can comfortably meet.  Get some successful experience making and fulfilling a pledge.  Note what portion or percentage of your income your pledge represents.  If you already pledge, try to increase that percentage.

Remember, To embrace a life of generosity and enthusiastically commit to supporting the ministry of our church through our gifts of time, talent and treasure

2017 Offering Envelopes
Offering envelopes for 2017 will be available next Advent I, November 27th, 2016. Look for the envelopes at the tables in the back part of the parish to find your box.  You will also be able to pick up your envelopes in the church office with our church treasurer or any of our clergy  during the week.  Please, call the church office at 561.582.0137 if you need for us to send the envelopes to you by mail.  Your gifts serve God’s work.  Thank you for your continuous support. 

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Feast Of The Holy Guardian Angels Oct. 2

dd24313b-44b0-4bc9-b8a7-9fc969fffc3cToday Sunday  October 2nd 2016. We Celebrate the feast of Holy Guardian Angels
Collect
O GOD, who of thy ineffable providence dost vouchsafe to send thy holy Angels to be our guardians: grant to us thy humble servants; that we may in this life ever be defended by their protection, and rejoice in their everlasting company in heaven. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Bible is full of passages about miraculous events where the Holy Angels have been involved in helping, guiding, warning, healing, speaking, fighting, protecting and announcing to God’s holy people.

At the instant of our conception in our mother’s womb, when the soul is infused by God into our bodies, God gives each one of us a one a Holy Guardian Angel.  He is unique, unlike any other Angel, whom God has lovingly created and custom made just for us and our unique soul.

His main job is to protect us from the constant bombardment of evil spirits who work on our soul and bodies to entice us to sin and bring the incurring death curse upon us.  “Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.”  1 Peter 5:8.   

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But he is also there to protect us from physical dangers from evil people, animals, and accidents (that are constantly approaching us), as soon as we wake up, walk, travel, work, pray, play or sleep.

St. Frances of Rome wrote down this vision: “The devils of the air often instigate storms, winds and thunders to frighten souls, causing their wills to weaken and cede to inconstancy, thus preparing them to falter in the Faith and to doubt Divine Providence. The devils who live on earth among men to tempt us are the fallen angels of the lowest choir. The faithful angels of this choir are our guardian angels.”

The biblical evidence is: “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

We pray to our Guardian Angel and then thank him for all he did for us that day.

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my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide. Amen.

we hath given his Angels, saith the Psalmist, charge over thee. O wondrous graciousness! Wondrous outpouring of love! For consider who hath given this charge? and what charge? and unto whom? and over whom? Let us carefully consider this, my brethren. Let us carefully hold in mind this so great charge. For who hath given this charge? To whom belong the Angels? whose commandments do they obey, and whose will do they do? The Psalmist taketh answer: He hath given his Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. And he chargeth them to take great care, thus: They shall bear thee up in their hands. The Highest Majesty, therefore, hath given a charge unto Angels, and he giveth the same to them because they are his; not to angels merely, but to his Angels. Unto these beings so excellently exalted, so blessed, so near to himself, even as his own household, unto these hath he given charge over thee. And who art thou? What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Yea, the stars are not pure in God’s sight. How much less man, that is a worm, and the son of man, that is a worm. But what charge hath he given them over thee? To keep thee in all thy ways.

From a sermon by Saint Bernard the Abbot :  What respect, what thankfulness, what trust, ought these wchrist-surrounded-by-angels_antwerp-kininklijk-museum-voor-shone-kunsten_1480sords to work in thee? Respect for their presence, thankfulness for their kindness, confidence in their safe-keeping. Walk carefully, for Angels do walk with thee in all thy ways, as hath been laid in charge upon them. In every lodging, in every nook, have reverence for thine Angel. Dare not to do in his presence what thou wouldst not dare to do in God’s. Or dost thou doubt whether he be indeed present, because thou seest him not? What if thou couldst hear him? What if thou couldst touch him? What if thou couldst detect his heavenly fragrance? But consider that not by outward manifestations alone is the presence of reality attested.

Let us then, brethren, dearly love God’s Angels, as them with whom we are one day to be joint-heirs, and who in the meanwhile are tutors and governours set over us by the Father. With such powerful guardians, whereof shall we be afraid? Such as they, that keep us in all our ways, can neither be overpowered nor led astray. Much less can they be afraid. Only let us follow them, only let us cleave unto them, and we shall abide under the shadow of the God of heaven. As often then as thou perceivest a heavy temptation in store for thee, or a grievous tribulation hanging over thee, call upon God that keepeth thee, thy Helper and Refuge in times of trouble. Call upon him, and say: Lord, save us; we perish. 

Source http://www.anglicancatholic.org/liturgicalcalendars/352

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