The Bishop's Blog

Thoughts and reflections from Bishop John Harvey Taylor

Amazing Episcopalians: Christopher Stephan

Amazing Episcopalians: Christopher Stephan

Another Amazing Episcopalian! Christopher Stephan (right) was working for United Farm Workers co-founder Cesar Chavez at the time of his death in 1993. What's now called the Cesar E. Chavez National...

Daily prayer 11-22-22

Daily prayer 11-22-22

O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lit fires of faith in young and old alike. Surprise us also with your joy and...

Daily prayer 11-21-22

Daily prayer 11-21-22

O God, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel this Thanksgiving week; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every...

St. James’ Church, Newport Beach 11-21-22

St. James’ Church, Newport Beach 11-21-22

After services at St. James Episcopal Church Newport Beach on Sunday, I met Iryna Sobianina, who fled Putin’s ruthless war against her native Ukraine with her 13-year-old daughter, Bogdana....

Elton John concert 11-20-22

Elton John concert 11-20-22

In one endearing Elton John anecdote during tonight's Dodger Stadium show (thank you, Disney+), my life passed before my ears. He was talking about the last concert of my fellow Detroiter, Aretha...

Friends in Orange County

Friends in Orange County

After my visitation this morning at St. James Episcopal Church Newport Beach, I lingered in Orange County for lunch with my old St John Chrysostom Church, Rancho Santa Margarita friends trumpeter...

Daily prayer 11-19-22

Daily prayer 11-19-22

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly...

Daily prayer 11-18-22

Daily prayer 11-18-22

O God of peace, by whose grace the abbess Hilda was endowed with gifts of justice, prudence, and strength to rule as a wise mother over the nuns and monks of her household: Raise up these gifts in...

Daily prayer 11-17-22

Daily prayer 11-17-22

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of...

Daily prayer 11-16-22

Daily prayer 11-16-22

O God, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we also...