Ancient Byzantine ‘healing cross’ finds home at Glendale church

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Ancient Byzantine ‘healing cross’ finds home at Glendale church Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm The Healing Cross is a truly lovely and powerful link to the Early Church. We welcome all to come see it! Rae Markus says: November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm It is amazing that people in this modern world would believe in such nonsense. There is no way an inanimate object can cause actual healing. There is no place for this sort of idolatry amongst educated peoples. The beliefs of the 5th century hardly qualify as something valid for today.I would really expect some more progressive works in the Episcopal Church amongst all the churches around today. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Posted Nov 12, 2012 November 17, 2012 at 1:22 am There’s a Chinese saying: The person who says it can’t be done should not interrupt the one doing it. Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Simone Kronae says: Submit a Job Listing [St. Mark’s Episcopal Church] While perusing the inventory of an antiquities dealer several years ago, a small bronze cross caught Anson Williams’ eye.  Williams, a veteran director of film and television, well-known as “Potsie” and the star of the iconic television series “Happy Days,” describes himself as being “very spiritual,” and having a life-long attraction to sacred art.“The simple beauty of this ancient cross spoke to me,” says Williams, who acquired the piece after seeing photographs and a description identifying it as a very unique pectoral cross of the Byzantine Empire dating to the early 6th Century.  Admiration of the aesthetic was soon enhanced by a more spiritual experience, Williams claims.  “My appreciation of the cross as a piece of art was soon overcome by a very real sense of something powerful when I held it in my hand.”  Williams felt compelled to share the cross with others.  “Many people who held and touched the cross described to me that they also experienced something very powerful, from relieving physical pain to feeling an indescribable, transcendent peacefulness come over them. Someone began calling it the ‘Healing Cross.’ The name stuck, because that’s exactly what it is,” Williams explains. “I can’t explain its powerful effect, but it’s there. I’ve personally witnessed it.”  A native of Burbank, California who grew up Jewish, Williams says he couldn’t ignore what others had experienced through the Healing Cross, and he began looking for a religious community that could serve as a suitable home for the sacred object.Fr. Mark Weitzel, the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, explains that Facebook enabled a connection.  “One of our parishioners has a long-standing family connection to Anson, and he noticed a Facebook post on Anson’s online profile with a photo of the cross and its story,” says Weitzel. “That sparked a dialogue between Anson and the church, and we agreed that the Healing Cross was something very special indeed that should be made available to the public.”Working with internationally-known designer and sacred art expert Rhett Judice, Williams and Weitzel oversaw the design and fabrication of a stylistically-appropriate reliquary that would protect the Healing Cross while still enabling faithful viewers to touch it.  “We felt it was absolutely necessary that individuals could actually touch the cross while viewing it and offering their prayers and personal devotions,” explains Weitzel.  “The very real presence of the Divine made incarnate is a central tenet of our tradition, so being able to tangibly encounter a holy object that is nearly as old as Christianity itself is an holistic and deeply meaningful experience.”The location of the church was also a factor in selecting St. Mark’s as the caretaker of the Healing Cross.  “We are located in the heart of Glendale, which is a very diverse community that includes a large population of Orthodox Christians and believers whose traditions are rooted in the Eastern Church,” says Weitzel. “This cross is a sacramental object that may very well have been worn by a prelate of the Eastern Church fifteen centuries ago.”For his part, Williams is overjoyed that the Healing Cross has found a permanent home not far from where he grew up.  “I feel very blessed to play a role in uncovering a piece of history that can help bring comfort and healing to the bodies, minds and souls of people today,” says Williams.The Healing Cross is open to the public and is available for viewing and devotion at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, California.(A description of the Healing Cross, which is part of its permanent display, follows.)“Dating to the 500s AD, the Healing Cross is a Byzantine pectoral cross from the early centuries of the Church. Many who have touched and venerated this Cross have experienced it helping to focus and channel their prayers for healing and restoration of body, mind and spirit.The face of Christ is very life-like; looking down, expressive, vulnerable yet powerful, encircled with a crown of thorns: the Lamb of God bearing the grief and sorrow of humankind. Depending on the light and angle at which the Healing Cross is viewed, the dimensions of the face appear to shift.The Healing Cross is housed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, California. We warmly welcome you to come visit when you are in the Los Angeles area and invite you to touch the Healing Cross. As you touch it and as you pray, reflect on the thousands of faithful people who have touched it, who have been touched by it, and whose lives are part of its story.The Healing Cross has been graciously lent to the Parish Church of St. Mark by Anson Williams for the prayers and healing of all people.” Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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PrismND president announces resignation

first_imgSenior Jeffrey Murphy announced his resignation as president of PrismND in an email to the organization’s email list Thursday night. (Editor’s note: Murphy is a columnist for The Observer). “It is with a truly heavy heart that I announce my resignation as president of PrismND,” Murphy said in the email. “I have so cherished the years I have spent with all of you. Prism has been like a second home to me during my time at Notre Dame, and I am so grateful for all of the wonderful relationships I have built through this supremely important organization.”Murphy‘s resignation comes approximately a week after the publication of his column “The statistics on Dreamers are a nightmare.” Bryan Ricketts, vice chair for membership of the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, said the organization decided not to financially support PrismND this year unless Murphy resigned.Senior Devon Harford will serve as the new president of PrismND, according to an email from the organization’s officer board to the group’s email list. Harford previously served as co-vice president of PrismND, beginning April 1, 2018.“As you all know, Jeff Murphy has decided to resign as President of PrismND,” the officer board said in the email. “We want to thank Jeff for all the time, energy and effort that he has devoted to this organization. From his time as treasurer last year to his last five months serving as president, we appreciate all that he has brought to this team. Thank you Jeff, and we wish you all the best going forward.”Murphy commended the new president and offered his continued support for the club.“I have no doubt that Prism will flourish in the coming year,” he said in the email. “Our community could not be more blessed with the new incoming president. Under her leadership and the leadership of the remaining officer board, I know Prism is going to have one of its best years ever.”Tags: PrismND, PrismND officers, resignationlast_img read more

Spanish link beefs up Weatheralls’ network

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GSA wins Seacoast Invitational

first_imgSULLIVAN – The George Stevens Academy boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won the Seacoast Invitational on Friday.The GSA girls won with 15 points, and the boys won with 18.For the girls, nine GSA runners placed among the top 11 finishers in the 5K. Eliza Broughton won in 17 minutes and 38 seconds; Zeya Lorio took second in 18:18; Mary Richardson, third in 18:22; Hanna Gutow, fifth in 19:08; Tess Williamson, sixth in 19:16; Bella Cimeno, seventh in 19:33; Alessandra Rovescala, ninth in 19:36; Emma Larson-Whittaker; and Rachel DesFosses, 11 in 20:39.Tasha Clement of Bucksport placed fourth in 19:07.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the boys, GSA’s Will Entwisle won in 15:43. Oliver Dillon took second (15:44); Oliver Broughton, fourth (16:13); and Aylen Wolf, fifth (16:13).Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington placed sixth in 16:13.Find more results at the links below:Girls’ resultsBoys’ resultslast_img read more