Last week, “What happened to Jesus’ disciples? Part I” answered the questions about what happened to St. Bartholomew; Judas, Iscariot; and James, the brother of John? What about the other identifiable Apostles?
This coming Monday, August 24, is the feast of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle. Who is he? What did he do? How did he die? For that matter what happened to the disciples after Jesus’ arrest?
This Saturday, August 15, is the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin. What does the Episcopal Church think about the “virgin” birth? Was Jesus really born without a biological father?
Why are we still on a Eucharistic fast at St. Francis? Can’t we have communion virtually?
The short answer to this assertion is, no, Mary Magdalene was not a woman of ill repute. The longer answer to this assertion has a lot to do with a great many Marys in the New Testament, resulting in the heightened possibility of confusing them; a general carelessness, if not misogyny, around the identity andContinue reading “Episco-fact: Was Mary Magdalene a woman of ill repute?”
Are there any national holidays that are also on the church calendar? The simple answer to this is yes: Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; and Independence Day, July 4. Both of these national holidays are listed in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 as major feasts under the section Holy Days. Like allContinue reading “Episco-fact: Holy days and national holidays”
What is the difference between being a disciple and an apostle? Except for Judas, Iscariot, what happened that the remaining eleven should have their descriptor changed? The definitional difference in these words is easy. A disciple is a student, someone being taught, formed, or disciplined into a way of living, learning, or being. An apostleContinue reading “Episco-fact: Disciple or apostle?”
The character of Easter changes beginning on the Feast of the Ascension; forty Days after the Feast of the Resurrection. We acknowledge this moment in our prayers, hymns, and readings which direct us, the Church, to consider the impact on our lives of Jesus’ bodily movement from the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of God.