Sunday, March 23 was the Third Sunday in Lent. We continue with our specialLenten service in which Morning Prayer is replaced by chanting the Litany or General Supplication for God’s mercy, which is chanted by the entire congregation in the ancient tradition. Bishop Hartley noted that during Lent the scripture readings teach the basis of moral living: our goal is to cast our sin and acquire virtue.
In the Epistle for the day, Ephesians 5:1, St. Paul discusses how to avoid unclean living. In the Gospel lesson, St. Luke 11:14, Jesus casts out a devil, showing that he is stronger than Satan. He proves his power over evil and proves that we must trust His power. These two readings show us that we must avoid self-indulgence and follow Jesus.
During announcements the Bishop reported on the trip he and Mrs. Hartley made last week to western Kentucky where he presided over the ordination of Thomas Hiter to the presthood. The event took place at Christ Chapel in Fair Dealing, Kentucky. We met Tom when he came to St. Francis to be made a Deacon and now he is a prest as of Saturday, March 22.
Chandler Connell has been accepted as a cadet at the Unikted States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and will report there on July 1, following in the footsteps of his father, Brian, who is a Navy veteran.
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