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Sunday, March 25 was the fifth Sunday in Lent, being the second before Easter, commonly called Passion Sunday, and in stark contrast to the joy of Rose Sunday the altar and vestment colors return to violet and the altar cross as well as the crosses in the sanctuary, nave and narthex are veiled in purple. During this brief season of Passiontide our thoughts are turned to the seriousness of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Hebrews 9:11, in which the author (possibly St. Paul) discusses the theme of sacrifice for atonement which was a major part of Old Testament Judiasm, but Christ’s sacrifice replaced the blood sacrifice of the Old Testament and by atonement for everyone’s sins created a new relationship between God and many and thus becomes the mediator of the New Testament.
After church we enjoyed a lunch of sandwiches and salads, then had a work day in which we did our Spring cleanup of the church grounds and flower beds. We were delighed to have Chandler Connell with us on his Spring break from college.
Bishop Glen Hartley conducts services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church Sundays at 10:30 A.M. and Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.