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Jesus and the Centurion - Paolo Veronese, 16th century

The Week of Trinity XXI at All Saints

November 11, St. Martin, B.C. (see below)
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

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

November 13,  St. Britius,  B.C.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

   5:45 p.m. - Agape Dinner & Classes

November 14, Bestowal of American Episcopate (1784)
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 15, St. Albert the Great, B.C.D.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 16, St. Gertrude, V.
   Low Mass canceled

Agape Dinner &
Classes this Wednesday

Agape takes place on Wednesday with dinner beginning at 5:45 p.m.
followed by classes for all ages at 6:30-7:15 p.m. 

RSVP for Agape - Click here!

Advent Wreath Workshop at Agape

Please join us for a special Agape next week, November 20! 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 next week (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." Then 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.
Welcome, Mary Evelyn Fields!

We give thanks for the blessed occasions of newborn babies in our parish! Praise God for the birth of baby Mary Evelyn Fields birth and Rebecca’s safe delivery. Mary was born on October 11, and weighed in at 7 lb 6 oz. A new gift basket is in the Undercroft to fill with gifts and cards for the Fields family! The basket will be in the Undercroft for ONE more week so please place your gifts in soon! Sign up to take the family a meal: click here.

All things came into being through him,
and without him not 
one thing came into being (John 1:3).

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.

Saints Bio: Saint Martin, B.C.

Martin was born around 330 of pagan parents. His father was a soldier, who enlisted Martin in the army at the age of fifteen. One winter day he saw an ill-clad beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. Martin had no money to give, but he cut his cloak in half and gave half to the beggar. (Paintings of the scene, such as that by El Greco, show Martin, even without the cloak, more warmly clad than the beggar, which rather misses the point.) In a dream that night, Martin saw Christ wearing the half-cloak. He had for some time considered becoming a Christian, and this ended his wavering. He was promptly baptized. At the end of his next military campaign, he asked to be released from the army, saying: “Hitherto I have faithfully served Caesar. Let me now serve Christ.” He was accused of cowardice, and offered to stand unarmed between the contending armies. He was imprisoned, but released when peace was signed. He became a disciple of Hilary of Poitiers a chief opponent in the West of the Arians, who denied the full deity of Christ, and who had the favor of the emperor Constantius. Returning to his parents’ home in Illyricum, he opposed the Arians with such effectiveness that he was publicly scourged and exiled. He was subsequently driven from Milan, and eventually returned to Gaul. There he founded the first monastery in Gaul, which lasted until the French Revolution. In 371 he was elected bishop of Tours. His was a mainly pagan diocese, but his instruction and personal manner of life prevailed. In one instance, the pagan priests agreed to fell their idol, a large fir tree, if Martin would stand directly in the path of its fall. He did so, and it missed him very narrowly. When an officer of the Imperial Guard arrived with a batch of prisoners who were to be tortured and executed the next day, Martin intervened and secured their release. In the year 384, the heretic (Gnostic) Priscillian and six companions had been condemned to death by the emperor Maximus. The bishops who had found them guilty in the ecclesiastical court pressed for their execution. Martin contended that the secular power had no authority to punish heresy, and that the excommunication by the bishops was an adequate sentence. In this he was upheld by Ambrose, Bishop of Milan. He refused to leave Treves until the emperor promised to reprieve them. No sooner was his back turned than the bishops persuaded the emperor to break his promise; Priscillian and his followers were executed. This was the first time that heresy was punished by death. Martin was furious, and excommunicated the bishops responsible. But afterwards, he took them back into communion in exchange for a pardon from Maximus for certain men condemned to death, and for the emperor’s promise to end the persecution of the remaining Priscillianists. He never felt easy in his mind about this concession, and thereafter avoided assemblies of bishops where he might encounter some of those concerned in this affair. He died on or about 11 November 397 (my sources differ) and his shrine at Tours became a sanctuary for those seeking justice.The Feast of Martin, a soldier who fought bravely and faithfully in the service of an earthly sovereign, and then enlisted in the service of Christ, is also the day of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. On it we remember those who have risked or lost their lives in what they perceived as the pursuit of justice and peace.

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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