Sunday, October 03, 2010

St. Francis Celebrated @ All Saints Church

It was an "all things bright and beautiful" day at All Saints today where the Feast of St. Francis was celebrated with a wonderful sermon about the radical discipleship of Francis as peacemaker and bridge builder -- AND the blessing of MANY beasts on the lawn during the 9am "Eucharist al fresco" celebration.

Take a look at a just a few of the blessed beasts here:

And watch an excerpt from the rector's sermon here:

(See the entire sermon on the All Saints website sermon pages ... due to be posted momentarily.)


LGMarshall said...

Something about 'blessing' the pets that doesn't sit quite right.... It's a nice gesture... but thinking it sends a false message. That is... Mankind was created in God's image and has a Divine spark to know the Creator... but the plants & animals do not merit the same value in God's eyes. Sadly, our Fido may not be in heaven with us... but I still hold out hope.

Yet God says...'Outside [the City Gates of Heaven] are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.."

LGMarshall said...

Teen suicide always a horrible and tragic occurrence. An unfathomable anguish for all involved.

Strange that Fr. Bacon blames Christians...and Focus on the Family as today, 2010, is the MOST accepting and approving of Homosexual behaviour ever on the face of the planet. Blanket acceptance & approval in media, entertainment, academia, etc.

Fr. Bacon should mention....Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Scientologists, etc., as they are way more harsh against homosexuals than Bible Believers, and even call for capital punishment in some instances.

I think there may more to this than meets the eye...

uffda51 said...

The only possible response to the above posts is "How about those Dodgers?"


@uffda -- exactly. (See also: Wait til next year!)

And @LG -- I'm not going to even touch the blessing pet issue but on the youth-at-risk-issue I could not disagree more strongly and am deeply grateful to be part of a parish that "gets" that since "Christian Values" have been perverted to fan the flames of homophobia it's up to Christians to step up and speak out do undo the damage done in our name.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Ed Bacon is a Giant of Justice. Flat out. We are so blessed to have him in The Episcopal Church.