The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a Christian Community of The
Episcopal Church, its Communion Partners, and the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose members follow a common rule
and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels.
Members — clergy and lay, without regard to marital status — live
individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support
themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work,
making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being
of the world. The trust that all labor and life can be sanctified
is summed up in the community’s motto: Soli Deo Gloria, To
God Alone the Glory.
Flexibility is crucial in the ministry of the Brotherhood.
Each member is encouraged to develop his gifts and talents under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit and the care and direction of the community.
Brothers work in parishes as liturgists, musicians, librarians, artists,
visitors to the poor and the sick, administrators, sextons, teachers, guild
members, and clergy. On diocesan and national levels, brothers serve in a
number of administrative and pastoral capacities. Many of those in secular
employment continue the servant theme, and work as teachers, nurses and
administrators. The aim is always to follow Saint Gregory the Great as
“servants of the servants of God” — whether in church or
Epiphany was different this year. It’s a feast day of the Church which (in some traditions) focuses on the visit by the Wise men to honor the Christ child in Bethlehem. In “Church-speak” that translates into “the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ”. But it was different this year.
- Ira needed a ride and a friend. Who is giving and who is in need of receiving sometimes gets confused. We split the difference and met some place near the middle.
- Robby, who is frequently lost to us and the world went missing for a week. We went looking. Jimmy found him hiding in plain sight. We were happy and healed a little by that.
- A call came in about Marty who was drunk-as-a-bicycle again and too stubbornly broken to accept anything other than “what-I-want”. We were bruised a little by that.
- Neil has little or nothing but healed us with his laughter and smiles. Ashley is on the fence. She wants to leave this wilderness for another one where the friends are less hit-and-run.
- There was a late evening call from a dear soul fighting desperately for life and family. She called to say “thanks”.
Like those Wise guys from long ago we were compelled to go out by something inside us that cannot be understood or explained, only obeyed. It carried us along and we wandered into places and with people foreign to us and for a while became alien among our own. We were blessed.
Epiphany was different this year. We didn’t observe the feast as much as we were seized by it. It wasn’t a past revelation celebrated as much as God-present in flesh and blood.