Love

A postcard from the Fourth Sunday of Advent 12/19/21 Advent Wreath, the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Heflin, AL So why is Mary so favored? Our Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and the Magnificat. [Lk. 1:39-55] The Visitation is the part-two of the Annunciation that happens … Continue reading Love

Joy

A postcard from the Third Sunday of Advent 12/12/21 Advent Wreath, the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Heflin, AL So what’s the deal with the pink candle? To be a bit more liturgically correct, we usually call it a “rose” candle. The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for … Continue reading Joy

Peace

A postcard from the Second Sunday of Advent 12/05/21 Advent Wreath, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Roanoke, AL Advent is a season that challenges us to walk in the way of peace. This week instead of a Psalm, we got to pray the Song of Zechariah (Benedictus). [Lk. 1:68-79] Zechariah and Elizabeth are the parents of … Continue reading Peace

Hope

A postcard from the First Sunday of Advent 11/28/21 Advent Wreath, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greensboro, AL Advent is a season that challenges us to hope. The readings from the First Sunday of Advent are difficult. Jesus predicts the end times and Jeremiah is writing to a people in despair. While there is not hint … Continue reading Hope