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Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle - Tomie dePaolo, 2017
The Week of the Sunday Next Before Advent at All Saints

November 26, St. Sylvester, Abt.
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 27, Feria
   7 a.m. - Men's Group
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 28, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass
   5:45 p.m. - Evening Prayer followed by Agape dinner

November 29, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 30, St. Andrew, Ap. M.
   10-11:45 a.m. - Mother's Coffee Hour in the Undercroft   
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

December 1, Bl. Nicholas Ferrar, Dn.C.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

"Stir Up" Sunday
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, or a Flaming Christmas pudding.
Agape This Week
Please join us for Evening Prayer at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner and fellowship this Wednesday. Please let us know if you plan to attend so our cooks can prepare accordingly!
Click here to RSVP for Agape
Advent Wreath Workshop
Save the Date! At our final Agape of the year, December 5, we will have dinner at 5:45 followed by an Advent Wreath workshop. All Saints will supply materials (including candles) for parishioners to make wreaths and members of the Flower Guild will be on hand for instruction.
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.
Last Judgement - Michelangelo

Fr. Glenn's Sermon for Sunday Next Before Advent

Excerpt: While other nations and kingdoms and cultures have fixed the rhythm of their life to the waxing and waning of nature’s seasons, or to the fiscal year, we have taken our common rhythm, not from nature, or our earnings, but from the historic Life of Christ himself. So we begin with Advent, which centers upon his Nativity, always mindful that saturating our celebration of Advent is the Incarnation. ...

Read the entire sermon here.
Saints Bio: St. Andrew, Apostle & Martyr

Most references to Andrew in the New Testament simply include him on a list of the Twelve Apostles, or group him with his brother, Simon Peter. But he appears acting as an individual three times in the Gospel of John. When a number of Greeks wish to speak with Jesus, they approached Philip, who tells Andrew, and the two of them tell Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). Before Jesus feeds the Five Thousand, it is Andrew who says, “Here is a lad with five barley loaves and two fish.” (Jn 6:8f) And the first two disciples whom John reports as attaching themselves to Jesus (Jn 1:35-42) are Andrew and another disciple. Having met Jesus, Andrew then finds his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus. Thus, on each occasion when he is mentioned as an individual, it is because he is instrumental in bringing others to meet the Saviour. Just as Andrew was the first of the Apostles, so his feast is taken to be the beginning of the Church Year. The First Sunday of Advent is defined to be the Sunday on or nearest his feast. Centuries after Andrew’s his relics were brought by a missionary named Rule to Scotland, to a place then known as Fife, but now known as St. Andrew’s, and best known as the site of a world-famous golf course and club. For this reason, Andrew is the patron of Scotland.

When the Emperor Constantine established the city of Byzantium, or Constantinople, as the new capital of the Roman Empire, replacing Rome, the bishop of Byzantium became very prominent. Five sees (bishoprics) came to be known as patriarchates: Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Byzantium. Now, the congregation at Rome claimed the two most famous apostles, Peter and Paul, as founders. Antioch could also claim both Peter and Paul, on the explicit testimony of Scripture, and of course Jerusalem had all the apostles. Alexandria claimed that Mark, who had been Peter’s “interpreter” and assistant, and had written down the Gospel of Mark on the basis of what he had heard from Peter, had after Peter’s death gone to Alexandria and founded the church there. Byzantium was scorned by the other patriarchates as a new-comer, a church with the political prestige of being located at the capital of the Empire, but with no apostles in its history. Byzantium responded with the claim that its founder and first bishop had been Andrew the brother of Peter. They pointed out that Andrew had been the first of all the apostles to follow Jesus (John 1:40-41), and that he had brought his brother to Jesus. Andrew was thus, in the words of John Chrysostom, “the Peter before Peter.” As Russia was Christianized by missionaries from Byzantium, Andrew became the patron not only of Byzantium but also of Russia.

Saint Andrew's Novena

The Feast of Saint Andrew has always been closely associated with the beginning of Advent as it usually falls around the First Sunday of Advent. In light of that fact, for at least the past century a prayer was developed as a daily preparation for Christmas and took November 30 as its starting point. It is sometimes called the Christmas Novena, St. Andrew’s Novena, or the St. Andrew’s Christmas Prayer.

It is a beautiful prayer that focuses on the moment of Christ’s birth and can act as a great meditation for Advent. The prayer is customarily prayed 15 times a day, but can be prayed once a day or whenever you remember throughout the next month.


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born
Of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight,
in Bethlehem,
in the piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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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