Today the Church celebrates the life of a medieval Russian Orthodox monk who gave glory to God by his artistic work, Andrei Rublev, who was born in the 1360s and died on this day in 1427. Very little is known of the man. James Kiefer writes:
The first mention of Rublev is in 1405 when he decorated icons and frescos for the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Moscow Kremlin in company with Theophanes the Greek and Prokhor of Gorodets. His name was the last of the list of masters as the junior both by rank and by age. Theophanes was an important Byzantine master who moved to Russia, and is considered to have trained Rublev.
Chronicles tell us that in 1408 he painted (together with Daniil Cherni) the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir and in 1425–1427 the Cathedral of St. Trinity in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. After Daniil's death Andrei came to Moscow's Andronikov Monastery where he painted his last work, the frescoes of the Savior Cathedral.
Let us pray: Holy God, we bless you for the gift of your monk and icon writer Andrei Rublev, who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, provided a window into heaven for generations to come, revealing the majesty and mystery of the holy and blessed Trinity; who lives and reigns through ages of ages. Amen.
Please pray for all of those Christians who are under persecution in Nigeria and in Sri Lanka as reported by the BBC and the Anglican Communion News Service: Sri Lanka: Christian protests after attacks by Buddhist extremists and Nigerian bishop tells of church 'slaughter'.
The 165th Diocesan Council in Galveston on the 7th & 8th of February. Michelle Allen will carry our banner in the processional of the Celebration of the Eucharist on Friday evening. Tammie Taylor will be our lay delegate. If you are able to, please sign up to volunteer.
Bishop Fisher will be at St. Augustine on Sunday, the 9th of February, at 12:30 p.m. There will be no 9 a.m. service. It will be at 12: 30 p.m. with a lunch to follow.
The Seaside Seniors will meet on the third Thursday of February, the 20th, the celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. The children, with the help of Lee Runion and the Sunday School Team, will be making centerpieces for the Seniors.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Karen and Pat.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal ChurchGalveston, Texas 77550