"I want to share teaching with the Diocese. As Priests, you were ordained to be 'a faithful pastor, a patient teacher, and a wise councilor' (BCP, p. 534). I think this important teaching ministry is one we must share with the entire Diocese." - Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick in a message to clergy in the Diocese.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
Most high, almighty, good Lord God,
to you belong all praise, glory, honor, and blessing!
Praised be you, O my Lord and God, with all your creatures,
and especially our Brother Sun,
who brings us the day and who brings us the light.
He is fair and shines with a very great splendor:
O Lord, he signifies you to us!
Praised be you, O my Lord, for our Brother Wind,
and for air and cloud, calms and all weather by whom you uphold life in all creatures.
Praise the Lord for our Sister Water,
who is very useful to us and humble and precious and clean.
Praise the Lord for our Brother Fire,
through whom you give us light in the darkness.
He is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.
Praise the Lord for our Mother Earth,
who sustains us and keeps us,
and brings forth the grass and all of the fruits and flowers of many colors.
Praised be you, O my Lord,
for all who show forgiveness and pardon one another for your sake,
and who endure weakness and tribulation.
Blessed are they who peaceably endure, for you, Most High,
shall give them a crown.
Praise to you, O my Lord, for our Sister Death
and the death of the body from whom no one may escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin,
but blessed are they who are found walking by your most holy will,
For the second death shall have no power to do them any harm.
Praise to you, O my Lord, and all blessing.
We give you thanks and serve you with great humility.