• April 18, 2019 - 4:08 PM An Easter Message from the Dean

    By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 1 Comment

    Photo Credit: Kay Friday In the musical "Man of la Mancha," based on Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha," Don Quixote sings "To dream the impossible dream..." The Quixotic hero's varied adventures were in search of love, justice and mercy. Sometimes these far-off goals seem like remote ideals, unattainable goals or simply frustrated and unfulfillable hopes. Perhaps the title of the song might be better changed "To live the impossible life..." How much time, energy and money is spent on our illusion and fantasy to live the impossible life - the perfect life without worries, care-free, pain-free, illness and disease vanquished, conflict banished, hatred abandoned, all hope and no despair, plentiful food for everyone and justice for all. This world does not...

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  • January 4, 2019 - 10:29 AM An Epiphany Message from the Dean

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    Poor Epiphany: squeezed in between the glory of the season of Christmas and the austerity of the observance of Lent. And, perhaps not so many even know what the word "epiphany"* means. Perhaps many of us know the dramatic basis of this "in between" season: The account in Matthew's Gospel of mysterious visitors coming to visit and pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. (Matthew 2:1ff). The Greek word to describe these mysterious visitors is not "king" (i.e., "basileus") but rather the Greek word for "astrologers" ("Magi" - the Greek noun indicates male), sometimes translated as "wise men." The first thing we know about them is that they were star-gazers; their workaday world was to study the motions of the stars and to offer interpretation of the meaning of their movement.

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  • December 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM An Advent Message from the Dean

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    Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a boy in the 19th century, Robert was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighters who went about with a ladder and a torch, setting the street lights ablaze for the night.

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  • May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM A Pentecost Message from the Dean

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    In many ways, 1st century Jerusalem 2000 years ago was like NYC of 21st century. Jerusalem was an eastern crossroads of the known world. It was cosmopolitan with many languages, cultures, religions, races and political sentiments swirling around. That was the setting for the account of Pentecost in the Book of Acts. According to the reading, into the midst and mix of this seething cauldron of people and politics, religions and races gathered in Jerusalem, an amazing moment took place with an event that has been etched into human imagination and history for two millennia.

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  • April 1, 2018 - 12:00 AM An Easter Message from the Dean

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    It is a joyful thing to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but Easter does not exist as an isolated day. The Gospel accounts of the events between Palm Sunday and Easter (i.e., Holy Week) are inextricably bound to one another and must be read and understood as a seamless narrative. Holy Week without Easter ends in tragedy and death. Easter without Holy Week becomes a fairy tale. Taken together as a totality, the account becomes the story of our redemption, calling us to look honestly at issues of our past, challenges of our present and hopes for our future.

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  • February 14, 2018 - 12:00 AM An Ash Wednesday Message from the Dean

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    Below you will find the Lenten message to the Congregation of St. Saviour from Steven Lee, Special Assistant for New Formation and Outreach, and Candidate for Ordination as a Deacon on March 10. In the section of his letter below, he quotes Juan Oliver, Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer. Steven is a great assest to the Congregation and the life of the Cathedral family. I appreciate his willingness to share the message below and I ask your prayers for him as he approaches his ordination:

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  • January 6, 2018 - 12:00 AM An Epiphany Message from the Dean

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    The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi (“Wise Ones”), bringing symbolic gifts to the child that recognize his status (gold befits royalty); his heavenly origin and nature (frankincense – incense symbolizing the presence of the divine), and myrrh pointing to his death (myrrh was used to embalm).

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  • December 19, 2017 - 12:00 AM A Christmas Message from the Dean

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    Dear Friends,

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  • September 6, 2017 - 12:00 AM Immigration and Sanctuary Support from the Cathedral

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    en Español

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  • August 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM A Statement from the Dean on the Violence in Charlottesville, VA

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    The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia during white nationalist/“Unite the Right” rallies over this past weekend is beyond distressing and disturbing. Such hate-driven violence has no legitimate place in our life as a nation and stands in stark opposition to the Gospel we proclaim and to our values as a nation. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers and to stand up to injustice and oppression. The right to peaceful assembly and protest is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution; the right to commit violence against those who disagree with us is not.

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  • June 4, 2017 - 12:00 AM A Pentecost Message from the Dean

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    I am proud and honored to greet you as the Acting Dean of this great Cathedral and to serve in this way. It has been a busy time of meeting and learning. I spent my first few weeks on a listening and exploration tour. I have met with individuals and groups and have had lunch with many of the staff in every department. I have instituted a weekly gathering of staff leadership to build a sense of community and shared communication. I have shared a meal with the Layman’s Club and heard of the wonderful ways in which they support the Cathedral. I have had lunch with the Cathedral congregation and have met tourists from all parts of the globe, drawn here out of curiosity and, as they depart, smitten with a sense of the spirituality and missional vitality of the Cathedral. The Barberini Tape...

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  • April 15, 2017 - 12:00 AM An Easter Message from the Acting Dean

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    I read an article some time ago that described the Gospel accounts of Holy Week and Easter as being like an Agatha Christie murder mystery: there are plots and motives aplenty; among the actors in the drama are heroes and villains, brave people and cowards; the victim is killed and quickly buried. The Gospel narratives of Holy Week and Easter contain a classic murder mystery plot, but there are two major plot twists: the first is that we already know whodunit before reading the story. The second twist is a surprise ending: the murdered victim gets up from his grave three days later and walks away.

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  • January 6, 2017 - 12:00 AM An Epiphany Message from the Dean

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  • December 24, 2016 - 12:00 AM A Christmas Greeting from the Dean

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    Welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine as we celebrate Christmas!

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  • November 26, 2016 - 12:00 AM An Advent Message from the Dean

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    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • August 25, 2016 - 12:00 AM A Message from the Dean

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    Dear Friend and Colleagues,

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  • July 8, 2016 - 12:00 AM A Statement from the Dean on Recent Shootings

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    The Dean offers the statement below on the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas. Our hearts go out to both the victims and their families and to the hundreds upon hundreds of other lives affected and too often snuffed out by violence, fear, and hatred:

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  • May 15, 2016 - 12:00 AM Unity: A Pentecost Message from the Dean

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  • March 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM An Easter Message from the Dean

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    Welcome to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine as we celebrate Easter!

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  • February 10, 2016 - 12:00 AM An Ash Wednesday Message from the Dean

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    Welcome to the Cathedral as we begin the Holy Season of Lent.

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