The 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled today-Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled today. The Bethlehem Area School District has closed all schools due to inclement weather and so the Soup Kitchen will also be closed today.  To view the Bulletin for the Feast of The Reverend Absalom Jones please click here.

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THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

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THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

Explore Black history Month

Are you interested in learning more about Black history month? Here is a link to get you started.

One of our great heroes in The Episcopal church is The Reverend Absalom Jones. His Feast Day is February 13th.

Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Absalom Jones

The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

Many thanks to our friends at The Geranium Farm for sharing this post. the information provided is taken from Lesser Feasts and Fasts, page 106.

The Collect for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple
     Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Presentation in the Temple for Webpage 2019

Today’s feast is sometimes known as the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, and also as Candlemas. In the Eastern Church it has been called the Meeting of Christ with Simeon. Such a variety of names is ample testimony to the wealth of spiritual meaning that generations of Christians have discovered in this small incident.

The title, “The Presentation,” reminds us of the Jewish law (Exodus 13:2;22:29) that every firstborn son had to be dedicated to God in memory of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt, when the firstborn sons of the Egyptians died and those of Israel were spared.

When Mary placed her small son into the arms of Simeon, it was the meeting of the Old and New Dispensations. The old sacrifices, the burnt offerings and oblations, were done away; a new and perfect offering had come into the temple. God had provided himself a lamb for the burnt-offering (Genesis 22:8), his only Son. The offering was to be made once for all on the cross. At every Eucharist those who are in Christ recall that sinless offering and unite “themselves, their souls and bodies” with the self-oblation of their Lord and Savior.

It is traditional that candles are blessed on this day, for use throughout the rest of the year, which is why the feast is also sometimes known as “Candlemas”.

Saint Brigid of Kildare, Monastic, c. 523

Thanks to our friends at The Geranium Farm for this information about Saint Brigid.

Saint Brigid of Kildare, Monastic, c. 523
Lesser Feasts and Fasts, page 104

The Collect for Brigid of Kildare
O God, whose servant Brigid, kindled with the flame of your love, became a shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Along with Patrick, Brigid is one of the most beloved Irish saints. She was born into slavery in the middle of the fifth century, the daughter of a local chieftain and his slave. Her father Dubhthach was poet laureate of King Loeghaire, and she was raised in a Druid household, but her mother was a Christian.

Even as a young girl, Brigid was notorious for giving away all of the family’s food and goods in order to feed and assist the poor. Enraged, her father tried to sell her to the king of Leinster, but even while the two men were negotiating her price, she took the king’s jeweled sword and gave it to a beggar so that he could sell it to feed his family. Instead of being angry, the king was impressed with her compassion and resourcefulness, and told Dubhthach to give his daughter her freedom.

Gathering a group of women around her, Brigid founded a monastery in 470 at Kildare, a place whose name meant “Church of the Oak.” This was the first monastic community for women in Ireland. To secure the sacraments, Brigid persuaded the anchorite Conlaed to receive ordination as a bishop and to bring his community of monks to Kildare, thus establishing a double monastery of men and women. She founded a renowned scriptorium and center for manuscript illumination at the monastic community as well.

Brigid actively participated in leadership and in policy-making decisions not only within her own monastic federation but also within church conventions. She died around 523 at Kildare. Her remains are said to have been re-interred with those of Patrick at Downpatrick in the ninth century.

The Soup Kitchen is closed today (01/30/19)

The Bethlehem Area School District is closed today, and so is the Soup Kitchen. Please remember in your prayers those who lack adequate food, clothing and shelter.

The Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled on January 30th

Due to inclement weather, the 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled tomorrow. To read the email to the congregation, please click here.

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The Feast of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many thanks to our diocese, The Diocese of Bethlehem for sharing this lovely image and prayer on this Feast of Dr. King.

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In case of inclement weather–an email from the Rector

A Message from the Rector regarding the possibility of inclement weather this weekend:

We do not yet know whether we will cancel services Saturday night and Sunday. We plan to make that announcement Saturday afternoon, and send out a congregational email when we do. In the meantime, please be aware that information about Service Cancellations may be found at the following sites, after we have made the decision:
WFMZ Channel 69 (www.wfmz.com)
Trinity Voicemail at (610) 867-4741
Trinity website: www.trinitybeth.org
Regardless of whether services are cancelled, the weather will probably be a little worrisome. If you feel safer staying home, please do so! You are the best judge of you and your family’s well-being, so rest assured that all will be well if you decide to stay home. We want everyone to be safe and healthy during this winter season.
To view the full email sent this afternoon, please click here.

 

A snowy morning at Trinity

“For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Over and around us lies
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise”