May-June 2016


May-June 2016
All Saints’ Herald
May - June
Newsletter of
All Saints Anglican Parish
Aiken, South Carolina
A Parish of the
Anglican Catholic Church
Diocese of the South
All Saints’ Herald
May - June
From Fr. George’s notebook….
or Bust!
Some Pre-trip
In a couple of weeks, Betty and I will be off
on a vacation trip to Ireland. It’s all part of a
plan that every other year, we take a trip
somewhere different, not just to a Synod, and
preferably overseas.
Two years ago, we took a trip to the UK,
visiting England, Scotland, and Wales. We
still talk about it as if it were only yesterday.
So, now, it’s off to Ireland.
Betty has been doing her research. She’s very
thorough, reading through at least three guide
books and spending hours researching her
Irish heritage.
As for me, I can only remember my mother
saying that there was a Scotch-Irish tie in our
family tree but have yet to research it. If
green eyes and a feisty temperament are an
indication, then my mother did have a bit of
the Irish in her blood.
I do remember well having an uncle who was
full of blarney, so maybe there’s hope I have
a wee bit of the Irish in me-self.
In England, we were able to explore our English Church heritage but Ireland will be a little
For Betty, it will be an adventure and an opportunity to trace some family roots.
For me, it’ll be an opportunity to pay tribute
to St. Patrick and make a pilgrimage to the
“shrine” of Guinness.
Seriously, though, Ireland is a beautiful country, and historically it was the Church in Ireland that is credited for preserving learning
during the Dark Ages.
April in Review……
The highlight of April was our Easter celebration. Both services were well-attended and
it was a joyous occasion.
The Celtic Church was remarkable as a bastion of learning when the western world was
cast into a state of intellectual darkness.
The ACW was treated with another presentation by Judi Hammond of the “ins and outs”
of scarves. Later in the month, members enjoyed lunch at a new restaurant in the Alley,
the Bradley.
We are all familiar with St. Patrick but there
were many more saints from Ireland who
made a tremendous impact on Christianity,
not only in Ireland but also in all of the British Isles, even elsewhere in the world.
The Classic Book Club met on the 11th to
discuss The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
and selected their next read, The Lord of the
In the 7th century, there was St. Aiden, first
Bishop of Lindisfarne, invited by king
Oswald to reconvert Northumbria. St. Aiden
is much celebrated in the English Church and
throughout Anglicanism.
Vestry met as usual on the 11th.
St. Colomba was a 6th century Irish abbot
credited with spreading Christianity to Scotland.
Parish Night Out was on the 13th at Ni
Hao’s Chinese Buffet.
Men of All Saints’ held their usual gettogether at the Red Pepper on the 19th. It was
a small but hearty group.
Another 6th century Irish saint was Brendan
of Clonfert, called "the Navigator," known for
his legendary quest for the "Isle of the
And the Fairfield House Committee met
each Monday.
And, there was St. Finian of Clonard, born in
Myshall, in County Carlow, during the 6th
century. Finian was trained by Sts. Cadoc and
Gildas in Wales, but returned to Ireland
where he built schools, monasteries, and
churches. Regarded as the “Teacher of Irish
Saints,” Finian had as one of his students the
exceptional St. Columba, as well as many
other noted Irish saints.
Coming up in May….
In May, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, Pentecost (or Whitsunday), and Trinity.
This is the month Fr. Alexander and Betty
take their vacation to Ireland, so we will be
welcoming Fr. Jonathan Foggin on Trinity
Sunday, the 22nd, and Fr. Eric Lewis on the
First Sunday after Trinity, the 29th.
I’ve mentioned only a few from the Emerald
Isle but the list is long and the impact of the
Celtic Church on Christianity has been immense, perhaps, the topic for a post-trip column in the Newsletter at a later time.
On the Wednesdays Fr. Alexander is away,
Chris Roberts and Hamilton Willis will be
officiating at Evening Prayer.
The Classic Book Club will be on the 9th at
4:00 p.m. in Fairfield House.
For now, though, my pre-trip thoughts are
filled with the beauty of this island nation, its
culture, music, food and beer!
Vestry will meet on the 9th at 5:00 p.m. in
the Parish Hall. You may note that Vestry
meetings are open to members of the Parish
who would like to attend.
We’ll take in the sights and kiss the Blarney
Stone but we’ll also take time to explore the
legacy of the Church in Ireland.
The ACW will have its luncheon on the 17th,
to include a short business meeting.
We both have new cameras, and, if the trip to
the UK is an example of Betty’s prowess as a
photographer, she’ll return with thousands of
photographs. (She is thorough!)
And the Men of All Saints’ will meet on the
24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Red Pepper.
Looking Ahead to June….
Which reminds me….I’d better double up on
the number of memory cards.
Erin go bragh!
Fr. Alexander and Betty will still be away on
vacation returning on June 8th.
Our bishop, the Most Rev. Mark Haverland, will be here on Sunday, June 5th.
There will be Evening Prayer on Wednesday
the 8th but no Anglican Studies Class.
As Fr. Alexander will be back in good form
by the 11th, we will celebrate the Feast of St.
Barnabas on that Saturday with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m.
Parish Night Out will be delayed one week
to Wednesday the 15th.
The ACW luncheon will be on Tuesday the
21st. A place for the luncheon will be selected closer to that date.
We will celebrate the Nativity of St. John the
Baptist on Friday the 24th with Holy Communion at 5:30 p.m.
The Men of All Saints’ will meet at the Red
Pepper at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 28th.
On Wednesday the 29th, we will celebrate
the Feast of St. Peter, and on Thursday the
30th we will commemorate St. Paul with
Holy Communion at 5:30 p.m.
The highlight of June will be the Bishop’s
Annual Visitation on Sunday the 26th. Of
course, we will honor our bishop with a Solemn High Coffee Hour following the 10:30
Editor’s Note….
Due to the rector being away, the May and
June issues of the Newsletter are combined.
We will resume normal publication with the
July issue.
Contacting the Rector
While Fr. Alexander is away, he can still be
reached through his cell phone: (803) 2700406; or email: [email protected].
In fact, either cell phone, text, or email is the
best way to reach him at any time, as the
Parish phone is set to go to voice mail and is
checked only once-a-day.
If for some reason Fr. Alexander is not immediately accessible, you may contact the Senior
Warden, Sara Wood; or Junior Warden,
Alan Wingard; or Vestryman Chris Roberts.
ACW News
Classic Book Club
ACW had it's monthly meeting on April
12th. We discussed plans and our contribution to Sara for the church grounds plants.
The Moonstone (1868), along with The
Woman in White, was one of Wilkie Collins’
most successful novels. According to T.S.
Eliot, it is “the first, the longest, and the best
of modern English detective novels in a genre
invented by Collins and not by Poe.” Dorothy L. Sayers agreed, declaring it, “probably
the very finest detective story ever written.”
By Betty Alexander
by Gabby Philipp
Following snacks, we had a wonderful scarf
presentation by Judi Hammond. She has
Someone at the luncheon noticed color patterns
in the attire. Thus noted, ladies were grouped
according their colors. Wearing a shade of orange were Shelby Ruddy, Trina Crocker, and
Gabby Philipp.
about 350 scarves and loves buying them
from antique sales or as she travels. She always looks lovely and taught us to look the
same. The scarves were beautiful and her tips
for using them were fascinating. Thanks
Our luncheon was at the new restaurant The
Bradley on the 19th. We tried everything
from beets to green tea creme brulee! We
The novel centers upon a diamond associated
with the Hindu god of the moon, Chandra,
which is left as a bequest to Rachel Verinda
on her eighteenth birthday in the will of her
uncle, a corrupt Army officer who had served
in India. After the birthday party at which
Rachel wears the diamond, seen by her two
suitors (both of whom are her cousins), as
well as a number of guests, servants, and a
travelling troupe of Indian jugglers, the diamond disappears.
The story then explores the efforts to discover
the thief and to recover the diamond. Collins
used an epistolary format, telling the story
from the point of view of six narrators, ranging from that of the butler (obligatory to the
form), to that of
Drusilla Clack,
poor cousin to
both the heroine
and the accused,
and an irritatingly hypocritical
that of the accused himself, of the family
solicitor, and of the local doctor’s assistant.
Dressed in black & white were Betty
Alexander and Lainey Keller.
Our small group does so many things for the
church ― stop one of them and thank them
for all they do.
The ACW will meet on Tuesday the 17th at
12:30 for lunch and a short business meeting.
During the summer, ACW will join together
only for their monthly luncheons until September.
The story incorporates elements of the legends surrounding the Hope Diamond and the
Orloff Diamond, involving its having been
stolen from an
Indian idol, and
being accompanied by a curse.
The novel also
introduces classic
elements of the
detective story,
including a setting at an English country
house, filled with a diverse group of people,
had a lively group and caught up on conversation.
Thanks ladies for all the help with the funeral
reception this month and the Sunday coffee
Ladies wearing blue included Betty Christensen, Phoebe Marshall, and Cec Niemenin
with a crime committed as an “inside job,”
investigated by a detective not “to the manor
born,” who ruffles a number of feathers, a
multitude of red herrings, and a reconstruction of the crime. Along with these elements,
Collins demonstrates a deft talent for humor,
and an enlightened view of social conditions.
Wilkie Collins was born in 1824 in London,
the son of a well-known Royal Academy
l and s cap e
painter. He received his early
home from his
mother, but traveled in 18361838 in France
and Italy with his
parents, learning
to speak French
and Italian, and
broader view of
the world than
that endorsed by
his parents with
their strict religious views. For two years,
beginning in 1838, he attended a private
boarding school. While there, a bully forced
him to tell a story every night before he was
allowed to go to sleep. Collins later said, “It
was this brute who first awakened in me, his
poor little victim, a power of which but for
him I might never have been aware.”
In 1840, he left school, and was apprenticed
as a clerk to a firm of tea merchants. He disliked the work, but stayed with the company
for more than five years. He wrote his first
novel that year, but it was never published.
To his father’s disappointment, he showed no
interest in becoming a clergyman. Instead, he
studied law, the other career choice considered acceptable by his father. However, although he completed his studies, he never
practiced law, instead using it as a source of
legal knowledge for his novels. He devoted
greater efforts to artistic endeavors, exhibiting
a painting in 1849, writing novels and other
stories, and acting in plays, often with
Charles Dickens, whom he met in 1851.
(Continued on page 7.)
Men of All Saints’
Vestryman Surprises Rector
At the end of the April Vestry meeting, Larry
Byers surprised Fr. Alexander with a little
Seems that in a newly published book on
Aiken’s Sporting Life, a picture of the Blessing of the Hounds from 2014 was featured.
Well, that was the year Fr. Alexander blessed
the hounds, so no mystery as to who is featured in the photo.
Larry presented Fr. George with an signed
copy of the book and a St. Hubert’s Medal.
St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters, forest
workers, and dogs. The list is a little longer
but in the same vein.
St. Hubert was bishop of Liege, dying near
there in May of 727.
If you pick up a copy of the book, you’ll find
the picture of the Blessing of the Hounds on
Good food, good drink, and good conversation were the order of the night as the Men of All Saints’ met at the
Red Pepper for their monthly get-together. Keeping the occasion were: Steve Boyko, Hamilton Willis, Chris
Roberts, Ken Gordon, Mike Hardwick, and Linzee Whittaker, with Fr. Alexander holding the camera.
Chinese it was for Parish Night Out
Small But Hearty Group
A buffet can be a real challenge to some;
but our All Saints’ Parish
Night Out regulars were up
to the challenge at Ni Hao’s
on Richland Avenue.
Classic Book Club continued….
They became best friends, collaborating in
both theatrical and journalistic undertakings.
erts, Phoebe Marshall, Sara & Mike
Wood, Fr. & Betty Alexander, and Jordan (from St. Luke’s).
The publication of The Woman in White in
serial form (1859) in Dickens’ magazine, All
the Year Around, and later in book form
(1860), increased his literary stature, and
brought him a financial success which allowed him to resign his position on Dickens’
magazine in order to focus on novel writing.
We were joined by a visitor
from St. Luke’s in Augusta
who was also up to the challenge.
The death of Charles Dickens in 1870 deprived him of both a friend and a mentor. He
toured the United States in 1873-74, giving
readings of his work, and meeting American
writers, including Oliver Wendell Holmes
and Mark Twain. His work in the 1870s and
1880s was inconsistent, in part because of his
failing health, and the opium addiction which
had developed as a result of his treatment for
gout, and in part because of his growing obsession with combating social injustice.
Present were Chris Rob-
Only Chris Roberts
tried the chop sticks.
and Fr. Alexander
said they’ve both
used them enough
while in the Far
Algernon Swinburne, the poet, opined: “What
brought good Wilkie’s genius nigh perdition? / Some demon whispered—‘Wilkie!
have a mission.’” He died in 1889 following
a stroke, and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in West London. Critical of the institu-
page 110.
tion of marriage, he never married. He lived
with two women, both of humble origins,
dividing his time for the last 20 years of his
life between
two common
law wives,
w i d o w
w h o s e
daughter he
treated as his
M a r t h a
Rudd, who
children. When
with Martha,
he assumed
the name of
William Dawson.
The Classic Book Club will meet on Monday,
May 9th at 4:00 p.m. in Fairfield House to
discuss our next selection, Lord of the Flies
by William Golding. Any interested reader is
invited to join us.
Annual Diocesan Synod
All Saints’ Delegation One of Many Parishes Present
Archbp. Mark Haverland shows off his hat to Fr. Alexander, holding Betty’s wine glass while she takes the photo.
All Saints’ Report
for 2016 Diocesan Synod
I am pleased to report that All Saints’ in Aiken,
South Carolina remains spiritually and fiscally
Conducting the business of the
Church is one of those necessary duties of clergy and lay to meet its fiscal
responsibilities as well as its spiritual
that accomplished the “Business of
the Church” in good form and heard
encouraging and uplifting reports
from the various parishes.
Notwithstanding the beautiful Solemn
High Synod Mass, offerings of good
food and fellowship brought everyone
together to celebrate our Anglican
Parishes from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North
Carolina met at the Pro-Cathedral in
Athens, Ga., for a three-day Synod
Harry and Mary Long, and Betty Alexander are still attentive (sort of) as the day wears on.
Our Vestry has been a good steward of the resources provided to the parish. Indeed, each parishioner has been a good steward of God’s
The Vestry, in fulfilling its responsibilities, has
provided the means for the rector to fulfill his
responsibilities, working as a team to provide the
best facilities, and a spiritually uplifting atmosphere for the worship of God in our Anglican
Despite their labors, our growth has not been as
we would have hoped, but, still, we are growing
and have much to offer as a Parish, as a place of
worship, and as keepers of the Faith entrusted to
As we look back on 2015, we can remember it
both as a year of loss and a year of promise, but a
good year.
Fr. Alexander delivers his parish report
to the Synod.
Archbp. Haverland presides over the Synod, as Heli Montgomery takes minutes, and Fr. Athenaelos and Fr.
Bruce listen intently.
We ended the year fiscally sound; we gave back to
the community very generously, roughly the
equivalent of a tithe; and we welcomed many,
many visitors.
Sadly, though, during the year we lost four wonderful members of our Parish, including the Reverend Christopher Davies, our resident Welshman,
and devoted deacon, who gave so much of himself
to the Parish.
During the year, we witnessed the ordination as
priest of our young deacon, Beau Davis; but all
too we soon bid Fr. Beau and Becky farewell as he
went off to explore other areas of ministry, landing in Marietta, Ga.
Taking a time-out!
Prior to the Synod banquet on Thursday evening, delegates and clergy enjoyed a
relaxing time in the courtyard.
Now, as we embarked on a new year in the life of
the Parish, our expectations included both growth
in our numbers, and the enhancement and development of our facilities and grounds.
(Continued on page 15.)
Sound Parish, Solid Faith
by Fr. Alexander
In my annual report to the Diocesan Synod, I
stated that our Parish is spiritually and fiscally sound. The Vestry have been good
stewards of God’s Bounty and you, members
of All Saints’, have been the instruments of
God providing that Bounty.
We have shared the Bounty within our Parish
family, within our community, and, through
our Province, with the entire world.
Do note the bow ties in this photo. Each bears the emblem of the ACC, and they have been made available to those in the Parish who would like to be quite fashionable ,and a member of this elite group of
men. Our thanks to Ken Connor, who took one of the ACC lapel pins and had the bow ties made from
it. Anyone interested in one of the bow ties, please see Ken Connor, who will gladly oblige. The cost is
nominal but they are quite striking. Larry Byers has suggested that the group sporting the bow ties
should be called the Order of St. George. In front, left to right, are Linzee Whittaker and Dieter Voegele.
In the back row, left to right, are Larry Byers, Ken Connor, and Lawrence Kurland.
Spotted at Aiken Horseshow
Our Parish camera seems to be everywhere
these days even at the Horseshow in Hitchcock Woods thanks to Ken & Amy Connor,
who hosted Fr. George & Betty for this prestigious annual event.
Most certainly, there were others there who
managed to escape the camera.
Despite the wet weather, turn-out was great
for the annual event. The temperature was
just right for spectators, and the food in the
big tent was delicious.
St. Paul talks about the Church being one
body with many members; so here we are,
one body in Christ, many members with so
much to offer.
We have the foundation and we have the
building blocks; we have the talent, skills,
and abilities: that makes for a “promising
Ken responds to the
announcement that
Amy’s horse placed
third in competition.
What is the promise?
First, it is spiritual growth: the opportunity
to increase in the knowledge and love of
God; an opportunity to share in the worship
of God in a tradition that transcends centuries, even millennia.
The sacrificial worship of the Old Covenant
has been transformed through the Redemptive Act of Jesus Christ into the living sacrificial worship of the New Covenant, where we
can offer ourselves, our lives, our souls, our
Fr. George relaxes
and takes it all in.
Betty, Gail, and Christopher talk about the
children’s competition.
There are challenges still to be met, obstacles
to be overcome, and, in the words of the poet
Frost, “miles to go before we sleep”.
Third, it is personal growth: carrying the
torch of Anglicanism, requires our individual
participation and a contribution of self to our
Family in Christ that brings with it personal
We are just what St. Paul would have ordered
for one of his churches!
Larry & Pat meet up with Betty.
Second, it is corporate growth: the opportunity for our family to increase in numbers.
If we have something special in our Anglican
Faith and Practice, then we should want to
share it with others and give them the opportunity to experience the soundness and beauty
of our liturgical worship.
We have nearly 60 individual families that
make up our Parish Family, among whom
there is a diversity of talents, skills, and abilities.
Pictured are Larry & Pat Byers, Ken Connor, Gail King, and Christopher King.
Our corporate worship strengthens us in our
private worship; it brings us into a vibrant,
spiritual relationship with Him; and, as we
receive Him in the Consecrated Bread and
Wine, we become at one with Him and find
the “Peace that passes all understanding.”
As Anglicans, we share a solid faith in Jesus
Christ, a faith grounded in Orthodoxy, adhering to our English heritage and its centuries
of tradition.
With that solid foundation, we look to the
coming year as an opportunity to grow: to
grow not only spiritually but also to grow as
a Family in Christ, to expand, enlarge, and to
reach out.
Hitchcock Woods
very being to God as never before could have
been done.
Let us not become an anachronism; let Anglicanism become the future as well as the past
and a bright and shining light for all to see.
Each of us has commitments, interests, personal projects, hobbies, businesses, and families. We join clubs, volunteer, and go about
our daily lives.
Somehow, though, in all that we do, what
should be one of the most important things in
our lives is pushed aside and relegated to one
day a week for an hour or so.
However, in moments of quiet contemplation, we may feel a stirring that grows into
the realization that we are incomplete, that
there is something lacking in our lives.
What is lacking is our active participation in
our adoptive family: our Family in Christ.
It is through giving of self and active participation that we experience personal growth.
Thus, for the promise to reach fruition, we
must be willing participants.
There is a fourth part of the promise: it is
hope and joy.
For what is the Gospel but the hope and joy
of everlasting life united with God. We
glimpse that promise when we fully incorporate ourselves into the life of the Church as
active members of His Family.
Our musical tradition
and Easter Hymn #92
by Elizabeth Blount
What kind of music do you have at All
Saints’? That’s a question I’m sometimes
asked, and I know the inquirer doesn’t expect
to get an entire
essay for an answer.
“Traditional” is a
good short answer,
and that seems to
satisfy. But what
exactly is our tradition?
For our liturgical music such as the Kyrie,
Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, chants we sing every
Sunday, here at All Saints’ we use the setting
called “First Communion Service,” that is, we
sing the music composed by John Merbecke
(usually pronounced “marbek”) in 1549. See
hymn #702 in our 1940 Hymnal, for example.
At the Synod in Athens, Georgia, in the
spring of 2011, attendees from All Saints’
were thrown off (they reported) by different
music for these ancient texts. There, the
“Second Communion Service,” composed by
Healey Willan (1928) was sung instead. See
hymn #716 in our hymnal. It’s a lovely musical setting, but what a shock—not
“traditional” at all for All Saints’ parishioners.
But I think when people ask “What kind of
music do you have?” they probably mean to
ask either about hymns or about instruments.
Let’s start with instruments. Although the
Old Testament repeatedly recommends singing songs of praise accompanied by the harp,
preferably a harp with ten strings, strummed
instruments today evoke guitars, and guitars
are inevitably associated with young people
and rock bands. Not our tradition at all—
enough said!
But what about hymns? Our 1940 Hymnal is
a rich repository of many of the best of more
than five centuries of texts and music. In it
we find none of the newest hymns and only a
few of the oldest. Some hymns seem “Low
Church,” some seem “High Church,” some
very English, some very German, some terribly mournful, others exceedingly bouncy.
Some we have never sung in all the years I
your organist have been at All Saints’, and
others we have sung as many as five or six
times every year.
Which of these many hymns are most representative of our tradition at All Saints’? I
think it’s impossible to say, for (almost) all of
us started our church life somewhere else, and
we have brought our musical tastes with us.
At coffee hour I am regularly greeted with “I
have never ever seen that last hymn!” or
again, “That last hymn is my absolute favorite!” The discovery of old and new favorites
at All Saints’ expands our experience and
enriches our tradition.
I saw in the bulletin from the Synod in Athens (2011) that Hymn #92 had been sung.
Sara Wood reported that this hymn did not
sound familiar to her. Hymn #92 was composed by Arthur Seymour Sullivan (18421900) with the tune name LUX EOI (Light of
the East). In the
English church, it
is said to be a
traditional Easter
hymn and a great
favorite there.
Taylor Blanton returned to All Saints’ for her wedding in April. Taylor was baptized here, and her
parents Jerry & Hilary Blanton were married here as well. Taylor’s grandmother, Janet Waugh, was a
member until she moved to Charlotte, N.C., about 20 years ago. Pictured above are: Dailie Blanton
(sister-in-law and Matron of Honor), Jerry Blanton, Taylor, Philip Michael Royer (groom), Hilary
Blanton, Janet Waugh, and Trey Blanton (the bride’s brother, kneeling). The wedding was held at 4:00
p.m. on April 16th. Fr. Alexander officiated, and Elizabeth Blount was the organist.
The Cat Who Attended Church
by Kathy Clark
In the 60's, my dear Uncle, the Rev. James O.
Mote, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
in Denver, Colorado, had a cat who attended
Sullivan, as you
may know, was
(with librettist W.
S. Gilbert) of operettas such as The
H.M.S. Pinafore, Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
but was also an
organist and a prolific hymn writer. In our
Hymnal we love his #87 (FORTUNATUS,
“Welcome, happy morning!”), #94 (ST.
KEVIN, “Come ye faithful, raise the strain”),
from the Easter section, and of course #557
(ST. GERTRUDE, “Onward, Christian soldiers”).
A new kitty adopted Fr. Mote during his visit
to the "pound" as the term went in those days.
His kitty was a spayed female, tortoiseshell in
color. Father named her Magnificat (Maggie
for short).
Now Maggie was a great mouser, but she
heard the calling to attend Mass regularly.
Father Mote tried in vain to ban Magnificat
from attending Mass. However, Maggie was
stubbornly determined not to be a sinner.
Music Tradition continued…..
At All Saints’ in recent years we have begun
singing Sullivan’s great Easter Hymn LUX
EOI (“Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts and voices
heav’n-ward raise”).
When I went to see Abby Montenyohl in
2011, I asked her if she knew this “new”
hymn—I hummed a bit of LUX EOI for her.
Of course! I knew she would know it—she
and her husband Vic had often sung in the
chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and
it is always Abby who reminded us that Sullivan wished to be remembered for his hymns
In 2011 this hymn was new to me and to
many at All Saints’, but since then we have
sung it regularly and with increasing vigor.
(Continued on next page.)
The devout Maggie won the battle and attended Sunday Mass on a regular basis. She
reserved a choice seat in the front row. (She
never went to the Altar to receive Communion.)
Maggie would sit or lay very quietly during
Mass, listening attentively to the Word spoken from the altar and the pulpit. She would
disappear during the last hymn only to reappear in the Parish hall during coffee hour and
politely greet her fellow parishioners.
[Fr. Mote went on to become one of the first four
bishops consecrated in the ACC in 1978.]
rather than for his secular compositions.
Some of us might name Arthur S. Sullivan’s
hymns as among our favorites. Certainly his
and others of our grand Victorian hymns are
an important part of our tradition here at All
Saints’, especially during the Easter season.
[Elizabeth Blount is organist and choir director
of All Saints’.]
From the Clerical Kitchen….
Snapper a Snap
in Lemon
Butter Sauce
with Mushrooms
By Fr. Alexander
Just what is snapper? More often than not,
when we think of snapper, we think of red
With a little research, I found that there are
many varieties of snapper from all over the
world, and what we think we’re getting when
we order red snapper may not actually be
red snapper but one of the many varieties of
the species.
It could well be the New Zealand snapper, or
pink snapper, which is not a snapper at all,
but a Porgy.
Then, there is the cardinal snapper, the lane
snapper, yellow snapper, or the northern
red snapper; and so on.
Even when labeled red snapper, it may not
be so, rather just snapper!
With that tidbit of information, let us turn to
preparing just snapper.
Snapper in Lemon Butter Sauce with
3/4 lb
1/4 cup
2 tbs
2 tbs
1 tsp
3 med.
1/4 cup
1 tbs
Snapper fillet, cut into two pieces
Chicken Stock plus 1 tbs
Butter (an extra tbs for the finish)
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Mushrooms in large slices
White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
Onion, diced
Salt & pepper the snapper on both side.
In a cast iron pan, sauté mushrooms and onion
in 1 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs butter with a little salt
& pepper.
Remove mushrooms from pan when done, and
set aside leaving as much as possible of the onion
Next, add the remaining olive oil to the pan over
medium heat, and brown the snapper skin-side
Saint of the Month:
up for about 2 minutes, Turn for about 2 minutes on other side.
St. Barnabas (1st century) Apostle, Martyr
Place pan with snapper into a 400 degree oven
for about 10 or so minutes, or until flakey.
St. Barnabas is perhaps best known for his
association with St. Paul, with whom he traveled on a missionary journey to Cyprus,
Perga, and Antioch in Pisidia, along with
John Mark. Indeed, it was Mark’s departure
when they reached Perga and his return to
Jerusalem that sparked a rift between
Barnabas and Paul, a rift that was later healed.
Remove snapper from pan and plate.
Next, add butter to the pan over medium heat.
Add the mushrooms and stir. Deglaze pan with
white wine, stirring as you add.
Finally, stir in the chicken stock and lemon juice,
and bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes.
I like to finish it off with another tablespoon
of butter, and immediately spoon it over the
plated snapper.
Barnabas was a Jew, born in Cyprus and
named Joseph. He converted to Christianity,
sold his property, gave the proceeds to the
Apostles, and lived in common in the Christian community in Jerusalem. The Apostles
gave him the name “Barnabas.”
Be careful with the olive oil. It’s tempting to
add a little more while sautéing the mushrooms and onion but resist! or the result will
be an oily sauce.
It was Barnabas who persuaded the Christian
community in Jerusalem to accept Paul as a
disciple. Barnabas was sent to Antioch in
Don’t be stingy when salt & peppering the
fish but don’t go overboard either.
A rule of thumb when sautéing the mushrooms is that they are ready when they begin
to glisten.
Rector’s Synod Report continued….
Already, we can see results of work being
done in the cemetery and garden area, thanks
to our Grounds and Cemetery Committee
Remember also that butter can be a thickening agent if added when the sauce is bubbling,
stirred well, and then served immediately.
Have fun with the recipe. A little wine for the
chef, as well as the pan, is helpful.
Bon appétit!
May Birthdays
Forrest Roberts
Judi Storey
Lee Larison
Fr. Alexander
Pat Hardwick
Roberta Hannibal
Linzee Whittaker
Sudie Lea O’Connor
Steve Boyko
Kent Hannibal
Ray Vaughters
Jane Vaughters
May Anniversaries
1 Mitchell & Kirsten Collins
21 Mike & Sara Wood
26 Bob & Judi Storey
June Birthdays
Tony Harris
Vicky Tussey
Joe Aulisi
Bob Ruddy
Mike Wood
Jill Aulisi
Sandy Harris
Lainey Keller
Frank Newkirk
Muff Herbruck
Ruth Clanton
Mona Burke
June Anniversaries
Ernie & Vicky Tussey
David & Gail King
Harry & Mary Long
James & Judi Hammond
Joe & Jill Aulisi
Dacre & Jenne Stoker
Syria to look
into the community there,
and brought
from Tarsus.
A f t e r
from Paul,
there is little
him. He is
said to have
preached in
Al exa ndri a
and Rome, and to have founded the Cypriote
According to tradition, Barnabas was stoned
to death at Salamis in 61.
under the leadership of our Senior Warden,
Sara Wood.
A major part of our facilities is an 1850’s era
home, we call Fairfield House, in which is
housed the Provincial Library, as well as a
chapel, parish office, and reading room.
We are fortunate to have a very active committee to oversee the facility, which is presently doing an inventory of the thousands of
books, being especially concerned with their
condition and preservation. They are also
planning how best the facility itself can be
utilized, not only as a depository for the library but also as a resource for the parish,
even the Diocese.
With the increase in our parish activity, not
just in the parish but also in the community
(we even have joined the Chamber of Commerce), more and more people are becoming
aware of our presence, and 2016 promises to
be an exciting year in the life of our Parish.
All Saints’ Herald
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All Saints’ Parish Calendar
May 2016
Easter 5
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
Healing Service 11:45
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
Trinity Sunday
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
St. Athanasius, B.C.D.
St. Gregory Naziansus,
Classic Book Club 4 pm
Vestry meets 5 pm
in Whitsun Week
Of the Octave
Comm. Invention
of the Holy Cross
St. Monica, Wid.
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6:15
Ascension Day
St. Stanislas, B.M.
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Sts. Philip & James,
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Of the Octave
Of the Octave
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6 pm
Octave of the Ascension
Vigil of Pentecost
in Whitsun Week
ACW Luncheon 12:30
St. Vincent of Lerins, C
Men meet at 6:00 pm.
(Comm. St. Joan of Arc, V.)
Ember Wednesday
in Whitsun Week
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Evening Prayer
at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6 pm
Trinity 1
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
In Whitsun Week
Ember Friday
in Whitsun Week
Ember Saturday
in Whitsun Week
Corpus Christi
Of the Octave
Of the Octave
(Comm. St. Dunstan, B.C.)
Note: Fr. Alexander
will be away May 18th
thru June 8th
Of the Ocatve
All Saints’ Parish Calendar
June 2016
Note: Fr. Alexander is
away thru June 8th.
Trinity 2
(Comm. St. Boniface, B.M.)
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
Trinity 4
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
Of he Octave
Trinity 5
Bishop’s Visitation
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
St. Anthony of Padua,
Vestry meets at 5 pm
of St. Edward, K.M.
Vigil of St. Peter,
St. Basil the Great,
ACW Luncheon 12:30
St. Irenaeus, B.M.
Men meet at 6 pm
Of the Octave
Evening Prayer
at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6 pm
of Corpus Christi
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Of the Octave
Of the Octave
Evening Prayer
at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6:15
Trinity 3
MP & HC 8:30
Bible Study 9:30
HC 10:30
Of the Octave
St. Alban, M.
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6:15
St. Peter, Ap.M.
H.C. at 5:30 pm
Anglican Studies 6:15
St. Columba, Abt.
Octave of Sacred Heart
(Comm. St. Margaret
of Scotland, Q.Wid.)
St. Botolph, Abt.
of St. Paul, Ap.M.
H.C. at 5:30 pm
H.C. at 10:30 am
St. Ephraem Syrus,
Vigil of the Nativity of
St. John Baptist
St. Barnabas, Ap.M.
of St. John Baptist
H.C. at 5:30 pm