Thursday 21st September, 2017

 

My Dear Parishioners,

From my earliest years,  I have been fascinated by the Saints Days which follow Christmas Day, namely, St. Stephen, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, and  the Feast of Holy Innocents. It was a joy to observe these days in a real and meaningful way in past years. Nowadays unfortunately,  we never seem to get the opportunity to do that, except for Holy Innocents’ Day which is becoming a big thing for us  in the Diocese, and in other  places where some emphasis is put on improving the welfare  of  children and youth; so that marches and rallies are being observed  -  all intended to point our young people in a positive direction. Let us look then,  at these three saints days in an effort to learn something about their significance for the church and its people.

Firstly, St. Stephen: He was among the seven deacons appointed  by the apostles ‘to serve  tables’ in the early Church; that is to say, to look after the distribution of alms to the faithful (especially the widows) and to help in the ministry of preaching. He is also remembered as being  the first Christian martyr -  the first to die for the Christian faith. In the Acts of the Apostles we are told that Saul (later to be called  Paul) held the clothes of those who stoned Stephen.  This means that Saul no doubt consented to Stephen’s death. Probably a Hellenistic Jew, Stephen was learned in the Scriptures and in the history of Judaism besides being eloquent and forceful. These were necessary skills needed for the proclamation of the Gospel.
When it comes to St. John  Apostle and Evangelist,  he was a son of Zebedee who with his brother James, and with  Peter, belonged to a small group of Apostles of Christ. These three were privileged witnesses of special events such as the raising of Jairus’ daughter and especially the Transfiguration and the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The tradition that identifies John as the author of the Fourth Gospel goes back to the second century. There is no valid reason to dispute Johannine authorship and there is strong  support by both internal and external sources. Also there is no compelling reason for rejecting the identification of John with the ‘beloved disciple’ of the Gospel who was indeed a witness to the events he describes.

Thirdly, we come to the Holy Innocents. These were male  children all under two years of age, whom Herod slew because he did not want any rivalry to his dominion. When the Wisemen  came to his court enquiring about Baby Jesus, Herod was angry. He summoned to him all the learned intelligentsia to find out more about the birth of this Prince. King Herod could not tolerate  any rivalry to his throne. It was when he was told  about the forecast related to   this birth decades before,  that Herod became suspicious and wished to destroy Baby Jesus by killing those Innocents


In honouring them, the Church honours all who die in a state of innocence and consoles parents of dead children, with the conviction that these also will share the glory of the Infant Jesus. May their souls rest in peace. Amen.

With all good wishes and prayers                                             Archdeacon Emeritus

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Parish Priest:
The Rev’d Fr. Dwane Cassius B.A., M.A.
Tel: 1-869-465-2167
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Priest's Warden: Mrs. Lyn Bass 662 5816
People's Warden: Miss. Kai Williams 662 9841
Secretary: Ms. Theresa Nisbett
Treasurer: Ms. Karen Martin
Lay Rep to Synod: Ms. Thyra Gumbs
Youth Rep To Synod: Mr. Calvin Duggins
Members:Mr. Kumar Kirpalani
Mr. Jermaine Lewis
Ms. Sandra Cotton
Mrs. Barbara Liburd
Ms. Laverne Brookes 663-5538


 

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