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Sunday, March 6 was Quinquagesima, or the Sunday next before Lent, approximately 50 days before Easter. It is an ancient Christmas tradition to celebrate just before the beginning of the austercity of Lent resulting in such traditions as Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. We at St. Francis favor a more subdued celebration known as pancake day in which the congregation stays after the service to feast on pancakes and this tasty tradition was followed this Sunday.
Fr. Glen based his sermon on the gospel for the day, Luke 18:31, in which Jesus talks to the disciples and predicts his death and resurrection, “but they understood none of these things.” Fr. Glen told us that, like the disciples, we have to understand Christ’s death and ressurection in order to understand the gift eternal life given to us by God through Christ.
We were still without our pipe organ this Sunday, but our organist, Kip Smith, once again rose to the occasion by bringing in his portable organ from the 1880′s, the type used by old-time circuit riders and this little organ served admirably.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church where Fr. Glen Hartley conducts services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.