Chi Rho Connection, Vol. V, No. 2
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. V, No. 2
14 February 2004
1. A New Book of Lenten Devotions, "You Need Only
to be Still"
2. Our First Book of Lenten Meditations, "For
3. Pre-publication Sale of "LIVING AS THE
BELOVED: One Day at a Time"
4. Meet Our Newest Author, Randy Jedele
5. The "2004 Liturgical Calendar"
6. Sanctoral Cycle
7. Adam's Last Word: Two books for Lent, news on
"Living as the Beloved," a new car, Sts. Cyril and
Methodius, and February: five Sundays, the beginning
of Lent, and still winter!
This Issue's Quote:
"Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand
firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will
bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will
never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need
only to be still.'"
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1. A New Book of Lenten Devotions, "You Need Only
to be Still"
Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 25, just eleven days away,
and Chi Rho Press is very proud to announce the publication
of a new book of Lenten devotions. "'YOU NEED ONLY TO BE
STILL:' Using the Hebrew Scriptures to Journey Through
Lent," by Randy Jedele. Spiral bound, 5½" x 8½", 100
pages. A book of daily devotions for Lent, in which
author Randy Jedele takes us on a journey through the
Old Testament. A lay Christian Education minister in
the United Church of Christ in Iowa, Randy Jedele has
drawn on his strong Protestant and Congregationalist
background to enliven the Hebrew Testament for us in
new ways in these Lenten devotions.
In "You Need Only to be Still," each of the 40 days of
Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday, features a Hebrew
Testament passage, followed by two questions for your
consideration to bring the passage into our own lives.
Then Randy provides his own "Thoughts for Meditating,"
a few paragraphs reflecting on the ancient Bible story
in which he offers some background information where it
is needed and his own thoughts on the two questions.
On the right hand page for each day in Lent there is
space for the reader to write his or her own "Personal
Reflections," an opportunity for the reader to respond
and record thoughts and feelings. Each day concludes
with a prayer, a personal moment between the reader
and God. For each Friday, Randy has chosen a passage
from the Psalms.
The six Sundays of Lent in "You Need Only to be Still"
have a very different format with two blank pages for
each Sunday, one for "Reflections from the Past Week"
and one for "Opportunities to Seek in the New Week."
Randy writes, "I have chosen the Sunday format for a
couple of reasons. First of all, I have chosen not
to have a Scripture passage for Sundays because I did
not want to interfere with the scripture passages
used in the regular lectionary for the day. Secondly,
it is my practice to do just as I have suggested on
Sundays. I spend my devotional time on Sundays to
reflect on the events of my past week and contemplate
on opportunities that may lie before me in the new week.
I think it is important for us to remind ourselves of
the lessons we have learned, the joys we have known,
and the pains that have pierced our hearts. It is
also good for us to make plans for the days that come
before us. Reflecting is truly a time of quiet
meditation and being still before God."
The title, "You Need Only to be Still," comes from
Exodus 14:13-14, "Moses answered the people, 'Do not
be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance
the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see
today you will never see again. The Lord will fight
for you; you need only to be still.'" Randy Jedele
writes, in the Introduction, "Too often we Christians
ignore the Hebrew Scriptures and build our relationships
with God on the New Testament. However, as I have
journeyed through the Hebrew Scriptures through the
years, I have always marked passages that spoke to me.
It has not surprised me to discover a wealth of
spiritual wisdom throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.
It is my hope and prayer that those who use this
devotional as they journey through Lent will also
discover the richness of the God of the Hebrew
Scriptures. Truly, there is much to be learned as
we discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
the God of Hannah, Ruth, and Esther, a God who was
a powerful source in the lives of those who learned
to seek the presence of the living God and to live
in the stillness of God's grace."
"Over and over, God calls us to be still, so that God
can minister to our hearts and prepare us to journey
each day as a new day. . . . I have envisioned that
[this devotional] will mostly be a personally journey,
a quiet time each day when the readers will, on their
own, seek the stillness of God. . . . As you read,
meditate, and pray through this devotional, may God
bless and enrich your life. It is my prayer that
each of you will find God in the stillness of your
busy lives and that God will provide you with wisdom,
fill you with peace, and shower you with love."
We know you will be blessed by this book of devotions
for Lent. You may order it on our Web site at this link:
$10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.95 each, plus
shipping and handling.
2. Our First Book of Lenten Meditations, "For
For this Lent, you have a choice! In addition to
Randy Jedele's excellent new book of Lenten devotions,
Chi Rho Press continues to have a book of Lenten
Meditations written from a Gay Roman Catholic point
of view. "For Another Flock: Rainbow Meditations
and Study Guide for Lent," by Jeffrey Lea. ($10.95
each, $8.95 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.) View it on our Web site at:
Written out of the deep faith and learning of a
gay practicing Roman Catholic and from a Catholic
perspective, "For Another Flock" includes daily
meditations for all the days of Lent and Holy Week,
beginning with Ash Wednesday (which this year is Feb.
25), and ending with Easter Sunday (April 10, 2004).
Scripture readings are provided for every day in Lent
and Holy Week followed by a reflection from a uniquely
gay and Catholic point of view and a prayer.
Following the daily meditations is a seven-week Lenten
Bible Study Guide. Jeff Lea's introduction explores Lent
as a penitential season, discussing penance and repentance.
Each weekly Bible Study starts with a Gospel reading.
There is a Lenten theme for each of the seven sessions.
Week One is "An Ash Wednesday Ritual and Discussion of
the Nature of Penance." Week Two is "The Nature of
Temptation." Week Three is "The Meaning of Sin in our
Lives." Week Four is "Faithfulness and Homosexuality."
Week Five is "The Joy of Being Gay." Week Six is "The
Meaning of Judgement." And the concluding session is
"The Last Supper and the Mandatum" (New Commandment).
Seven Appendices conclude the book: Solemnities and
Feasts in Lent, Lectionary Cycle Calendar, The Books
of the Old Testament of the Various Biblical Traditions,
Small Group Study Guidelines, an Ash Wednesday Liturgy,
a Maundy Thursday Liturgy, and a Bibliography.
Jeff Lea writes, "Far too many gay women and men continue
to view the primary Christian scripture, the Holy Bible,
as a document hostile to people whose expression of
intimate love is homosexual. Nothing can be further
from the truth. While the Bible does condemn the
ritualistic abuse of human sexuality it does not ever
express a view of same-sex love as an abomination. In
fact it affirms it in the love story of Jonathan and
"The Bible's primary message is Love. To love God,
ourselves, and each other as God has loved us. The
Bible is not a handbook on how to hate sin. It is a
transcript of the ongoing love story between God and
the people of God.
"Lent is the primary renewing and penitential season
of the Church year. It is the time of personal
examination and purification before we enter into the
Paschal mystery on Easter Sunday. We are at the door
to salvation during this time. Gay people are also at
that door and we too have an experience of conversion
and faith. These meditations present the point of view
of a gay male Christian exploring the liminal experience
of coming out gay, coming out Christian, and discovering
affirmation in the Bible. The book provides both a
daily meditation on the scriptural readings for Lent,
and a seven-week group study that explores penance from
a positive gay perspective."
"For Another Flock: Rainbow Meditations and Study Guide
for Lent" is spiral bound, 5 ½" x 8 ½", 104 pages, and
sells for $10.95 each, $8.95 each for six or more copies,
plus shipping and handling.
3. Pre-publication Sale of "LIVING AS THE
BELOVED: One Day at a Time"
We are very close to going to the printer with a new
book of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra L. Bochonok.
This pre-publication sale is on through the release
of the book.
The list price for the book will be $20.95, but until
the book rolls off the presses, the special
pre-publication sale cost is only $16.95 (plus shipping
and handling), a savings of $4.00! Six or more copies
are $14.95 each plus shipping and handing, an even
greater savings. You can find this great opportunity
on our Web site at
Dr. Bochonok is the founder of the very popular Soul
Food Ministry Web site (www.soulfoodministry.org), a
special work of Metropolitan Community Church of
"Living As The Beloved" has a Scripture reading,
meditation, and prayer for every day of the year.
Dr. Bochonok's meditations are poignant, wise, and
amazingly pastoral. Her many years of ministry as
a military chaplain and pastor, and now as an Internet
pastor shine through her every word. Her meditations
are simple, basic Christian teaching, yet glow with
power, grace, and beauty. These are devotions that
will light your days for many years to come.
Bruce C. Birch, Dean and W. W. and M. B. Miller
Professor of Biblical Theology, at Wesley Theological
Seminary, Washington, DC, writes:
"Sandra Bochonok has spent years listening to and
feeding the spiritual needs of those seeking to know
themselves as beloved of God and neighbor. She is
the founder of www.Soulfoodministry.org, a website
helping persons learn of prayer and gospel as paths
to claim the life of God's love. Now she makes the
wisdom distilled from these years available in a rich
spiritual feast of readings for each day of the year.
Reading through the stories and reflections for each
day cannot help but draw us into "living as the beloved"
because it is clear that we have a guide who knows
herself to be beloved. I urge you to take the journey
through this year with her."
Rev. Dr. Judy Dahl, former director of Global Outreach
for the Metropolitan Community Churches, writes:
"Sandra teaches us, the way her grandmother taught her,
how to live and pray and touch God- one day at a time.
She invites us to welcome our 'belovedness' and unwraps
a daily surprise in her devotional filled with her
warmth and deep spirit. She weaves her spiritual
understanding with the wisdom and blessings of the
Gospels, especially Matthew's.
"Sandra invokes words from Nouwen, Mother Teresa,
Madeleine L'Engle and embraces wisdom from other
faith traditions and wise people to add depth and
breadth to her work. In her November 12th entry
entitled, 'Priceless' she writes, 'Although I am
distinctly Christian... I have actively learned a
great deal from the major world religions. They
enhance my own spirituality and growth. Soul food
comes in many different forms and shapes. I am
deeply enriched by other faith traditions. They
have much to offer me and help my inner growth.
Likewise, they are enriched by my precious faith!
We are on a spiritual journey together. We have
different paths, but we all search for meaning and
dignity in our lives. Respect is a holy word. We
can live together in peace and unity. Cherish your
faith. It will sustain you in times of need and
"Sandra blesses us and her work is a soul food the
world needs. Write on sister!"
And Dr. Rembert Truluck, author of "Steps to
Recovery from Bible Abuse"
"I welcome the opportunity to commend to you this new
book of daily meditations by my friend Sandra Bochonok.
The meditations are centered in a realistic practical
understanding of love and recovery 'one day at a
time.' Filled with personal experiences, helpful
information and quotes from other sources, the book
is easy to read. Dr. Bochonok draws upon her own
personal spiritual pilgrimage and her loving listening
relationships with many people in her own family and
in her life as a minister and teacher at MCC DC. Thank
you, Sandra, for passing on to us what you have
discovered that has been helpful to you."
Order your special pre-publication sale copy of
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time" today.
Only $16.95, plus shipping and handling, six or
more copies are $14.95 each plus shipping and
4. Meet Our Newest Author, Randy Jedele
Currently, Randy Jedele is the chair of the Humanities
Department and teaches writing at Des Moines Area
Community College in Des Moines, Iowa. Randy is
committed to teaching his students the beauty and
power of words. He has always believed that teachers
who are also students make better teachers.
Consequently, he is a life long learner and is working
on a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Besides being
a faculty member at his college, Randy plays several
other roles. He is the coordinator of learning
communities, chairs the Instructional Delivery Work
Group for the Strategic Planning Counsel, and serves
on the Assessment Commission.
Randy is a member of the National Academic Advising
Association. He has held various Board positions with
the organization and is a faculty member for the
association's Summer Institute, which focuses on
training and developing administrators and academic
advisors in order to improve their student advising
programs. Randy has also presented several papers at
national conferences on how to work with and advise gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students and to
create safe campuses for all students who live on the
Randy is an active member of the Urbandale United Church
of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, where he rediscovered his
relationship with the living Christ ten years ago when
he joined this open and affirming congregation. Randy's
roots are in the Lutheran church with some Southern
Baptist experiences while completing his undergraduate
degree at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green,
Kentucky. However, when he came to terms with his
sexuality and came out as a gay man in 1981, his faith
journey slowed to a painfully dismal walk through a
desert of isolation, until he discovered Urbandale
United Church of Christ. As a result of this church
family's open arms and hearts filled with love, Randy
has rediscovered the joy of living each day centered
in Christ's love and empowered by the Spirit's presence.
Randy is a member of the worship team, which assists the
pastor in planning worship throughout the year.
Besides work and church activities, Randy is an avid
gardener, gourmet cook, and world traveler. Working
the soil of a garden and creating a palette of floral
beauty, cooking a nourishing and sustaining meal to
be shared in fellowship with others, and seeing the
cities and treasures around the world are all good
methods of therapy for Randy. However, in his
estimation, there is truly nothing better for the
soul and the self than the stillness that comes from
a quiet moment alone with the living God, while the
heart meditates on a passage of scripture. These
moments each day fill his soul with the richness of
God's presence, peace, and pleasure, and give his
Two pictures of Randy are on the Chi Rho Press Web
site. Check out this link:
5. The "2004 Liturgical Calendar"
We have gone to a second printing of "A Liturgical
Calendar and Lectionary, Year C, November 2003 through
November 2004," compiled by Dr. David Kerr Park. Spiral
bound, 8 ½" x 11", 84 pages. $10.95 each, six or more
copies for $8.95 each, plus shipping and handling.
Now available on our Web site at
Our Liturgical Calendar is packed with useful information
for planning worship and preaching in the local church
for each Sunday and Holy Day of the Church Year. It
is intended for use by pastors, musicians, altar guilds,
teachers, theological students, and anyone using the
Church Year as a basis for worship or education. The
Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound so it can lie flat
for easy use, in a new, larger 8 ½" x 11" format.
Order your copy of the 2004 Liturgical Calendar today!
See it on our Web site at:
$10.95 each, six or more copies for $8.95 each.
6. Sanctoral Cycle
As a regular feature in the Chi Rho Connection, we
are offering up traditional and modern saints and
various holy days and holidays listed in the 2004
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary from today until
our next scheduled electronic newsletter.
Sat. Feb. 14, St. Valentine (d. 269). Martyr. Though
long since removed from the lists of 'official' saints,
Valentine's Day has been taken over by the greeting
card industry and become fixed in the popular calendar
of most people. Its seems to have its origins in
England, where it was noted that birds began to pair
and mate around the feast of St. Valentine. The
original Valentine was likely a Christian priest in
Rome who was beheaded for refusing to renounce his
faith. By giving his heart to God, he really did
show us the depth of true love.
Mon. Feb. 16, Janani Luwum (1924-1977). Anglican
Archbishop of Uganda and martyr. Luwum was Archbishop
of Uganda during the dictatorship of General Idi Amin.
He was not the type to be drawn toward social justice
issues or protests, he tried at first to maintain a
neutral stance of cooperation. Luwum realized the
church could no longer stand silently by as Amin's
paranoid reign of terror led to the murder of tens
of thousands. He was confronted with trumped up
charges, and when ordered to sign a confession he
responded by praying. This sent Amin into a rage,
and he drew a pistol and executed Luwum himself.
Mon. Feb. 16, President's Day (U.S.A.). Federal
Wed. Feb. 18, Martin Luther (1483-1546). Reformer
of the Church. Originally trained as a lawyer, Luther
was ordained a priest and taught theology at the
University of Wittenberg. He was tormented by an
unrelieved sense of guilt, and suffered from what
we would today describe as clinical depression.
Contrary to Catholic teachings of the time, he
declared that salvation was by God's grace through
faith alone. His "protests" were the foundation of
the Protestant Reformation movement, which by the
time of his death had spread through much of Europe.
In recent years Lutheran-Catholic dialogues have
found common ground in each other's teachings.
Luther was also a musician, and his most famous hymn
is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."
Fri. Feb. 20, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895).
Abolitionist. Born into slavery, Douglass managed
to escape to the North and freedom. There he became
a champion of the abolitionist movement as he lectured
across the United States and Europe. He was noted for
his amazing oratorical skills. Although a lay preacher
in the AME Zion church, he became increasingly critical
of the silence of much of Christianity regarding
Sun. Feb. 22, Beginning of Great Lent (Eastern Orthodox).
Evening of Forgiveness Sunday.
Sun. Feb. 22, Al-Hijra (Islamic). Islamic New Year
remembering Mohammed's migration from Mecca to Medina.
(All Islamic holidays begin at sunset the preceding
evening. The actual dates sometimes may vary from
this calendar, as the day is based on the actual
sighting of the moon.)
Sun. Feb. 22, Washington's Birthday (U.S.A.)
Tue. Feb. 24, Flag Day (Mexico)
Tue. Feb. 24, Shrove Tuesday. Carnival (Mardi Gras,
or Fat Tuesday) celebration before beginning of Lenten
fast. Pancakes are often served, and (in the U.S.A.)
Wed. Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday. Begins Lenten season with
imposition of ashes as sign of penitence. The forty
days of Lent do not include Sundays, which are always
a celebration of Easter.
Wed. Feb. 25, Eastern Orthodox Ash Wednesday. This
year the Orthodox holidays of the beginning of Lent,
Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost coincide with the
Western calendar, an uncommon event.
Wed. Feb. 25, Felix Varela (1788-1853). Cuban priest
and theologian. Long revered as a champion of justice
in his native Cuba, Varela spent most of his ministry
in exile in New York, having argued for the independence
of Cuba from Spain, and the abolition of slavery. He
was the first Hispanic theologian in the U.S., and died
in St. Augustine, Florida. His tomb was visited by José
Martí, who called him a "Cuban saint." His remains were
later returned to Cuba, where he is still honored.
Sun. Feb. 29, Leap Year Day. The fifth Sunday in
February, a very rare occurrence to have five Sundays
Tue. March 2, John and Charles Wesley (1703-1791) and
(1707-1788). Anglican priests and founders of Methodism.
While attending Oxford, John and Charles founded the
"Holy Club" to practice the worship and discipline of
the Prayer Book. They were so strict they were given
the nickname "methodists." Both became Anglican
priests, but later had experiences of inner conversion,
which John described as having his heart "strangely
warmed." They began a revival in England that spread
to the Americas, organizing local groups that met in
homes for prayer and study. When thrown out of local
churches for being too "enthusiastic" they turned to
preaching in the streets. John created a synthesis
of sacramental faith, a personal religion of the heart,
and an active concern for social justice. Charles is
remembered for writing over 6,000 hymn texts, including
"Christ the Lord is risen today," "O for a thousand
tongues to sing," and "Hark the herald angels sing."
Tue. March 2, Four Chaplains Day (Interfaith).
Remembers an event in World War II when four
chaplains (Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant)
gave their life jackets to others as a troop
ship sank in the Atlantic.
Tue. March 2, Ashura' (Islamic). Optional single day
fast recognizing creation, Noah's leaving the ark, and
the saving of Moses from Pharaoh. Shi'a holiday
celebrating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the holiest
day of the Shi'ite calendar. (All Islamic holidays
begin at sunset the preceding evening. The actual
dates sometimes may vary from this calendar, as the
day is based on the actual sighting of the moon.)
Order the new 2004 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary,
complete with the entire year's Sanctoral Cycle, at
7. Adam's Last Word
Randy Jedele and Jeff Lea have presented us with two
very different and unique small devotional books for
Lent. Randy writes from a distinctly Congregationalist
and Protestant point of view, using the Hebrew Testament
exclusively in "You Need Only to be Still." Randy's
openly Gay ministry in an open and affirming United
Church of Christ congregation in Des Moines, Iowa, is
reflected in his strong, faithful writing. His brief
exegesis of the Hebrew Testament texts he has chosen
for "You Need Only to be Still" reflect his commitment
to justice and liberation. This is a book that will
enliven your Lenten days and encourage and enable you
to journey through Lent reflectively and in a
contemplative way, gaining energy and purpose for
the justice work we all face.
Jeff Lea writes as a Gay Roman Catholic, not the
easiest role for a person of faith these days. In
"For Another Flock," Jeff presents meditations for Lent
in a uniquely Gay and uniquely Catholic way, taking us
on a penitential journey that leads ultimately and
inevitably to the redemptive experience of Easter.
It seems as if we are publishing a lot of daily
devotions these days, and it is a wonderful thing
to me! For many years there were few daily devotions
written by and for the LGBT community of faith. Only
"The Road to Emmaus" was out there with daily meditations
that spoke to the LGBT Christian person in ways that
didn't require translation of language of the
heterosexually-dominant culture into words that we as
a queer people understand and to which our life
experiences can relate.
Now we have two books of daily meditations and devotions
for Lent in addition to "The Road to Emmaus" and we are
nearing completion of "Living as the Beloved." If you
are not in the habit of reading a daily devotional on a
regular basis, I encourage you to do so this Lent. Make
a start with one of these fine books. Let the Spirit of
God feed and bless you through the words of these
faithful Gay Christian writers.
And yes! We are making good progress on "Living as the
Beloved." We are very close to being finished with the
boards and expect to take them to the printer within a
couple of weeks at the most!
Be sure to order your copy of "Living as the Beloved"
now and save with our pre-publication sale! We expect
to be going to press very soon.
Well, I had to buy a new car. In the midst of a snow
storm here in Maryland, Peter Sean, my faithful 1996
Saturn SL, died. It would have cost $1200 to fix it,
and that made a pretty good down payment on a new 2003
Saturn Ion 3, four doors, manual transmission, all
electric. Uncle Adam now has one of those cool little
gizmos that unlock the car doors from a few yards away.
I can also open the trunk using this thingee and don't
have to use a key to get into my car. For someone who
in many parts of my life am mired deeply in the late
19th Century, this is a major modernization! I can
even beep the horn from afar! Ain't technology grand?
And yes, I still don't have a cell phone. I mean,
whom would I call? I would spend anxious days waiting
for someone, any one to call me, all to no avail. I
couldn't stand the constant feeling of rejection! And
I really, I mean really!, despise those people who chat
away on their cell phones while driving. I am sorry.
If you are one of them, I am sure you are a perfectly
nice person, I mean, you are reading the Chi Rho
Connection, so you can't be all bad. But GET OFF THE
PHONE AND DRIVE!!!!!
I will stop before this turns into a full fledged rant.
Back to the original point. I love my new Saturn! Lots
of trunk space, cool electronic gadgets, CD player AND
a tape player (one reason I went with the 2003 instead
of 2004), a lovely wine dark red color, the battery in
the trunk AND a battery terminal thingee under the hood
in the front so I can jump the car from either end. I
guess that makes my new car bisexual?
And the people at Saturn are truly wonderful. The
salespeople don't work on commission so there isn't
this huge push to sell you all kinds of additional,
costly stuff. I always get the feeling that they are
looking out for my interests first and foremost. So I
recommend a Saturn. And if you are in the Washington
DC area, give me a call and I will give you a ride in
my new car. But I still have to come up with a name
Today is Valentine's day. The Sanctoral Cycle doesn't
mention two other saints whose day is celebrated today,
the ninth century saints Cyril and Methodius. I have
a fondness for these two. The feast of Sts. Cyril and
Methodius is now celebrated today, Feb. 14, by the
I posted this remembrance to MCC's Lay Link list-serve
Years ago when we started the UFMCC Washington Office
in the Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, the US
Catholic Conference donated two slightly used
Selectric Typewriters to us. Yes, I know, the "US
Catholic Conference?" But we are everywhere, as
Troy Perry likes to remind us!
I named the two typewriters Cyril and Methodius and
they lasted a good long time, serving MCC.
The old hagiography, before the silly canard that they
were brothers or some such nonsense, used to say that
Cyril and Methodius were "life-long friends and
companions who shared a single blanket." Isn't that
lovely? I have always remembered that wonderful
Elder Nancy Wilson tells of attended a Polish Catholic
Seminary in Michigan named for them and of art work
over a door showing the two saints holding hands and
gazing lovingly into each other's eyes.
Cyril, as I recall, was a monk and Methodius was a
bishop. The pope (I don't remember which one, let's
just call him Pope Erronius) wanted to send Methodius
to Eastern Europe to convert the Slavs. He wouldn't
go unless Cyril could go with him.
They are quite important to Slavic Christianity. The
Cyrillic alphabet, used in Russia and elsewhere, is
named for Cyril, though there is some question about
his actual role in its creation, he had something to do
Great boyfriends of the faith! (And pretty durn good
Our next edition of the Chi Rho Connection is scheduled
for Feb. 29, so Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday will have
passed and Lent will have begun when next you read these
cyber-pages. I hope Lent is filled with good reflection,
meditation, and study for you.
Oddly enough, there are five Sundays in February this
year, in part because the first Sunday was Feb. 1 and
we have the extra day for Leap Year on Feb. 29, the
fifth Sunday. This won't happen again for something
like 32 years! But February also contains Candlemas
and Groundhog day at the beginning of the month, the
combined President's Day holiday this Monday in the US,
and Mardi Gras and Carnival, right before the onset of
Lent on Feb. 25. Quite a jam-packed little month! For
those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope winter
begins to mellow out and make its grudging way for
Spring. Be safe and well!
Warm hugs to you all,
R. Adam DeBaugh, Director, Adam@....
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