Friday, October 17, 2014

Duxbury Interfaith Council 17th Anniversary


The Duxbury Interfaith Council invites you to learn more about the past and present religious diversity in Duxbury, Massachusetts.  Join us at the library (http://www.duxburyfreelibrary.org/) the first Thursday evening in November. 

http://duxburyhistory.org/publications/


Patrick Browne, former Executive Director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

Bishop Tom



Today the Sisters of St. Margaret greeted with sadness the news of the death of the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE. Bishop Tom was our community’s Bishop Visitor for many of the twenty years he served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Our connection with him has spanned decades; some of our Sisters remember him as a young brother celebrating the Eucharist at our convent. And so it is with both a heavy heart and the firm conviction of his future resurrection that we keep him and his brothers and family in our prayers.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Glory of the Holy Angels




Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

- Collect for Saint Michael and All Angels 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

a wonderful way to close your weekend


Join us in Duxbury, MA, for a service of prayer, readings, silence, and above all singing inspired by the Community in Taize, France.

Join us at St. Margaret's in Duxbury this Sunday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland counts



Thinking about Scotland tonight as the counting begins. I hadn't realized that they don't put out election results until they are all in and the count is final.  Media is not to analyze anything while the polls are open.  Wow.  That certainly would make for a different election and less media influence.  I wonder what Bush vs. Gore would have been like...


And it's so close.  Now that the polls have closed, BBC is up and running.

And so I have discovered something astonishing.  I had been saying earlier today that it seemed close enough that a recount was certain. But look at this:

So could they do a recount? The short answer is no.
The Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly has made it clear that all votes are counted locally, that concerns about the count must be resolved locally, but "the closeness of the vote will not in itself be a sufficient reason" for a recount at any of the 32 count centres around Scotland.
She adds: "There is only one result - the aggregate of all 32 local totals."
'Respect the result'
And any recounts done locally, unless it was the last count centre to declare, would be done without the knowledge of how people had voted elsewhere - and so without knowing how close, or not, it might be on the national stage.
Wow. Just wow.

bbc.com is running live updates now that the polls have closed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-scotland-29130277

I can understand why Scotland might want to do such a thing, given that no one likes to feel controlled or helpless to determine his or her own fate. But practically? Just thinking about the logistics and the actual, monetary cost of a split, never mind a host of other issues and over 300 years of successful union, I just can't see a yes vote as logical, as appealing as it might sound.

Fortunately, this is up to residents of Scotland, not Massachusetts.

Let us pray that the right choice is made and that hard feelings created in this process are healed sooner rather than later.

Someday I'll have to find a way to get back to Scotland myself. I'm sure it will still be a topic of much discussion whatever the results may be.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hildegard

Abbess of Bingen and Mystic, 1179


Sirach 43:1-2, 6-7, 9-12, 27-28
The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky,
as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.
It is the moon that marks the changing seasons,
governing the times, their everlasting sign.
From the moon comes the sign for festal days,
a light that wanes when it completes its course.
The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven,
a glittering array in the heights of the Lord.
On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places;
they never relax in their watches.
Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it;
it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
It encircles the sky with its glorious arc;
the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.
We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: "He is the all."
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
For he is greater than all his works.


St. Hildegard von Bingen - Spiritus Sanctus


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holy Cross Day celebration this afternoon


3PM Holy Eucharist 

followed by ice cream

and coffee - always coffee!

Doesn't get much better.