Memorial Service Homily Death, Be Not Proud A sermon for a chaplain reunion memorial service Death, Be Not Proud Isaiah 25:6-9 & 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-44a, 53-56 By Richard Niell Donovan Four centuries ago, John Donne, a priest in the Church of England, wrote words that still resonate with us today. He said: "No man [...]
The origins of Mother's Day go back to efforts by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia to honor her own mother, who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. West Virginia was the first state to recognize the holiday, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation establishing Mother's Day as a national holiday.
There is a greater reality; a reality that is unbound and free; a greater reality that transforms the tomb into the womb, death into life; it is a greater reality that belongs to God. And it is this greater reality that we celebrate on All Saints’ Day.
On this Reformation Sunday, as we review our heritage let us renew ourselves in that Spirit of transition, that miracle of ‘forgiveness' in Jesus Christ that set fire to the Church once again at the time of the Reformation.