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Sunday, January 27 was Septuagesima Sunday, the third Sunday before lent, approximately 70 days before Easter. Bishop Hartley explained that the “gessima” Sundays, or pre-Lenten season, is a very old Christian tradition dating to sixth-century Italy which today is kept only by traditional Anglican churches such as ours. Altar and vestment colors are solid dark blue in keeping with the solemnity of the season. He based his sermon on the New Testament reading for the day, II Timothy 2:1-13, in which Paul writes to Timothy from prison with advice on how to carry on his work: first that his teachings must be passed on and second that serving Christ is hard work, but God is always faithful to us.
It was good to have Lincoln Connell back with us after his trip to Washington, D.C. for the inaugurel which he made with a group of history students and teachers from Norwood High School. The group also visited several historic sites such as Mt. Vermon, Arlington Cemetery, and the Vietnam Memorial.
Saturday was Chandler Connell’s birthday so Friday he and I had dinner at Rebecca’s in Springfield and then attended “Oliver” at the Springfield Little Theatre, an excellent performance featuring a large cast of talented people including former Ava High School drama teacher, Jason Macy and one talented dog.
Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.