St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Monday, June 20, 2022
Isaiah 61: 1-8
Looking towards the ConsecrationFather Jos Tharakan
On Saturday, June 25, our friend, Father Jos Tharakan will become the bishop of Idaho. The service will be live-streamed. The information will be on our page and I will put it here again later this week. As I work on revising the homily for that service this week, I plan to simply post the readings and hymns he has chosen so that you can begin to think with him about the ministry he has accepted.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion – to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called the oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines; but you shall be called priests of the Lord, you shall be named ministers of our God; you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory. Because their shame was was double, and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs. For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Jos with his friend, the retiring bishop of Idaho, Brian Thom.