Dear Beloved Parishioners,
On this rainy afternoon, I find myself praying for each and every one of you. Once again, we were able to have Morning Prayer "together" yesterday, and I appreciate hearing that many of you were able to "tune in" for it.
I wanted to be in touch in part to share our Bishop's message which he sent today, and I have shared it below. In particular, our Bishop has laid out a plan that we will not meet "in person" for worship until at least May 4th. He is also working with his staff, and with the clergy of the Diocese to seek ways that we can celebrate Holy Week and Easter even by remote. Also, please continue to fulfill your pledge to St. Mary's; our expenses continue even in this uncertain time.
I wanted to share a few ideas for resources for this strange and uncertain time.
☩ Do check out our church's website at stmaryscathedralroad.blogspot.com/ as I am posting there each day, and you can find links and resources down each side of the website/blog. If you also scroll down through the site, you will see previous postings.
☩ I also recommend taking a look at the National Cathedral's website at cathedral.org and its YouTube channel for a variety of resources.
☩ Just today I "joined in" with worship at Canterbury Cathedral, which was quite wonderful. It is always great to feel connected with our sisters and brothers, "across the pond."
☩ One of my favorite writers and religious figures is the Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, who writes on prayer, gratefulness, and the abundant life. His organization, "A Network for Gratefulness" has a wonderful YouTube channel. One of my very favorite videos he produced is called, "A Good Day, with Brother David Steindl-Rast," which I recommend highly.
☩ One of my favorite writers these days is Ryan Holiday, who writes books about the ancient stoics. While not particularly Christian in outlook, I find his writing compelling, and his three books, "The Ego is the Enemy," "The Obstacle is the Way," and "Stillness is the Key," are all pretty quick reads, and full of historical and biographical examples. RyanHoliday.net
I am attaching some wonderful photos which Valerie James shared with me of flowers in the Spring; enjoy!
Please know that you each are in my daily prayers and I hope you are finding ways to stay connected with one another. Please do call and email each other, and do let me know if there are particular concerns for you, your families, and your friends. Please stay in touch.
In Christ's Love,
The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector
St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral road