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do we have three different colours on the Advent wreath: purple,
pink and white?
the colour of Advent has been purple, which symbolizes repentance
and fasting. It is also the colour of royalty, demonstrating
the anticipation and reception of the second coming of Christ as
King, which we prepare for in Advent. Today, however, many
churches have begun to use blue instead of purple, as a means of
distinguishing the season of Advent from the season of Lent.
(rose) is also one of the colours of Advent used during the third
Sunday of Advent. It represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a
shift in the season away from repentance and toward celebration.
is the colour of the Advent candle, representing purity.
Christ is sinless, spotless, pure Saviour. It also reminds us
that those who receive Christ as their Saviour are washed clean of
their sins and are made white than snow.
is Advent and why do we have a wreath?
tells us that "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but
the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot
express." (Romans 8:26)
this not mean that our prayers should not be a copious flow of
words; but that we should remain silent, and instead surrender to
God who prays to himself through us by wordless expression??
Creed versus Apostles' Creed: When were each written? What
happened that caused two similar principles of belief to be
you talk about the Anglican understanding of how Christ is present
in the Eucharist and what receiving the Eucharist does for a
person's spiritual life? For example, does receiving Eucharist
impart Graces to a person to help strengthen them to live out their
there ever any forgiveness or redemption for Judas?
question is excellent and calls out for a 2-fold answer: (1) he was
not forgiven or redeemed; and (2) we cannot know the mind or actions
no point does Scripture assure us that Judas was forgiven. Matt.
27:3 (NRSV) states that when Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he
(Judas) repented and brought back the 30 pieces of silver.
Luke 22:3 states that Satan entered into Judas, and John 13:2 speaks
of the move to betray Jesus being put into Judas' heart by the
devil. Judas' role in the bringing about of the sacrifice
Jesus made is referred to as a fulfillment of Scriptures (Acts
does not state that Judas was ever forgiven, regardless of how we
interpret his repentance. Indications are made that his lot in
life is to be pitied.
person and act of Judas leave us with one of the greatest Christian
conundrums: If Judas had used his free will to not betray Jesus,
where would we be now? Since Judas did betray Jesus, where is he
the width of the "white" part of the clerical collar
significant? It seems to vary a lot in the Anglican Churches I
have attended over the years.
good question! There are some rumours around the Church about
the width of the white collar indicating the clerical style of the
priest: high, low or broad church. However, I have been unable
to find a definitive answer to these ideas.
did find out a bit of the history of this specific clerical
dress. It would seem that, contrary to commonly held beliefs,
the clerical collar was a Protestant invention, rather than a Roman
Catholic one. The Revd. Dr. D. McLeod (Church of England of
Church of Scotland) invented what is referred to as the neckband
neckband is a collar that wraps completely around the priest's neck.
It started out as a piece of starched linen and then became a piece
of cotton laminated between layers of acetate. Most common
these days is the use of flexible polyethylene. The collar is
attached to the clergy shirt using a metal or plastic
"button" in button holes in the front and back or the
are also very popular. A tab is a piece of plastic about 4 to
6 inches long that tucks into the stitched-down collar of a clergy
shirt. As the "tab" shirts are most popular among
Roman Catholic priests, they are often referred to as
till last year, the congregation was invited to sing the communion
hymn. Why is it not offered this year?
is an excellent question and the simple answer is this has been an
oversight by your new Rector! In planning worship with the
organist, there has been a steep learning curve for both musician
and liturgist as we "learn" each other and as the Rector
learns the patterns of this place. Keep your eye open for
Congregational Communion Hymns in the future. It won't happen
every week and it might not start again for a couple of weeks, due
to liturgies planned a few weeks ahead but it will be reinstituted!
are there only 11 disciples displayed in the stain glass window?
window above the Sanctuary depicts the Ascension/Commissioning of
the Disciples - Matthew 28:16·20 and Mark 16:19·20; Luke
24:50-53. At the point of the Ascension, Judas had already
betrayed Jesus and the choosing of the new "12"" had
not yet occurred. According to Matthew's Gospel there were
only 11 disciples present at the Ascension of Christ. The disciples
are depicted as follows: section 3: Peter; section 4: Andrew;
section 5: Bartholomew and Matthew; section 6: John; section 7:
Jesus; section 8: James the Less and Philip; section 9: James the
Great and Jude; section 10: Simon and Thomas.
am puzzled about Christ's words on the Cross to the repentant thief
and the unrepentant thief - was this a last act of mercy - is that
why it is recorded in detail?
replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in
Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
is a good question as it is only Luke's Gospel which includes
an interchange between Jesus and the criminals. In Mark and
John's Gospels, it is simply noted that the two were present and
also shared in Jesus' fate. In Matthew's Gospel, both men
seems here that Luke's intent was to show the consistency of Jesus'
intentions and ministry right up until the end of his earthly
life. "Here Jesus does save someone, and that the one
saved is a dying criminal is totally congenial to the types of
persons blessed by Jesus throughout his ministry. In his own
dying hour, Jesus continues his ministry."*
language used here is also of note, as "Paradise" is a
Persian word indicating a "walled garden," or a place
where companions would walk with the King. "It was more
than immortality that Jesus promised the penitent thief. He
promised him the honoured place of a companion of the garden in the
courts of heaven."**
Craddock, Fred B. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching
and Preaching - Luke. Louisville, Kentucky. John Knox Press,
Barclay, William. The Gospel of Luke: Revised Edition. Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania: The Westminster Press, 1975, p287.
19th Article of Religion (Book of Common Prayer p706) indicates that
the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch and Rome have erred in
matters of faith. What are these errors?
Article of Religion speaks of "The Church'" as it is
presented in the New Testament: a body, a living growing organic
unity of members, which is the "new creation" of God in
Christ. It is important to note that people arc called into the
Church. which pre-exists their entrance. People do not make the
Church, or what defines the Church, by joining it. They are called
to participate in the Church which already exists.
named church communities were considered to have "erred"
by the ways in which their specific polities had been allowed to
influence the practices of the Church. In some cares,
superstitious practices in devotion and rituals had been added to
the life of the Church and were changing the people's understanding
of Church and the doctrine of Faith. Some of these ''errors'' are as
follows: Papal Supremacy, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption
of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the lnfallibility of the Pope.
Source: Anglican Teaching: "An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine
Articles" by W.G. Wilson and J.H. Templeton. Association for
Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1962
is that Iight/candle hanging in the sanctuary?
Sanctuary lamp is kept burning continuously to indicate the presence
of tbe Blessed Sacrament used in communicating (or taking communion
to) the sick or people who are unable to leave their homes to come
to Church. The continuous light reminds us that we are in the
presence of Christ in the Sacrament and reverence should be
is the "narthex"?
narthex is a porch, vestibule, or entrance hall attached to the west
end of the nave. Usually the main outside door of a church leads
into a narthex. Symbolically it is a room providing for a transition
from the outside world into the church proper.
Paul H.D., What An Altar Guild Should Know. Concordia Publishing
House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1968, page 47.)