A Message from Your Clergy

March 13, 2020

Dear friends at Epiphany,

Life has changed for us in ways that we couldn’t imagine just a week or two ago.  Our routines have been disrupted, events have been cancelled, travel is discouraged, and, of course, our church building is now closed until the end of March.  Many other churches have closed for the next two weeks, and this time has been described as a kind of Lenten fast – except it’s not the kind of Lenten fast we might have anticipated making a few weeks ago.

What hasn’t changed is that we are still the church, the body of Christ, profoundly connected to each other by prayer and the Holy Spirit.  Though we may be apart physically for a time, we are always together spiritually.  And so we wanted to offer some ways that we can stay spiritually grounded and aware of our deep connection during this time.

  • This Sunday, March 15, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, will preach at the Washington National Cathedral at its 11:15 a.m. service.  The cathedral is closed, but it will livestream the service.  Go to the National Cathedral homepage and you’ll see a link to the service.  Presiding Bishop Curry is a gifted and inspiring preacher, and he will undoubtedly offer much-needed hope and encouragement in this sermon.     
  • One of the richest blessings we have as Episcopalians is The Book of Common Prayer.  Each Sunday we worship from this treasury of prayer.  But the Prayer Book is meant to be used not just on Sundays but all through the week; it includes services of Morning and Evening Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Compline, as well as all of the Psalms (and much more!).  If you don’t have a Prayer Book, we invite you to go to missionstclare.com.  The Mission of St. Clare is an online resource for the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer, etc.); it’s easy to pray the offices at this site, which includes music as well.
  • The Irish Jesuits have a website called Sacred Space, which offers a short prayer service for each day, in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  The prayers and reflections are beautiful and moving, inviting us to pause and contemplate the presence of God in our lives.

And please do continue your own spiritual practices, praying especially for those who are ill with COVID-19, their caregivers, and healthcare workers and public health workers.  We will reach out again soon with other resources for prayer and worship, including some that we will create ourselves.  Please know that we hold you in loving prayer, trusting that the Holy Spirit is knitting us ever more closely together day by day.

Faithfully in Christ,
Miriam and Sarah 

70 Church Street, Winchester, MA  01890