Lent at Home, 2021

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The season of Lent has provided a certain rhythm to the lives of Christians for twenty centuries now. Through thick and thin, Lent is a steadfast part of the journey for people of all ages. Of course, this year will be different, but there is also an opportunity to return to our roots in the early Christian community, before church buildings became normative, and the home was the principal place for gathering and growing in faith.

Here are some resources and practices to help you and your family journey through Lent, and as you do, know that many others in the Saint Mark’s community are journeying with you.

Lenten Evening Devotional

This five-minute evening service of worship is a great way to begin your evening meal or prepare for bed and can be found below on this page. A printed version of the service was mailed to parishioners in February, or you can view a pdf online here. You’ll light and then extinguish candles to acknowledge the darkness that comes before Easter light, and then at Easter, light all the candles to celebrate.

 

Prayer Banners

All the members of Saint Mark’s are invited to share their prayer intentions by writing them on a fabric banner and hanging them around the labyrinth on the cathedral front lawn. You can pick up fabric and a marking pen at the Saint Mark’s office or make your own with other fabric and permanent ink. Then make a prayer pilgrimage to Saint Mark's to join your prayer with the whole community. More information can be found here.

 

Lenten Community Book Study

Jesus and the Disinherited. Join Theologian-in-residence Canon Walter Brownridge in engaging with this foundational text exploring the Gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Introductory presentation on Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m.—join using this Zoom link.

 

Weekday Liturgical offerings via Zoom

Consider committing to attending one of the Daily Office liturgies online from home for the next six weeks—perhaps just once a week, or more—as part of your Lenten discipline. Beginning Wednesday, February 24, and every Wednesday thereafter, a new service of Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30 a.m. (Thursday Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. continues as usual.) This means Morning Prayer is now offered twice a week, while Evening Prayer continues to be offered five times a week, M–F at 6:30 p.m. as usual.

In addition, for five Wednesdays in Lent only, a special service of Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) led by choristers of the Choir School will be offered at 4:30 p.m. These very special Zoom services are intended for the whole community, and will happen each Wednesday, from February 24 through March 24.

Stations of the Cross

The cathedral is blessed to be able to once again display the stunning sculptural interpretation of the traditional fourteen Stations of the Cross by artist Virginia Maksymowicz in the nave. This beautiful video of the "Way of the Cross" liturgy from the Book of Occasional Services was directed and edited filmmaker and community member David Wild—it is available to used as an aid to prayer at any time.

The leaflet for this service may be downloaded and printed here.

Sung Prayer

The words and music for the Taizé song The Lord is My Light are found here for use as a meal grace or prayer to begin or end the day.

Here is a video from our neighbors at St Andrew's, Green Lake, in Seattle—try singing the other parts of the round along with the singer in the video! A version of the song with all the parts of the round can be heard here

Additional Resources

 


An Evening Prayer Service for Lent

This simple form of evening worship for people of all ages, a brief five minutes, is for use during Lent, February 17–April 3. It can be used at the daily evening meal or close of day, or another time. The simplicity and repetition embeds the words in our minds and hearts. We are drawn into the reflection of what Jesus has done for us, and into our own penance and devotion, as we prepare for the events of Holy Week and the joy of the Resurrection on Easter.

Place six candles, lined up, at the center of the dining table or another gathering place. Similar to the Tenebrae service on Wednesday of Holy Week, where the lights dim by steps as we head into Jesus’ Passion, you begin each time of prayer with all six candles lit—and then, at the appointed time, extinguish one each night of the first week, two the second week, and so on, experiencing the growing darkness that leads to the light of Easter.

OPENING ANTIPHON

A leader begins by saying the antiphon of the week, or:

Leader:
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All respond:
Thanks be to God.

SCRIPTURE

A reader reads the following, or another appropriate passage of Holy Scripture:

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall.
—Psalm 16:7–8

 

PRAYER

All pray together:

Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

EXTINGUISHING OF CANDLE

As we move toward the events of Holy Week, we extinguish one candle each week, recognizing the darkness that comes before the light of the Resurrection. In the days immediately following Ash Wednesday, keep all the candles lit. Then, extinguish one candle of the six on the nights of the first week of Lent, two candles the second week, and so on.

 

HYMN

Conclude by saying or singing the evening hymn, known as the Nunc dimittis or “Song of Simeon,” one of the oldest Christian hymns.

Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.
[Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, it now and will be for ever. Amen.]

or another version, such as this one [The Hymnal 1982 # 499] :

Lord God, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as promised in your word.
My eyes have seen the Savior, Christ the Lord,
prepared by you for all the world to see—
To shine on nations trapped in darkest night,
the glory of your people and their light.

 

ANTIPHON OF THE WEEK

 

ASH WEDNESDAYS & THE DAYS FOLLOWING:
RETURN TO THE LORD
February 17–20

Return to the Lord, your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

 

FIRST WEEK OF LENT:
REPENT AND BELIEVE
February 21 – 27

 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.

 

SECOND WEEK OF LENT:
FOLLOW JESUS
February 28 – March 6

 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 

THIRD WEEK OF LENT:
LISTEN to GOD’s LAW
March 7 - 13

The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

 

FOURTH WEEK OF LENT:
CHOOSE LIFE
March 14 - 20

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 

FIFTH WEEK OF LENT:
THE HOUR HAS COME
March 21 – 27

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

 

HOLY WEEK:
JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
March 28 – April 3

Being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.

Plainsong setting (Saint Mark’s)

Setting by Tyler Morse (The Evensong Choir)

Setting by David Hogan (Choir Camp)

Hymn #499 (Saint Mark’s Schola)

Setting by Stephen Sturk (The Compline Choir)

Setting by Aleksandr Grechaninov (National Lutheran Choir)

MEALTIME BLESSING

If dinner follows immediately, say together the mealtime blessing for Lent:

Give us grateful hearts, O God, for all your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Second Sunday In Lent, 2021

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The Rubric: Winter 2021 Issue

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The new issue of The Rubric contains stories, reports, and reflection by, from, and about the community of Saint Mark's during these extraordinary times. Read full-screen using the reader below, or download a full pdf here. Click the titles below to read individual stories.

Contents of the Winter 2021 issue include:

A GIFT FOR THE FUTURE
the story of the largest gift in Saint Mark’s history

GOD’S UNQUENCHABLE DESIRE FOR HEALING
the sacramental rite of Unction

THEOLOGIAN-IN-RESIDENCE
welcoming The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge

MINISTRY ON THE FRONT LINES
faith and vocation during the pandemic

THE RADIX PROJECT
small group ministry connects and sustains

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER
Jaime Rubio, our guest in Sanctuary, continues his struggle for justice

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: February 28, 2021

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On Thursday, February 25, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns which will be sung at the morning service of Holy Eucharist this coming Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Second Sunday in Lent. The hymns discussed are:

  • "Take my life and let it be consecrated" [Hymn #707]
  • "You laid aside your rightful reputation" [WLP #734]

... plus a few words about Sunday's organ improvisation. Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Cathedral Yoga Resumes Monday March 1!

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Cathedral Yoga Returns as a Monthly, Zoom-based Offering

BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 1, 5:30 P.M., via Zoom

Last year on March 1 the final Cathedral Yoga gathering of 2020 was offered on the altar platform of Saint Mark's. The following week, the class was suspended.

Now, one year later to the day, Cathedral Yoga will begin again as a once-a-month live Zoom offering from the cathedral nave direct to your living room!

Ministry leader Irene Beausoleil, a longtime parishioner of Saint Mark's and a professional yoga instructor, will lead the class. It will look different, but some things about Cathedral Yoga will remain the same as ever: a gentle, contemplative, and restorative practice, offered on a pay-what-you can basis. All are welcome, regardless of skill level or prior experience—Irene will always adapt or modify elements when requested. Cathedral Yoga will be offered on the first Monday of each month, and future months could feature special guest teachers and musicians. Check out the Cathedral Yoga web page for more information, and join using this Zoom link.

The First Sunday in Lent, 2021

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Live Streams

The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

Sunday, February 21, 11:00 a.m. • The First Sunday in Lent

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: February 21, 2021

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On Thursday, February 18, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns and some of the service music which will be sung at the morning service of Holy Eucharist this coming Sunday, February 21, 2021, the First Sunday in Lent. The hymns discussed are:

  • "Now let us all with one accord" [Hymn #147]
  • "I want Jesus to walk with me" [WLP #805]

... plus an introduction to the Simplified Anglican Chant for Lent, and the setting of The Great Litany by Dent Davidson. Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Ash Wednesday 7 pm Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

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Ash Wednesday 12 Noon Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

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Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 p.m. Noon • Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

The Last Sunday After the Epiphany, 2021

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Sunday, February 14, 11 a.m. • The Last Sunday After the Epiphany, 2021

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

A Farewell Message from Kelly Moody

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The following message was included in the February 2021 edition of Be Present at Our Table, the monthly newsletter of Children and Family Ministries at Saint Mark's. 


Dear families,

In the past year, the familiar heavy doors pictured above have not been swung open by little hands or harried parents very often. Prior to the pandemic, they were the physical threshold we passed through into the expansive and sacred space where we worship together, and the signal to our bodies that we were moving into a different kind of time and attention together with God. I don’t know about you, but opening those doors always evoked a deep breath in me that settled my soul.

I have missed thresholds this year; the markers of transitions that help us shift our energy and attention, and prepare ourselves for what is next. We talk often of thresholds in Godly Play; of using the outward and visible world to help kids transition into places of curiosity and wonder with God inside themselves. As you have probably heard me say before, what’s good for kids is good for adults! We, too, need thresholds to help us make transitions.

This is one of the beautiful facets of the liturgical calendar. Built into our ecclesiastical timekeeping are thresholds like Advent, Ash Wednesday, Lent, or Palm Sunday that help us turn the corners in our spiritual lives. Episcopal worship includes bodily practices and experiences that support our internal work, and one of those is the imposition of ashes at the start of Lent. This year, instead of going into the Cathedral and having a cross imposed on your forehead by a priest, you will do this at home. You’ll see more details about this coming up in Sundays and Beyond, and in your mailbox! I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to mark the transition into Lent with the Saint Mark’s community from home this year.

This note also serves as a threshold for me with you: I am resigning my role at Saint Mark’s to further discern my call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church in a smaller parish. I am excited to take this turn toward God’s beckoning, but I am also sad, because I love companioning you and your children in this life we share, and I will miss you. Transitions are often this way; they are filled with different kinds of emotions, and all of those are okay.

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear more from Dean Steve and Canon Jennifer about how you all will enter this transition together. I have confidence in the ministry and leadership of our incredible team of clergy and program staff, our vestry liaison, Kristen Austin, our dedicated church school leaders: Alicia Goodwin, Kristen Kelly, and Sonjia Gavin, and the abiding presence and care of Rebekah Gilmore, whose staff role continues among children and youth as choir school director and interim youth minister. And, I have complete confidence in you. We have learned and grown so much together these past 3 and a half years.

God’s spirit moves mightily in this community among you and your children. Trust that!

I do. It has been a humble honor and a privilege to cross so many thresholds with you, and see God revealed in our midst.

with deep gratitude,

Kelly Moody,
Associate for Spiritual Development

Ash Wednesday 2021

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

LIVESTREAM LITURGIES AT NOON and 7 P.M.

Service leaflets for these services: Noon service | 7 p.m. serivce

Ash Wednesday will look and feel different this year, but its meaning is more relevant than ever. In this brief (4-minute) video, Dean Thomason explores the significance of this observance, and invites you to fully participate from home.

As the Dean says in the video, small containers of ashes are now available to be picked up from the cathedral office—drop by during normal opening hours, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., between now and February 17. (Come to the Hoerster Annex entrance and ring the bell on the call box.)

However, as an alternative, all are invited to collect dirt from the earth, from your own garden or form a place meaningful to you, to use in this ritual instead.

Stay tuned for further invitations for observing a holy Lent from home.

Lent & Easter Schedule of Services and Events

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The schedule of Lent and Easter special liturgies, events, and opportunities can now be found on the Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 2021 page on the cathedral website. There are some events that are still being finalized, so check back for more information as the season unfolds.

Highlights include:

  • Ash Wednesday, February 17, livestream services at noon and 7 p.m.
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, livestream service at 11 a.m.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 1, livestream service with at-home component at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 2, services at noon and 7 p.m.
  • The Great Vigil of Easter, April 3, livestream service at 8:30 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 4, service at 11 a.m. plus a new sunrise Service at 7 a.m.

See the full schedule here.

 

Ensemble Singing Returns to Saint Mark’s Cathedral

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Quartets resume February 17, at the 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday liturgy.

After a three-month hiatus during which only vocal soloists were permitted to sing during religious services, updated guidelines now once again allow small groups of singers to sing in harmony. (See Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.12 and the updated Religious and Faith-Based Organizations reopening guidance.)

While the updated guidelines allow for choirs of up to 15, livestreamed services at Saint Mark's will feature a quartet of singers beginning with the evening service on Ash Wednesday, February 17, with the possibility of larger groups of singers in the future. Singers will be spaced widely apart, and will remain masked at all times.

The Compline Choir has made a similar decision. Live broadcasts with a quartet of singers resume on February 21.

Keep an eye on the Reopening Planning webpage for the most up-to-date information.

NEW! A Service of Morning Prayer— Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

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BEGINS FEBRUARY 24, then EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 A.M. via Zoom

Beginning on February 24, Saint Mark's will offer an additional service of Morning Prayer each week! At 8:30 a.m. on February 24, and every Wednesday thereafter, join us on Zoom for Morning Prayer, led by one of the lay worship leaders from Saint Mark's. (Thursday Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. continues as usual.) Occasionally, one of our priests will also join us and lead us in prayer. We will meet using the existing Zoom link for Morning and Evening Prayer:

If you have questions about this new service, please email Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer (mseewer@saintmarks.org).

Introduction to Sundays Hymns: February 14, 2021

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On Thursday, February 11, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymn to be sung at the morning liturgy this coming Sunday, February 14, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany (and the last Sunday before Lent). This introduction was presented live on Facebook. The hymns discussed are:

  • "Christ upon the mountain peak" [Hymn #130]
  • "Ye watchers and ye holy ones" [Hymn #618]
  • "Deep River" [LEVAS II #8]

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Anti-Racism for Parents and Children

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During Black History Month, check out the resources and materials made available at The Conscious Kid, an education, research, and policy organization that promotes healthy racial identity development in youth.

Here are some quick tips from them:

  1. Name and take action against white supremacy with kids as early and as often as possible.

  2. Support racial identity as part of healthy child development. It is important to name whiteness, and for white people to identify as “white” in ways that acknowledge racisim in society and give white children models of people who have utilized their power and privilege to take action against racism and oppression.

  3. When questions or comments about race rise in your child, try to understand your child’s thought process, provide factual information and answers, and correct any misinformation rather than dismissing the comment or question. If you get asked a question that you are not sure how to answer, you can model that it's okay not to have all the answers.

Inquirers’ Class for Spring 2021

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BEGINS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, 12:30–2 P.M., via Zoom

A series for newcomers and inquirers. Please visit the Inquirers Class page for complete description and additional updates. The current series will meet at 12:30 p.m. on:

  • February 14
  • February 21
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28

Some participants in the spring Inquirers' class choose to receive the rite of Confirmation at the conclusion of the series. This year confirmations will be offered at the Easter Vigil, on April 3.

Register here or contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) to RSVP or with questions..

Mideast Focus 2021 Film & Discussion Series—”Who’s at the CHECKPOINT?”

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The Mideast Focus Ministry's eighth annual series of film screenings and discussion begins February 19! The theme of this Film Series is "Who's at the Checkpoint?" Like most of the previous series, all events will be via Zoom.

This year's programming has a difference. In response to the U.S. apartheid-like parallels to Palestine in our own country, we will spend some evenings linking to Black Lives Matter and the story of Indigenous people in America. See the complete schedule with details of each film here.

Restrictions imposed by the film's distributors mean that the instructions will vary from film to film. Check the webpage for details as they become available. Join each post-film discussion using this Zoom link.


Schedule of films:

FEBRUARY 19  •  Advocate

MARCH 5  •  East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

MARCH 19  •  There is a Field

APRIL 9  •  'Til Kingdom Come

APRIL 23  •  Promised Land

MAY 7  •  Mayor

MAY 21  •  The Present (with a selection of shorts)

Details may be found here.

Evensong on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, 2021

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Sunday, February 7, 11 a.m. • The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2021

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras 2021

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The Closing of the Doors, Shrove Tuesday 2019

Let's COOK and EAT together by Zoom
as we say farewell to our Alleluias for Lent!

Pancake Making, Alleluia Scroll Burying, "Closing of the Doors" Litrugy and Palm Burning

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021, join using this Zoom link

See below for suggestions about what to prepare in advance of the event.

5:30 p.m. • COOK TOGETHER

Visit each other's kitchens as we cook together virtually! Inspired by the success of the Youth Group communal cookie baking event over Zoom, the whole congregation is invited to take their Zoom device into their kitchen to share the experience of making pancakes, the traditional meal for Shrove Tuesday. Hosted by the Youth of Saint Mark's, we will chat with each other, share our pancake making secrets and learn a few tidbits about the history of Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

6 p.m. • EAT TOGETHER

At 6 p.m., attendees will be separated into smaller "breakout rooms" for conversation and fellowship while eating.

6:30 p.m. • PRAY TOGETHER

The brief but powerful "Closing of the Doors" liturgy is completely unique to Saint Mark's. At 6:30, everyone attending the Zoom meeting will witness the transformation of nave space for Lent, and say a fond farewell to our alleluias, accompanied by hymns, scripture, and prayers. At this time, you are invited to "bury" your own alleluia scroll or banner! (See below for suggestions about how to make one.)

Conclusion of the service • BURN

As palms are burned on the front patio, all depart in silence. At this time you are invited to prepare dirt or ashes for the following day at home as well.

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Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: February 7, 2021

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On Thursday, February 4, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung at the 11 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday, February 7, 2021, The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • "God of mercy, God of grace" [#538]
  • "Heal me, hands of Jesus" [WLP #773]
  • "Surely it is God who saves me" [#679]

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

If the video is not playing in the window, try this link instead.

Second Sunday Book Group

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SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021, 1:00 P.M.

We’re reading “The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why” and “Emergence Christianity,” two short books by Phyllis Tickle. I

In a sweeping overview of church history, Tickle shows that about every 500 years the Church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale of ideas once held inviolable. The birth of Christianity from Judaism and the 16th-century Reformation are just two examples. But what emerges from these upheavals, although alarming then, has been a new, vital and more widespread form of Christianity, this book argues. We're at such a point now, Tickle writes, then goes on to discuss the multiple social and cultural changes that have led us to this point. What might the new emergent Church look like, and where might it be headed?

To join the Zoom discussion, contact pmcelheran@comcast.net or deborahbrown2559@me.com.

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