The Feast of the Ascension

a liturgical note from Fr James Arcadi After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God…as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. Acts 1: 3 & 8 There […]

What prayer book does All Souls use and why?

a liturgical note from Deacon Mary Baker In November of 2019, All Souls was received into the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. During the next several months, we learned that the Diocese strongly recommended parishes use the (then brand-new) Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Doing so creates unity among ACNA […]

What season of the church are we in?

a liturgical note from Deacon Mary Baker Today you may have noticed that our vestments and altar colors have turned from white to  green, which symbolizes that our season of Epiphany has ended and the pre-Lenten season has begun. As this is an in-between season — between Epiphany and Lent — it comes under the […]

Why did the Gospel book move?

a liturgical note from Fr. James Arcadi, Presiding Priest I received the question, “Why did the Gospel book move?” The answer is part pragmatics and part tradition, which emerged from a series of questions that I asked. The first question I asked was, “Can we put the sacred vessels on the altar for the entirety […]

Our Prayers as Incense

a liturgical note from Fr. James Arcadi, Presiding Priest Anglican worship is embodied worship; it is a multi-sensory experience. Too often in our day do we become disembodied consumers relegated to being avatars, profile pics, and bar codes. But when we come to worship, we bring all that we are, minds and bodies. In grade […]

Hands for Souls: A Prayer Shawl Ministry

a blog post from Laurel Dalrymple, Hands for Souls Coordinator In the Old Testament, prayer shawls were for men to wear when they prayed. The modern idea of making prayer shawls for those in difficult situations began in Connecticut in 1998.  Since then, the practice has spread far and wide, with the purpose of bringing […]

Why do we bless the cuddlies?

a blog post from Jennifer Merck, Pastor for Children October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. At All Souls, we typically honor and remember St. Francis on the Sunday closest to his feast day. We hope you were able to join us for this year’s Blessing of the Animals. If you’ve been […]

He was deeply moved in his spirit.

a blog post from Galen Dalrymple When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, he was deeply moved in his spirit and troubled. John 11:33 (CSBBible) John 11 is my favorite narrative chapter in the Bible. It is full of drama, emotion, and wonder. The climax of the story […]

Handmade Paper Collages: Discovering the Creator at Play

Parishioner Jim Leonard has been making paper art works since about 2006. Perhaps his works can be called collages since they involve gluing paper to a surface, but Jim also uses tissue, inks, watercolors, acrylics, and natural objects like coffee chaff, grass and flower petals to create his pieces. The process often begins by making […]

Crumbs of Faith and Love

a Stephen Ministry introduction from Deacon Rob Lewis Do you want to get away? Jesus did.  But Jesus can’t get away. A Canaanite woman whose daughter is possessed by a demon accosts him. (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30) The story quickly gets complicated as it juxtaposes Jesus’ desire for solitude with the woman’s desperate love for […]