CATHEDRAL NOTES, NEWS AND EVENTS
Cathedral Office Closed
The Cathedral Office will be closed for Lundi Gras, Monday, February 24 and Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 25.
Lent 2020 at Christ Church Cathedral
The forty days of Lent, from Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Palm Sunday, are a time to renew the classic disciplines of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. The forty days mirror the forty days Jesus’ time in the wilderness. It is a time to refresh a right spirit within us and to prepare us for a deeper appreciation of Jesus’ passion, his death, and ultimately his resurrection at Easter.
Wednesday, February 26
Noon and 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Imposition of Ashes
A Nursery will be provided for the 5:30 p.m. Service
Simple Presence Eucharist
Wednesdays in Lent, March 11, 18, 25, April 1
Noon Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Church
2020 Lenten Series
Wednesday Evenings following Supper
5:00 p.m. Supper
6:00 p.m. Program
Wednesday, March 4 and March 11-The Way of Love
This two-part program, facilitated by Dean Beverly Gibson and members of the Cathedral Baptized for Life Team will use video and conversation to begin our engagement with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love.” This will be a relaxed time of fellowship and conversation about our life together.
Wednesday, March 18-Christ the Passover
The Cathedral Choir will offer a concert on the themes of the Jewish Passover and Christ as the Christian Passover. Listeners will hear music from both religious traditions offered in a meditative program designed to enrich your Lenten journey.
Wednesday, March 25- “Another Sunrise”: Music of Remembrance
Join us for a conversation about “Another Sunrise,” a gripping work by living composer, Jake Heggie, to be presented in the final week of the Lenten Series.
Wednesday, April 1-“Another Sunrise”
Kathryn Hedlund, soprano, and Christopher Powell, pianist, will present, “Another Sunrise,” by modern composer, Jake Heggie. This gripping work is based on the story of Krystina Zywulska, a Polish resistor, hidden Jew, Holocaust survivor; lyricist, columnist, and author.
Lenten Daily Meditations
A variety of Lenten meditations, the daily calendar and Children’s materials, are available on the credenza in the Chapter House. In addition, be on the lookout for a weekly email with links to readings and meditations available online.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Sunday, March 1
The first Sunday in Lent is the day officially designated to encourage all Episcopalians to remember and support Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) life-saving mission. We have ERD envelopes and boxes available for you or your children to use for a Lenten offering.
Calling All Cooks
We are looking for volunteers to cook and serve soup and salad for the five Wednesdays in Lent. If you can help please contact Ginny Behlen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Mike Ballard, our School for Ministry Intern, has been working with Harwell Coale to expand our Eucharistic Visitor program. Skip Archer, Leigh Taylor and Charlotte Taylor are now licensed to serve as Eucharistic Visitors. They will begin regularly visiting members of the Cathedral family who are sick or shut-in. If you would like a visit, please call the Cathedral office at 438-1822 to request one.
Here is a little information about the history of Eucharistic Visitation. Eucharistic Visitation is at once an ancient practice and a relatively new innovation. In the first century, followers of the way of Jesus met together on Sundays, all that were able. They read scripture, prayed, and shared a meal in common, which always included bread and wine, and the remembrance of Jesus’ last Supper with the disciples. At the end of the sacred meal, the leftovers were divided up and distributed among those who could not be present and those who were in need. And so, the Bread and Wine from the shared meal were taken out by visitors. As the church grew and developed, the orders of deacon, priest, and bishop took responsibility for the sharing of the Eucharist, and the distribution of food for the poor became separated from the visitation of church members with the Holy Eucharist.
The Book of Common Prayer affirms the place of the Holy Eucharist as “the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day and other major Feasts,” and thus the foundation of the corporate prayer of the Church. As an act of the whole community of faith, the Eucharist is a summons to all the baptized to share in the table of the Lord. This form for the distribution of Holy Communion by licensed lay persons is intended to foster a corporate sense of the Eucharist among those who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to be present in their church’s assembly on Sunday or some other principal feast.
How to Join the Episcopal Church
(paraphrased from The Episcopal Handbook)
By far, the most important requirement for joining the Episcopal Church is just showing up. Many Episcopal parishes are intentionally vague about assigning membership. We don’t want to be known as places where weekly attendance is taken, annual contributions are tabulated, and your membership is assigned only if you pass muster. We’re much less concerned about counting the people who are in, than we are about leaving someone out. We believe the church should reflect the open and accepting arms of Jesus.
If one is baptized in a parish, he or she automatically becomes a member. If one is already a member of an Episcopal parish and moves to another, a Letter of Transfer is typically requested. However, the paperwork generally plays second fiddle to the importance of a feeling of belonging to a parish family. Adult Inquirers and anyone else interested in learning about joining the Episcopal church should speak with Dean Gibson.
Confirmation and Reception by the Bishop will be on Sunday, April 26 during the 15th Annual Cathedral Celebration.
Sundays: 10:00 am
Wednesdays: Noon In the Chapel
We extend a warm welcome to all visitors. A nursery is available and Children's chapel for ages 3-8 is held in the Chapel. Please join us after the service for a time of hospitality in the Chapter House.
Marianne Hall J
John McClelland III
Mary Ellis Glasser
Bragg Van Antwerp
Helen Ann Coale
Frances Van Antwerp