Third Sunday Homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

We had another blessed service last Saturday. Our epistle reading focused on humility and on being humble under the hand of God. It said to be sober and vigilant and  I think it was another lesson to understand the truth of Jesus. His good news asks us to be afraid of the devil, but to remain steadfast in the faith and share His good news in a humble fashion. We are witnesses as it says in Acts 1:8 but we pray for humility in our heart as we do His work on this earth.

Yes, we can evangelize because the Holy Spirit is given to us through baptism and confirmation. We all need to learn more about our faith but we have Christ as our sovereign leader, the Holy Spirit to help us with His evangelization and being God’s disciple as our goal. God bless, Deacon

Second Sunday homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Good afternoon! Summer is hitting in full stride in Omaha with the high 80’s and low 90’s for the next 7 days. We prayed for it and it is here. The College World Series is finishing up in Omaha and I suspect the players are relishing the good weather. Our Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts last weekend included the chanting of the Litany. The history of the English litany comes to us as a Latin intercessory prayer including its petitions going back to the fifth century in Rome. The prayer book litany was the first English rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in English in 1544. It is the perfect gateway to the mysteries of the Eucharist. It is a noble gateway to our presanctified gifts. Through this litany is the preparation and humble intercession for the human race and leads unto the Gospel of Christ.

Our service this week will be without music. It will be much closer and reverent to how it was done in the early days of the church. We are blessed  to have the Presanctified Gifts available in this mission church. Thank you Father Andrews for being our priest in charge and having these presanctified elements available to us.