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located in the heart of Boston
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WORSHIP WITH US

Thursday
8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer
(Chapel)

6 p.m.
The Crossing 
Dinner followed at   
7:00 p.m. with Worship
(Sanctuary)
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Friday

12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers
(Sanctuary)
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Sunday

10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist
(Sanctuary)

12:30 p.m.    
Chinese Ministry 
Holy Eucharist
in Chinese
(Sanctuary)
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Monday

1 p.m.  
MANNA Holy Eucharist
(Sproat Hall)
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Tuesday

11 a.m.  
MANNA Christian Meditation
(Sanctuary)
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Wednesday

10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Sanctuary)

12 p.m.
Santa Misa en Español (Sanctuary)

EXCERPT FROM
THE 
PILGRIM
"Is it Really Funny?"
by Gizzmo

In the deepest design of my despair,
why does my diabolic destiny feel as if no one really cares?
What lies out beyond the expanse of my heart's existence?
Pain tears apart my depression and feeds the anxiety as if the  whole world is killing me - with a joke!
As my life came to be
something that was really made to be funny...

The Pilgrim  is a literary magazine written by our friends of the  Black Seed Writers GroupSign up for an annual print subscription.
VISITORS' HOURS

The church will be open for visitors during the following hours:

Sundays
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mondays - Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturdays
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
OFFICE HOURS

Mondays - Fridays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FROM THE DEAN

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Ascension. Jesus's ascension is not so much a directional c laim (he went up into the sky) as it is a theological claim (his cosmic position is above all). In Luke's telling, before he ascends, Jesus tells his disciples he will send "power from on high" so that they can participate in the ministry of reconciliation through him.
 
"Power" is a term we want to ponder carefully before we claim it and consider exercising it. What does this "power from on high" do? What does it look like to bring this "power from on high" to bear in our world? New Testament scholar Osvaldo Vena writes:  "Is this power over? Is it power to? Or is it power with? The three are different manifestations of power but while the first is oppressive, and the second paternalistic, only the third type is the power that comes from the Holy Spirit. It is the power to witness together: "power with" ...makes the difference between an institution that is bent on self-preservation and one which understands its vocation as prophetic witness in society."
 
A beautiful example of "power from on high" was the MANNA Singers gala on Tuesday night. The singers witnessed to the holy gift of song to build community. With almost each singer having a solo or a spot as guest conductor or tambourine player, the ensemble incarnated our Christian claim that all have gifts to share to enrich the whole. When the conductor
turned to the audience and invited us to join in the singing, "power with" came alive in an even more glorious way.
 
Happy Ascension! Let us give thanks for the risen and ascended Christ, who invites us to use "power from on high" to bless and heal, to build us, and to love.

Faithfully,
Amy
OUR CATHEDRAL AT A GLANCE

NEW AND ONGOING

Conscious Contact, Wednesdays 7-8 p.m.
This program, led by Deacon Cynthia Pape and Bill Comer and based on the 11th step of the Alcoholics Anonymous  program (improving conscious contact with God as we understand God...through prayer and meditation), continues every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church. It's open to everyone.

Sheltering Voices concert by Eureka Ensemble May 12, 8:00 p.m., Church of the Covenant, Boston
The Eureka Ensemble is presenting Sheltering Voices, a musical initiative to empower women artists and composers, and homeless women, educate the public on domestic abuse issues, and support local homeless shelters. The program will include music by Augusta Read Thomas, Rebecca Clarke, Amy Beach, and a world premier of Sheltering Voices by Stephanie Ann Boyd.  Free tickets are available at   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sheltering-voices-tickets-43821299687 . Use the code "eureka."

SUNDAY MORNING COMMUNITY

Our Sunday Morning community, a merger with the former St. John's Bowdoin St., gathers together to worship God, while honoring the traditions, styles, and desires of all God's people.

This Sunday, May 13
Dean Amy E. McCreath, Preacher


  8:30 am               CoffeeKlatsch, Lawrence Room
10:00 am               Holy Eucharist, Cathedral nave
11:15 am              Coffee Hour, Lawrence Room
11:45 am              Faith Matters, Lawrence Room
12:30 pm              Social Justice Committee, 3rd Fl Teen Rm

Faith Matters Sundays at 11:45
Please join us on May 13 as our  Faith Matters program resumes with a study of the words of Jesus after his death and resurrection. This week's topic is "Peace be with you," led by Ann Page Stecker.  Faith Matters takes place in the Lawrence Room on Sundays, 11:45 to 12:30 after coffee hour, and all are invited.  
 
The Social Justice Committee will meet this Sunday
in the 3rd Floor Teen Room at 12:30, following Faith Matters.

Serving at Worship
Please speak to Jeffrey Seamans or  Deacon Cynthia Pape if you are interested in serving at the altar during our services, or serving with the Altar Guild  to assist with preparation and cleaning up after services.

Stewardship Pledge Update
To date $9,289 has been paid of $35,414 pledged for the support of the Cathedral by our Sunday Morning congregation. It's not too late to pledge: the Greeters always have extra Pledge Cards for 2018 on hand. And don't forget to keep up to date with your pledge payments. Thank you for your support.

Education for Ministry
What does it mean to develop a personal faith?
What does it mean to discern God's call in your life?
What do the Scriptures really say?
  
If you like to learn in community,
If you like good questions better than easy answers,
Then you may want to join us for "Education for Ministry."  
 
At Trinity Copley Square, Wednesdays 6-8:30PM, September to May.  For more information call Susan Butler at  978-912-1990  (cell) or write to EFMTrinityBoston@gmail.com  
 
Cards for Vinnie Panico 
Vinnie Panico, a  long-time and faithful friend of the Cathedral is in nursing care and  would like visits or to hear from us via cards and notes! Vinnie's at Milton House Center, 1200 Brush Hill Rd., Milton, MA 02186-2337. 

MANNA COMMUNITY

MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is our ministry of and with the homeless in Downtown Boston. 

CoffeeKlatsch
Sundays, 
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lawrence Room
The CoffeeKlatsch is a community that gathers weekly for support, accompaniment, coffee, and conversation. More...

Leadership Team
Mondays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall 
The MANNA Leadership Team provides support to one another and to the broader homeless community.  More...

Monday Lunch Program
Mondays, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Sproat Hall
The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch for anyone who desires it every week for thirty years.  More...

Homeless AA
Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Room
Open to all.

Black Seed Writers' Group
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall
The Black Seed Writers' Group produces a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage. The Pilgrim, is their renown literary magazine.   More...

Christian Meditation Group
Join a group of between 12 and 20 folks who meet each week to share in silent contemplative prayer, the first homeless Christian Meditation group in the U.S. The C hristian Meditation Group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  More...

The MANNA Singers
Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lower Sproat Hall
The MANNA Singers is a new music program where we gather to join in making a joyful noise! Accomplished musicians and New England Foundation for the Arts grant recipients Eve Boltax and Mary Joy Patchett are leading our community in this latest musical endeavor: learning to sing together as a choir while highlighting individual talents, composing and performing original songs, and sharing our love of music with the broader community. The MANNA music group welcomes everyone.  More...

THE CROSSING

The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. 

Thursday Worship in the Cathedral Sanctuary
The Crossing has returned to the Cathedral Sanctuary every Thursday with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by worship at 7:00.

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on worship and other offerings of The Crossing,  subscribe to their weekly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.
EPISCOPAL BOSTON CHINESE MINISTRY

Our Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry (EBCM) serves the Chinese-speaking community in Downtown Boston, hosting both traditional and contemporary worship services in Mandarin and Cantonese. More...

The Rev. Ryan Lun Joins EBCM Worship
The Rev. Ryan Lun will be serving as Interim Priest the first two Sundays of each month (the first three when there are five Sundays in a month). Matthew Lai is now serving as Lay Ministry Associate of the EBCM. You can reach him at 617-482-5800.

DIOCESAN EVENTS

Our Cathedral serves as administrative, event and liturgical host to the  Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts  (DioMass).

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on what's happening in DioMass,  subscribe to their monthly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.