Feast of Emily Ayckbowm (April 5)   Leave a comment

Above:  Mother Superior Emily Ayckbowm

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EMILY AYCKBOWM (NOVEMBER 14, 1836-JUNE 5, 1900)

Foundress of the Community of the Sisters of the Church

April 5 is the feast day of Emily Ayckboum in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Ministry to marginalized people is as Christian as Jesus,  It is also almost always controversial, especially among many professing Christians.

Emily Ayckboum was a daughter of The Church of England.  Her father was Frederick Ayckboum, an Anglican rector.  Her birth occurred in Heidelberg on November 14, 1836, when her parents were visiting that center.

Our saint became famous in the  1860s and remaind either famous or infamous, depending on one’s perspective, for the rest of her life.  She began by volunteering during an outbreak of cholera in Chester.  In 1864 Ayckboum founded the Church Extension Association, which performed good works among those respectable Victorian society marginalized.  This Association was the forerunner of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, which Ayckboum founded in 1870.  The ultimate purpose of the order was, in the words of Ayckboum’s biography in For All the Saints (2007),

the reconciliation and redemption of all God’s creation.

–786

Ayckboum founded then led (as the first Mother Superior) an order devoted to contemplative prayer (individually and collectively), education, pastoral support, hospitality, and spiritual retreats.  She died in Broadstairs, England, on June 5, 1900.  She was 63 years old.

The Community of the Sisters of the Church continues its contemplative prayers and good works.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF CORNELIA HANCOCK, U.S. QUAKER NURSE, EDUCATIOR, AND HUMANITARIAN; “FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE OF NORTH AMERICA”

THE FEAST OF SAINTS MATEO CORREA-MAGALLANES AND MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO, MEXICAN ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND MARTYRS, 1927

THE FEAST OF ORANGE SCOTT, U.S. METHODIST MINISTER, ABOLITIONIST, AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CONNECTION

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

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O God, by whose grace Emily Ayckboum became a light in your Church:

may we, like her, devote ourselves to the fulfillment of your will in a life of adoration and service;

through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 John 4:7-12

Psalm 34:1-8

Matthew 25:31-40

–Stephen Reynolds, compiler, For All the Saints:  Prayers and Readings for Saints’ Days (2007), 787

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