In Anticipation of Holy week – 2021

Cyril – Bishop of Jerusalem, 386

Cyril is the one we have most to thank for the development of catechetical instruction and liturgical observances during Lent and Holy Week. Born in Jerusalem about 315, Cyril became bishop of that city probably in 349. In the course of political and ecclesiastical disputes, he was banished and restored three times. His Catechetical Lectures on the Christian faith, given before Easter to candidates for Baptism, were probably written by him sometime between 348 and 350.

The work consists of an introductory lecture, or Procatechesis, and eighteen Catecheses based upon the articles of the creed of the Church at Jerusalem, All these lectures (the earliest catechetical materials surviving today) may have been used many times over by Cyril and his successors, and considerably revised in the process. They were probably part of the pre-baptismal instruction that Egeria, a pilgrim nun from western Europe, witnessed at Jerusalem in the fourth century and described with great enthusiasm in the account of her pilgrimage. Many of the faithful would also attend these instructions.

Cyril’s five Mystagogical Catecheses on the Sacraments, intended for the newly baptized after Easter, are now thought to have been composed, or at least revised, by John, Cyril’s successor as Bishop of Jerusalem from 386 to 417.

It is likely that it was Cyril who instituted the observances of Palm Sunday and Holy Week during the latter years of his episcopate in Jerusalem. In doing so, he was taking practical steps to organize devotions for countless pilgrims and local inhabitants around the sacred sites. In time, as pilgrims returned to their homes from Palestine, these services were to influence the development of Holy Week observances throughout the entire Church. Cyril attended the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople, in 381, and died at Jerusalem on March 18, 386.*

Collect of the Day

Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem and Teacher of the Faith, 386

O God, our heavenly Father, you raised up your faithful servant Cyril to be a Bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (

Holy week begins on March 28, 2021 this year with Palm Sunday. We open the service with “The Liturgy of the Palms” remembering Our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. Holy week is a time to immerse ourselves in the faith by walking in the Lord’s steps and remembering His life and ministry. Join us for Holy week this year to deepen and transform your faith. The scheduled services are listed on the calendar tab, as well as an entry on this page.

We will be together, with covid precautions, after many months of modified worship. Beginning on Palm Sunday, each service will start at the scheduled time and will be a continuous liturgy. Holy week is remarkable week in the life of the church and each individual believer. The culmination of this week for centuries was the Easter Eve vigil. We continue that tradition and invite you to experience the many blessings this week bestows upon the faithful.

*Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 3805-3819). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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St. Patrick – Bishop & Missionary of Ireland 461

Collect for the Day

Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.*

Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northwest coast of Britain in about 390. His grandfather had been a Christian priest and his father, Calpornius, a deacon. Calpornius was an important official in the late Roman imperial government of Britain. It was not unusual in this post-Constantinian period for such state officials to be in holy orders. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian. He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop, although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year 431.

Tradition holds that Patrick landed not far from the place of his earlier captivity, near what is now known as Downpatrick (a “down” or “dun” is a fortified hill, the stronghold of a local Irish king). He then began a remarkable process of missionary conversion throughout the country that continued until his death, probably in 461. He made his appeal to the local kings and through them to their tribes. Christianizing the old pagan religion as he went, Patrick erected Christian churches over sites already regarded as sacred, had crosses carved on old druidic pillars, and put sacred wells and springs under the protection of Christian saints.

Many legends of Patrick’s Irish missionary travels possess substrata of truth, especially those telling of his conversion of the three major Irish High Kings. At Armagh, he is said to have established his principal church. To this day, Armagh is regarded as the primatial see of all Ireland.

Two works are attributed to Patrick: an autobiographical Confession, in which he tells us, among other things, that he was criticized by his contemporaries for lack of learning, and a Letter to Coroticus, a British chieftain. The Lorica or St. Patrick’s Breastplate (“ I bind unto myself today”) is probably not his, but it expresses his faith and zeal.

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*Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 3761-3789). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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Unqualified Praise

Here is an excerpt from the Song of the Three Young Men, part of the Old Testament Book of Daniel in some versions.

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *

you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *

on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *

in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

There is a lot of Old Testament imagery here, but what comes through strongly is the unqualified praise for God. There is no description too great for him.

What a contrast with our daily life! Famous people in political life, sports, entertainment, even in the Church, fail, disappoint, even get entangled in scandal. God alone is worthy of unlimited praise forever. If you want to follow someone, pick God. Here is some good news: God wants to live with you forever! Join us and find out more. Our Sunday liturgy begins at 10:00 am.
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A Prayer for Tuesday

A prayer for the Tuesday that follows the third Sunday in Lent:

Heavenly Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look with compassion upon the heartfelt desires of your servants, and purify our disordered affections, that we may behold your eternal glory in the face of Christ Jesus; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This is good news! God has made us for himself, to live with him forever. That is why our hearts are restless until they rest in God (the phrase comes from St. Augustine, who wrote around 400 A.D.). The way to God is both easy and hard. God draws us and wants us by to live with him, but we must be willing to let him purify our disordered affections, our pride and misplaced priorities. We must become humble and obedient, but humility and obedience are appropriate when confronting the creator and sustainer of the universe.

Remember to Spring Forward by one hour this Saturday night! Otherwise you will be late for our 10:00 am to Noon liturgy.

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Holy Week worship schedule – 2021

Holy Week and Easter Schedule2021

March 28th – Palm Sunday

One Service 10:00 am

April 1st – Maundy Thursday

Agape Meal 6:30 pm

Followed by Eucharist

Virtual vigil at the altar of repose – Thursday 9:00 pm until Noon Good Friday

Stations of the Cross

Friday at Noon & 7:00 pm

April 3rd – Easter Eve Mass

7:00 pm – Celebration of New Light & Mass

April 4th – Easter

10:00 am
Cristus Rex
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March 8, 2021 – Monday Morning

Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.1

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for- ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have com-passion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.2

For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with ever-lasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.3 I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.4

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.5 The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.6

1Isa 38:17; 2Mic 7:18,19; 3Isa 54:7,8; 4Jer 31:34; 5Psa 32:1,2; 61Jo 1:7; (From Bagster’s Daily Light KJV)

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The Lord will Provide

In Genesis Chapter 22 we read about a time where there were only a handful of followers of the true God, Abraham and his family. God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the sands on the seashore. A son, Isaac, was born to show that the promise was beginning to be fulfilled. Then a shocking development: God told Abraham to take his son Isaac to a mountain called Moriah and to sacrifice him there. Abraham could not see how this was consistent with God’s promises but he obeyed and set out. As they drew near to the mountain, Isaac asked what was going on: “We have the fire and the wood, but where is the victim for the sacrifice?” Abraham answered, “The Lord will provide the sacrifice.” He spoke in faith, better than he knew. He actually got to the point of binding Isaac and raising a knife to kill him, when God stopped him, saying “I see that you trust me.” Abraham looked up and found a ram caught in a thicket. It turned out as he had said, God provided a sacrificial victim. 

This story was foundational for the Jewish people. Mount Moriah came to be identified with the hill on which the city of Jerusalem and its grand Temple were later built. 

Fast forward to about 30 A.D.  Jesus, a preacher from Nazareth in the north country, came to Jerusalem. There he was arrested and condemned by the religious leaders and executed, at their request, by the Roman governor. His dispirited followers at first hid to avoid being arrested themselves. Then after three days Jesus returned from the dead. 

Looing through the Jewish writings to try to make sense of this, the early Christians (who were Jews) pondered Genesis Chapter 22. They realized that, just as God had provided a sacrifice for Abraham on Mount Moriah, God had again, this time once and for all, provided a sacrifice to take away sins (and evil and death). They realized that God’s plan had been in place ever since the beginning of the Jewish people.

Join us and learn more about the fascinating history of God’s plan to save humanity.

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Lent Has Begun!

Lent is a church season that gives us an opportunity to prepare for Easter. We will appreciate Jesus’ Resurrection more fully if we first ponder our situation without Jesus, oppressed by sin, evil, and death. There is nothing we can do about that situation by ourselves. It took God’s action in Jesus to address the problem. 

Many people think about Lent as a time to give something up. That can be helpful if it keeps us focused on Jesus. But don’t think that by avoiding chocolate you can somehow earn God’s favor. God’s favor is a free gift that can never be deserved. By all means give something up if it helps you increase your love for God, but don’t think that it will make God love you. God already loves you! He gave his son Jesus to live and die to save you.

Another approach for Lent is to take on something new. Try daily prayers. Go to church regularly. At St. Barnabas, you can participate in our weekly class on St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. That will be on Tuesday evenings. This will be a zoom Bible study on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m.. If you’re interested, email us at We’ll send you a link to attend the course. Our first session begins on Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
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Experiencing Saturday as a sacred day

He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied.1

Jesus … said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.2 He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.3

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.4 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which be purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.5 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.6

After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.7 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.8

(Bagster’s Daily Light – KJV)

1Isa 53:11; 2Joh 19:30; 32Co 5:21; 4Isa 43:21; 5Eph 3:10,11; 6Eph 2:7; 7Eph 1:13,14; 81Pe 2:9;

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Zoom

Zoom in to our virtual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 pm.  Whip up your best batter, grill them to perfection and bring them to our zoom meeting!  Be prepared to virtually share your stack!  This gathering will be fun with memories from the past.

Empty your larders and join your church family for this last celebration before Lent. 

Remember Ash Wednesday begins Wednesday, February 17th, with services at Noon and 6:30 pm with an imposition of ashes.

Lent Schedule

February Calendar

Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30 pm

Shrove Tuesday Virtual Zoom Pancake Dinner

Wednesday, February 17th,  Noon and 6:30 pm @ St. Barnabas

Ash Wednesday

Noon Service of Imposition of Ashes

 6:30 pm Imposition of Ashes

Tuesdays of Lent, 7:00 pm – Zoom Meeting

Discipleship/Explored – Bible Study

Handbook Provided

If you have not received an invitation, send an email to:

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