This Sunday, March 29th, is Palm Sunday. At the 10:30 a.m. service, pick-up palms in the Parish Hall. There will be an evening service of readings and choral meditations on the Passion of Christ at 5 p.m. All are welcome.
This service of Choral Meditations on the Passion offers an opportunity to encounter music for Passiontide that is set among old testament prophecies and gospel readings, to offer a clear context for meditation. You will hear music and scripture that touches your soul, and prepares you to celebrate the sacred mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.
The service opens with Victoria’s setting of Hosanna Filio David, recalling Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, accepting his own death. Edward Bairstow’s setting of the Lamentations calls Jerusalem (and us in our own day) to repent and return to the Lord. Exquisite renaissance settings of O Vos Omnes (Carlo Gesualdo) and Timor et Tremor (Orlande de Lassus) offer us a window into Jesus’ emotions as he undergoes his passion, and Kenneth Leighton’s settings of Drop, Drop, Slow Tears and Solus ad Victimam illustrate his crucifixion and death. Every year, the service concludes with Harold Friedell’s Jesus, So Lowly, a work that reminds us of God’s purpose and what the passion of Christ teaches us.
This year, Saint Paul’s staff is issuing a challenge to all parishioners to attend worship on all three days of the Paschal Triduum.
Meaning ‘three days,’ the Triduum is the summit of the Church year, taking place from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
Holy Thursday: Holy Eucharist & Celebration of the Last Supper: April 2 – 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Solemn liturgy & Adoration of the cross: April 3 – 12 noon
Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter: April 4 – 7 p.m.
Easter Day: Festal Eucharist for the Resurrection of our Lord: April 5 – 8, 9, & 11:15 a.m.
This three day long liturgy is arguably the most important observance of the the year for a Christian. Those who complete the challenge will receive a rose window lapel pin, but more importantly, a greater understanding of our faith and of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Bible study continues on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in Dixon House. On March 25th, we will continue a study of the Gospel of John. This work, the last to be written of the canonical gospels and distinctly apart from the three synoptic ones, provides a powerful glimpse into the Divine nature of Jesus, beginning with his cosmological ‘birth’ and culminating with his Resurrection. Do join us if and when you can.
The Saint Paul’s Young Professionals are going Mexican at their next happy hour. The Mexican happy hour will be held on March 28, at El Poquito in Chestnut Hill at 7 p.m. El Poquito is located on 8201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. Please join if you are able. Contact Manny Mercer for further information.
The annual Saint Paul’s Easter Egg Hunt and Family Lunch will be held on Saturday (4/4) beginning at 11 a.m. This is a great opportunity for the children to have fun hunting for eggs and families to share lunch together. Cathy Davis will spearhead this exciting event so mark your calendars!
Parents from Saint Paul’s will be going on a night out on the Avenue on Saturday, March 21st at 6 p.m. Families are invited to drop off their children at the Swift Bird Room and take a walk down the Avenue to the Iron Hill Brewery. Child care will be offered from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and children will be treated to pizza, snacks and movies. For more information, contact Manny Mercer.
The Passion for Peace Award will be given to Irish Mental Health Nurse Patricia Campbell on Sunday, March 22 at Saint Paul’s at 2 p.m. Campbell has seen trauma first hand in the troubles of her own country and has made trips to Palestine and Israel bringing personal understanding, experience in treating trauma, and a passion for peace. Previous recipients of the award are Nobel Peace Prize nominees Roy Bourgeois and Elias Chacour, as well as Kathy Bergen. In addition, Fiddler Paraic Keane, the son of renowned fiddler Sean Keane, a former long-time member of The Chieftains, the world’s most celebrated traditional Irish band, will perform at this Passion for Peace event as people come into the church and at the reception to follow. All are invited.
Every Thursday in Lent families and individuals will gather for supper in the parish hall at 6:15 p.m. The next Parish Supper is on Thursday (3/19). To sign up for Lenten Family Dinners – follow these three easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Saint Paul’s a Center for Contemporary Mysticism program by essayist and playwright Margaret Dulaney called Exploring Faith Through Story & Metaphor on Sunday, March 15th at 2 p.m. More information on this program and Ms. Dulaney can be found at the Center for Contemporary Mysticism website.
This Sunday (3/15), Tom Gordon, a Ph.D. psychologist, will join the Adult Forum at 9:15-10:15 a.m. to address the subject that has been much in the news this year: “Black Lives Matter.”
Dr. Gordon is a consultant to the anti-Racism Committee of the Diocese. He may bring with him what he calls a “returning citizen,” someone who has served their time in prison and is returning to society.