The Southeast Provincial Convocation will be in Orlando in June. Please see the brochure links below for more information. One change to the brochure information: Archbishop Randolph Adler will be speaking at the opening session on Wednesday evening. Please note the deadline on hotel reservations is May 20.
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Friday night, May 10th Bishop David Simpson officially installed the Rev. Charles Edward Dixon as Vicar of St. Michael the Archangel Church, CEC, Rockledge, Florida. Clergy of the Diocese, Family, friends and members of St. Michael the Archangel joined in the celebration.
The Bishop also presented The Rev. Canon, Dr. Drew Hawkins Wales a Certificate of Recognition and Commendation of Excellence for founding St. Michael’s and faithfully serving its people since Dec. 19, 1995. The Bishop commended Canon Wales to “assume the office of Rector Emeritus as well as continuing to serve the bishop and Diocese of Florida as Canon Missioner.
Thanks to Canon Drew for the photographs and information.
Five and half years ago, Archbishop Randolph Adler, the communion’s founding patriarch, stepped down from full-time service to the church after more than fifteen years as its temporal leader, years that saw the CEC’s rapid Spirit-driven expansion in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.
At the time of his retirement, in November of 2007, the church was unable to hold a service in which Archbishop Adler formally blessed his successor as patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates.
This past December, the two men spent time together at the funeral of Archbishop Adler’s wife, Betty. In ongoing conversations this year, Archbishop Adler made clear his desire to bless Archbishop Bates in the leadership role he has held for five years.
While not officially announced or promoted, word of the event spread: a simple Eucharist to be held at Christ the King in Selma. All but two of the American bishops, including five Asian bishops who could make the journey on short notice, with 200 laity and clergy from dioceses in the American Southeast converged on this remote, historic town for a time of worship.
Archbishop Bates was the celebrant and preacher, speaking a direction-setting word for the CEC that should not be missed. It can be heard here: http://bit.ly/batesselmasermon (http://bit NULL.ly/batesselmasermon)
“Tonight’s celebration is not a political event (for power cannot save us, only divine love); tonight’s Eucharist isn’t a church growth strategy to add thousands to our numbers (for there is only one strategy in the mind of God: “love one another as I have loved you”); tonight is not about seeking another blessing or anointing for fear that God will withhold his blessing from us because we’re not good enough, for our God wants to bless us more than we want to be blessed and without condition. This is about a response to God’s unconditional love and I’m here tonight from New York because I love Bishop Adler and I want his blessing,” said Bates.
The blessing ceremony came at the end of Communion. Archbishop Adler prayed an extemporaneous prayer over Archbishop Bates as he knelt before the seated Adler, to the side of the altar:
“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I bless you. May you walk in God’s peace all the days of your life. May you fear no enemy. May you always have his peace wherever you go. May you always have a realization that this is not your church but it’s his church and that he entrusts us with these things for a short time. And you’re going to do what God wants you to do. You’re a brave man, you’re a courageous man, and you’re God’s man. And I bless you with all spiritual benediction in Jesus’ Name.”
You can listen to the blessing here: http://bit.ly/adlerblessingbates (http://bit NULL.ly/adlerblessingbates)
Over the long weekend, from Thursday through Sunday, over meals, in fellowship and worship, the two patriarchs spent time together, reflecting on the CEC’s journey to this point, their personal friendship, and the wisdom these two men have gained leading this unique communion.
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The daily reading for the Eucharist on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week cause us to reflect on the betrayal of Jesus at the hands of Judas Iscariot.
Not much is known about the early life of Judas except that he was not from Galilee but rather from the South. After that not much is known and there is even speculation on why he is called “Iscariot.” Then when it comes to the possible motivations for betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver there is even more speculation. And, so permit me my own speculation after some brief meditations in preparation for my homilies here at the Cathedral Church of the Intercessor.
Judas was picked as an Apostle after Jesus spent an evening in prayer with the Father. As one of the twelve, Judas would have spent hours in intimate fellowship with Jesus. He would have heard not only the public teachings of Jesus but also those teachings that our Lord would have shared with His chosen. Judas was a witness to the miracles of Jesus. He was in the boat at the calming of the sea and when Jesus walked on water. He was there when the sick were healed and demons were cast out. He witnessed Jesus bring the dead back to life. He was there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. More than that he was commissioned by Jesus, along with the eleven others to heal the sick, cast out demons, and proclaim the Kingdom.
What then caused him to enter into a pact with the Sanhedrin to turn over our Lord for 30 pieces of silver and to do so with a kiss? read more…
Although he is the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick was not a native of that country: he was born in Scotland and 385. When he was just 14, he was captured and taken to Ireland, where he was enslaved. During this time of trial, he turned to God for comfort and strength; he will pray each morning, and he felt no sadness. After Patrick had been in Ireland for six years, God came to him in a dream and told him to go home. Patrick escaped and was reunited with his family, but he still heard the Irish calling him in dreams. Patrick entered the priesthood and eventually became a bishop; after many years of doing great work in Rome, Patrick was sent to Ireland spread the message to spread the message of the gospel because he was able to speak Celtic, and so was able to communicate with the Irish.
Patrick’s mission wasn’t an easy one druidism (an ancient Celtic religion) was widely practiced in Ireland and many Druids would rather have killed Patrick then convert; he and his followers were imprisoned and sentenced to death many times. But Patrick’s faith in God was strong, and he knew he could keep going, “spreading God’s name everywhere with confidence and without fear.” Patrick preached all over Ireland, using a shamrock to explain the Trinity and converting thousands with his quiet unassuming manner and gentle way of speaking. As a man of God, Patrick was known for his humility and disinterest in material wealth. He wouldn’t accept gifts from admirers, and often retreated in quiet prayer. By the time he died in 461, Patrick and converted virtually all of Ireland to Christianity, and he is a reminder that God speaks to us through His servants.
I bind to myself God’s power to guide me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to teach me, God’s I do watch over me, God is here to hear me, God’s word to give me speech, God’s hand to guide me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to shelter me, God supposed to secure me… against the snares of demons, against the seductions of vices, against the loss of nation, against everyone who meditates injury to me, whether far or near, few or many. From Patrick’s Lorica .
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires has been elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Francis. He is the first Latin American pope to lead the church, as well as the first Jesuit priest.
Many believe that Pope Francis brings to the papal leadership a new feature of humility and boldness in spirituality. While Archbishop in Argentina it has been reported that he did not live in the archbishop’s palace but chose to live in a small room in a downtown Buenos Aires home. He also cooked his own meals and visited the poor in Argentine slums. read more…
Bishop David Epps writes:
Dear Friends of Bishop John Holloway.
As you may know, it will be six years this coming June since Bishop Holloway suffered a debilitating stroke. Bishop John was the first bishop of what was then the Missionary Diocese of Georgia, then the Diocese of Georgia, and eventually, the Diocese of the Mid-South. He is now Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of the Mid-South.
He will have a birthday on March 18. He will be 59. If you would like to send a card (which would lift his spirits greatly), his address is:
Bishop John Holloway, 107 McEthel Drive, Griffin, GA 30224
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness.
During the International Convocation held last summer in Madrid, several awards were presented to individuals who had contributed to the foundation of the ICCEC around the world. Several people who were honored were not able to be at the International Convocation, including several individuals from Pakistan.
During the ceremony held in January, Bp. Prakash Yuhanna presented awards to those in Pakistan and extended the thanks of the entire communion for their contributions.
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