Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
Prayer in Honor for St. Blaise, Patron of Ailments of the Throat. O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blaise, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
February 3 is the Feast of Saint Blaise and on this date the traditional Saint Blaise blessing of throat is offered. Bishop Blaise was martyred in his episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316. The legendary Acts of St. Blaise were written 400 years later. According to them Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people. Although the Edict of Toleration (311), granting freedom of worship in the Roman Empire, was already five years old, persecution still raged in Armenia. Blaise was apparently forced to flee to the back country. There he lived as a hermit in solitude and prayer, but he made friends with the wild animals. One day a group of hunters seeking wild animals for the amphitheater stumbled upon Blaise’s cave. They were first surprised and then frightened. The bishop was kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears. The legend has it that as the hunters hauled Blaise off to prison, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone. Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia, tried to persuade Blaise to sacrifice to pagan idols. The first time Blaise refused; he was beaten. The next time he was suspended from a tree and his flesh torn with iron combs or rakes. Finally, he was beheaded.
Connection: One custom in honor of St. Blaise is for two unlit candles to be crossed in front of the throat and resting on the shoulders of bishops, priests, deacons, and evangelist so they may speak God’s word clearly.
Souper Bowl of Caring Ends February 7. Please help us restock our BPS Room with canned vegetables, canned pasta, Jell-O or pudding packs, peanut butter, popcorn, granola bars, tortillas, small packs of raisins, pancake or cake mixes, or financial contributions. As of Friday, 250 pounds of food already collected. Well done! The BPS Box will be by the chapel for your food contribution.
NOTE from Brad: Please view and share the video created by our youth about Souper Bowl of Caring from our YouTube page HERE.
Collecting Dried Palms for Ash Wednesday: Thank you for bringing your dried palms to church, placing them in the wicker baskets in the foyer or by the chapel before February 11.
Ash Wednesday Services
On February 17 Ash Wednesday Services will be held via Facebook Live at Noon and 6:00 PM. Yes, you may come in person if you believe it is safe. It’s your choice. The evening service will have music, just like Sunday mornings.
What about the Imposition of Ashes? You will have a several choices.
- There will be disposable plastic containers with ashes in the chapel for you to pick up Sunday, February 7 so you may place on the foreheads of your family during the services on the 17th of February.
- If you come in person, the ashes may be applied to your forehead with an individual cotton-tipped STERILE applicator.
- ‘Ashes to Go’ will be available in the parking lot from 7-8 AM, 1-2 PM, and 7-8 PM with Fr. Galen+ applying them to your forehead with an individual cotton-tipped STERILE applicator.
- Ashes will NOT be applied by human touch.
If you have questions, ideas, or inspirations contact Fr. Galen before February 10th.
Educational Connections and Zoom Links
Weekday Services, Events, and Education
Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.
Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead, Wednesday Eucharist for Households.
*****Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live Only: Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel viaFacebook Live
Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Mark 8:14-10:31. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100
Episcopal 4U has been moved to Wednesday’s.
Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
BackPack Shepherd Board Meeting is Thursday, February 4 beginning at 6:30 PM at Good Shepherd with social distancing.
Good Shepherd Zoom Vestry Retreat is Saturday, February 6, 2021 beginning with login at 9:45 AM. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 AM.
Facebook Live this Sunday.
Sunday Christian Formation Class-Epiphany V, Year B, Sunday, February 7 at 9:00 AM.
Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-12, 21c, I Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39. Join us via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
Holy Eucharist Rite II-Epiphany V, Year B, Sunday, February 7 at 10:15 AM.
Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-12, 21c, I Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39. Join us on Facebook Live
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