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Cleansing the Temple - Eric Gill, wood engraving
The Week of Advent I at All Saints

December 3, St. Francis Xavier, C.
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 4, St. Clement of Alexandria, C.D.
   7 a.m. - Men's Group
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 5, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass
   5:45 p.m. - Agape Dinner & Advent Wreath Workshop

December 6, St. Nicholas, B.C. 
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 7, St. Ambrose, B.C.D.
   10-11:45 a.m. - Mother's Coffee Hour in the Undercroft   
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 8, Conception, B.V.M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

Agape & Advent Wreaths this week
Please join us for dinner at 5:45 p.m. followed by our first ever Advent Wreath Workshop. Plan to attend? Please click the button below to let us know so we can plan accordingly. And if you have wire cutters -- please bring them with you on Wednesday!
Click here to RSVP for Agape
Advent Prayers & Lessons booklet available
Parishioners are invited to pick up a copy of our Advent Daily Prayers & Lessons booklets to use at home this Advent. The booklets list prayers and traditions for families and individuals to use at home. Copies are available in the Narthex at church.

Lay Ministry & Hospitality Guild - Dec. 16
All Saints Lay Ministry and Hospitality Guild's fall semester discussion will be on Sunday, December 16, during coffee hour, and will approach a difficult yet common circumstance we encounter as Christians: "Lay Ministry When Someone Is Not Recovering."  Several parishioners have brought up their unsureness of expectations we have as Christians when  we are visiting a fellow parishioner or someone we love, such as family, who is not getting better, is despondent, or even perhaps in a illness-related cognitive decline, someone who has not been restored to health and is weakening. If you plan to join the discussion, please read The Order for the Visitation of the Sick in the BCP, pp. 308-320, and note a prayer/Psalm especially fitting for this setting.

All Saints Women's Advent Brunch
Women of the parish, please join us for an Advent brunch on December 15 from 9-11 a.m. at the parish. RSVP to:
Weeklings Volume IV
Weeklings Volume IV will be available on either Epiphany or Advent III, depending on rate of submissions to editor Isaac James. Please send your short stories and poems to Isaac during Advent at:
To remember in your prayers this week:

Arlyn Newcomb, Virginia Creasy, T.C. and Sarah Dickerson,
Bruce Wright, Greg Jordan (friend of the Barnes'), Lexi Moruza's friend,
the Hujik's friends in California, Elsie Salyer, Lynn Tyler.
Simeon the Godreceiver by Alexei Yegorov. 1830–40s

Fr. Sean's Sermon for Advent I

Excerpt: Our desires, hopes, loves, and actions, should be pointed towards Jesus Christ. Simeon, again, is a great example for us. Instead of imposing his expectations upon Jesus, Simeon had obviously spent his life dedicated to learning and loving the true nature of the Messiah. The people wanted and sought after a Jesus for themselves, Simeon had already realized that the mission of the Messiah was for the whole world. ...

Read the entire sermon here.
George Herbert, 1857     

            HOW soon doth man decay ! 
When clothes are taken from a chest of sweets 
        To swaddle infants, whose young breath 
                Scarce knows the way ; 
        Those clouts are little winding sheets, 
Which do consigne and send them unto death. 

            When boyes go first to bed, 
They step into their voluntarie graves ; 
        Sleep bindes them fast ; onely their breath 
                Makes them not dead. 
        Successive nights, like rolling waves, 
Convey them quickly, who are bound for death. 

            When youth is frank and free, 
And calls for musick, while his veins do swell, 
        All day exchanging mirth and breath 
                In companie ; 
        That musick summons to the knell, 
Which shall befriend him at the houre of death. 

            When man grows staid and wise, 
Getting a house and home, where he may move 
        Within the circle of his breath, 
                Schooling his eyes ; 
        That dumbe inclosure maketh love 
Unto the coffin, that attends his death. 

            When age grows low and weak, 
Marking his grave, and thawing ev’ry yeare, 
        Till all do melt, and drown his breath 
                When he would speak ; 
        A chair or litter shows the biere, 
Which shall convey him to the house of death. 

            Man, ere he is aware, 
Hath put together a somemnitie, 
        And drest his herse, while he has breath 
                As yet to spare. 
        Yet Lord, instruct us so to die 
That all these dyings may be life in death. 
Saints Bio: St. Ambrose, B.C.D.

Ambrose was governor of Northern Italy, with capital at Milan. When the Diocese of Milan fell vacant, it seemed likely that rioting would result, since the city was evenly divided between Arians and Athanasians. As you recall from Sean McDermott’s class, the Athanasius affirm that the Logos or Word (John 1:1) is fully God in the same sense that the Father is, while Arians believed that the Logos is a creature, the first being created by the Father. Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Anglo-Catholics are Athanasian. Ambrose went to the synod where the election was to take place, and appealed to the crowd for order and good will on both sides. He ended up being elected bishop with the support of both sides. He gave away his wealth, and lived a simple life utterly dedicated to Orthodox, Athanasian Christianity. By his preaching, he converted the diocese to the Athanasian position, except for the Goths and some members of the Imperial Household. The Arian emperor Constantius, son of Constantine the Great, had sent Arian missionaries to convert the Gothic tribes and the Goths, being the chief source of mercenary troops for the Empire, were mostly Arian. On one occasion, the Empress ordered him to turn over a church to the Arians so that her Gothic soldiers could worship in it. Ambrose refused, and he and his people occupied the church. Ambrose composed Latin hymns and taught them to the people, who sang them in the church as the soldiers surrounded it. The Goths were unwilling to attack a hymn-singing congregation, and Ambrose won that dispute. He subsequently won another dispute, when the Emperor, enraged by a crowd who defied him, ordered them all killed by his soldiers. When he next appeared at church, Ambrose met him at the door and said, “You may not come in. There is blood on your hands.” The emperor finally agreed to do public penance and to promise that thereafter he would never carry out a sentence of death without a forty-day delay after pronouncing it. Ambrose maintained that no Christian could be compelled to provide money for the building of a non-Christian house of worship, no matter what the circumstances. Ambrose was largely responsible for the conversion of St. Augustine. The Te Deum Laudamus was long thought to have been composed by Ambrose in thanksgiving for that conversion.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

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Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 979-2842

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