Friday, August 31, 2018

Regulations for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road Lawn Columbarium

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road ☩ 

Regulations for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road Lawn Columbarium

  1. The Lawn Columbarium is to be used for cremated remains only.  The scattering of ashes is not permitted

  1. The location of internments within the Lawn Columbarium is in accordance with the plan of St. Mary’s - Cathedral Road which will follow an orderly sequence.

  1. The Sexton (or other staff-member) will prepare the site for burial and will be present for the internment to assist the family.  The cost for the Sexton is included below.

  1. Arrangements for an internment are made with the Parish Office at least three days in advance of internment.  All fees established by the Vestry of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cathedral Road are to be paid at this time.

  1. All grave markers are to be in conformity with the plan as established by the Church.  The markers will consist to a gray granite marker 1’ by 1’ by 4” to be level with the ground and may include full name, year of birth and year of death only.  The marker and inscription is included in the opening fee.

  1. No decorations or plantings other than cut flowers are permitted in the Lawn Columbarium.  Cut flowers are permitted, and may be removed at the discretion of the Church staff. 


$550 for Columbarium Plot $200 Organist fee 

$250 Opening fee (if needed)

$100 Sexton fee $200 Use of Parish Hall

$250 Clergy fee (non-members)

630 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 ☩ 



St Mary's Episcopal Church 10th Annual Car Show - September 1st Rain Date - September 8th

St Mary's Episcopal Church
10th Annual Car Show - September 1st
Rain Date - September 8th
All vehicle years and classes welcome!  Over 50 Trophies!
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.   -   Show 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Pre-registration           $15
Day of Show                 $20

Accepting monetary and canned good donations.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit St. Mary's Church.  Cars must be driven onto show area.  For more information and to register, please click here: 
And....White Elephant & Concession Stand!
Come for the cars, stay for lunch and find a treasure!

Monday, August 27, 2018

We gather together

We gather together
We gather together
to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens
His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing
now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name;
He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining
His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning
the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side,
all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee,
Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still
our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation
escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!
We gather together
to ask the Lord's blessing.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

God be with you, Wesley Parrott!


“Bread is the welcoming sight and aroma on a dining table that says, “sit down and stay a while”. It’s the first course, though never counted as such, designed to be broken, buttered, dipped, and shared to temporarily satiate even the heartiest of appetites before the meal arrives. It is the communal element, part earthy and part sacred.”
-Tracy C. Yancey

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Love your neighbor

When Jesus said to love your neighbor, a lawyer who was present asked him to clarify what he meant by neighbor. He wanted a legal definition he could refer to in case the question of loving one ever happened to come up. He presumably wanted something on the order of: "A neighbor (hereinafter referred to as the party of the first part) is to be construed as meaning a person of Jewish descent whose legal residence is within a radius of no more than three statute miles from one's own legal residence unless there is another person of Jewish descent (hereinafter to be referred to as the party of the second part) living closer to the party of the first part than one is oneself, in which case the party of the second part is to be construed as neighbor to the party of the first part and one is oneself relieved of all responsibility of any sort or kind whatsoever."
Instead, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the point of which seems to be that your neighbor is to be construed as meaning anybody who needs you. The lawyer's response is left unrecorded.

-Frederick Buechner, Originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth

Canticle 19 The Song of the Redeemed 
Revelation 15:3-4
Magna et mirabilia

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages
Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you
because your just and holy works have been revealed.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Morning prayers

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord 
Jesus Christ.    Philippians 1:2

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of 
the Lord."    Psalm 122:1

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart 
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my 
redeemer.    Psalm 19:14

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, 
and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. 

Psalm 43:3

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence 
before him.    Habakkuk 2:20

The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers 
will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the 
Father seeks to worship him.    John 4:23

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, 
whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and 
also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to
revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the 
contrite."    Isaiah 57:15

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Blessing of the Backpacks at St. Mary's ~ 19 August 2018

Reflection on The Eucharist by Walter Brueggemann

“The church is the only community in the world that has as its central symbolic act, an act that is called, “Thanks.” The Eucharist. You know Eucharist is Greek for “Thanks.” And participation in the Eucharist is an act of gratitude for the abundance that the creator God gives to the world.
And I think that the neighborly economy can only be funded by gratitude. It is all a gift! I did not make any of it, produce any of it, it is a gift! But the extraction economy wants to think, “It’s mine!” “I made it, I own it, I can do what I want, I don’t have to be grateful to anybody.”
Which leads me to think that participation in the Eucharist is the most subversive thing we can do.
But notice what the long history of the church has done to the Eucharist. It has siphoned off its danger into something about sin and salvation and getting right with God, rather than a meal for the neighborhood. The African Americans in the United Church of Christ calls the Eucharist “The Welcome Table.” All are welcome, no restrictions. All are welcome because there is more than enough.”
-Walter Brueggemann

You can now pledge or give to St. Mary's using our online service Tithe.Ly

Check it out!

We have launched an online giving service named "" to do a soft roll-out and a trial-run to see if we like it for online giving, online pledging, special gifts, flower donations, special requests and much more.  From an administrative side, we can also generate reports for givers at any point.  In addition, you can request a recurring gift (every week, every month, etc) and not have to worry about writing checks and dealing with the envelopes in church.

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has fully vetted this service, and thousands of churches are using it.  I believe it is just great, but would love to hear what you think.

I put a button link, below, in green that says "Give."  All you need to do is click the button, set up an account and give any amount over $5 to give it a trial run.

As I said, it is fully vetted, secure, and a highly user-friendly service.

Check it out if you have a moment, and let me know what you think!


The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

O Gracious Light

O Gracious Light    Phos hilaron

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

We pray that you have a marvelous day!!!

Check out our Rector's blog, Santos Woodcarving Popsicles, HERE

Wesley Parrott named as Cathedral Organist at The Philadelphia Cathedral

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
 August 20, 2018
Dear Cathedral parishioners and friends,

It is with great joy that we announce the appointment of Wesley Parrott as Cathedral Organist beginning in September. In this role he will succeed the late John Andrew Bailey, who served our congregation with devotion for the past seven and a half years. Wesley comes to us from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cathedral Road, where he has been the Organist and Music Director for the past
21 years. Prior to St. Mary’s he served at St. Mark’s, Locust Street. He is also a regular Assistant Organist performing on the Macy’s Grand Court Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia, for daily recitals
and radio broadcasts. His recordings are available through the Organ Historical Society. Wesley has been an active member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AGO and a
past president of The Franklin Inn Club, Philadelphia.
Wesley holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, The University of the South, and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and has served as organist for churches in Philadelphia,
PA, Alexandria, VA, Washington, D.C., and Rochester, NY. Winner of three US national organ
playing competitions in 1979, he was also a finalist in the International Organ Playing Competition, Grand Prix de Chartres in 1982 and a semi-finalist in 1986. Wesley has performed in such places as Longwood Gardens, Ocean Grove, NJ, The Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, National City Christian Church (Washington, D.C.), The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, The Academy of Music (Philadelphia), Princeton U. Chapel and in cathedrals throughout England.
Wesley Parrott is well known in the greater Philadelphia music community for the high level of accomplishment and imagination he brings to his organ recitals. He is held in high esteem by fellow musicians not only for his musical gifts but for his collaborative and supportive good nature as a colleague. The parishioners in the congregations he has served have also deeply appreciated his pastoral presence among them.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Wesley Parrott join our Cathedral staff and know you
will look forward to getting to know him in the months and years ahead.

With gratitude, 
Thomas Lloyd
Cathedral Director of Music and Arts

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Office of the Dean and Chapter
(215) 386-0234

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Join us to celebrate our Music Director and Organist, Wesley Parrott!

Join us to celebrate our Music Director and Organist, Wesley Parrott with a special Coffee Hour to celebrate the next chapter in his vocation and career.

Please join us and send Wesley off with Love and Good Wishes!