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Calendar of Events

When you join St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, you’ll quickly learn how many opportunities there are to join together in fellowship. There’s something happening every day at St. Mary’s. Whether it’s a book club, evening prayers, Bible study or choir practice, the schedule at St. Mary’s reveals the busy daily life of the church. Please consult the calendar regularly to be sure you know the latest gatherings that are important to you.

Upcoming Events

It’s easy to find out what’s going on at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. We post events you will want to know about on this page. For example, you’ll want to mark your calendars for a classical music concert or when the Lunch Bunch meets. Special services, dates and times for evening prayers and any special events are listed here. Join us!

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Tidings of St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Our Quarterly Newsletter

Tidings is the quarterly newsletter published by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. You can click on an issue on this web page or join our free mailing list to receive your copy via email. In each issue of Tidings you’ll find a message from the Clergy with important information about the parish life.  The newsletter also includes details about special services such as Easter or Christmas as well as opportunities for members to volunteer. There’s also a calendar of upcoming events as well as important committee reports.

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Join ECW Today!

Episcopal Church Women, or ECW, is a group of women working together to promote fellowship and spiritual growth at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. There’s no special requirement for membership — if you’re a woman of the parish, you’re a member! ECW holds meetings the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. It starts with a brief business meeting followed by a program or event. Bring your lunch and come at noon for a fun social hour.

Some of Our Latest Blog Posts

THE LITURGICAL MOVEMENT I: Dom Odo Casel, Monk of Mystery

In the fifth century, Pope Leo the Great observed in a sermon about Christ’s Ascension (and later famously cited by the Benedictine monk Dom Odo Casel): “What is visible in our Redeemer has now passed over into the mysteries.”

In a sense, the Liturgical Movement, which began in the 19th-century, is like one of those cultural phenomena which go on around us, but unless we are of a certain generation, or have a particular interest in the subject, we do not know it is even happening, in the course of time, we become enveloped by it. This is particular true for us of the Anglican/Episcopal liturgical tradition, for we encounter the spirit of the Liturgical Movement when we celebrate the eucharist, using any of the various Rite

By |April 10th, 2021|0 Comments

EASTERTIDE: The Christian Season

Our liturgical celebration of Christ’s resurrection beginning with the Easter Vigil and also on Easter Sunday inaugurates the start of Eastertide, a unique 50 day season of the church calendar ending with Pentecost. It is a festive continuation and observance of Christ’s victory over sin, darkness, and death through his resurrection. It is true, of course, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection each weekend throughout the year at St. Mary’s with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but the 50 days of Eastertide provide for us a particular opportunity to focus on the spiritual ascetic of Christ’s sacrificial “action” on the Cross, and to do so joyfully. Liturgically this is reflected in our use of the Easter Proclamation “The Lord is Risen!”, the Gloria, the Alleluia, the hymns we

By |April 4th, 2021|0 Comments

THE EASTER VIGIL: “He is Risen! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!”

Our Lenten journey has reached its destination, the Easter Vigil; the most significant celebration of our liturgical year. It is the third part of the Paschal Mystery we observe as part of the Holy Triduum wherein we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, his victory over death, and our salvation. Beginning in darkness, the liturgy is initiated with the lighting of the New Fire and the Paschal Candle, symbolizing Christ as the Light of the World. This part of the liturgy, known as the Service of Light, includes the Exsultet, or Easter Proclamation, sung by a Deacon or cantor; which repeatedly uses the poetic phrase “This is the night…” before many of the stanzas.

The next part of the service, the Liturgy of the Word, consists of readings from the

By |April 3rd, 2021|0 Comments

GOOD FRIDAY: “Behold the Wood of The Cross”

Good Friday, the second liturgy of the Holy Triduum wherein through the Liturgy of the Word we hear from the Gospel according to St. John of Christ’s betrayal, arrest, denial, trial, scourging, mocking, condemnation, crucifixion, death, and burial; thereby moving mournfully onto the second of our Paschal Mysteries, the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross for atonement of our sins and our salvation. The liturgy of for this day also includes the Solemn Collects, the Veneration of The Cross, and the communion of the Pre-Sanctified. The biblical and theological backdrop of these events is always very close at hand as we acknowledge these “acts” central to our faith and attested to in the Nicene Creed: “For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he

By |April 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

MAUNDY THURSDAY: The Beginning of the Sacred Triduum

The word triduum comes from Latin and translates as three days. In essence, then, the Sacred or Holy Triduum is a three-day liturgical commemoration encompassing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil; the combination of which comprise the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
To quote from the introduction to Maundy Thursday liturgy: “This is the day that Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him. This is the day that Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room. This is the day that Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet, giving us an example that we should do to others as has been done to us. This is the day that Christ

By |April 1st, 2021|0 Comments

HOLY WEEK: The Paschal Mystery Made Known

There are several doctrines of our faith as Christians we hold to be fundamental; among which are the Incarnation, the Trinity, and the Paschal Mystery. It is during Holy Week that we experience and celebrate the Paschal Mystery; that is, Christ’s Passion, Christ’s Death, Christ’s Resurrection. The remaining act of the Paschal Mystery is Christ’s glorification in his Ascension. It is important, indeed essential, to realize that such doctrines are accepted as truths to us because they have been divinely revealed to us by God’s grace and we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, believe them to be so. They are realities to us even though they exist outside our human understanding for explaining them. Therefore, during Holy Week, beginning with The Sunday of the

By |March 27th, 2021|0 Comments
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