Parishoner Reflection, Hildegard of Bingen, 2021 Oyster Roast
Parishoner Reflection, Hildegard of Bingen,  2021 Oyster Roast

While Christ Church is without a priest, individuals in our church family will be asked to contribute brief reflections to our monthly newsletter.

The Daily Office
a Reflection by
Heather and Ed Gallop

From the rising of the sun to its going down, let the name of the Lord be praised. (Psalm 113:3)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth (Psalm 100:1)

The daily office is the prayer of the whole church. We say this all of the time on our daily office livestreams, but it’s not just lip-service. The daily office (in it’s many forms) is prayed by all monastics and priests and many of the laity of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as the Roman Catholic Church. It’s prayed by many priests and most all religious orders of the Anglican Communion as well. The liturgies of each tradition are so similar that sometimes I mix them up in my head. Sadly many of the laity of the Episcopal Church aren’t aware of the richness available to all of us in our Book of Common Prayer. An entire prayer life is contained within its pages.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, September 17

Hildegard of Bingen, born in 1098, and whose saint day is September 17, was the most remarkable of women.  She was the abbess of a German Benedictine monastery and a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic and visionary.  There are more surviving chants by Hildegard than by any other composer from the entire Middle Ages.  Her music pushes the boundaries of traditional Gregorian chant and is highly melismatic (many notes set to just one syllable of a word).  A deep reverence for the Virgin Mary is reflected in her music.

Hildegard is considered the founder of natural scientific history in Germany and was the author of the oldest surviving morality play entitled Ordo virtutum, an allegory of the Christian story of sin, confession, repentance and forgiveness.  In this play it is notable that it is the female Virtues who restore the fallen to the community of the faithful, not the male Patriarchs or Prophets.  

Hildegard was also the author of two books of medicine, the first “Physica” describes the scientific and medicinal properties of minerals, plants and animals and the second “Causae et Curae” explores the causes and cure of various diseases.  

Hildegard is the most recorded of all medieval composers.  It is ethereal, spiritual, and mystical, and we should all experience the music of this amazing woman!

- Lynn Gardner, Organist and Choirmaster

What's Happening at
Christ Episcopal Church?

Loaves and Fishes continues to serve to-go meals to the community, now a monthly event.  Plans for a September 29 drive through meal  are in place with a skeleton crew under the dedicated leadership of David Cole.  The Daily Office is being read by an ecumenical group from Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m., please join in. We are pleased to be back to worship in person!  Join us at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.  Bible study, with the study of Acts in the Parish House Library, will start back on September 12.   Our main fundraiser, The Dan Prince and Gene Medley Memorial Oyster Roast returns this year!  Save the date, it is currently scheduled for November 5, 2021 with money and reservations due on November 1.  Details are below - sign up and purchase your tickets and raffle tickets today.  Thanks to all!
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