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Meet the Rector, Father Keith N. Cartwright
The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Nathaniel Cartwright was born in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas on Maundy Thursday 3rd April, 1958 to Catechist Raphael and Chlorine Cartwright. Archdeacon Cartwright is the eldest of the Cartwright’s three children. Archdeacon Cartwright was baptized and confirmed at St. Agnes Anglican Church. The Archdeacon recounts that he began serving around St. Agnes’ altar at the age of 6. Cartwright’s formal education began at St. John’s Preparatory School from 1964-1969, later matriculating to St. John’s College in 1969 where he graduated in 1976. While at St. John’s, Cartwright served as the school’s Head Boy.
Gospel : Luke 21:25-31
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
The History and Meaning of Advent
The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin ‘Adventus,’ which means ‘coming.’ Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical Church year, and encompasses the span of time from the Fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (which is November 30th), and so it will always fall somewhere between November 27th at the earliest and December 3rd at the latest. The liturgical colour for this season is purple. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ’s birth, and for the time when Christ will come again.
During Advent, the faithful are asked:
- to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the Incarnate God of love,
- to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through Grace, and thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.
Origin and History of Advent
The exact time when the season of Advent came to be celebrated is not precisely known. Of course, it was not in practice before the celebration of the Nativity and Christmastide began; the earliest evidence shows that the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord was established within the later part of the 4th century. A Synod held in 590 AD established that Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from November 11th until the Nativity would be offered according to the Lenten rite. This and other traditions, such as fasting, show that the period of time now established as the Advent season was more penitential (similar to Lent) than the liturgical season as we know it today. A collection of homilies from St. Gregory the Great included a sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, and by 650 AD Spain was celebrating the Sundays (five at the time) of Advent. So it seems the liturgical season was established around the latter part of the 6th century and first half of the 7th century. For the next couple of centuries, Advent was celebrated for five Sundays; the Bishop of Rome Gregory VII, who was Bishop from 1073-85, reduced the number to four Sundays.
The themes and traditions of the Advent season have evolved throughout the history of the liturgical season. As mentioned, the early Advent season was mainly penitential, close to the theme of the Lenten season. Today a penitential theme still exists, but it is not as intense as in 7th century. Also, it is blended with the theme of prayerful, spiritual preparation for the second and final coming of the Lord, as well as the joyful preparation for the annual festive remembrance of the Incarnation and Christ’s birth. In recent decades, a trend of wearing blue vestments rather than purple during Advent has emerged. However, purple is the appropriate vestment colour, and it is purple that we use at St. Agnes.
- Violet or purple is used in Advent and Lent.
- Rose may be used, where it is the practice, on the Third Sunday of Advent and on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Advent celebration and traditions can vary from place to place, influenced by culture. However, some traditions have come to be common throughout the Church. The Advent Wreath is likely the most popular tradition, and wreaths are typically present in both the Parish Church and in the home. It is a more recent tradition, with the modern Advent Wreath emerging in Germany and spreading throughout Europe and beyond in the 1930’s. It is often circular, representing God’s eternity, and it includes 4 candles – one for each Sunday of Advent. Many families have a wreath in the home, and will light the candles each Sunday and say Advent prayers together. The Jesse Tree is also a popular Advent tradition. A Jesse Tree, named for the father of David, is a tree that is decorated gradually throughout Advent with symbols or pictures of biblical persons associated with the gradual coming of the Messiah, Christ. This includes, among others, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Joseph and Mary. The Jesse Tree tradition provides a wonderful teaching opportunity; it is a perfect way to teach and remind children about the preparatory nature of Advent. Advent calendars are another popular tradition, although they most often follow the calendar month of December, not the four Sundays which can begin in November. While many popular Advent calendars use purely secular images.
OUR THEME COLLECT FOR 2021
O God, our Father, you are great, and above you there is no other. We, your children, humble ourselves before you. We turn from selfishness, pride and apathy; and we earnestly seek your face. Bless, strengthen and renew your Church. Reignite our desire to worship you and you alone. Forgive us for those times when we have wounded you and others. May your Holy Spirit strengthen us to achieve great things this year; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
St. Agnes Virtual Sunday School
Will be held this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Parents, please encourage your children to join our Zoom sessions. For any information needed to gain access, please contact the Sunday School Superintendent Ms. Desiree Stuart.
Readers for Respective Masses Needed
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
If you are interested in reading at either mass, please place you name and number on the sign up sheet located at the southern Church door or contact the Church Office at 325-2640 at your earliest convenience.
Fresh Flowers For St. Agnes’ Sanctuary
Persons celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasion in their lives are encouraged to mark these events by making a donation towards the purchase of flowers to beautify the sanctuary, as we continue to make our worship experience meaningful and unique. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. For more information, please contact the Church Office.
Offering Envelopes for Adults & Children
For 2022 are now available for collection at the back of the Church. Please collect yours today! All persons 18yrs old and over and working are asked to visit or call the Church Office (325-2640) to establish a membership profile and be assigned offering envelopes.
THE 2022 ENVELOPES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY, 2nd JANUARY 2022. Everyone is encouraged to stay current with his/her envelopes. Thank you to everyone who has given to the Mission and Ministry of the Church over the past year.
Harvest Thanksgiving & Gift Day Envelopes
Persons who have not yet done so, and are able to are asked to make a contribution to our Harvest Thanksgiving and Gift Day Envelopes which are available at all side tables in the Church. These contributions will help us with our Social Outreach feeding program in the community.
Church Tithes For 2021
Persons are encouraged to bring their envelopes up to date. Let’s close out the year with a good spirit.
St. Agnes Youth Ministry Meetings
Is officially closed for the Christmas Holidays. Meetings will resume in January!
Sunday, November 28th, 2021
Diocesan 2021 Theme Verse: Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
HOLY DAYS THIS WEEK
St. Andrew – The Apostle
Patron Saint of St. Andrew’s Churches in
George Town – Exuma, Arthur’s Town – Cat Island,
and Wemyss – Long Island
John of Damascus – Teacher of the Faith 749 AD
Happy Anniversary to the Sacred Priesthood
We congratulate Rev’d. Dr. James Moultrie who is celebrating 26 years to the Sacred Priesthood on Tuesday, 30th November, at St. Gregory the Great on Carmichael Road at 6:30 a.m. on the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Also celebrating are Canon Delano Archer, Rev’d. Dr. Roland Hamilton to the priesthood, and Canon Sebastian Campbell and Canon Harry Ward to the Diaconate. All are invited to attend.
St. Agnes Confirmation Class 2021
Will be held on Wednesdays in the Church at 5:30 pm sharp for candidates. We will be practicing social distancing and other protocols. An application form must be completed by each person in order to take classes
All candidates must attend Mass on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Attendance will be taken. Materials required for the class are available for sale at the Church Office.
- Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
- The Book of Common Prayer
- CPWI Hymnal
The Sacrament of Holy Confirmation
Will take place on Wednesday, 22nd December, 2021. This will be our Bishop’s official visit to St. Agnes – The Wardens, The Vestry Members, and Officers of our Church organizations are asked to be present to welcome our Bishop.
St. Agnes Bible Study
Bible Study will resume via Zoom on 17th November 2021 at 6:00 p.m. sharp!
Meeting ID: 854 1074 8215
For more information please contact Camille King or St. Agnes Bible Study WhatsApp Group chat.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
For November 2021 – January 2022 is still available. Please contact the Church Office for a copy.
Ushers for Next Sunday Mass
5th December, 2021 at 7:00 a.m.
Patricia Mitchell, Ivamae Simmons, Duane Miller, Herbert Stuart
Eleanor Conliffe, Margaret Dillet
St. Agnes ACM Meeting
The last monthly meeting for the year will be held this Thursday, 2nd December at 6:30 p.m. socially distance in the Parish Hall Members are asked to be in attendance. The meeting will be one hour masks must be worn, registration, and hand sanitizing will be required.
The ACM would like to thank all persons who supported the recent Blood Drive making it a success.
St. Agnes ACW Meeting
The last monthly meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, 7th December at 6:00 p.m. socially distance in the Church. Members are asked to be in attendance. The meeting will be one hour masks must be worn, registration, and hand sanitizing will be required.
All Ministry Leaders are asked to email their 2022 Ministry budgets to email@example.com by Tuesday, 30th November, 2021.
St. Agnes Parish Upcoming News & Events
28th: Donovan Bennett, Tiffany Bullard, Tyrone Fowler,
29th: Marcia Clarke, Candice Knowles
30th: Constance Comery, Rayette Julian, Nikki Smith
1st: Charmaine Johnson, Shari Marshall, Gwendolyn McDeigan, Ayriel Moncur, Shirley Morris, Genevieve Scavella, Sean Smith, Hope Strachan, Gia Sturrup
2nd: Levar Boyd, Chozen Brown, Sherryl Chea, Dascoe Darville, Dominique Johnson, Deborah Knowles, Betty Sands, K’von Strachan, Trevor Styles
3rd: Debbie Armbrister, Michelle Barr, Henry Dean, Joy Deveaux, Susymae Lockhart, Mario Martin, Anthony Rahming Sr.
4th: Sandra Deveaux, Beverley Edwards, Charles Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Bayli Major, Terkel McIntosh, Cyril O’Brien, Arian Simmons
IT IS NOW EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Diggis (24yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Theo Glinton
Mr. & Mrs. Shieko Hoyte (7yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Mosely
Mr. & Mrs. Stafford Fox (25yrs),
Mr. & Mrs. Omar E. Davis (4yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Johnson (33yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. James Smith (32yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Taran Mackey (5yrs)
St. Agnes Covid Protocols for Church Services
All persons must wear facial masks.
All persons must enter the Church through the Main Entrance Door ONLY.
All persons must have their temperature checked. (Abnormal temperature individuals will be respectfully asked to withdraw).
All persons on entering the Church must PRINT their names, and give their telephone contacts in registering for each service.
All persons MUST SANITIZE THEIR HANDS.
All persons should collect their Sunday Bulletin at THE DOOR.
All persons will be escorted FROM THE DOOR to their seats. Front filled first. ( Please cooperate).
NO PHYSCIAL CONTACT IS ALLOWED (No hand shaking or hugging etc.).
When going up for Communion please do so six feet apart.
If you are able to do so, you may place your collection, your envelope, your tithes in the Collection Box by the Chancel Gate.
When taking Communion hold your open hand out to receive the Body of Christ. (Communion will be given in one kind at the present time).
You may leave the Church after the service through any exit door.
Please take your bulletin home with you.
Please sanitize your hands as you leave the Church.
Please NO gathering after Church services.
Please cooperate with these protocols.