Volume 6, Issue 23

Trinity II 2013A.D.

When the Son of Man Returns ...

Will He Find Enough Faith On Earth?

Editorial With Autumn upon us and the Feast of Christ the King com-

ing soon, we present the Trinity II edition of Koinonia. Echoing the second coming, artticles on Apocalyptic, Heaven, Faith and Morals, Tradition are relevant for our times The cover page tells a lesson from the past thanks to Bishop Jayaraj’s travelogue. It reminds us of what could happen to the footprints of Christianity, its faith and morals, just not architecturally but to our spiritual and moral fabric. When the Son of Man returns will he find enough faith on earth? Also. Holly’s reporting on Don Piper’s talk during synod, reminds us of the hope of Heaven that should direct us in all our ways as we await His glorious and Second Coming. To continue this mission, we need priests and deacons: we are grateful to God for Fr. Martin Dickinson and the two new congregations that are marching on. Canon Patrick Comerford’s story of the restoration of the convent is indicative of our spiritual need to stay alive, survive the exigencies of time, with loyalty to God and His Holy Word as presenved, protected and passed on by the Apostolic Tradition: May we be ever ready for His Coming!

Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary welcomes you!
As per the recommendation of the Synod of 2011, we have the rendering of the Missalette with commentaries for all our church use. More visitors- friendly in two colors explaining different parts of the Holy Mass according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the American / Anglican Missal. Let us learn it so that we can help newcomers cherish the Holy Mass.

Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary (HTAS) is owned and administrated by the Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite of the diocese of Holy Trinity and Great Plains. It’s location in Kansas City, mid-America makes travel easy to meet the campus schedule. It forms part of a long tradition of the Holy Catholic Church of Anglican Rite and continues this important work of evangelization of the Kingdom of Christ in the United States of America and beyond its mission territories. With the advancement of communications, Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary will offer online and on campus training for its students. Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary firmly believes that Good Formation will ensure FRUITFUL Ministry. Keeping in mind the Great Commission of the Lord, HTAS will train its candidates in strong Scriptural foundation, Sacramental worship in the Apostolic Tradition as enunciated in the conservative Anglican Tradition. With qualified faculty and commitment to the cause of priestly formation, Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary is set to impart the traditional Anglican orthodoxy even in the emerging social and pastoral challenges. The seminary will also offer courses for lay students as well. The Seminary primarily serves the Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite while students belonging to other denominations are welcome to participate in our program of study and reflection. The Holy Trinity Anglican Seminary will soon be accredited with a view to conferring the Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Holy Catholic Church pays special attention to the formation of her ministers. Church directives require that candidate to the priesthood undergo a minimum of three years devoted to an intense and specifically priestly formation. These directives are implemented at this seminary, with particular emphasis on the Anglican traditions of the Holy Catholic Church.

Join the Morning and Evening Prayer call during this Lent. Wake up with God. You can join the prayer conference in the rhythm of daily morning and evening prayer. We have dedicated clergy and postulants faithfully hosting the prayer call daily at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm central time. Ask your clergy for the phone number.

In the Koinonia masthead, the circle with the cross in the center symbolizes the paten and the diverse elements which form a whole. The Mosaic represents the great cloud of witnesses and the church tradition. The red in the letters represents the blood of Christ with the font comprised of individual pieces of letters that are not joined until the blood unifies them. Koinonia is the official publication of the Anglican Province of the Holy Catholic Church-Anglican Rite (HCCAR) aka Anglican Rite Catholic Church. It is published quarterly at St. James Anglican Church, 8107 S. Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131. Phone: 816.361.7242 Fax: 816.361.2144. Editors: The Rt. Rev. Leo Michael & Holly Michael, Koinonia header: Phil Gilbreath; email: koinonia@holycatholicanglican.org or visit us on the web at: www.holycatholicanglican.org Cover picture: The Sanctuary of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Bishop Edmund Jayaraj.

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The Story that Dn. Bill Brummet Cherished:
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene. One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed

it with descriptive words. Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’ Epilogue: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. ‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’ The origin of this letter is unknown.

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Footprints of Christianity

Travelogue by Bishop Edmund Jayaraj

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Left and top:Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) now a museum, with medallians describing Allah and Mohammed. Pulpit below

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stanbul is the modern name of Constantinople named after the Christian Emperor Constantine the Great. The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew 1 has his Episcopal throne here. Three Ecumenical Councils of the Church, the Second, Fifth and Sixth met here on the orders of the Emperor to shape the great Christian doctrines of the Church. The Second Council (Constantinople 381 under the Emperor Constantine the Great) formally promulgated the Nicene Creed where the Fathers decreed that Jesus is fully God and fully Man. Also the Holy Ghost is God, co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Third Council (Constantinople 553 under Emperor Justinian the Great) condemned the heresy of maximizing the humanity of Jesus at the cost of His Divinity. The Sixth Council (Constantinople 680 under the Emperor Constantine Pogonatus) condemned the heresy of Monothelitism which said that Jesus had only one Will, the Divine Will. The Council Fathers decreed that Jesus had two Wills, a Divine Will and a Human Will but both acted in unison and perfect harmony. Though there are numerous attractions in Istanbul, I only picked the ones from Christian perspective. A visit to the Blue Mosque reminded me that on this very site stood originally the Church of the Twelve Apostles that Constantine built in honor the holy Apostles. This is called the blue mosque because of the blue tiles that are found in its interior. This has beautiful stained glass and mosaic. You have to cover your shoes and stand in a long line to enter.

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After the blue mosque, I visited the Hagia Sophia or the Church of the Holy Wisdom, again after standing in line for about an hour, to purchase a ticket for about twenty USD. This Church was dedicated to the second person of the Holy Trinity; Jesus Who is the Wisdom of God. For a thousand years this was the largest Christian Cathedral where the Eastern Patriarch had his Episcopal throne. The Turks captured Byzantium and turned this Church into a mosque. The Muslims, though, did not erase the beautiful icons, but replaced the cross at the pulpit with the Muslim crescent. In 1935 General Ataturk, the Father of modern Turkey returned this magnificent church but as a museum of the State. He advocated Science and Reason in place of religion and superstition. Finally, I visited the Patriarchal Chapel of St George adjacent to the patriarchal palace.(below) To reach there one has to navigate narrow and winding streets. Recently a bomb had gone off here in protest over the refusal of a town in Europe to grant permission to build a minaret in a mosque. Security was heavy. My son Augie’s college friend, who is a Turkish citizen and industrialist, dropped me right in front of the gate and I walked past the security without hindrance. I entered the Chapel through a side entrance. I was lucky the church was open. I was told the church was closed to the public when the “Patriarch is in Residence” whatever this term means. As I entered the Chapel I smelt the fragrance of myrrh; this was Eastertide. Though a small chapel it was exquisitely carved and furnished. The patriarchal throne and pulpit (right)were beautifully carved. The Iconostasis and the Royal Doors (opposite page top) were stunning. The relics of Saints Luke, Timothy, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom are preserved here. The latter’s famous prayer, “… where two or three are gathered together in thy Name…granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.” is said by Anglicans daily during Morning and Evening Prayers. Also part of a pillar that Jesus

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was tied to and flogged on the eve of His crucifixion (left)is preserved in this chapel. I had the whole chapel to myself. I venerated the holy icons, toured the chapel, sat and prayed. Relics (below) of St. Theophano (Empress from a devout and noble family of Constantinople, married Leo, an heir to the Byzantine throne), St. Euphemia (Martyred under Emperor Diocletian) St. Solomen (Mother of seven Maccabees) Istanbul touches both continents, East and West and separated by a narrow strip, the Sea of Bosphorus and to cap my visit I took the ferry to visit the Asian side before returning to the European side.

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The Day The Lord Made Me His Priest
Fr. Martin Dickinson, Priest, Husband, Father, Grandpa and Business Owner and the pastor of All Saints Anlgican Church HCCAR in Pittsubrg, KS.
Beverly Nolen, a faithful parishioner greets Fr. Martin: Opposite page: Ordination of Fr. Martin Dickinson and felicitation with family and Church family.

Congratulations Fr. Martin Dickinson God Bless you & Your Ministry

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Biblical Apocalypse A STUDY OF APOCALYPTIC IMAGERY IN MARK 13.
By Fr. Patric Copalello, St. Peter’s Anglican Church HCCAR, Albuquerque, NM
deliver His most incisive apocalyptic account recorded in the Gospels.

The Olivet Discourse in Mark 13 opens with the disciples marvelling at the beauty of the Temple. Jesus uses this opportunity to
The importance of the Temple in Jewish life was highly significant. The motif of the Temples’ destruction in the O.T. is closely associated with writings having an apocalyptic base. Ps.74:7, Isa. 64:11, and Mic. 3:12. The prophecy of the Temples’ destruction was fulfilled in A.D. 70 by Titus and the Roman armies. It is interesting to note that the disciples regarded the Temple’s destruction as synonymous with the “end of the world.” Their curiousity sufficiently aroused, the disciples ask Jesus for a “sign”. The use of signs in the O.T. is profusely documented. Ex. 31:1, 1 Sa.2:34, 2 Kings 19:29- “ ...and this shall be a sign unto thee.” 2 Kings 20:8 “what shall be the sign that the Lord...” Other references include: Isa. 7:11-14,38:7, and Ezekiel 4:3. Perhaps one may assume that the disciples were still expecting Jesus to overthrow the Romans and set up the Kingdom in their lifetime. At any rate, Jesus begins His answer with a warning against deceitful and blasphemous men. In Isa. 36:14 the Rabshakeh warns the Judean people not to let Hezekiah deceive them into thinking he can save them from the Assyrians. Eze. 13. and Jer. 50:6 are but two of the many oracles warning against false prophets and false shepherds leading the people of God astray. The motif of war as judgment from God finds it’s roots in Lev.26:25-33, Deut.28:22. Isa. 1:20, Jer.5:17, 6:25, and Eze. 5:17, Eze. 6:3, 21:12, and 32:11. Earthquakes are also recognized as a famllar apocalyptic theme. “The mountains saw thee and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth it’s voice, it lifted its hands on high.” (Hab. 3:10 ) Again in Haggai 2:6 “I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea.” Earlier mention of earthquakes are found in Ex. 19:18, 1 Sam. 14:15, and 1 Kings 19:11. Famines and troubles are included in the “beginning of sorrows” predicted by Jesus in Mark 13:8. Habakkuk declares he will yet remain faithful to Yahweh though the “...fields yield no food” (3:17) Other examples of famine as judgment in the O.T. are Lev. 26:26, Deut. 28:53, Jer. 14:16, and Ezek. 5:12 and 6:12. Persecution was not unknown to many O.T. saints. Virtually all the prophets

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endured reproach for their testimony. Isa. 66:5 sounds a note of comfort to those whose “brethren hated you, and cast you out for my name’s sake...but he shall appear to your joy,and they be ashamed.” The language here, and particularly the idea of being hated by one’s brother can be seen as a clear correlation to verses 12 and 13 of Mark. Thus the motif of “suffering for righteousness sake”is established. The universality of the call of God to “all Nations” of the earth is expressed in Mk.13:10. The Abrahamic covenant is recalled here as Abraham’s descendants shall of all nations bless themselves. (Gen.23:18) The responsibility of the Jewish people to be a “blessing to all the nations” is passed on to the church as the fulness’s of the Revelation of God in Christ has come to fruition. Jesus openly refers to the Book of Daniel in verse 14. This is perhaps the clearest, most decisive apocalyptic image in Mark 13. The “Abomination of Desolation” mentioned in Dan. 9:27 speaks of the ultimate desecration of the Temple. Dan. 9:27 is linked to Isa. 10:23 and Nah. 1:8. Jesus is saying that the Abomination of Desolation will take place “in the time of the end; “when he will make a full end of his adversaries.”(Nah. 1:8) The imagery here signifies false worship, and idolatry. The image of “housetops” in v 15 is directly related to Jer 48:38.” On all housetops...nothing but lamentation.” Perhaps people will be worshipping God on their housetops; although the references in Jer 19:13 and Zeph 1:5 indicate idolatrous practices. The severity of the situation is underscored by the apocalyptic “in those days.” Whenever the prophets used that phrase it almost always connoted judgment, wrath, and calamity. Dan 12:1 is quoted in part by Jesus in verse 19. He foretells a time of unparalleled trouble and affliction in the world. Yet the mercy and compassion of the Lord for His people is expressed in the following verse. The motif of the Lord’s mercy can be traced to Ps.78:38, 86:15,Jer. 12:15, Hos. 11:4, and Micah 7:19. Jesus mentions a second time the need to beware of false prophets in verses 21-22. Isaiah speaks of the prophets “who teaches lies...leads the people astray.” (Isa.9:15ff) See also Jer. 14:14, and 23:16.The use of divination and the propagation of “vain hopes” seems to be a common feature of the false prophets spoken of by Ezek. 13:2, 22:28, Micah 3:5, Hos. 9:7, and Zep 3:4. Jesus emphasizes the power and attraction of their signs and wonders with the words: “...if it were possible they could deceive the very elect.” Verses 24-26 confirm the motif of “That Day,” as a sudden,decisive, action of God in history. The reference to “darkness” can be found in Amos 8:9. The prophet writes: “I will darken the earth in the clear day.” Zephaniah describes the Day of the Lord as “...a day of clouds and thick darkness.” (Zeph 1:15) The imagery of the sun. moon and stars is a familar theme throughout apocalyptic literature.”The sun and the moon are darkned and the stars withdraw their shining” (Joel 3:15 ) Other references to this celestial motif are Joel 2:30-31, Zeph 1:14, Isa. 13:10, 60:19, Hab. 3:11, and Amos 8:9. Altnough the title “Son of Man” is used exclusively in regard to Jesus, tne phrase occurs some 87 times in the book of Ezekiel.The power and the glory once solely associated with the Arc of the Covenant and the Tabernacle of the Lord now rests in fullness on Jesus Christ. The motif of a “Coming Redeemer” is clearly found in Isa.59: 16-20. “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the West, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives. And he will come to Zion as Redeemer.” Isa.59:19-20. Zech. 2:10-11 also carries tremendous escathological signifincance. The Lord Himself says He will dwell in the midst of His people in Jerusalem. The “four winds” that the elect will be gathered from could well be a reference to Zech 2:6.” For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens.” The symbol of the fig tree is another widely used image. It occurs 23 times in the O.T., most notably in Zech 3:10 with the phrase “in that day” adding to the apocalyptic thrust in that passage. The Lord employed the use of figs as a sign in Jeremiah 24.Verse 31 reiterates the enduring nature of God’s word. Psalm 1:9:89,152, and Isa. 40:8. Yet the precise moment of His coming “in that day” is sealed in mystery, with the exception of the Father’s knowledge. Because “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God.” (Deut. 29:29). The motif of “watchfulness” is expounded in verses 33-37. The meaning here is to “keep guard, be wakeful.” The corresponding Hebrew passages are found in Hab 2:1,Neh.7:2, Micah 7:4, Isa.21:11-12.and Eze 3:17. Throughout this study I’ve noticed the remarkable unity end diversity of the Old and New Testaments. The Lord Jesus draws heavily from the writings of the prophets and psalms.Yet the fulfillment of some of the O.T. motifs have taken on a distinctively Christian focus. For example, the temple is no longer prominent in the worship of God, as the Lord Himself has rent the barriers from his people and dwells among them. The glory of God, and the Kingdom itself will be extended to “all nations.” rather than the exclusive inheritance of the Jewish people. It should be apparent that although Mark 13 is steeped in apocalyptic escatological phrases,it does contain an element of prophetic eschatology, especially in verse 2. However,the time Jesus is referring to is definitely the “end-times.” The focus is both local (Jerusalem) and universal.The major theme being His Second Coming. The absence of the “classical” apocalyptic literary style, and avoidance of any further disclosure of details makes me hesitant to incorporate Mark 13 with other Apocalyptic writings.<><

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Agia Irini

A newly-restored Byzantine monastery in Crete

Rev. Canon Patrick Comerford

Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dubin

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holiday in Greece has always had its spiritual dimension for me. Late summer was turning to early autumn in Crete this year when I caught a morning bus from the centre of Rethymnon up into the mountains above the town and visited two monasteries about five to 12 km south of the town. It was a beautiful sun-kissed day, and the olive groves were basking in the warmth of the morning sunshine as the bus climbed up through the hills, leaving the blue sea behind us as we drove on through the Gorge of Myli. My first stop was at the Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, on the way to the village of Chromonastiri, about 12 km south of Rethymnon. This Venetian-era monastery dates from the 16th or 17th century, but all the monastery buildings have been abandoned since the end of the Turkish occupation and only the single-aisle church remains in repair and in use. The church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Panagia), and has magnificent flame or teardrop-shaped windows. Beside it stand the ruined monastic buildings, which were built like a fortress and since 1980 it has been a protected monument. The monastery once had stavropegic standing, which meant it was under the direct authority of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Although the stavropegic standing was lost in 1725, it was restored in 1850 by Patriarch Anthimos IV, and the church which had been abandoned once before was restored in 1864. However, Chalevi ceased to function as a monastery once again in 1900, and in 1935 it became a dependency of the Arsaniou Monastery. In 1991, the monastery was attached to the restored monastery of Agia Irini. We stopped briefly to have a look at the military museum in the village of Chromonastiri, before returning to the Gorge of Myli, and along the winding road through the village of Roussospiti, which clings to the side of the rocky mountain, before arriving at the gates of the Monastery of Agia Irini (Saint Irene), which stands 260 metres above Rethymnon, which is 5 km to the north. Agia Irini is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete. Some accounts say it was founded sometime between 961 and 1204, and it was certainly built before 1362, when a Venetian document testifies to its existence. But the monastery was destroyed several times during the many revolutions in Crete against Ottoman rule, and after the revolution of 1821 at the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, the monastery went into decline. In 1844, the Schools Commission assumed the management of the monastery and in 1866, after it suffered great damage at the hands of the Turks, the monastery was granted to the nearby monastery of Chalevi. However, during the last Cretan revolution of 1897-1898, the Turks burnt the monastery, the ruined monastery was formally closed in 1900, and the ruins remained deserted for most of the 20th century. At first, the monastery lands were granted to the monastery of Arsani, but in 1925 the lands were distributed among local Greek war veterans. Sister Akaterina, who brought us on a tour of the monastery, told us how the Metropolitan of Rethymnon, the late Bishop Theodoros Tzedakis, had a vision in 1989 for the restoration of the monastery and invited a group of nuns to form a new community at Agia Irini. The nuns moved into the buildings and restoration work started in 1990. At the time, Agia Irini was a jumble of dilapidated build-

ings. Today, it must be one of the most beautiful monasteries in Crete, having been restored with great care, using the principles of monastic architecture from a bygone era. The restoration work was acknowledged in 1995 with the annual European Union award for cultural heritage, the Europa Nostra Award. From the entrance, the monastery looks like a walled fortress. Unlike other churches, the main church is not in the centre of the enclosure but outside it on the higher level of the sacred rock. Sister Akaterina told us how the church was officially opened in 2003, and was consecrated two years ago on 20 August 2011 by Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria. On the ruins of an old olive mill stands the smaller chapel of Saint Raphael, Saint Nicholas and Saint Irene. The monastery also has a small museum, a refectory, and workshops for icon painting, embroidery and sewing. The nuns use olive oil and tsoikoudia from their own trees and grapes to make hand-made soap and her extracts. Outside the courtyard, an older three-aisled church of Saint Irene, Saint Catherine and Saint Euphemia is awaiting restoration. Eight nuns now live in the monastery. In their shop, the nuns sell traditional handicrafts of weaving and needlework, their own almondflavoured drink, candles, religious books and icons, including unusual icons written on odd pieces of ceramic. Two of the nuns took part in the recent icon exhibition in Rethymnon as part of the Renaissance Festival which closed on Sunday. It was another 5 km journey back down the mountain to the coast and Rethymnon, where we spent the late afternoon in the sun on the beach, swimming and walking along the shore.

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The bells of Agia Irini are ringing out again after being quiet for decades (opposite top left) Agia Irini may have been founded sometime between 961 and 1204 (opposite down) A quiet corner in the monastery of Agia Irini, 5 km south of Rethymnon (top left) The restoration work was acknowledged with the Europa Nostra Award in 1995 (bottom left) The church at Chalevi is known for its magnificent flame or teardrop-shaped windows (left and top right) The grave of Metropolitan Theodoros Tzedakis outside the church in Agia Irini (below)

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Jonathan Becker has enlisted in the United States Marines. Jonathan will be attending Recruit Training starting August 26th in San Diego, California. Jonathan has been attending Church of The Holy Family with his parents John & Cathy Becker since he was two years old. Also attending with him are his two younger brothers, Braden and Christian. When we asked him why the Marines he answered, “I needed a challenge and I can't deliver Papa Johns Pizza forever.” As parents we are very proud of our son. -John Becker The picture of the family in front from left to right is Nancy Becker, sister, Cathy & John. In the back is Jonathan and Christian Note: Tbe Becker family has been a vital part of the Church of the Holy Family in Casper WY. Like Father, Like Son would best describe this story. Jonathan has been a promising young man and we wish him all God’s blessings and protection. God bless the Becker family, the Church of the Holy Family in Casper, Wyoming and Bishop Kinner their shepherd. Left: U.S. Senator Dr. John Barrasso was driving trhrough 2nd St in Casper on Friday the 6th. He saw our sons Mark, Stephen and Stephen’s daughter Emily Punter, with her baby Abigail. John pulled over, parked his car and this photo is the result. Emily’s husband is a US Marine Captain in Afghanistan and has never seen his Abigail. He is due home at the end of October.~ Bishop Kinner

Burning with Zeal for His Kingdom in Northern Rockies
Bishop Kinner has been taking care of St. Andrew Fellowship in Helena MT, Church of the Holy Family, Casper WY, Morning Star Ethete - Ft. Washakie and guiding clergy in St. John’s in Lander WY and Holy Trinity Sheridan. God bless you Bishop Kinner. Our Dioceses and Province are very grateful to you. Bishop Kinner is eighty-six and busy working in the Lord’s Vineyard.

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The Holy Tradition of the Church

Jason Rice, St. Paul’s HCCAR, Branson “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Tim 3:15 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:22,23 Christ clearly gave authority to the Apostles. The scriptures are clear about the Apostles and their successors having ecclesiastical authority over the Church, her members and the responsibility of preserving the correct doctrines and practices of the Church. So the question arises, what doctrines and practices were taught by the Apostles? How was this handed down? It is clear the New Testament church thrived before there was such a thing as the New Testament as we have it now. So how was it handed down? 2 Thessalonians 2:15 gives us the answer, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” The New Testament (NT) does not contain all things that were taught and practiced by the Church or by Christ, as is the example in John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” 2 Thessalonians shows us clearly that there was a tradition, a Holy Tradition taught by and retained by the Church through Apostolic authority. Holy tradition existed before we had anything that resembled the NT. The NT is not only the result of Holy Tradition but is Holy Tradition recorded in writ. Christ promised the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church and that it would be led into “all truth” as stated in John 16:13. So the Church is the keeper of the truth through the power and testimony of the Holy Spirit. The bible (NT) was not created in a historical vacuum. It did not just magically appear. The bible is a product of the Church. The Church is not the product of the bible. It was the Church and Church Councils that determined our current canon. This was an example of the authority of the Church to preserve and hand down tradition as revealed by Christ and the Apostles. They determined which writings were legit and which were not by the leading of the Holy Spirit and by comparing those which supported the already existing traditions and practices of the church. They were acting on the ecclesiastical authority that Christ passed on to the Apostles and handed down through apostolic succession to the Church Fathers. This was the act of the Holy Catholic Church represented by Bishops and other clergy from the Churches. It was not the act of a church here or a church there but the Church universal (Catholic). The following Church fathers had this to say about holy tradition: Saint Irenaeus (a.d. 180) in refuting the Gnostics had this to say concerning holy tradition, “When, however, they (the Gnostics) are confuted from the Scripture, they turn around and accuse these same scriptures as if they were not correct. But, again, when we refer them to that tradition which originates from the apostles, which is preserved by means of the succession of presbyters in the churches, they object to tradition, saying that they themselves are wiser not merely than the presbyters, but even the apostles.”

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There is much being said in this one quote. St. Iranaeus affirms a reliance not only on scripture alone but on tradition as well as being authoritative. St. Iranaeus not only refers to scripture in this quote, but also to holy tradition preserved through the succession of the presbyters. Thus he also supports the claim to apostolic succession and authority of the same in preserving and rightly interpreting the application of scripture and tradition. I believe it is very important to recognize that St. Irenaeus here appeals to both scripture and tradition making a distinction from the two and appealing to both as being authoritative. Tertullian (a.d. 197) Also makes a profound statement concerning holy tradition. He states, “Wherever it will be evident that the true Christian faith and rule exist, there will also be the true Scriptures and explanations thereof, and all the Christian traditions.” He also states, “If, for these and other such rules, you insist upon having positive Scripture injunction, you will find none. Tradition will be held forth to you as the originator of them. Custom is their strengthener, and faith is their observer....These instances, therefore, will make it sufficiently plain that you can vindicate the keeping of even unwritten tradition established by custom . The proper witness for tradition is its demonstration by long-continued observance.” Cyprian (a.d. 250) admonishes us and all the Church to not neglect holy tradition by stating, “You must diligently observe and keep the practice delivered from divine tradition and apostolic observance, which is also maintained among us and almost throughout all the provinces.” It is important to remember that holy tradition is not above the bible. Holy tradition will not contradict the bible, nor will the bible contradict holy tradition. One without the other is incomplete and leads to errors on both ends of the spectrum as we have seen in the past in the Roman Church and in Protestantism. Think about the many other doctrines that even most protestant churches hold to today. They are the result of holy tradition whether one wants to admit it or not. For example the doctrine of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the hypo static union of Christ and so many others to include also the rejections of many heresies such as Arianism, Gnosticism etc. They are the result of Church authority (Councils) and holy tradition. To reject holy tradition is to reject the bible itself as it was the direct product of holy tradition. If your church teaches certain doctrines, how do you know they are correct? How do you know your pastor gives you a proper exposition each Sunday? To what do you use as the rule, or the test to insure the teachings of your pastor are in accordance with the orthodox teachings of the historic and apostolic church? Your pastor learned from someone as you did. Your church is the result of tradition. The question (as it is for any church) is of what tradition? There is a rule and it is simply, "Let us hold that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all, for that is truly and properly Catholic.” (St. Vincent of Lerins). In order to do that we have to learn Church history. We have to learn how we got the bible in its proper historic context. We have to learn what the original church taught, has always taught, and has always believed. If we do this we will find those most holy traditions that have been believed everywhere, always and by all. It is then that we will find the true teachings of the Church and find unity.

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Snippets from Synod: The Chancellor, Jim Daniels addressing the Synod, children of the diocese, profession of the Novice Rodd Umlauf - Third order of St. Francis and Reception of Fr. Barry Sanders

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By Holly Michael on Piper was on his way home from a church conference in 1989, when his car was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler. He was killed instantly and pronounced dead by four sets of paramedics. So did his funeral follow? Like former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo says in the commercials, “No, no, no! Not today,” Don Piper was sent back to Earth, from Heaven, after being dead for ninety minutes. Coming back into his earthly body, Don Piper faced a long and grueling recovery. He’s had dozens of surgical procedures, walks as a result of miraculous and in some cases medically unexplainable circumstances. But the greatest story in all of this, according to Piper, is not his recovery, but what happened during those ninety minutes while his body lay twisted and broken in his Ford Escort and he was granted a glimpse of Heaven. During the synod, New York Times Bestselling Author Don Piper came to St. James Anglican Church in Kansas City to share his story of hope and healing. His message was simple ... We can have a better life now and an eternal life someday through faith in Jesus Christ! Don has appeared and shared his miraculous story in numerous national media outlets, including Fox News, CBN, “The Today Show” on NBC and Newsweek. So what everyone is “dying” to know....what did he see in Heaven? Here are a few excerpts from his talk where he shares what happened while he was dead: When I died, I didn’t flow through a long, dark tunnel. I had no sense of fading away or coming back. I never felt my body being transported into the light. I heard no voices calling to me or anything else. A light enveloped me, with brilliance beyond earthly comprehension. In my next moment of awareness, I was standing in heaven. Joy pulsated through me as I looked around, and at that moment I became aware of a large crowd of people. They stood in front of a brilliant, ornate gate. I have no idea how far away they were; such things as distance didn’t matter. As the crowd rushed toward me, I didn’t see Jesus, but I did see people I had known. As they surged toward me, I knew instantly that all of them had died during my lifetime. Their presence seemed absolutely natural.

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Piper also spoke about whom he saw in Heaven. They rushed toward me, and every person was smiling, shouting, and praising God. Although no one said so, intuitively I knew they were my celestial welcoming committee. It was as if they had all gathered just outside heaven’s gate, waiting for me. The first person I recognized was Joe Kulbeth, my grandfather. He looked exactly as I remembered him, with his shock of white hair and what I called a big banana nose. He stopped momentarily and stood in front of me. A grin covered his face. I have no idea why my grandfather was the first person I saw. He wasn’t one of the great spiritual guides of my life, although he certainly influenced me positively in that way. After being hugged by my grandfather, I don’t remember who was second or third. The crowd surrounded me. Some hugged me and a few kissed my cheek, while others pumped my hand. Never had I felt more loved. I wasn’t conscious of anything I’d left behind and felt no regrets about leaving family or possessions. It was as if God had removed anything negative from my consciousness, and I could only rejoice at being together with these wonderful people. They looked exactly as I once knew them--although they were more radiant and joyful than they’d ever been on earth. My great-grandmother, Hattie Mann, was Native American. As a child I saw her only after she had developed osteoporosis. Her head and shoulders were bent forward, giving her a humped appearance. The other thing that stands out in my memory is that she had false teeth--which she didn’t wear often. Yet when she smiled at me in heaven, her teeth sparkled. I knew they were her own, and when she smiled, it was the most beautiful smile I had ever seen. Then I noticed something else--she wasn’t slumped over. She stood strong and upright, and the wrinkles had been erased from her face. I have no idea what age she was. As I stared at her beaming face, I sensed that age has no meaning in heaven. All of the people I encountered were the same age they had been the last time I had seen them--except that all the ravages of living on earth had vanished. Even now, years later, I can sometimes close my eyes and see those perfect countenances. Just being with them was a holy moment and remains a treasured hope.” Piper said he never felt so loved by his loved ones in Heaven who rushed toward him and embraced him. He said, “No matter which direction I looked, I saw someone I had loved and

who had loved me. They surrounded me, moving around so that everyone had a chance to welcome me into heaven. When they gazed at me, I knew what the Bible means by perfect love. It emanated from every person who surrounded me. Piper then shared what he saw beyond his loved ones. Coming out from the gate--a short distance ahead--was a brilliance that was brighter than the light that surrounded us, utterly luminous. In trying to describe the scene, words are totally inadequate, because human words can’t express the feeling of awe and wonder at what I beheld. The best I can describe it is that we began to move toward that light. No one said it was time to do so, and yet we all started forward at the same time. As I stared ahead, everything seemed to grow taller--like a gentle hill that kept going upward and never stopped. I had expected to see some darkness behind the gate, but as far ahead as I could see, there was absolutely nothing but intense, radiant light. Strange as it seems, as brilliant as everything was, each time I stepped forward, the splendor increased. The farther I walked, the brighter the light. The light engulfed me, and I had the sense that I was being ushered into the presence of God. Although our earthly eyes must gradually adjust to light or darkness, my heavenly eyes saw with absolute ease. In heaven, each of our senses is immeasurably heightened to take it all in. And what a sensory celebration! A holy awe came over me as I stepped forward. I had no idea what lay ahead, but I sensed that with each step I took, it would grow more wondrous.” Piper also spoke about the angelic voices that sang, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” He explained that he still lives for and longs for Heaven. When asked if he met Christ, he said that he only caught a glimpse of Him far off in the distance. He said if he’d met the Lord face to face, he could never have handled returning to live out his life on earth. As Christians, we have so much promise and hope. We have eternal life with our loved ones and with our God. As we often say in Mass: We come from God. We belong to God. We go back to God. Heaven is home. As exhilarating as Don Piper’s talk was, it was equally comforting. Many of us have lost loved ones who are now in Heaven. They are experiencing even more than Don Piper experienced during his glimpse of heaven. Yet, for us, it’s not easy losing loved ones. We miss them. We wish they were back with us. But as Christians, we have peace, knowing that this is only a temporary separation. As Don Piper experienced, we will rejoice with them someday in Heaven. It’s a comforting and interesting concept that all those whom we meet and love on Earth, we will also love and hang around with in Heaven. Personally, I’d like to meet, befriend, and love as

many people on earth as possible. That way, once in Heaven, I’ll have a large crowd to party with! Below are Bible verses that give us more hope of eternal life:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17: The Hope of the Resurrection

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Corinthians 15:51ff: What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[c] this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

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St. Gabriel’s Greeley, CO and St. Tomas, Seattle, WA

On August 1st we traveled to Washington State so Canon Joseph David could perform a baptism of our son and his great grandson, Elisha Abel Sturges. St. John's Episcopal Church allowed us to use their building for the purpose. We also had a few members of their church attend the baptism, and they were excited to worship with the order of service they remembered from their youth. This was also the first time Canon David has performed a baptism, making it an extra special occasion. Our efforts to provide showers for people in need is coming to fruition. The Greeley Christ Community Church provided us with a donation of $1,200 to complete the funding we needed for a six month pilot program. We did run into a hitch with the Greeley Recreation Center wanting us to have a 501c3 determination letter, which we do not have. However, after showing them the IRS code we were able to prove to them that churches are in fact 501c3 organizations even if they do not file for a separate IRS determination, and that appeased them. We expect to begin soon by providing twenty showers twice a week. With the recent flooding in Colorado the Greeley Recreation Center has been turned into an emergency shelter. St. Gabriel's has been involved in the relief effort by asking what items the shelter is in need of and then buying those items. We also have over a dozen cases of self-heating cans of coffee which we purchased last year to help homeless people through the winter months. We will be giving this to the Red Cross for them to distribute to people affected after they are allowed to return to their homes. Thank you everyone for your continued prayers! ~ Deacon Alfred Sturges.
Note: Rev. Canon Joseph David will celebrate his 100th Birthday on Dec.1. May the Good Lord continue to bless him for his service to God’s people. It was special indeed to have centenarian in our midst.

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Clockwise; St. James Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite’s Lay Readers and Altar Servers, Choir Confirmation of Leore Phelps, the beautiful communion rail in the McNeley’s Chapel thanks to the craftmanship of Bob Klein, the senior warden and the baptism of Galen Assel on Sunday June 16, 2013 A.D.

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NEW CONGREGATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS TO ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH ANGLICAN RITE, BRANSON, MO & ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MEETEETSE, WY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR CONGREGATIONS

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HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN SEMINARY
GOOD FORMATION ENSURES GOOD MINISTRY!
The Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite is working on its seminary program which will encompass online as well as on campus studies. Let us implore the Lord’s blessing on this initiative that we may raise up shepherds after God’s own heart (Jeremiah 3:15), who in turn will tend His flock.

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