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Young girls stirring up Christmas Pudding

The Week of "Stir-Up Sunday" at All Saints

November 23, St. Clement, B.M.
  10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study   
  12:15 p.m. - Low Mass
   6:45 p.m. - Sr. Lynda's Class
   7 p.m. - Youth Group

November 24, St. John of the Cross, C.D.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 25, St. Catherine of Alexandria, V. M.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 26, Thanksgiving Day
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 27, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 28, Vigil of St. Andrew, Ap. M.
   5 p.m. - Mass

November 29, Advent I

   9 a.m. - Mass & Livestream
   10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. - Mass

Our collect for today, the Sunday Next Before Advent, gives this Sunday the nickname of "stir-up" Sunday:
STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Traditionally, families mix their Christmas puddings on this Sunday and set them in the cupboard to rest until Christmas. Try a Christmas pudding recipe this week.


Happy Saint Cecilia's Day!

Here’s a link to a new post that has an audio feature about poetry and music written to celebrate St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians. The audio feature includes an interview with our interim organist, Brian Sousa, about a recording he’s made with Musica Sacra Virginia of one of the aforementioned compositions.

Also, on this page is more information about the hymn we sang together this weekend, “How bright appears the Morning Star.”

- Ken Myers, music director

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m. The budget proposal and Zoom link will be sent out in December.

Prayer Request

Please remember Holy Cross Anglican Church, Knoxville, in your prayers this week as they are closing for two weeks due to covid-19 exposure. Pray for Rector Fr. Myles Hixson, as well as deacon Fr. Thad Osbourne who is experiencing virus symptoms.

Ladies Advent Retreat

Please Save the Date for the Ladies Advent Retreat via Zoom with talks by Bishop Chad Jones and Ken Myers, as well as liturgical activities for the home. The retreat will focus on nurturing our domestic churches during Advent and Christmas. 

Register online, here!
 Unction Announcement
One of the Seven Sacraments, Holy Unction is a beautiful gift of the Holy Mother Church though often misunderstood. While many take it just to be Last Rites, Holy Unction is given to the sick for any illness. The Sacrament's outward and visible sign is Holy Oil which has been blessed by the Bishop. The inward grace is both physical and spiritual healing. Many of our own parish have received healing of their body after Unction or received a spiritual calm. In our tradition, we give Unction once for each sickness. Holy Unction is also given at the time of death, hence the term Extreme Unction or Last Rites.

The service itself is quite short, consisting of two Collects found on page 320. The priest prays the first and then anoints the head of the sick while saying the name of the Trinity in the second Collect. This follows the New Testament expectation: "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-15). 

If you are sick or you are about to undergo a medical procedure, please let the clergy know. You may also come to mid-day Mass and request Unction before or after the Mass.

- Fr. Sean McDermott

Fr. Glenn's Sermon for Sunday Next Before Advent

The sermon is posted on our website, click here to read it.

Saints Bio: Catherine of Alexandria

The story of Catherine of Alexandria has caught the popular imagination of many generations (she is, for example, one of the persons from whom Joan of Arc claimed to receive regular visits and messages), although most scholars judge it to be simply a work of fiction with no historical basis. It is said that Catherine was a Christian maiden of Alexandria in Egypt, possessed of beauty, brains, and noble birth. She rebuked the heathen emperor Maxentius for his idolatry, and he responded by offering to marry her if she would renounce her faith. She refused. Fifty philosophers were set to refute her in a public debate. She easily won every point, and made them look foolish. The emperor, a sore loser, had them burned alive. She was sentenced to be tortured on a spiked wheel, but the wheel flew apart and the fragments killed many of her accusers. After this and other marvels, Catherine was beheaded, and from her veins flowed not blood but milk. The angels carried her to Mount Sinai, where St. Catherine’s Monastery is now located. She is depicted carrying a spiked wheel, representing the manner in which it was proposed to put her to death. The “catherine-wheel,” a form of fireworks that spins as it burns, is named for her. Catherine is patron of preachers, philosophers, librarians (probably association with the Library of Alexandria), young girls, and craftsmen working with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc). The Mt. Sinai monastery was built by Justinian in 527, and has borne the name of Catherine since the eighth or ninth century. The monastery survives unmolested by the Moslems (by express command of Mohammed they say) and has a vast but uncatalogued treasure of ancient manuscripts. One of the earliest known manuscripts of the complete New Testament, the Codex Sinaiaticus, was found there, borrowed by the finder, and never returned to the monastery.

Weekend Pew Reservations

See the Mass schedule below to confirm your time!

  • E-mail the church office if you need to switch Mass times or cancel your reservation. Please do not show up at a service you have not signed up for as pew space is very limited and most services are at capacity.
  • Please email, too, if you will not attend Mass one weekend (due to travel, sickness, etc.).
  • If you have not attended a weekend Mass but would like to attend now, please e-mail the church office:
  • We will continue a livestream at 9 a.m. on Sunday
If you have not read All Saints' guidelines for returning to Mass, please do so before attending a Mass. 
Saturday 5 p.m.
1. Carter
2. Huffman
3. Hughes
4. James
5. Jamison
6. McConnell
7. McDermott, R.
8. Shinozaki
9. Shonka
11. Williams, R.
12. Worsham

Sunday 9 a.m.
1. Barnes
2. Camblos

3. Cann
4. Faircloth
5. Godbold
6. Hubbard
7. King 
8. Micheletti
9. Page
10. Trent
11. Tyler
12. Southwell
13. Woody
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
1. Fickley 
2. Fields
3. Fitzhugh
4. Gerlach
5. Hart
6. Lee
7. Markham 
8. Moruza, T.
9. Nesbit
10. Spruill
11. Watson
12. White, K.
13. Williams, K.

Sunday 12 p.m.
1. Barnes 
2. Foradori
3. Haggerty
4. Hujik
5. Johnson
6. Mitchell 
7. Malcolm
8. McDermott, J.
9. Moruza, P.
10. Newcomb
11. Perry
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

Contact us at:
3889 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 979-2842

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