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The Meaning of Lent

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.  Read more


Ash Wednesday

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.  Read more


Mission Share Fund

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:  Read more


Search for a New Bishop

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.  Read more


Kinds of Bishops in the Episcopal Church

You may have noticed that there are different kinds of bishops in the Episcopal church and wondered what the difference is in their roles. Here is a brief tutorial on the subject.  Read more


Find Truth

For Episcopalians/Anglicans, truth can be found and belief rests on the principal of the three-legged stool. This concept was first introduced by the Anglican theologian Richard Hooker in the book Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie in 1594.  Read more


Its Time for Advent Plans

Believe it or not, it is time to think of plans for the season of Advent, those four weeks leading up to the great feast day of Christmas. There will be a special activity on each of the Sundays of Advent. Feel free to invite family and friends to join us for any or all of these wonderful events.  Read more


Paint the Doors Red

You may have noticed something new at Emmanuel. The two primary sets of double doors into the sanctuary have been painted red. You may be wondering why.  Read more


All Saints All Souls

It is believed by many scholars that the commemoration of All Saints on November first originated in Ireland, spread from there to England and then to the continent of Europe. The tradition reached Rome and had been adopted there early in the ninth century, and from there the observation of the festival spread throughout the Holy Roman Empire.  Read more


The Sign of the Cross

Crossing oneself is an ancient form of what is known as a body prayer. It is typically done either at the beginning and/or the ending of prayers. It is also done as a prayer by itself.  Read more


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