St. John the Evangelist, Philip Schaff, and Christian Unity

Today, December 27, is the feast day of St. John the Evangelist. While internal evidence in the Bible suggests otherwise, tradition identifies him as the son of Zebedee, the disciple whom Jesus loved, and the author of all five books in the New Testament ascribed to a John. As such his role in the New …

Continue reading St. John the Evangelist, Philip Schaff, and Christian Unity

“O Mercy Divine” Wesley’s Original Text and Weir’s New Carol Setting for Nine Lessons and Carols

On Christmas Eve a new setting of a Charles Wesley Christmas hymn by Judith Weir was premiered as part of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College Chapel, Cambridge University. Weir set nine stanza's of Charles Wesley's 1745 text "O Mercy Divine." The premier performance may be heard as part of free …

Continue reading “O Mercy Divine” Wesley’s Original Text and Weir’s New Carol Setting for Nine Lessons and Carols

President and Mrs. Trump Attend Christmas Eve Service at Washington National Cathedral

President Trump altered his Christmas plans and remained in D.C. to deal with the government shutdown. Mrs. Trump flew back to D.C. from Florida on Christmas Eve afternoon. At 10 p.m. they attended service of Holy Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral. It was Trump's third visit as president to the cathedral and his first for …

Continue reading President and Mrs. Trump Attend Christmas Eve Service at Washington National Cathedral

“Spirit of Apollo” Makes Good Alternative Holiday Viewing

If you are looking for alternative holiday viewing, you might consider the hour-long "Spirit of Apollo" program organized by the National Air and Space Museum and held at the Washington National Cathedral earlier this month. It is available on YouTube (click here)or on the Smithsonian website, where you will also find the printed program for …

Continue reading “Spirit of Apollo” Makes Good Alternative Holiday Viewing

The Order of Service for George H.W. Bush’s Funeral in Washington

This afternoon the service leaflet for George Herbert Walker Bush's funeral at Washington National Cathedral was published. The most notable differences in liturgical structure between it and the funerals at Washington National Cathedral for Presidents Reagan and Ford and Senator McCain are in the place of the tributes. At Reagan and Ford's funeral they came …

Continue reading The Order of Service for George H.W. Bush’s Funeral in Washington