Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wonderful Music Offerings for Holy Week by our Organist!

Our Organist, Jonathan Stark Playing James Biery’s setting of “My Song is Love Unknown”



Our Organist, Jonathan Stark, playing Michael Burkhardt’s setting of “O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded”


St. Mary's Holy Week on YouTube



St. Mary's Holy Week Services on YouTube

11 April 2020 ~ Easter Eve Compline ~ 6pm
12 April 2020 ~ Easter Sunday ~ 9am

"O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded" - Michael Burkhardt
"My Song is Love Unknown" ~ James Biery
Played by Jonathan Stark, Organist, St. Mary's


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Let nothing upset you



Let nothing upset you;
Let nothing frighten you.
Everything is changing;
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the goal.
Who has God lacks nothing:
God alone fills every need.
–St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Our Holy Week Services on YouTube



Our Holy Week Services on YouTube

11 April 2020 ~ Easter Eve Compline ~ 6pm
12 April. 2020 ~ Easter Sunday ~ 9am

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Tuesday in Holy Week




Tuesday in Holy Week
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us
the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and
loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, April 6, 2020

6 April 2020 ~ Letter from Bishop Gutierrez

April 6, 2020

Dear diocesan family,

As you know, Holy Week and Easter are traditionally the busiest time of year for our beloved clergy. Weeks and even months of preparation culminate in an 8-day marathon during which they, along with church staff, choir, altar guild and a host of other volunteers, run themselves ragged.

This year is different. All the palms, processions and flowers have been put to the side. But what is important to keep in mind is that our clergy are even busier than usual. Instead of coordinating processions and trumpet fanfares, they spend hours each day calling to check in on their people. They lead services online, often on a daily basis, and that is in addition to their usual rota of meetings, bible studies and Sunday worship. They are working with vestries to balance the budget and apply for aid under the CARES act. All the while they are still writing multiple sermons and planning liturgies which must now be tailored to the limits imposed by safety and technology alike. It is important for us to remember that just because Holy Week and Easter may not be a grand as we would like, that our clergy still pour their hearts into making them happen.

To ensure they take care of themselves I am asking our clergy to take the week following Easter off from offering online services. I myself will be taking the week off from leading Noonday Prayer. The diocesan youth committee, supplemented as necessary by the Canons, will be creating a rotation to offer morning, noon and evening prayer so that you can continue to join in communal worship.

I hope you will join me in offering prayers of thanksgiving for our clergy; for their steady leadership during this time of crisis, for their faithfulness and caring, their dedication and for their love which leads them to give freely of themselves in imitation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We owe them a debt of gratitude. As we journey through this holiest of weeks, please keep them in your prayers.

Your brother in Christ,
Bishop Daniel
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Monday in Holy Week



Monday in Holy Week
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not
into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may
find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Morning Service with the Reverend Peter M. Carey of St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road

Palm Sunday Morning Service with the Reverend Peter M. Carey 
of St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road
Join us!  9am Today! 


Celebrating Holy Week ~ Some thoughts and ideas







Palm Sunday



Palm Sunday Collect
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior
Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example
of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share
in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Palm Sunday ~ Palm Coloring Pages


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Glorify the LORD!



Song of the Three Young Men

Invocation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *

praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Holy Week Planning for all of us

Holy Week Planning for all of us
Bishop Gutierrez’s Noonday Prayers Live on the Diocesan Facebook Page


The Book of Common Prayer
If you don’t have a book at home, you can find it online at www.bcponline.org


Palm Sunday
I encourage you to collect some sign of life, hope, growth, or renewal from your home or
neighborhood this week: a flower blossom; a small branch from a tree with plenty to spare;
a leaf or sprig or frond from a houseplant.  Or, print out the attached ‘Palm’ Coloring Sheet
and color it and put it up in your place or on your door! 
The Passion Reading
I’ve attached the Passion Reading as a separate document. 


Holy Week Coloring Pages and  Holy Week for Kids
See attached wonderful resources (really for ALL ages!)


Easter Vigil
While many churches are not hosting an Easter Vigil, I have attached the full
Bulletin from last year’s Easter Vigil here at St. Mary’s if you would like to reflect
on the readings. 


Schedule of Worship “at” St. Marys
Posted on our St. Mary’s - Cathedral Road YouTube Channel
5 April 2020 ~ 9am  ~ Palm Sunday Morning Prayer
9 April 2020 ~ 6pm ~ Maundy Thursday  - Adapted Evening Prayer
10 April 2020 ~ 11 am ~ Good Friday 
11 April 2020 ~ 6 pm ~ Easter Vigil ~ Adapted Compline Service
12 April 2020 ~ 9 am ~ Easter Sunday Morning Prayer
Other places to “participate” in Holy Week Services
5 April 2020 ~ Palm Sunday




10 AM ~ Holy Eucharist from the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral


11:15 AM ~ Holy Eucharist from the Washington National Cathedral
Palm Sunday  • April 5, 2020   ~ YouTube Live
Holy Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms
Live webcast: 11:15 am
Through dramatic readings of Scripture and music, we experience the journey from
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his betrayal, persecution and death.


9 April 2020 ~ Maundy Thursday


7 pm  ~ Washington National Cathedral ~ YouTube Live
Maundy Thursday  • April 9, 2020
Holy Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar
Live webcast: 7 pm
At this celebration of Holy Communion, we commemorate the institution of the Last Supper.
The service concludes with the stripping of the altar.

10 April 2020 ~ Good Friday




12 Noon ~ Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral




12 Noon ~ Washington National Cathedral  ~ YouTube Live
Good Friday  • April 10, 2020
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Live webcast: noon
Scripture, music, ancient prayer and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament all provide
the powerful setting for the drama of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.


12 April 2020 ~ Easter Sunday




5:30 AM - Service of Holy Eucharist Live on TV Channel 3 CBS


Bishop Daniel Gutierrez Presider and Preacher
10 AM ~ Service of Holy Eucharist Live-streamed - Philadelphia Cathedral




11:15 AM ~ Service of Holy Eucharist from Washington National Cathedral


The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day  • April 12, 2020 ~ YouTube Live
Live webcast: 11:15 am
Featuring guest preacher Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry. 
Join us we proclaim the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead through word and song.




Collects for Holy Week
Palm Sunday Collect
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior
Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example
of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share
in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Monday
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not
into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may
find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Tuesday
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us
the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and
loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Wednesday
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon:
Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be
revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Maundy  Thursday
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his
Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ
our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Good Friday
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy Saturday
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son
was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming
of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Easter Collect
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened
to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the
Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.