Posted by Mo. Lyn on Jan 30, 2013
What if you could find a church that was “come as you are”? Really! Not just “come as you are” in terms of what you are wearing, but come as you are in terms of your life’s journey. And what if it was a church that was non-judgmental and accepting and affirming and was completely comfortable with your doubts and your questions? And what if, during your first visit, you had the really crazy feeling that you had come home? These are comments heard repeatedly from people who are new at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Fullerton. And then they always add, “This is the best kept secret in Fullerton!”
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Dec 07, 2012
Emmanuel's Las Posadas celebration is on December 16th this year at Posada at 6:00pm. Posada is Spanish for lodging or accomodation. It is said in plural because traditionally Las Posadas is held for nine days in Spain, Mexico, and many South and Central American countries. The procession represents Mary and Joseph's search for a place for the Christ child to be born.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Dec 06, 2012
A long-time Anglican tradition is an event called the greening of the church.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Dec 05, 2012
Christmas Eve 5:00 pm - Family Service with Birthday Party for Jesus – This service is designed for families. It is a come as you are party and does not require children to be quiet! Christmas Eve 10:00 pm - This is a traditional Candlelight service. Christmas Day 10:00 am - A traditional Christmas morning service for those who do not want a late night out on Christmas Eve.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Dec 02, 2012
Starting in the first millennium of Christianity, there was, in the church, a buildup to the feast of Christmas during the last seven days of Advent. Each day an antiphon was sung at Vespers, the prayer time held at sundown. These antiphons presented alluring metaphors for the attributes of Jesus mentioned in scripture.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Sep 09, 2012
In the Episcopal Church, remembering the saints on special days is a continuation of an ancient tradition from the early Church. Many of the saints whom we honor are the same ones honored by the Roman Catholic Church. After the Reformation, the Anglican Church continued to honor most of the saints it had before the separation from Rome. Since the Reformation, the Anglican Church has added to the list of those honored, persons thought to have led an exemplary life of faith and who serve as examples and role models for others.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Jun 08, 2012
The Anglican tradition is rich in symbolism. In fact you could get a lesson in theology just looking around the sanctuary of most Episcopal churches before the service. There are symbols in the stained glass windows, symbols on the altar linens, symbols on the vestments and altar frontals. There are symbols on the furniture, on various crosses, on statues and in Christian art.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 01, 2012
The Teutonic word Lent, originally meant no more than the spring season. It is 40 days plus 6 Sundays long and is the traditional time of spiritual preparation for the great Easter Feast. Holy Week, the last week leading up to Easter is considered a part of Lent. The purpose of Lenten preparations and disciplines is the renewal of one's relationship with God and a fresh and deeper commitment to the Christian life.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 07, 2012
Shrove Tuesday is noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins through confession and doing penance. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of Christians as a sign of mourning and repentance.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Jan 02, 2012
The feast of Epiphany is January 6th. The word "epiphany" means "revealing" or "showing forth". On the feast of Epiphany we celebrate the showing forth of Jesus to the Gentiles, specifically to the wise men of Matthew's Gospel who are the first to know of his divinity.