Maine’s own saint: Commemorating Frances Perkins

The week Frances Perkins’ plaque went back up (and her name was restored to a meeting room) at the Maine Department of Labor, seems to be a fitting week to commemorate her feast day in the Episcopal Church’s new calendar of special observances.

Loving God, we bless your Name for Frances Perkins, who lived out her belief that the special vocation of the laity is to conduct the secular affairs of society that all may be maintained in health and decency. Help us, following her example, to contend tirelessly for justice and for the protection of all in need, that we may be faithful followers of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Join the people of St. Andrew’s in Newcastle, Maine, (Frances Perkins’ home parish) on Sunday at 9 a.m. as they commemorate her feast day.  Then at 10 a.m. they will “labor” inside and outside the church to spruce it up for summer, after which they will enjoy a BBQ lunch.  All are welcome.

Read Bishop Stephen T. Lane’s sermon from St. Andrew’s commemoration of Frances Perkins on May 16, 2010.  (Scroll down to the fifth sermons.)

Visit the Frances Perkins Center here.

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