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Lessons for September
October 2 Saint Francis This is the Sunday closest to the celebration of the life of St. Francis. St. Francis’s life is popularly associated with the blessing of animals but we will learn that his life was much larger than that. St. Francis practiced rigid rules of poverty, he loved to sing and wrote poetry, he loved all manner of Gods Creation and considered them to be his brothers and sisters. He has been credited with creating the first recorded living nativity scene to celebrate Christmas.
October 9 Saint Li Tim-Oi, born 1907 in Hong Kong, was to be the first woman ordained to priesthood in the Anglican Communion. Her life is celebrated by the Episcopal church on May 5. She was older than her classmates as her education was secondary to her brothers, she was baptized while in college and took on the Christian name of Florence (in honor of Florence Nightingale) She became a deacon in the church and worked in the church when there was much strife. Japan and Hong Kong were at war and there were many refugees coming to her area (Macao). The war actions made it impossible for ordained priests to come to the area and since she was effectively pastoring a congregation, the bishop took the unprecedented action of ordaining her as a priest in 1944. Her ministry was tested time and again by the communist regime in China.
October 16 Saints Emma and Kamehameha Within a year of ascending the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1855, the twenty-year-old King Kamehameha IV and his bride, Emma Rooke, embarked on the path of altruism and humility for which they have been revered by their people. The year before, native Hawaiians in Honolulu were terribly afflicted by smallpox. The king and queen promptly went about soliciting for funds to build a hospital. Today, Queen’s Hospital is the largest civilian hospital in Hawaii. Emma and Kamehameha are also credited with bringing the Anglican church to Hawaii. King Kamehameha translated the Book of Common prayer into the Hawaiian language.
October 23 Saint Damien Fr. Damien De Veuster was born in Belgium and spent his early adult years working on the family farm. His training in the building arts and the discipline of hard work served him well in his later years. After following a call to the priesthood, Fr. Damien found himself working Hansen’s disease exiles in Hawaii. Under very difficult conditions, Fr. Damien served alongside the patients to improve their living conditions and tend to their spiritual and health needs.
October 30 The Story of All Saints
Today we hear the story of All Saints, in celebration of All Saints Day (the day that follows All Hallows Eve! aka Halloween). In our Episcopal/Anglican tradition, we trust that each of us is a member of the Communion of Saints by virtue of being one of God’s children. We use a mirror to invite the children to remember that God loves each of us just the way we are. And we are called to be our best selves in every day. l Wonder with your children who are the saints they know personally – perhaps you may wish to share people in your life who have been saints to you. Remember the words from the hymn, “You can see them in school or in lanes or at sea … for the saints of God are just folk like me and I aim to be one, too.”