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Saint John the Baptist in Prison Visited by Two Disciples by
Giovanni di Paolo, Siena, c. 1455
The Week of Advent III at All Saints

December 17, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 18, Feria
   7 a.m. - Men's Group
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 19, Ember Wednesday
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 20, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 21, St. Thomas, Apostle & Martyr (Ember Friday)
   10-11:45 a.m. - Mother's Coffee Hour in the Undercroft   
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 22, Ember Saturday
   No Low Mass - Church reserved for a wedding

The Ember Days (BCP pg. 260), which date back to the early centuries of the faith, are days of fasting at the change of the season. They are a time to thank God for the seasons and harvest gifts, or petition Him with our prayers (BCP pg. 39-40 & 51). We remember our clergy (BCP pg. 32) and those in ministry especially on Ember Days. It is traditionally a time for ordinations. 
Christmas Poinsettia Dedication
Parishioners are invited to dedicate our Christmas flowers in honor or memory of loved ones this year. Please click here to e-mail your dedication to the church office. The suggested donation is $20.
Weeklings Volume IV
Weeklings Volume IV will be available on Epiphany. Please send your short stories and poems to Isaac James during Advent at:
Volunteers Needed
We are in need of a few more volunteers to help fill out our nursery schedule. This is a simple way to serve the church and help raise up our youngsters. Depending on how many volunteers we get, you would serve once every 6-8 weeks during the 10:30 service with a fellow volunteer. 

All of our volunteers who work with children have a background check performed and you will be asked to complete one prior to serving. 

Please speak to Natalie Fickley, who coordinates the schedule, or e-mail her:
All Saints Missions Committee
Please take a moment to learn more about the work of our parish missions committee, and how you can get involved, on the bulletin board in the Undercroft -- and read the purpose statement below! Speak to Paul Moruza, committee chair, with any questions.

Missions Committee Purpose Statement:
The All Saints Missions Committee has four specific functions: to vet ministries for All Saints to support using the committee's Vetting Guidelines; to provide service opportunities for All Saints parishioners; to educate the parish on missions-related topics; to submit an annual budget to the Vestry.

Harrowing of Hades, an icon by Dionisius, from the Ferapontov Monastery, c. 1500

Fr. Gene's Sermon for Advent III - Full text and audio available here.
Fr. Sean's Herbert Poetry Series for Advent

Temper (I)
George Herbert

How should I praise thee, Lord! How should my rhymes 
Gladly engrave thy love in steel, 
If what my soul doth feel sometimes, 
My soul might ever feel! 

Although there were some forty heav'ns, or more, 
Sometimes I peer above them all; 
Sometimes I hardly reach a score; 
Sometimes to hell I fall. 

O rack me not to such a vast extent; 
Those distances belong to thee: 
The world's too little for thy tent, 
A grave too big for me. 

Wilt thou meet arms with man, that thou dost stretch 
A crumb of dust from heav'n to hell? 
Will great God measure with a wretch? 
Shall he thy stature spell? 

O let me, when thy roof my soul hath hid, 
O let me roost and nestle there: 
Then of a sinner thou art rid, 
And I of hope and fear. 

Yet take thy way; for sure thy way is best: 
Stretch or contract me thy poor debtor: 
This is but tuning of my breast, 
To make the music better. 

Whether I fly with angels, fall with dust, 
Thy hands made both, and I am there; 
Thy power and love, my love and trust, 
Make one place ev'rywhere.
Saints Bio: St. Thomas, Apostle & Martyr

St. Thomas was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles and he is best known for doubting the Resurrection when the others first told him about it. He is also the one who declared Jesus’ divinity when he saw him a week later as he gathered with the other Apostles to celebrate the Holy Communion. “My Lord and my God,” he confessed before our Lord and the others. He is known to have been a strong missionary to Syria and India where he worked miracles and built churches. Egeria, a Gallic woman who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 381-384, wrote several long letters to a circle of woman in her homeland. In one letter she described her visit to Edessa where St. Thomas was venerated:

“We arrived at Edessa in the Name of Christ our God, and, on our arrival, we straightway repaired to the church and memorial of Saint Thomas. There, according to custom, prayers were made and the other things that were customary in the holy places were done; we read also some things concerning Saint Thomas himself. The church there is very great, very beautiful and of new construction, well worthy to be the house of God, and as there was much that I desired to see, it was necessary for me to make a three days’ stay there.”

From Edessa Thomas sailed to India in 52 AD to spread the Gospel among the Jews, but his greatest fruit was with the India itself.

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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