Calendar

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All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day
Nov 1 all-day
All Saints Day.  Readings.
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3
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5
Pentecost XXII
Pentecost XXII
Nov 5 all-day
The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. (Proper 26). Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for All Saints’ Church, Smyrna.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Pentecost XXIII
Pentecost XXIII
Nov 12 all-day
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. (Proper 27). Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for Church of the Messiah, Pulaski.
13
14
15
16
17
18
The Confession of St. Peter, Apostle 5:35 pm
The Confession of St. Peter, Apostle
Nov 18 @ 5:35 pm – 6:35 pm
The Confession of St. Peter, Apostle. 
19
Pentecost XIV
Pentecost XIV
Nov 19 all-day
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.  (Proper 28). Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for St. Augustine’s Chapel, (Vanderbilt), Nashville.
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21
22
23
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23 all-day
Thanksgiving Day.  Readings.
24
25
26
The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King
The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King
Nov 26 all-day
The Last Sunday after Pentecost, or, Christ the King Sunday. (Proper 29). Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for St. Mark’s, Antioch.
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28
29
30
Saint Andrew, Apostle
Saint Andrew, Apostle
Nov 30 all-day
St. Andrew, Apostle.  Readings. From James Kiefer’s Hagiographies.
Nov
23
Thu
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23 all-day

Thanksgiving Day.  Readings.

Nov
26
Sun
The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King
Nov 26 all-day

The Last Sunday after Pentecost, or, Christ the King Sunday. (Proper 29). Readings.

Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt's Visitation for St. Mark's, Antioch.

Nov
30
Thu
Saint Andrew, Apostle
Nov 30 all-day

St. Andrew, Apostle.  Readings.

From James Kiefer's Hagiographies.

Dec
3
Sun
Advent I
Dec 3 all-day

Advent I. Readings.

Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt's Visitation for Church of the Advent, Nashville.

Dec
10
Sun
Advent II
Dec 10 all-day

Advent II.  Readings.

Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt's Visitation for Christ Church Cathedral.

Dec
16
Sat
Ordination to the Priesthood – Naomi Tutu @ Christ Church Cathedral
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
17
Sun
Advent III
Dec 17 all-day

Advent III.  Readings.

Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt's Visitation for St. David's Church, Nashville.

Dec
21
Thu
St. Thomas
Dec 21 all-day

St. Thomas, Apostle.  Readings.

From James Kiefer:

"The Apostle Thomas (Hebrew or Aramaic for "twin") was also called "Didymus" (Greek for "twin"). He was absent when the Risen Lord appeared to the other apostles on the evening of Easter Day, and refused to believe that Christ had indeed risen until he had seen him for himself, but when he had seen Him, he said to Him, "My Lord and My God." (John 20:19-29)

Because of this episode, he has been known ever since as "Doubting Thomas." But we ought also to remember his earlier words, when Jesus announced His intention of going to the Jerusalem area, brushing aside the protests of His disciples that His life was in danger there, at which Thomas said to the others: "Let us also go, that we may die with him." (John 11:7,8,16) If Thomas was pessimistic, he was also sturdily loyal.

At the Last Supper, Jesus said: "I go to prepare a place for you.... And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." Thomas replied: "Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way?" To this Jesus answered: "I am the way, the truth and the life." (John 14:1-6)

Thomas is mentioned again (John 21) as one of the seven disciples who were fishing on the Sea of Galilee (Sea of Tiberias) when the Risen Lord appeared to them. Aside from this he appears in the New Testament only as a name on lists of the Apostles. A couple of centuries later a story was circulating in the Mediterranean world that he had gone to preach in India; and there is a Christian community in India (the Kerala district) that claims descent from Christians converted by the the preaching of Thomas.

The tradition among Christians in India is that Thomas was speared to death near Madras, and accordingly he is often pictured holding a spear. Paintings of martyrs often show them holding or accompanied by the instruments with which they were put to death.

A recently discovered work called the Gospel of Thomas is a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus. I know of no scholarly support for the notion that it is the work of the Apostle Thomas, but some scholars think that some of the sayings in it may be authentic sayings of Jesus.

Poem

These things did Thomas hold for real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of blood and bone.
His brittle certainties denied
that one could live when one had died,
until his fingers read like Braille
the markings of the spear and nail.
May we, O God, by grace believe
and, in believing, still receive
the Christ who held His raw palms out
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

(Thomas Troeger, 1984, Psalter/Hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church)"

Dec
24
Sun
Advent IV
Dec 24 all-day

Advent IV.  Readings.

Advent IV / Christmas Eve
Dec 24 all-day

Christmas Eve.  Christmas Day I Readings.