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Posts from March 2021

Posts from March 2021

March 2021 COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends in Christ, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. I am writing to you on behalf of our Vestry in response to new developments within the State of Arizona as it relates to the COVID-19 restrictions. On March 25, 2021 Governor Doug Ducey announced the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state, and I am writing to remind you of the practices at Church of the Epiphany-Tempe and what you can…

Traveling Incarnation: An invitation to Holy Week

A few years ago, in my first or second year of priestly ministry, I was standing in the sacristy of the parish with our interim rector as we vested for the next Good Friday service. As we were vesting for the service, I shared a remark along the lines of, “Well, today we get life and death on a single day – incarnation and crucifixion.” My interim rector paused and asked what I was referencing, and I pointed to the…

Bless the Lord, My Soul

Have you ever had a week in which, by the time the end of the week was approaching, you found yourself feeling…thin? When I am emotionally and spiritually thin, I am without focus or ambition to get much of anything accomplished. It is a feeling of emptiness that tells me that I need to shift my focus, to find some things that are going to provide me with energy and life, and to turn towards the ways that I practice…

Commending the Self

For more than a decade now, I have been using the same prayer practice to begin my days. Perhaps to the disappointment of Anglican purists across the globe, I have opted for something other than The Daily Office as my most regular prayer practice. Instead, I have used a practice that originated with St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits called The Daily Examen. The practice, in its shape, is rather simple, but Ignatius cemented the practice as the practice…

The Fast I Choose

The weeks of Lent are ticking by, and I must confess that I find them to be doing so a bit too quickly for my comfort! It feels like Easter is nearly here, and already, I do not have enough time to tend to the season of Lent in the way that I would like to: through prayer, study of God’s holy Word, and through fasting. I am feeling the pressure of the world governed by the tyranny of time…