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The Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, was enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral, on March 21, 2013 as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. Welby, a former oil executive, is married and has had 6 children. One child, a daughter, died in a car crash as an infant.  Read more


There's a labyrinth in our town

Labyrinths have been used in the Christian tradition for centuries as a tool for prayer. They can be found in some of the great cathedrals in Europe, although the design has been found in many cultures throughout the world. A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is a puzzle in which there are blind alleys and dead ends, but in a labyrinth there is only one way in to the center and one way out.  Read more


What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the last week of Lent leading up to Easter. We know that it has been observed in the Christian Church since at least the latter half of the third century. This year it begins on Sunday, March 24, and ends on Sunday March 31st. It includes the following celebrations: Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entrance on a donkey, into Jerusalem. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus and his twelve disciples. Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ time on the cross and his death. The Great Vigil of Easter is held after dark on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday, although technically not a part of Holy Week, is the most important celebration of the church year.  Read more


Why Bother With Lent?

This year Lent starts February 13th. So what’s that all about? Lent is a traditional time in the Christian church to prepare oneself spiritually for Easter. There is documentation that this has been going on at least since the second century. But is it relevant today? Just because we’ve always done it this way, doesn’t mean we should keep doing it. Though it may need a bit of tweaking, it still has a lot to offer those of us living in the modern world. In fact it is perfect for us modern folk.  Read more


Fullerton's Best Kept Secret

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!”  Read more


Las Posadas 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.  Read more


Greening of the Church 2012

A long-time Anglican tradition is an event called the greening of the church.  Read more


Christmas Events 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.  Read more


O Antiphons

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.  Read more


Remembering the Saints

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.  Read more


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