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Presentation of the Virgin – Ghirlandaio, 1486

The Week of Trinity XXII at All Saints

November 18, St. Hilda, V. Abs. (see below)
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 19, St. Elisabeth of Hungary, Q. Wid.
   7 a.m. - Men's Group
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 20,  St. Edmund, K. M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

   5:45 p.m. - Evening Prayer & Agape Dinner

November 21, Presentation, B.V.M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 22, St. Cecilia, V. M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 23, St. Clement, B. M.
  12:15 p.m. - Low Mass


Evening Prayer &
Agape Dinner Wednesday

Agape takes place on Wednesday with Evening Prayer beginning at 5:45 p.m.
followed by dinner and fellowship!

RSVP for Agape - Click here!

Advent Wreath Workshop (Date change!)

Please join us for a special Agape next week, December 4! We will gather for dinner at 5:45 p.m. and after dinner, Flower Guild members will guide us in making advent wreaths for our home. The Guild members will provide the necessary greenery, wreath frames, and candles. Parishioners are encouraged to bring any other decorations they would like to add such as pine cones, ribbons, fake or dried berries.

Do you have your wreath from last year's workshop? Please go digging in the attic and bring it on the 4th (wire cutters are welcome, too)!

Women's Advent Brunch

Please join us for the Women's Advent Brunch on Saturday, December 21, at 9 a.m. We will begin with morning prayer followed by a devotional lecture by Fr. Sean McDermott: "Icons, Contemplation, and the Te Deum: An Exercise in Devotion through Image and Word." Afterward we will gather for brunch and fellowship.

If you have not already RSVP'd you can email the parish office to do so.

Ministry Highlight:
The Saint Stephen's Fund

The St. Stephen is commonly known as the proto-martyr, the very first Christian martyr. But before his death, St. Stephen was a deacon, assisting the Apostles themselves. Along with several others, St. Stephen helped provide aid to the Christian community. The St. Stephen's fund was set up to continue this tradition of charitable aid. Money given to the fund will be used primarily for those in need of assistance at All Saints, but it can also be used outside the parish itself. All the money will be dedicated to individuals and families who are in need of monetary assistance (at the discretion of the clergy). Please consider giving to this fund in addition to your normal tithe. It is a wonderful way for Christians to take care of their own community.

You can find more information about the fund and the All Saints Missions Committee
on the bulletin board in the Undercroft.

All Saints icon cards (with a ledger on the back!) are available in the parish office for your devotional use at home. Fr. Sean posted a post at Earth & Altar on All Saints day about how to contemplate icons.
Check it out here.

Men's Advent Retreat

The Men's Retreat will take place at Gaie Lea, a family home of Alice Malcolm's, in Staunton. It begins on Friday, December 6, with Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the first devotion led by Bishop Chad Jones. You won't want to miss his first talk on Friday night so please plan accordingly! On Saturday, Bishop Chad will lead us again in Morning Prayer and another devotion before he has to leave in the afternoon. Saturday afternoon will be led by All Saints clergy and that evening will be dedicated to fellowship. We will leave on Sunday, December 8, for mass at All Saints.

The devotions during the retreat will focus on acedia and the virtues that counteract this modern plague.  In a 2003 First Things article, Rusty Reno summarizes this complex vice and the need for Christians to be attentive to it:  "Acedia is a word of Greek origin that means, literally, 'without care.' In the Latin tradition of the seven deadly sins, it comes down to us as tristitia or otiositas, sadness or idleness. But citing synonyms and translations will not do. For the monastic tradition, acedia or sloth is a complex spiritual state that defies simple definition. It describes a lassitude and despair that overwhelms spiritual striving. Sloth is not mere idleness or laziness; it involves a torpor animi, a dullness of the soul that can stem from restlessness just as easily as from indolence."

If you have not already RSVP'd you can email the parish office to do so.

Fr. Gene's Sermon for Trinity XII

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant - Jan van Hemessen c. 1556

Sermon audio is available on our website -- click here!

Saints Bio: Saint Hilda, V. Abs.

Hilda (known in her own century as “Hild”) was the grandniece of King Edwin of Northumbria, a kingdom of the Angles. She was born in 614 and baptized in 627 when the king and his household became Christians. In 647 she decided to become a nun, and under the direction of Aidan she established several monasteries. Her last foundation was at Whitby. It was a double house: a community of men and another of women, with the chapel in between, and Hilda as the governor of both; and it was a great center of English learning, one which produced five bishops. Here a stable-boy, Caedmon, was moved to compose religious poems in the Anglo-Saxon tongue, most of them metrical paraphrases of narratives from Genesis and the Gospels. The Celtic peoples of Britain had heard the Gospel well before 300 Ad, but in the 5th and 6th century a massive invasion of Germanic peoples (Angles, Jutes, and Saxons) forced the native Celts out of what is now England and into Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. The invaders were pagans, and missionaries were sent to them in the north and west by the Celts, and in the south and east by Rome and other churches on the continent of Europe. Roman and Celtic traditions differed, not in doctrine, but on such questions as the proper way of calculating the date of Easter, and the proper style of haircut and dress for a monk. It was, in particular, highly desirable that Christians, at least in the same area, should celebrate Easter at the same time; and it became clear that the English Church would have to choose between the old Celtic customs which it had inherited from before 300, and the customs of continental Europe and in particular of Rome that missionaries from there had brought with them. In 664 the Synod of Whitby met at that monastery to consider the matter, and it was decided to follow Roman usage. Hilda herself greatly preferred the Celtic customs in which she had been reared, but once the decision had been made she used her moderating influence in favor of its peaceful acceptance. Her influence was considerable; kings and commoners alike came to her for advice. She was urgent in promoting the study of the Scriptures and the thorough education of the clergy. She died 17 November 680.

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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3889 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 979-2842

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