The Preacher's Study - Spark your imagination early in the week! APLM contributors reflect on the RCL texts for the upcoming Sunday or Holy Day, highlighting how the deep drama at the heart of the biblical story unfolds through the seasons of the liturgical year. Posts usually offer some insight or idea for preaching that... Continue Reading →

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Blessing and Celebration of Marriage

Every marital relationship holds great potential for the full development of the human nature of the couple.  For Christians, that fully human and natural state of life is transformed and raised to a new level in baptism and by participating in the shared life of the community of the Baptized, the Church.  In baptism, each... Continue Reading →

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Advent

You may have noticed that the lectionary readings beginning with All Saints focus on the eschatological reality of the kingdom of God. Although we say Advent 1 is the beginning of the church year, the readings for the previous few weeks have already drawn the Church into visions of Kingdom. Christ the King is celebrated... Continue Reading →

Seven weeks of Advent?

Advent is a season of complex origins and multiple manifestations. In different times and places it has been a longer or a shorter season. It has been celebratory in some ages and until recently, by contrast, highly penitential. Also since the mid-nineteenth century, the integrity of Advent as a season with a purpose of its... Continue Reading →

All Saints Day & All Souls Day

The feast day of All Saints has its origins in the feast of All Martyrs, a day on which the Church remembered those martyred for the faith who were not individually remembered by name. Eventually the feast became "All Saints," and the date was moved to the first of November. On this feast, which comes at a... Continue Reading →

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