Posted by Mo. Lyn on Apr 03, 2017
Holy Week is the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday. The first written mention of the
observance of these days in the church appeared in the latter half of the third century. The observances and the days on which they occur are: Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 07, 2017
A mission is a worshipping community that is to some extent financially dependent on the diocese. Technically, the diocesan bishop is the rector of a mission. The bishop then appoints a priest in charge to provide worship and spiritual formation for the members of the community and to lead the mission in its day-to-day operation. That priest is called the vicar. The group that makes the decisions about the operation of the mission is called the Bishop’s Committee. It is composed of lay members who regularly attend the worship services at the mission.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Nov 03, 2016
As part of our series, Emmanuel Unplugged!, we had a great discussion about the Sacraments in the Anglican Church. We have seven sacraments, two major ones and five minor ones. Here they are, for your enjoyment, with their Scripture references:
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Oct 05, 2016
Characteristics of the Celtic tradition can be found within the Anglican tradition and are a part of our heritage. This helps explain why there are very few systematic theologians in the Anglican tradition. Most of our theology has instead been expressed in poetry, story and drama.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on May 02, 2016
The manual acts are the position of the hands of the priest during the celebration of the Eucharist. During seminary, priests are taught how and where to place their hands at particular points during the celebration of the Eucharist. In my liturgy classes a well-known dancer and actress came to class to teach us about presence and gesture. Differences between the ways priests perform the manual acts are because of attending different seminaries and the focus of their teachers.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 01, 2016
Easter is the most joyful day of the year for all Christians, the day we celebrate the fact that life does not end with our physical death but, rather, the end of this life brings with it our transition into another dimension of existence. What can be more joyful than to know that and to live life unafraid? There is one way to experience an even deeper joy at Easter. And that is to fully experience the week that precedes it. We call it Holy Week.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 09, 2016
Even early Christians observed a season of penitence and fasting as they prepared for the Paschal or Easter feast. The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring” or the “time of lengthening days”) has a long history.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 01, 2016
Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of the season of Lent, is named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of those who attend Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign our Lenten journey together, of penitence and a reminder that we are mortal beings.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Nov 16, 2015
The Mission Share Fund consists of contributions from individual parishes and missions in the Diocese of Los Angeles for the collective ministry of the Diocese. Each parish is asked to give a minimum of 12% of their pledge and plate income and each mission is asked to give 10%. What ministries are supported by the Mission Share Fund? Here is a list of them:
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Nov 10, 2015
Our diocese is preparing to elect a new diocesan bishop. Why and how does this happen? The reason it is happening in the diocese of Los Angeles is that Bishop Jon Bruno is nearing retirement age and is planning to retire in 2018. And so he has called for the election of a bishop coadjutor.