The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6 S. Mark 9: 2-9
QUINQUAGESIMA - 2nd Before Lent: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer.
This Week: Tues, Thurs-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; ASH WEDNESDAY 9 am Matins; 9.30 a.m COMMINATION, IMPOSITION OF ASHES AND HOLY COMMUNION
Next Sunday: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School, 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer.
O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST The Transfiguration of Christ is the revelation of Christ's divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36).
After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain.
There, St. Matthew writes, "he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow." The brightness was not something added to Christ but the manifestation of His true divine nature united to a perfect humanity. For Peter, James, and John, it was also
a glimpse of the glories of heaven and of the resurrected body promised to all Christians. As Christ was transfigured, two others appeared with Him: Moses, representing
the Old Testament Law, and Elijah, representing the prophets. Thus Christ, Who stood between the two and spoke with them, appeared to the disciples as the fulfilment
of both the Law and the prophets. At Christ's baptism in the Jordan, the voice of God the Father was heard to proclaim that "This is my beloved Son" (Matthew 3:17). During the Transfiguration, God
the Father pronounced the same words (Matthew 17:5).
the importance of this event, the Feast of the Transfiguration was
not among the earliest of the Christian feasts. It was celebrated in
Asia starting in the fourth
or fifth century and spread throughout
the Christian East in the centuries following. The Catholic
Encyclopedia notes that it wasn't commonly celebrated in the West
until the tenth century, when the Islamic advance into Europe was halted and the Transfiguration was elevated to a feast of the universal Church.
WORD OF GOD
A voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son: listen to him.” (S. Mark 9: 7)
HE WHO CANNOT FORGIVE OTHERS breaks the bridge over which he must pass. (George Herbert)
IT IS A GRAVE MISTAKE to conclude that God's truth lacks convicting power that only miracles can supply. Lack of faith is unbelief that derives from man's basic rebellion against God, and it cannot be automically created by seeing miracles. The rebel convinced of God's miraculous power remains a rebel until he has surrendered himself to Christ.
IT HAS BEEN SAID that charity is the pardoning of the unpardonable and the loving of the unlovable. (R H Benson)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Genesis 37: 1-11, Galatians 1, John 3: 1-21
Tues: Gen 37: 12-end, Galatians 2: 1-10, John 3: 22-end
ASH WEDNESDAY: Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5: 20b - 6:10, S. Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21
Thurs: Genesis 39, Galatians 2:11-end, John 4: 1-26
Fri: Genesis 40, Galatians 3: 1-14, John 4: 27-42
Sat: Genesis 41: 1-24, Galatians 3: 15-22, John 4: 43-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Genesis 9: 8-17, 1 Peter 3: 18-end, S. Mark 1: 9-15