Tuesday, December 26, 2017


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
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
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

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

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.


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.