The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, D. Min., Episcopal Bishop of Washington, will make her first visit to St. Augustine’s on May 19th. She will be the celebrant and preacher during the 9:30 a.m. service, followed by a Q&A session with the congregation after the service, and ending with a simple potluck luncheon and a meeting with the church’s vestry.
For the past several years, the church has recognized the Sunday closest to May 17th as the date to honor the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who attended St. Augustine’s. May 17th is the passage of the historic 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education landmark Supreme Court decision argued by Marshall which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, and is the date assigned to recognize his Christian ministry of Civil Rights in the Episcopal Church’s Liturgical Calendar “Holy Women, Holy Men.” Lastly, May 19th is the Day of Pentecost (Greek for the fiftieth day), celebrated seven weeks after Easter Sunday, and in the Christian church is called the “birthday of the church.”
By Elaine Graves