Friday, March 30, 2018

Rabboni By C. Russell Elliott



Easter 2018

Easter mornings were once filled with joyful greetings such as, “Alleluia, the Lord is Risen”, with the joyful response, “He is Risen indeed, Alleluia”, a word that had not been heard throughout the sombre days of Lent. In my private prayer and devotions through Easter my heart spends hours with the faithful beside the empty tomb, and I hear or feel the almost-breathless, almost-unspoken, loud whispered “Rabboni” of Mary Magdalene, a dear friend of our Lord. Some have suggested, or wanted, something sexual in that word, but there is far too much profound depth of love that touches one’s soul to imply anything less. How very much I pray that my Saviour may look upon me, call me by name—then I may know that all is well between us once more.

Many years ago I heard a soloist sing, in Handel’s Messiah, the aria ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’—my soul was lost in awe and wonder by her voice. Every Easter since then, in my meditation and devotions around Easter morning, I stand at the empty tomb with the faithful that includes Mary. I hear her whispered Rabboni that touches my soul; and in that precious moment Mary and the soloist become one voice pressing upon my heart and soul: I know that my Redeemer liveth. Rabboni, My Master!

My Easter is rich in glory. May Christianity’s triumphant Easter Alleluia bring its glory into every soul.

Canon C. Russell Elliott  is a long time SSJD Associate 




Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ORDO – FEBRUARY, 2018


Some Resources for Daily Readings, collects and biographical information


For All the Saints
A resource to accompany the Calendar of Holy Persons in the BAS. It includes propers for memorials, commemorations, and saints’ days, along with biographical information and primary source readings.
Download the PDF HERE

Holy Women, Holy Men
The liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church of the USA
Download the PDF HERE

The Lectionary Page
Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and additions from a Great Cloud of Witnesses 
Calendar with links to the Collects and Readings for each day.
Find the website HERE

Download the  SSJD February Ordo HEREPlease note that many monastic communities follow their own list of commemorations and many of the celebrations will not be listed in any of these resources.

Sunday Eucharist - Year B; Weekday Eucharist and Divine Office - Year 2

Please Note: FAS = For All the Saints; HWHM = Holy Women, Holy Men;
for Special Collect/Propers, see Sacristan

Th 1 at EP: 1st EP of The Presentation of the Lord (BAS p 495) (D-PS)

Fr 2 The Presentation of the Lord, BAS p 401 (D-PS)

Sa 3 St Anskar, Missionary Bishop in Denmark and Sweden, 865 (FAS) (S)

Su 4 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 5), BAS p 353
St Gilbert, Abbot and Religious Founder, 1189 (Special Propers) (C)

Mo 5 Martyrs of Japan, 1596 (FAS) (C)

Tu 6 John Smith of Demerara, Martyr for Emancipation, 1824 (BAS Common of a Martyr) (C)

Th 8 at EP: 1st EP Hannah Grier Coome, Religious, Founder of SSJD, 1921 (D-PS)
Psalms 1, 15 1st Lesson: Proverbs 2: 1-9
2nd Lesson: Luke 14: 27-33
(or suitable alternatives)

Fr 9 Hannah Grier Coome, Religious, Founder of SSJD, 1921 (Special Propers) (D-PS)
at MP: Psalms 42, 93 Lesson: Luke 18: 18-22
at EP: Psalms 34, 84 1st Lesson: Isaiah 60: 18-end
2nd Lesson: Matthew 5: 1-16
(or suitable alternatives)

Sa 10 St Scholastica, Monastic, 543 (Special Propers) (S)

Su 11 Last Sunday after Epiphany, (Transfiguration), BAS p 397
at EP: Divine Office Sentence & Collect BAS. p. 418

For Divine Office Sunday through Tuesday
Psalms & Lessons : BAS Week of the Beginning of Lent, BAS p. 458
Sentence & Collect : BAS p. 418

Weekday Eucharist Monday & Tuesday use readings for Proper 6

We 14 Ash Wednesday, BAS p 281
St Cyril, Monk, and St Methodius, Bishop, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869, 885 (FAS) (C)

Thursday through Saturday:
Eucharist readings are now found on BAS p 500;
Use Ash Wednesday Sentence & Collect, BAS pages 286 and 281
Daily Office readings continue as on BAS p 458

Fr 16 Requiem

Su 18 First Sunday in Lent, BAS p 286

We 21 Ministry Day - Special Propers at Eucharist & use Ordination Litany Form A - BAS p.661
for the Intercessions; additional collect at MP& EP

Fr 23 St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, 156 (FAS) (S)

Ministry Day – Special and hymn for ministry at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer

Sa 24 Ministry Day – Special collect and hymn for ministry at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer
Lindel Tsen, Anglican Bishop of Honan, 1954, and Paul Sasaki, Bishop of Mid-Japan and
Tokyo, 1946 (FAS) (C)


Su 25 Second Sunday in Lent, BAS p p 288

Mo 26 Florence Li Tim-Oi, First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion,
1992 (FAS, p 781)(C)

Tu 27 George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633 (FAS) (C)

We 28 Joseph Sandy, Deacon among the Naskapi and Cree, 1978 (BAS Common of a Pastor) (C)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

ORDO - JANUARY 2018

Definition of ORDO
a list of offices and feasts of the  Church for each day of the year



Some Resources for Daily Readings, collects and biographical information


For All the Saints
A resource to accompany the Calendar of Holy Persons in the BAS. It includes propers for memorials, commemorations, and saints’ days, along with biographical information and primary source readings.
Download the PDF HERE

Holy Women, Holy Men
The liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church of the USA
Download the PDF HERE

The Lectionary Page
Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and additions from a Great Cloud of Witnesses 
Calendar with links to the Collects and Readings for each day.
Find the website HERE

Download SSJD's January Ordo HEREPlease note that many monastic communities follow their own list of commemorations and many of the celebrations will not be listed in any of these resources.
Sunday Eucharist - Year B; Weekday Eucharist and Divine Office - Year 2Please Note: FAS = For All the Saints; HWHM = Holy Women, Holy Men;
for Special Collect/Propers
Mo 1 The Naming of Jesus (D-PS)
World Day of Peace. New Year's Day. BAS p 277
Collects:
1. The Naming of Jesus
2. World Day of Peace
3. New Year's Day (Special Collect)
Tu 2 St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors, 379, 389 (FAS)We 3 St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr, 1170 (FAS) (S)Fr 5 at EP: 1st EP of the Epiphany of the Lord (PF) (see BAS p 457)Sa 6 The Epiphany of the Lord, BAS p 279 (PF)
at EP: Collects 1. Epiphany
2. Baptism of the Lord
Su 7 The Baptism of the Lord. (First Sunday After Epiphany, Proper 1), BAS p 348Tu 9 RequiemWe 10 William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr, 1645, (FAS) (C)
at EP: 1st EP of the Holy Innocents (D)
Psalm 23 1st Lesson: Isaiah 60: 4-9
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21: 1-7
Th 11 The Holy Innocents, BAS p 398 (D)
(At the Holy Eucharist, use Jeremiah 31: 15-17 for Epistle)
Fr 12 John Horden, Missionary, Bishop of Moosonee, 1893 (FAS) (C)Su 14 Second Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 2), BAS p 349-35
Henry Irwin, Missionary in British Columbia, 1902 (BAS Common of a Missionary) (C)
Mo 15 Richard Meux Benson, Religious, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist,
1915 (FAS) (C)
Tu 16 St Anthony, Abbot in Egypt, 356 (FAS) (S)
at EP: 1st EP of the Consecration of the Convent Chapel of St John the Divine (D-PS)
Psalms 48, 122 1st Lesson: Haggai 2: 1-9
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 3: 9-17

18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Unity Candle burns all week, and Unity Collect at
each Office
We 17 The Consecration of the Convent Chapel of St John the Divine (D-PS) (Special
Propers)
at MP: Psalm 132 Lesson: John 10: 22-30
EP: Psalms 29, 46 1st Lesson: 1 Kings 8: 54-62
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 10: 19-25
Th 18 The Confession of St Peter the Apostle, BAS p 399 (D)Su 21 Third Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 3), BAS p 350-351
St Agnes, Martyr, 304 (FAS) (S)
We 24 Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Doctor, 1622 (FAS) (S)
at EP: 1st EP the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle (D)
Psalms 48, 122 or 84, 150 1st Lesson: Isaiah 52: 7-10
2nd Lesson: Acts 26: 9-23
Th 25 The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle, BAS p 400 (D)Fr 26 St Timothy and St Titus, Apostolic Men and Missionaries (FAS) (S)Sa 27 St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor, 407 (FAS) (S)Su 28 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4), BAS 352-353
St Thomas Aquinas, Friar and Doctor, 1274 (HWHM) (S

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WAITING An Advent Reflection by SSJD Associate, The Reverend Canon Russell Elliott

WAITING
C. Russell Elliott
December, 2017

In quiet meditation the sounds of silence have their own
way of pounding upon my consciousness and demanding
attention. A glance, a thought, a memory, it makes its loud
presence known, and I find myself waiting, waiting, to know
what may follow.

Waiting is a peculiarly human thing to do. Animals seem
to do a lot of waiting, lying or crouching in seeming
relaxation, but their attention is fixed on the present.
Animals live fundamentally in the present, while humans
enjoy past, present and future. My waiting is a power
reservoir for shaping and controlling my future, what is
about to be, for me.

I wait in anticipation, in expectation, until the phone rings
or the doorbell sounds, then my hope may be fulfilled. I
wait in anxiety until the doctor’s report arrives, until my job
application is answered, trying to prepare for good or bad
news. At my current age, recently celebrating my 100th
birthday, I wait in prayerful patience to hear the owl call my
name, wanting to be prepared, wanting to be like the elderly
Pope John XXIII who remarked, “My bags are packed, I am
ready to go”, my one regret always being the things still
unstarted, or unfinished.

Both nature and human nature seem to possess an inner
rhythm of working and waiting, starting and stopping,
speeding and stillness. Each year has its winter, each week
its Sabbath, each day its night. Trees bloom and shed
foliage to wait for Spring. A seed waits in dark soil until the
sun draws it up out of the soil. Every human needs to wait
full nine months before separating from mother to fend for
itself.

I wait, I undergo darkness, and cold and anxiety, and my
waiting may be long or short, fruitful or unfruitful, good or
bad, all outside the limiting bounds of space and time. Only
then may I begin to appreciate, only then may I begin to
understand, God Himself, and His enduring way with me.

During his Bar Mitzvah temple-visit, Jesus waited behind
because of total absorption in what was happening,
forgetting family and home because of his heavenly Father’s
business. On many occasions, He waited instead of saying
an angry word or doing a hurting act. He waited in silence,
He waited in sorrow, He waited in pain. Who is not moved
to probe the mind and heart of Jesus as He waited for
Lazarus to die, for Peter to deny Him, for Judas to betray
Him? Only God Himself knows fully the saving power of
waiting in love.

In the long erratic story of humankind it is God’s constant
unwavering waiting that makes salvation possible – and it is
humanity’s determined refusal to understand His waiting
that continues to delay our salvation to this very day. In
Eden all was well until Adam-humanity began to misuse
what was theirs to use, then they began to hide from God,
under the illusion that God would not know. Logically God
should then have ended humanity, but He is merciful and
He began to wait for humanity to return to righteousness or
goodness. Earth is no longer heaven, humanity is no longer
righteous, its habitat is a dark and menacing thorns-andthistles
wilderness, and Cain cries that his punishment is
more than he can bear, though it is of his own making.
Righteousness or goodness is the normal way of life for
every human.

And God still waits, in eternal patience. Age upon age,
place after place, individual after individual, God tried
reaching out hopefully, each one eventually losing the way.
Moses and Israel may have been the most promising, but
finally God regretfully had to admit that they too ‘should
not enter into my rest’. Jesus, using a parable to speak about
Himself said ‘I will send my son, they will respect him’. His
story unfolds in Christianity’s worldwide and still erratic
path, a story of God still waiting.

Late on a weekday’s afternoon, I entered the prayer-gem
St. John’s to ponder my way. The sun through the west
window sent a colour-ray almost to the altar, the throne of
God’s Presence, the mercy seat where He waits among us. I
raise my eyes to the invisible door that opens into heaven to
join the hosts inside, while my lips soundlessly shape the
opening words of the Fourth Gospel. It is the Christmas
Gospel. The words are a painting, a portrait, of the timeless
uncreated Creator of all, the Word who is with God, Who is
God, He is Light in whom is no darkness, the Light who is
the life of all; God is Love in whom there is no darkness of
sin. Gloria in excelsis Deo, this God is made flesh and dwells
among us and we behold His glory.

Biblical scholars and other theologians have probed the
glory of Jesus as ‘God made manifest’; yet, a parable of His
own telling may do it best of all. I wonder if S. Luke himself
realized how profound, how profoundly simple, it seems
when he was writing the parable of the Prodigal Son.

I myself am the prodigal son, with good childhood
teaching, maturing with self-confidence that I can handle
liquor, drugs, casual sex, and money. But I lack knowledge
of a world bent upon sucking me dry like an Egyptian
plague, then discarded. I hit the bottom – until I
remember who I really am. In the meantime my Father
waits at home, in anxious prayer, without panic or searching,
waiting, waiting, until I remember. He cannot help to save
me until I remember that I need saving. When I turn
homewards, He rushes to meet and greet me, with rejoicing.

God waits. He knows how to wait. Eventually He will
win, He always wins. Some day He will be All-in-All again
– and I will be home, where I belong.

God waits – to win.

Someday I will rise and return to my Father’s home, as a
hired servant only, to find Him waiting, with a welcome.



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Last year Sr. Constance Joanna and The Reverend Frances Drolet-Smith, Oblate SSJD spent a lovely, lively afternoon with the Rev. Canon Russell Elliott, who became an SSJD Associate in 1945. He regaled them with stories, recalling the Cottage Hospital at Springhill where the Sisters offered nursing care. Canon Elliott recently turned 100  and has been an Associate for 70+ years!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Nova Scotia Associates gather for a day of prayer and fellowship

Today, at St. Alban's, Dartmouth , Amanda Avery, one of the original cohort of Companions, led an art-as-prayer session for some Nova Scotia SSJD Associates. Following Eucharist and lunch, Amanda gave a thoughtful reflection (complete with pictures!) on her experience as a Companion - a time, she described, of personal growth in which her faith was both strengthened and deepened.





Friday, October 27, 2017

See the World, you are ABLE! Part 7

So this is Provence.  Paradise, especially for anyone who cooks and loves all things that grow.  It smells like lavender -- fields and fields of it -- and has a laid back energy that makes you not want to leave.  From the flower market to the city square, it is glorious.  Big hint here -- ask your tour guide where the meeting place will be and what time to be there so that if you can't keep up with the crowd, at least you can ask for directions.  A person in our party was "lost", but thanks to the guide's friends, the search turned out okay.  She was in a souvenir shop.  Personally, I enjoyed the flea market more than the


Our final stop on this particular cruise was in Barcelona Spain.  Unfortunately, our camera broke so we don't have any pictures.  Barcelona is in itself an art installation -- everywhere you look, you can see the influence of those great Spanish artists -- Gaudi and Picasso.  A visit to their museums is a must as is tasting the food and experiencing the nightlife and flamenco dancers.  We were warned, however, that we had to watch out for pickpockets.  We had an extra day there so we travelled up the mountain to the Monastery at Monserrat in hopes that we could get in to see the Black Madonna or hear their famous boys' choir.  Unfortunately, the choir had left the day before and the line up for the Madonna was two hours long.  Again, God smiled upon us and we were there on a Sunday and enjoyed celebrating Mass with  people from all over the world.  So this ends our Mediterranean excursion and I hope that you will enjoy our further ventures on the cruise ships and will try to make your own memories in the future.