Frank Tracy Griswold III

The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Frank T. Griswold

A sermon preached at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, Times Square

November 17, 2004

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold Presiding Bishop and Primate St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church New York, New York November 14, 2004 Readings: Malachi 3:13-4:2A,5-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19 A Zen Buddhist haiku has followed me over the years. It runs, “My storehouse having burnt down, nothing obscures the light of the moon.” […]

A Statement from the Presiding Bishop

November 3, 2004

Having come through one of the most vitriolic and divisive election campaigns any of us has ever experienced, we now look ahead to the next four years and the continuing leadership of President Bush. For many of our fellow citizens this is a cause for rejoicing. For others it is an occasion for despair. Given […]

Do we really need a hurricane?

October 31, 2004

Since august, our newspapers and televisions screens have been filled with images showing palm trees snapped in two like pencils and houses ripped from their foundations and hurled hundreds of feet through the air as if they were toys. We have seen trailers and mobile homes reduced to rubble and cars submerged under water. The […]

Our need for hospitable hearts

September 30, 2004

As you read this, we will have just observed the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels on Sept. 29. The Letter to the Hebrews points out that by welcoming strangers, many have welcomed angels without being aware of it. The writer has in mind a meeting with flesh-and-blood reality, which is the medium for […]

Encountering Christ

August 31, 2004

The somewhat slower pace that characterizes summer is speeding up as autumn descends upon us and we begin again the round of activities that constitute our congregational life. This seems to me an opportune moment to reflect upon what most deeply shapes and forms us as authentic communities of faith. My own sense is that […]

A Word to the Church

June 23, 2004

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The last weeks of the Easter Season and first weeks of Pentecost for me have been particularly rich and full. I preached at the commencements of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and the Virginia Theological Seminary. As well, I have had the privilege of leading a […]

The Peace of Christ

May 30, 2004

ON MAY 30 we mark the end of the Great 50 Days of Easter with the Feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the infant church. The ending takes us back to the beginning, as one of the gospel readings for the day relates the risen Christ’s encounter on the […]

Meeting Mary

April 13, 2004

“May is Mary’s month, and I / Muse at that and wonder why…” Thus wrote the Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, who connected Mary’s motherhood with nature’s motherhood revealed in Spring. In the Catholic tradition, which shaped Hopkins’s poetry, Mary is a living and familiar presence whose solicitude and motherly love are always available. At […]

The Cross of Jesus

April 6, 2004

A short time ago I went with a friend to see The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s film depicting the last twelve hours of Jesus’ earthly life. This film has received much attention, both positive and negative, from critics and the public. I have been struck by how many people have said they have […]

The Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2004

April 1, 2004
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