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My latest instalment on what Episcopal priests are thinking about involves respecting the Church calendar.

The following tweets come from the Revd Scott Gunn, an Anglo-Catholic serving in a Midwestern city. He is also the executive director of Forward Movement in the Episcopal Church, a co-author of Faithful Questions: Exploring the Way with Jesus and a religious editorial writer for Fox News.

Epiphany

We are in the last few Sundays of the season of Epiphany, so let’s make the most of them. We should be grateful for the Lord God sending His only begotten Son who died for our sins:

And, while we are at it, let’s forget this abominable modern concept of ‘Ordinary Time’ in the Church calendar, as promulgated by Roman Catholics. Sadly, it has spread to some liturgical Protestant churches. How can Sunday worship or the Church calendar ever involve something ‘ordinary’?

Someone replying suggested developing an Episcopal Church of Twitter. Count me in. It’s a darn sight more traditional and meaningful than many Episcopal Church witterings. That goes for the Church of England, too.

Septuagesima Sunday

In my post with the readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany — Year A, I later updated it to say that February 9, 2020, was Septuagesima Sunday, the seventh Sunday before Easter. Next Sunday will be Sexagesima Sunday and the one after that Quinquagesima Sunday.

Until Vatican II modernised the Catholic Church, that was the Sunday that signalled the beginning of Lent for traditionalists. In old money, Lent would have started on Monday, February 10. Now Lent begins on Ash Wednesday for nearly everyone. You can read more about the Sundays before Easter below, including the season of Shrovetide in my post below:

Shrovetide — a history

The Sundays before Lent — an explanation (the Sundays that define Shrovetide)

The readings for the latter Sundays in the season of Epiphany begin to move towards a call to repentance, and this was evident in the first reading from Isaiah as well as the Gospel reading for February 9.

Scott Gunn reminded us of our traditions, which some of his readers had also noticed:

Other Episcopal priests also remembered it was Septuagesima Sunday:

There was a bit more about the importance of the Gesimas in terms of our souls:

Holy Week

Then we discover that Holy Week is a separate season from Lent. This I did not know. I was not alone:

Either way, penitence, prayer and fasting still apply to the final days before Easter.

Corpus Christi

Mr Gunn also reminded us of the feast of Corpus Christi, which is the Thursday or the Sunday following Trinity Sunday. (Corpus Christi is Latin for Body of Christ.) It is still commemorated in the Church of England on the first Thursday after Trinity:

This is the modern version of the Collect from that liturgy:

Lord Jesus Christ,

we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament

you have given us the memorial of your passion:

grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries

of your body and blood

that we may know within ourselves

and show forth in our lives

the fruits of your redemption;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

An Episcopal priest replying to him was in a lather, tweeting in all caps. It culminated in this exchange, which clarified that the priest was angry about Maundy Thursday as the institution of Holy Communion at the Last Supper:

Oh, dear. I connect both with Holy Communion.

In closing, it is good to see that so many clergy — and laity — still place importance on the traditional Sundays of the Church calendar. Long may it last.

I hope more follow their example.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, President Donald Trump paid a visit to Texas, as he said he would a few days ago.

First Lady Melania Trump accompanied him, and, yes, she did change from stilettos into tennis shoes en route. Boy George defended her choices of footwear and added:

His tweet received much support, including this little GIF:

So much Big Media misinformation — or lack of coverage — surrounded this trip to Corpus Christi and Austin, that it needs to be laid out with videos.

For a start, Trump never said he would visit Houston immediately. He and the First Lady might travel there this weekend, depending on how relief efforts and flooding are going. They are highly unlikely to go to Houston if they could be getting in the way, particularly with the high security needed for a presidential visit. However, chances are good that they might visit elsewhere in Texas in a few days’ time.

The Trumps’ first stop was Corpus Christi, which was on the edge of Hurricane Harvey. Crowds lined the highway:

You can see the motorcade in this video:

You can hear the crowd shouting ‘USA! USA!’

Texas governor Greg Abbott was their host for the update they received on the situation in and around Houston:

Trump addressed first responders — and the crowd — outside. The cheers are overwhelming:

The Daily Mail has more on the Corpus Christi visit.

The next stop was Austin, the state capital:

At 3:10 p.m. the Trumps arrived at the state facility housing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). As Owen Shroyer from Infowars explains below, the couple received a tour of the facility, then received a briefing from the EOC, again with Governor Abbott in attendance:

This video records Trump’s remarks and gratitude to the EOC staff:

Of course, it being Austin — unofficial motto, ‘Keep Austin Weird’ — there were protesters outside the facility:

The Trumps returned to Washington DC later that day. Mrs Trump disembarked in tennis shoes.

She issued this statement:

The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come.  So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.  

I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action.  What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.

The situation in Texas is highly serious. Trump made it known in his remarks to the teams he met with that it will take a lot of money and a lot of time to resolve. Texas has a state emergency reserve fund of approximately $3 bn, which is likely to be allocated to clearing up the damage post-Harvey.

On Monday, August 28, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held a press briefing to explain the situation. Unfortunately, it means more flooding, as water from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs must be released (emphases mine below):

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District announced today, water from Addicks and Barker dams extends beyond government-owned reservoir land …

“Based on the range of uncertainty of rainfall rates and totals, overflow of the northern Addicks spillway has potential to occur in the early morning hours tomorrow, Aug. 29, with flows migrating toward Buffalo Bayou along the Beltway 8 corridor and crossing I-10,” said Edmond Russo, Galveston District deputy engineer …

Dam releases are expected to occur for several months following this storm event.

With rainfall still occurring in downstream reaches of Buffalo Bayou and tributaries, as well as with the discharge of water from Addicks and Barker, the elevation of the bayou is holding fairly steady and may take several days to recede.

Radio show host Hal Turner explains what this means:

Aerial views of Houston reservoirs and all surrounding areas are very bad. The reservoirs are over-topping and will continue to over-top in areas above and below the reservoirs …

USACE says this area now a “flood pool” because nothing’s draining. There is nowhere for the water to go because the ground is totally saturated and all streams, rivers and ponds where normal storm drainage would take place, are all full.

Even worse, lakes are also backing up into the area and flowing over their banks. At least 48 hours before any drainage will start to occur because culverts are washing — out roads are washing out.

Also (emphases in the original):

The amount of rainfall is well past all engineering and flooding forecast models.  No developed society has ever dealt with this much rainfall — in such a short time — in all of recorded history.

The only option remaining is for everyone who has not evacuated, to BE EVACUATED.  The entire city and much of its surrounding area should be EVACUATED.

Trouble is, all the roads for evacuation are flooded closed.

The National Weather Service is saying they “have no idea what is going to happen now because what has taken place is unprecedented; everything from this point on is an unknown.”

And, Turner’s article states that — regardless of what other people are saying — the level of water has exceeded 50 inches in Cedar Bayou, Texas, which recorded a level of 51.88 inches from Harveya new record for the contiguous 48 states.

The death toll from Harvey is likely to be staggering.

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