Please join us for traditional Anglican worship.
Sunday Services at 11:30 am
1928 Book of Common Prayer
Wednesday Mass and Bible Study at 11:00 am
Meeting at Braddock Lutheran Church
6938 North Clifton Road, Frederick MD
Father Pothin's Reflection for July 27, 2014
Priest according to the order of Melchizedek
Today we are praying the Votive Mass entitled: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest. Every Mass is about Jesus Christ, his Cross and Resurrection, his saving grace for us. The power of the sacraments, including Holy Orders, rests in the grace of Jesus Christ alone. As we once again "fix our eyes on Jesus," we can come to realize the true meaning of the sacrament of the Eucharist: it is an act of thanksgiving, our thanksgiving to God through Jesus Christ for his saving work, for his relentless pursuit of us, and his power to save us. This is a Mass of Thanksgiving: thanksgiving for 19 years of priestly ministry of one of God's struggling servants, me.
The theology of the priesthood returns continuously to the concept of in persona Christi, the priest acting and living in the person of Christ. While the concept is far beyond the scope of a homily to explain, it has been for me a concrete experience - in every person I have ministered to as a priest, of every social condition and rank, especially in the lost, the broken, the grieving, the old, the sick, the dying. In all of them, as in all of you, I have met Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, whose heart is moved to compassion for his people. I am humbled to share in his work with those he sends my way. It is the work of the Church which actualizes, confirms, and renews the priest in the center of his being into the ministry of self-sacrificing love which is the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest. To labor in the Master's field is long and hard and sometimes dirty work. It is also joyful as well, knowing that Jesus is doing the work through me, despite my own weakness and flaws. That takes a great deal of faith, and thank God faith is his gift to us! And I give thanks to all the people in my life he has given me - every single one the most precious of all gifts on this earth, because in them is the Lord himself.
Message from the Rector Emeritus
St. Michael’s is a Parish within the Anglican Catholic Church. We believe the Biblical and Apostolic Faith of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This is the same historic Catholic faith that “was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) by Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Our faith is revealed in the Bible, summarized in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, and taught by the early Church Fathers and the full seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church. All ACC Clergy have incontestable Holy Orders with documented Apostolic Succession.
We also practice the seven holy sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Unction of the Sick, Penance, Holy Orders, and Holy Matrimony. We seek to develop and nurture Christ-centered lives, as well as to help bring others to faith in Jesus Christ, through worship, the sacraments, prayer, Bible study, compassion, fellowship with other Christians, and regular financial support of the Church.
If you are seeking a deeper relationship with God, or the faith and worship of the ancient Catholic and Apostolic Church, we cordially invite you to visit us for worship. Thanks for visiting our website and may God richly bless you.
The Rev. Arthur Woolley