Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oh My!

Both illustrations nicked from

Wednesday in Holy Week

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

John 13:21-35
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me." The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "Do quickly what you are going to do." Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the festival"; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, "Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Press Release

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UPDATE, I jes hadda add dis 'un frum da same source

Today at the Cathedral of St. Luke

Today I participated in the service of the Blessing of the Holy Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows at la Catedral de San Lucas. All the clergy take different parts: lectors, acolytes, crucifer and thurifer. I am always the thurifer, because the Bishop likes it when I do 360s with the thurible. The service is open to everyone, but usually just the staff of the Diocesan Center attend, and today wasn't any different in that regard.

When I got back to Parroquia San Cristóbal, the last class from Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal were finishing up their Via Cruces service, so I poked my head from the sacristy and snapped a quick photo.

Before the service

Durante la Misa

Los estudiantes de Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal con Padre Cáceres.

Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

John 12:37-38, 42-50

Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God. Then Jesus cried aloud: "Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."

Monday, March 29, 2010

One Of Those Deals

If you've read Job you know this kinda thing goes on. . .

Domingo de Ramos/Palm Sunday

El congregación de Parroquia San Cristóbal started Semana Santa with our usual flair! At the 7:30 am service we began with the Liturgy of the Palms out in front of the parish. We had a decent sized crowd and I really had to work to get holy water on those palms in the back! We also had a dramatic reading of Our Lord's Passion according to St. Luke. Palm Sunday also means ALTAR GUILD BAKE SALE!!! We had all kinda stuff: Bun, Pineapple Upside-down cake, Bacardi Cake, the Lovely Mona' Pumpkin bread, empanadas or patties, and the ever-popular Cod Fish cek. The bake sale was a great success, as always, and they sold out of everything.

La misa en español celebrado Domingo de Ramos with a blessing outside, too. El Coro de los Jóvenes sang "Manos y Palmas" as they have for the past three years, and then we processed into the nave. We also had a dramatic reading of the Passion en español.

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, students from Instituto Episcopal de San Cristóbal will be walking Via Cruces at the parish, as their gymnasium has been torn down to be rebuilt and is still mostly torn down at this moment. Perhaps I'll snap some photos mañana.

We're still waiting for the Inspectors to come give us the go-ahead to use our newly remodeled former rectory, which is now our multi-use center.

Have a blessed Semana Santa!

¡Fótos! All photos by the Lovely Mona Click on photos to embiggen

At the English-language service

Susan S. was asking what the ferns were for; now you know!

Want some palms?

Bake Sale! On our newly-remodeled Patio

Pumpkin bread

Pineapple upsidedown cake

Empanadas, or patties. We usually sell empanadas de carne, o pollo, o bacalao (codfish).

Chichéme, a drink made from milk, hominy and nutmeg and cinnamon. I don't like it but it's very popular.

Codfish Cek!

Next Sunday the ECW and Altar Guild are putting on a program which includes an Easter Bonnet Parade. Here Lisa is checking out hats with Miss Moore.

La misa en español

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