Day: July 4, 2013

American Tune, a hymn for the Fourth

Also for your listening pleasure this Fourth of July, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel join forces to cover Simon’s classic, “American Tune.” Episcopalians of course recognize the melody as hymn 168 in the 1982 Hymnal, “O sacred head, sore wounded,” written originally as part of Hans Leo Hassler’s “Passion Chorale” and adapted and harmonized later […]

Wisdom from the BCP on the Fourth of July

Byron Rushing, vice-president of the House of Deputies, sends these words of wisdom for Independence Day: Greetings! Let me again take this opportunity to remind Episcopalians in the United States that many of us do not consider the words–“the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us”–in the Independence Day collect (BCP, […]

O Freedom

by Sara Miles Galatians 5:1,13-25 Luke 9:51–62 Most days, as I sing my way through the Psalms for morning prayer, the words enter me in a half-focused way. But I always wake up with a shiver, the way you jerk awake from a dream of falling, whenever I hear: “I raise the cup of freedom […]

Vigilance and freedom

Collect of the Day: Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; […]