Saturday, June 19, 2021

Veni, Creator Spiritus

Photo of Camel's Hump, Vermont, by Caleb Kenna

Veni, Creator Spiritus

John Dryden (1631–1700)

Creator Spirit, by whose aid
The world’s foundations first were laid,
Come, visit ev’ry pious mind;
Come, pour thy joys on human kind;
From sin, and sorrow set us free;
And make thy temples worthy Thee.

O, Source of uncreated Light,
The Father’s promis’d Paraclete!
Thrice Holy Fount, thrice Holy Fire,
Our hearts with heav’nly love inspire;
Come, and thy Sacred Unction bring
To sanctify us, while we sing!

Plenteous of grace, descend from high,
Rich in thy sev’n-fold energy!
Thou strength of his Almighty Hand,
Whose pow’r does heav’n and earth command:
Proceeding Spirit, our Defence,
Who do’st the gift of tongues dispence,
And crown’st thy gift with eloquence!

Refine and purge our earthly parts;
But, oh, inflame and fire our hearts!
Our frailties help, our vice control;
Submit the senses to the soul;
And when rebellious they are grown,
Then, lay thy hand, and hold ’em down.

Chase from our minds th’ Infernal Foe;
And peace, the fruit of love, bestow;
And, lest our feet should step astray,
Protect, and guide us in the way.

Make us Eternal Truths receive,
And practise, all that we believe:
Give us thy self, that we may see
The Father and the Son, by thee.

Immortal honour, endless fame,
Attend th’ Almighty Father’s name:
The Saviour Son be glorified,
Who for lost Man’s redemption died:
And equal adoration be,
Eternal Paraclete, to thee.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Shining like the sun

“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world…

This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud… I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed… But this cannot be seen, only believed and ‘understood’ by a peculiar gift.”

―Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Thursday, May 20, 2021

May 25th, Remembering George Floyd: Episcopal Church's Online Liturgy of Prayerful Commemoration

May 25th, Remembering George Floyd: 

Episcopal Church's Online Liturgy of Prayerful Commemoration 

May 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, which ignited a worldwide racial reckoning. You are invited to join Episcopalians in an online liturgy of prayerful commemoration at 8:00 pm EST.
Bishops from six dioceses will lead the liturgy, including a reflection by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, a Prayer of Lament from George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, an “Act of Remembrance” from Ferguson, Missouri, and prayers from Washington, DC.

You are invited to participate virtually with prayers and postings on social media in conjunction with the service.

Watch the Liturgies Online

Post One Thing You Can Do

In addition to joining the service online, you are invited to a 3-part engagement for racial healing.

1. Record a 10-second video of yourself lighting a candle and post that video to your social media during or after the May 25 service.

2. In the same post, share a link to the service, which you can watch on any of the participating dioceses’ Facebook pages.

3. In the same post, describe ONE thing you commit to do for racial healing and justice in the memory of George Floyd and all victims of racial injustice.
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Monday, May 17, 2021

O Comforting Fire of Spirit

O Comforting Fire of Spirit

O comforting fire of Spirit,

Life, within the very Life of all Creation.

Holy you are in giving life to All.

Holy you are in anointing

those who are not whole;

Holy you are in cleansing

a festering wound.

O sacred breath,

O fire of love,

O sweetest taste in my breast

which fills my heart

with a fine aroma of virtues.

O most pure fountain

through whom it is known

that God has united strangers

and inquired after the lost.

O breastplate of life

and hope of uniting

all members as One,

O sword-belt of honor,

enfold those who offer blessing.

Care for those

who are imprisoned by the enemy

and dissolve the bonds of those

whom Divinity wishes to save.

O mightiest path which penetrates All,

from the height to every Earthly abyss,

you compose All, you unite All.

Through you clouds stream, ether flies,

stones gain moisture,

waters become streams,

and the earth exudes Life.

You always draw out knowledge,

bringing joy through Wisdom's inspiration.

Therefore, praise be to you

who are the sound of praise

and the greatest prize of Life,

who are hope and richest honor

bequeathing the reward of Light.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Judas Tree, Ruth Etchells

In Hell there grew a Judas Tree

Where Judas hanged and died

Because he could not bear to see

His master crucified

Our Lord descended into Hell

And found his Judas there

For ever hanging on the tree

Grown from his own despair

So Jesus cut his Judas down

And took him in his arms

"It was for this I came" he said

"And not to do you harm

My Father gave me twelve good men

And all of them I kept

Though one betrayed and one denied

Some fled and others slept

In three days' time I must return

To make the others glad

But first I had to come to Hell

And share the death you had

My tree will grow in place of yours

Its roots lie here as well

There is no final victory

Without this soul from Hell"

So when we all condemned him

As of every traitor worst

Remember that of all his men

Our Lord forgave him first

D. Ruth Etchells

Monday, April 26, 2021

Be what you might have been


Camp Welfleet



Today is #MiltaryMonday! On this day of National Park Week, the National Park Service pays tribute to the the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military members and their families.

This year's #MilitaryMonday topic is Camp Wellfleet!

Cape Cod's positioning on the edge of the continent has always invited inventors, explorers, fishermen and military strategists. During the height of World War II when the nation was shaking off the shock of Pearl Harbor and London suffered under the Blitz of Nazi bombers, the U.S. government quietly leased 1,700 acres of land in a sparsely populated corner of South Wellfleet.

Dubbed Camp Wellfleet, it was a Strategic Air Command Base, firing range and even a temporary bomb target area. The 548th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, an active-duty regular Army unit and later guardsmen and reservists trained there. Artillerists unleashed immense barrages from the bluff aiming for targets towed by small remote-controlled planes. The military declared the camp excess in 1961 and the whispering pines and dunes near the former Marconi Site became part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

If you look to the buildings on the right side of the aerial image, you can see what will eventually become Cape Cod National Seashore's park headquarters building!

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #MilitaryMonday

NPS Photos

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi

Wednesday, April 07, 2021




Loving God,
You have created in me
a unique expression of Divine love.
May I know that I am blessed,
loved, and cherished, exactly as I am.
May I step into the fullness of my being.
May I learn to trust in You, in the
same way You trust in me.
May I be alert and open-hearted,
so that I may hear Your voice,
O Divine Beloved,
calling me to bring my unique gifts,
to a world in need of care and healing.
Help me to know, in closeness to You,
that which is mine to do. Amen.

(Vocare is Latin for “to call.”)

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Jesus invites us into a story


“Jesus invites us into a story that is bigger than ourselves, bigger than our culture, bigger even than our imaginations, and yet we get to tell that story with the scandalous particularity of our particular moment and place in time. We are storytelling creatures because we are fashioned in the image of a storytelling God. May we never neglect the gift of that. May we never lose our love for telling the tale.”

–Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 164

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Happy Easter to all the troops


Happy Easter


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.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Easter Eve


O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Good Friday


Good Friday

The Collect

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.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Holy Week Worship at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Information and Links


Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church ☩ Cathedral Road ☩ 

2021 Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday ~ 28 March 2021

8am ~ Online worship HERE 

9am ~ Outdoor, In-Person, Eucharist with Palms. Front entrance of church. Violin.

10am ~Indoor, In-Person, Eucharist with Palms. Violin and Organ.

Streamed on Zoom:  Link HERE Meeting ID: 833 7444 2543   Passcode: 114358

Holy Week Noonday Prayers

Monday: LINK  Tuesday: LINK Wednesday: LINK Saturday: LINK

Maundy Thursday ~ 1 April 2021

6pm ~ Online Worship from St. Michael's Chapel HERE 

Good Friday ~ 2 April 2021

12 noon ~ Online Worship from St. Michael's Chapel HERE

Easter Sunday ~ 4 April 2021

8am ~ Online worship HERE

9am ~ Outdoor, In-Person Eucharist.  Front entrance of church. Violin and trumpet.

10am ~Indoor, In-Person Eucharist. Organ, violin, and trumpet.

Streamed on Zoom:  Link HERE Meeting ID: 833 7444 2543   Passcode: 114358

Please contact our Rector, the Rev. Peter M. Carey with any questions, 434-242-6633 or at

630 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 ☩ 215.482.6300 ☩

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