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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10, Hebrews 9: 24-end, S. Mark 1: 14-20
Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 10.50 a.m. Civic
Service of Remembrance; 6
pm E.P. This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prs.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity
O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror. We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.
CHRISTIANS AND DEATH
The death of a Christian is an event of grace, having a positive value and significance because of Christ. Since Christ died and rose again, those of us who believe in him enjoy the hope of rising after our own death to a life that has no end. According to the faith of the Church, “dying in Christ” begins at baptism. In baptism, the Lord’s disciples die in Christ so as to live a new life. If the disciples die in the grace of Christ, physical death seals that “dying with Christ”, and consummates it by uniting them fully and once and for all with Christ the Redeemer.
WHY PRAY FOR THE DEAD?
Praying for someone is an expression of love. When a person dies we don’t stop loving them. As well as expressing human emotional needs, prayer for the dead is an expression of the communion of the saints. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”
LITURGY AND THE DEAD
The Church envisages three distinct but related points at which the community can offer its prayer for the dead:
1. When circumstances permit Christians gather at the side of the dying person and there are rites and prayers which are performed and recited for the person. After death and before the actual funeral liturgy there is the option of a prayer vigil, either in church or at the home of the person or in a funeral home.
2. The funeral liturgy can take place inside or outside of Holy Communion. The Christian community listens to the word of God which proclaims the paschal mystery, assures us of the hope of meeting again in the kingdom of God, enlivens our devotion to the dead and exhorts us to witness through a truly Christian life.
3. The final act of prayer for the dead person comes in the rite of committal, the funeral procession, and burial or cremation. At the committal the deceased is commended to God. It is the final commendation by which the Christian community says farewell to one of its members before the body is buried or cremated. In the funeral procession the Church, which has sacramentally borne all Christians in her womb during their earthly pilgrimage, now accompanies the body of the deceased to his place of rest, while they await the resurrection.
When we lose someone we love it is natural for us to think about them from time to time, and for Christians it is natural for us to want to commend them in prayer to God. Visits to the cemetery may allow us to remember our dead before God; and prayers such as the “Eternal rest” encourage us to bring them before God in prayer.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Isaiah 5: 8-24, Matt 4:23 - 5:12, Revelation 5
Tues: Isaiah 5: 25-end, Matt 5: 13-20, Revelation 6
Wed: Isaiah 6, Matthew 5: 21-37, Rev 7: 1-4, 9-end
Thur: Isaiah 7: 1-17, Matt 5: 38-end, Revelation 8
Fri: Isaiah 8: 1-15, Matt 6: 1-18, Revelation 9: 1-12
Sat: Isa 8:16 - 9:7, Matt 6: 19-end, Revelation 9: 13-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Daniel 12: 1-3, Hebrews 10: 11-25, S. Mark 13: 1-8