Early Lent, Food, and the Devil

The traditional calendar and lectionary in Lent and Eastertide frequently seems divisible into groupings of three.  At the center of the 12 weeks in question are two sets of three days, one that ends Lent and one that begins Easter:  Lent ends with the Sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday; Easter…

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The usual vs. the normal in liturgy

‘Usual’ and ‘normal’ do not mean the same thing when English is used carefully.  ‘Usual’ tends to refer to use, to what is commonly done, and to what is often the case.  The meaning of ‘normal’ in contrast refers to a norm, to what is done according to a rule or law or practice that…

Advent Postcommunion

GRANT to us, O Lord, we beseech thee: so to wait for thy loving kindness in the midst of thy Temple, that in readiness of heart and mind we may hail the coming feast of our redemption.  Through etc. In parishes that use the Anglican Missal, American Missal, English Missal, or for that matter the…

Advent I collect

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility:  that in the last day, when he shall come again in his…

The Thigpens

Sometime in the 1980s an elderly couple moved to Athens with a prior connection to the people of Saint Stephen’s.  Mr. and Mrs. Thigpen, for such was the good Georgia surname in which they rejoiced, were the parents of Al Thigpen, a longtime friend of our founding member, Bill Herringdine.  Al at the time was…

Sermon for Advent I

Advent I.  December 3, 2017.  St. Stephen’s, Athens. St. Matthew xx, verses 32-3 – What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened…. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Our epistle today from Saint…

The Froboses

Mary Winifred McDaniel Frobos and Walter Philip Frobos The Froboses were from Alabama, but moved to Athens at the behest of the notable artist, Lamar Dodd, when he came to the University of Georgia.  Mr. Dodd wanted Mr. Frobos available to make frames for his paintings.  In Athens Mr. Frobos worked a steady job for…

A note on campus ‘diversity’

The following note is part of a conversation with a well-left-of-center academic friend about the exclusion of conservative voices from the typical campus. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear _______, I have been pondering your observation that conservative voices are not the only ones largely excluded from humanities departments, since the vast majority of members of such departments are…