Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 160 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Corpus Christi and St. Michael's Conference - Rector's Rambling for June 11, 2023

     Today we celebrate, with great gratitude, the gift of Jesus Christ to us of His own Body and Blood in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  Corpus Christi (Latin for the Body of Christ) commemorates the institution of the Holy Communion, which occurred at the Last Supper the night before Jesus died on the Cross.  We commemorated this event in the context of Holy Week, connecting it to Jesus’ Great Commandment on Maundy Thursday to “Love one another as he has loved us”, which we also commemorated with the washing of feet.

Now, before we embark on the long Ordinary Season known as Trinitytide, we have one last hurrah to remember that which Jesus said to “do in remembrance” of Him.  The Feast Day is technically this past Thursday, but can also be celebrated on the Sunday following.  We do both.  Next week we dive into the long green vestment season of Trinitytide, lasting until Advent begins again in December.


We are looking forward to the St. Michael’s Conference for Youth.  The Conference this year will be held from July 2 to July 8, a week earlier than usual to accommodate the staff and many conference members who will be attending a special event the next week - a conference aluma taking her vows as a Benedictine nun!

The Conference is held at Manresa Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills.  It is a wonderful week of prayer and worship, classes, and community building.  It is for youth people ages 12—20.  Most who attend the conference do so every year they are eligible!

As of the writing of this column there are only a few slots still available, so if you know someone who could benefit from going, please let me know ASAP!

Inflation has caught up with us, and the cost is now $425.  Once again we are asking for YOUR HELP to provide scholarship assistance for the conference.  A full scholarship, half, or any portion will be most appreciated!!!!  Envelopes are provided for your donation.  The St. Michael’s Conference for Youth would not exist except for the generosity of the people of this parish!