July 16, 2020

credit: Life Magazine, December 1994, p. 60

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 
July 19, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Join us on Facebook at 9 a.m. to watch our live service.   You can watch on our website as well.

Missed last Sunday's sermon, want to read it, or re-watch the service?  You can by clicking here.


A lmighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen   Please  click here  for this  week's readings.

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Beloved Spaces: Something's Missing in the Chancel
Organ Notes  Cortes and Moctezuma and the organs of Mexico City Cathedral
Health Links  - Racial Justice, G un Safety, Domestic V iolence , Food Support


Interested in helping to lead Sunday Morning Prayer from the Chapel safely, with masks and proper physical distancing in place?  Contact Nick to see if reading lessons and leading the intercessions feels right for you. The schedule is here .  By the fall we will have in place the systems which will allow participation in the liturgy from church and home during  broadcasts.

We are looking for volunteers to help care for our lovely Sanctuary Garden. The tasks include light wedding, dead-heading, and keeping walkways and benches clean.  No watering or lawn care is required.  

You are welcome to come when works for you, but please keep remember the social distant guidelines of 6 feet and a mask or you can sign up here. Email the office with questions. Your help is much appreciated!
BELOVED SPACES: Something's Missing in the Chancel

Missed Tuesday's Beloved Spaces? Click here to see what's missing in the Chancel.


Calling parishioners who want to share their Beloved Space. While Nick is on vacation, we are seeking parishioners to record a brief video talking about their beloved space at Christ Church.

You can record on your own, or Ali can help (socially distant, of course!). Dates needed: July 28 and August 5, 11, and 18. Please email Nick if you want to show off your beloved spaces, or if you are curious and want to learn more.


The Center at the Heights is sponsoring free delivery of free fresh vegetables to seniors in town. Call the Center at 781-855-3629 by Wednesday at 5pm, and receive a box of fresh vegetables on Friday after 4pm. It is a no-charge program funded by a grant which helps sell local farmers' produce. 

ORGAN NOTES:  Cortes and Moctezuma and the organs of Mexico City Cathedral
By Linnea Wren

The Gospel Organ of Joseph Nassarre in the Mexico City Cathedral
On March 14, 1519, Hernan Cortes and his troops arrived in the majestic city of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire. Its superb architecture and superior urban planning impressed them deeply. One conquistador, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, described the first impression of the Spanish: "When we saw [it], we were amazed and said that it was like the enchantments . . .on account of the great towers and buildings rising from the water, and all built of masonry. And some of our soldiers even asked whether the things that we saw were not a dream?"

Three years later, following the Aztec conquest, Cortes set fire to the city as the initial step in its destruction. In 1524, the first Christian church was constructed in what had been the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan and is now the Zocalo of Mexico City. Between 1573 and 1813, the present cathedral, officially named the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, was constructed. It is almost entirely constructed with stones from the demolished Aztec temples that once stood at this site.

The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th-century organs in the Americas. As early as 1530 the church possessed a simple portative organ. In 1692, the cathedral imported a small pipe organ built in Madrid by the Spanish organ builder, Jorge de Sesma. Less than 40 years later, the Sesma organ was rebuilt and enlarged into a full blown baroque style organ by Joseph Nassarre. So successful was the organ that the cathedral commissioned a second organ from Nassarre. The organs are installed on opposite sides of the choir and are known as the Epistle and Gospel organs. Cathedral archives reveal that cathedral musicians performed the entire repertoire of sacred music known to the Spanish empire. In addition to uplifting the liturgy, the dual organs proclaimed the cultural preeminence of Mexico City in the Americas.

A Spaniard, Nassarre worked in New Spain from 1727-1737. Indigenous artisans had quickly became skilled at making European musical instruments after the conquest. But organs were the one instrument that indigenous people did not build independently. Construction of an organ required equipment, a trained team of workers, and subcontracting. In general, only Spaniards had the resources necessary to construct one.
But one indigenous (possibly mestizo) organ builder is known. He was Juan Vidal de Moctezuma, the descendant of the emperor defeated by Cortes. None of his organs have survived, but recent excavations in Mexico City adjoining the cathedral have revealed much about his Aztec heritage. The excavations have uncovered the foundations of the destroyed pyramids and temples of the Aztec sacred precinct. And they have been conducted by one of Mexico's most esteemed archaeologists, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma.

Our organ at Christ Church will allow us to hear the sounds of Spanish baroque music as it has reverberated in the Americas and across the globe.


The solar system continues to generate savings for the Church and carbon-free energy for our power needs.  The system generated about 4,500 KwH of electricity last month and has saved the Church about $2,200 so far this year.


Please email the office with your prayers for inclusion in Sunday worship.


Christ Church has deep ties to these organizations that continue to offer services and support to those in need during the pandemic. Donations  in any amount are truly appreciated. It is one way to keep loving our neighbor as Jesus teaches.

MANNA has expanded their  mission to be a place of solace, peace, and nourishment for those who have nowhere else to go just now, and the new costs are significant. Donate online  here . Scroll down on the options drop-down menu to Monday Lunch.

The Needham Community Council is keeping the Food Pantry open and will continue to provide food supplies to Needham residents. Click here to learn how you can donate.

Circle of Hope is offering contactless emergency deliveries to partner shelters. C lick here to  link  directly Emergency Response Wish List.

B-Safe continues to offer virtual and financial support to the young people it serves and their communities.  Donate to the SSYP Pandemic Relief fund here.

Health Links: Racial Justice, Gun Safety, Domestic Violence and Food Support



Sign up to shop at the Food Pantry  here


Monday, July 20
11:00 a.m.       Virtual staff meeting
12:00 p.m.       Manna Lunch at the Cathedral

Tuesday, July 21
8:00 a.m.       Men's Prayer (via Zoom, email Nick  for the invitation) 
7:00 p.m.      Vestry

Wednesday, July 22
7:00 p.m.       Lectio Divina (via Zoom, email Heidi for the invitation)

Sunday,  July 26, with guest preacher The Rev. Laurie Rofinot
9:00 a.m.      Morning prayer via FaceBook
10:00 a.m.   Coffee hour (via Zoom, link in Friday's email)

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Summer Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you or someone in your family is in the hospital or in need of pastoral care, please call the church office so that our clergy or the Pastoral Response Ministry team may be notified and tend to the need. The office number is 781-444-1469, and you can reach Nick at ext. 113.