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About johnaroop

I am a husband, father, retired teacher, lover of books and music and coffee and, as of 17 May 2015, by the grace of God and the will of his Church, an Anglican priest in the Anglican Church in North America, Anglican Diocese of the South. I serve as assisting priest at Apostles Anglican Church in Knoxville, TN, and as Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of the South.

Advent: The Four Last Things

Session 2 — Judgment ADVENT: THE FOUR LAST THINGSSession 2 — Judgment The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,Have mercy upon us. O God the Son, Redeemer of … Continue reading

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The Four Last Things: Advent 1 — Death

ADVENT: THE FOUR LAST THINGSSession 1 — Death NOTE: These are the notes to the first of four session of the class Advent: The Four Last Things offered at Apostles Anglican Church. TO participate fully with the latter part of … Continue reading

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Ordination To the Sacred Order of Priests

St. Thomas Anglican ChurchFr. John A. Roop A Homily at the Ordination of Joe Gunby to the Sacred Order of Priests(Is 6:1-8, Eph 4:7-16, Phil 4:4-9) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy … Continue reading

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Blessing of a Grave

The Committal was a family affair, held in a small, but very lovely, family cemetery. There were, perhaps, twenty people there including the three priests who were honored to commit our brother’s body to the earth and to the Lord’s … Continue reading

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The Syrophoenician Woman

Apostles Anglican ChurchFr. John A. Roop A Matter of Purity: A Reflection on the Syrophoenician Woman(Mark 7:1-30 and Matthew 15:1-28) Collect of PurityAlmighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: … Continue reading

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Jannes, Jambres, and the Stories We Tell

Jannes, Jambres and the Stories We Tell: A Reflection on 2 Timothy 3 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be … Continue reading

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What If?

What if? The Daily Office confronts us today with the great mystery of Christ’s passion in Gethsemane and with his abandonment in that moment by his closest followers (see Mt 26:31-56). At their arrival on the Mount of Olives, Jesus … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Session 3 – Hitting the Wall

Apostles Anglican ChurchFr. John A. Roop Finishing Well: Session Three — Hitting the Wall The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. CollectAlmighty God, you have given us the treasure of the knowledge of your glory in the … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 – 4 October 1226)Fr. John A. Roop(Galatians 6:14-18, Psalm 148:7-14, Matthew 11:25-30) CollectMost high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Session 2 — Disciplines

Introduction About midway through the race, the veteran runner noticed a novice in front of him begin to falter. His breathing was irregular and labored; his steps lacked rhythm. Eventually, he stumbled off the course and fell to the ground … Continue reading

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