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Joseph S. Pagano

The Rev. Joseph S. Pagano is an Episcopal priest who serves in the Anglican Parish of Pasadena and Cormack in Newfoundland, Canada. He is a faculty member in theology at Queen’s College in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His most recent book is Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship.

Sermons and Bible Studies

The Way, Proper 8 (C) – 2022

June 26, 2022

[RCL] 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Every journey is a quest. At least, that’s what people who think about stories tell us. It doesn’t […]

Signs, Passion, and Glory, Monday in Holy Week – 2022

April 17, 2022

[RCL] Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11 Our Gospel lesson is a hinge text. It concludes the first half of John’s Gospel, which scholars name “the Book of […]

Winners and Losers, Proper 24 (B) – 2021

October 17, 2021

[RCL] Job 38:1-7, (34-41); Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 In the rough and tumble world of the schoolyard, one of the most frequent insults kids hurl at […]

A Hard Saying, Proper 22 (B) – 2021

October 03, 2021

[RCL] Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 Today may be a Sunday when the preacher and the congregation are of one heart and one mind: the […]

Upside Down, Tuesday in Holy Week – 2021

March 30, 2021

RCL: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 In our epistle lesson, Paul deflates claims of believers who puff themselves up. The First Letter to the Corinthians is […]

Forgiveness, Pentecost 15 (A) – September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

[RCL]: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 Have you ever heard this warning: Be careful what you pray for – you might get it. […]

Come to Me, Pentecost 5 (A) – July 5, 2020

July 05, 2020

[RCL]: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45: 11-18 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 In our Gospel lesson, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that […]

Modern-Day Donatism and the Gospel, Proper 25 (C) – 2019

October 27, 2019

[RCL]: Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 At a recent church gathering, participants were told to come ready to answer the following question: Which ancient heresy […]

Astounding, Day of Pentecost (C) – 2019

June 09, 2019

[RCL]: Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, (25-27) In our lesson about Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on […]

The Angels’ Question, The Great Vigil of Easter – 2019

April 21, 2019

On the first Easter, very early in the morning, the women come to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They find the stone rolled away so they enter […]

Let Me See, Proper 25 (B) – 2018

October 28, 2018

The ancients used to call sight, “The Queen of the Senses.” I suspect this enthronement of the sense of sight is still understandable to us. After all, what is lovelier […]

Names, Holy Name Day – 2018

January 02, 2018

Names can tell us a lot about people’s characters and the roles they play in a story. One of the pleasures of reading literature is discovering the meaning of characters’ […]

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