Saint Stephen's Church

News and events for

the week of May 7th

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May Procession of Our Lady

from the Wilton Diptych, c. 1395 - 1399, anon. English or French master

Mass Kalendars

8 AM Low Mass Kalendar
10 AM Solemn Mass Kalendar

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, millions of people around the world will watch something which has not taken place since June 2nd, 1953: the crowning and anointing of a British Monarch.

Yes, we here in America definitively threw off the British monarchy in the 1700s, and yet (judging by the media consumption) we in the 21st century cannot seem to get enough of them, albeit from afar.

Whatever your feelings or thoughts about monarchy, or specifically the British monarchy, I would like to highlight one thing which is nothing short of remarkable. Amidst all the pomp and pageantry that will be on display tomorrow, at the heart of the Coronation rite is the celebration of the Mass -- the Holy Eucharist -- according to our beloved Book of Common Prayer.

There have been some additions and alterations to the 1662 rite -- and as far as I can tell, all for the better. The whole Order of Service begins with a language about the Kingdom of God, and in this season of Eastertide, boldly proclaims, "Alleluia. The Lord is Risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia." Following the anointing, a rite which goes all the way back to the Kings of Israel, when Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king, the service of Holy Communion will resume, with words that should be very familiar to our Episcopalian ears.

This should not be a remarkable thing, and yet it is. In an increasingly secular age, the world will witness an unapologetic expression of the Christian/Anglican faith, and the crowning of a national leader explicitly rooted in that faith. This is part of what made the late Queen's annual Christmas Speech so notable: she alone among world leaders made an unshakeable statement of faith and hope rooted in love of Christ and his teachings, and left no doubt that Jesus Christ shaped her own life.

We live in a country that was explicitly founded without an established Church or established Religion, so that no one faith was given priority over another. Yes, the elected President swears on oath with a hand on the Bible, and it is clear that many a President has made decisions that are deeply informed by their faith -- but it is simply not the same thing as what the British monarch is able to do. (Am I envious of our British siblings on this point? You may rightly assume, Yes.)

And so, I hope you will rejoice and give thanks along with me for what this Coronation will ultimately offer to the world -- an expression of our Faith, and a statement of the centrality of the Eucharist in the Church's life. Ultimately, despite all the attention on His Majesty King Charles and his wife Queen Camilla, the Coronation rite reminds us that there is only one true King from whom all kingship is derived, and is the King not of a nation, but of all the world, of all time, and of every heart: Our Lord Jesus Christ.

To Him be all majesty, dominion, praise, glory, and endless adoration, now and to the end of the ages.

Fr. Benjamin+

Music at the Mass


Communion Service in F

Harold Darke (1888 - 1976)

PSALM 66:1-8

Jubilate Deo

Ivor Algernon Atkins (1869 - 1953)


A Hymn to the Virgin

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)


 Ave Maria - Ave Maris Stella

Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)

Toccata sur 'Ave Maris Stella'

Marcel Dupré  (1886 - 1971)

May Crowning this Sunday

Join us this Sunday, May the 7th, for the Annual May Crowning of Our Lady. The 10 am Solemn Mass will begin with a festive outdoor procession replete with brass band. Music at Mass will include Harold Darke's festive setting in F Major alongside Benjamin Britten's masterful motet A Hymn to the Virgin, written when the composer was all of 16 years of age. All around it will be a banner day for S. Stephen's!

Altar Flowers this Sunday

Sunday's altar flowers are given to the greater Glory of God by Charles Calverley in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in Celebration of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

Providence Marathon this Sunday

The Providence Marathon starts and finishes near the Rhode Island Statehouse this Sunday. There are not any road closures near the church, but please click here for more information and to see if there are any road closures which may affect your usual route to S. Stephen's. Please allow extra time to get to the church if you are coming from that part of town.

Evensong & Benediction for Rogation Sunday

Our next Solemn Evensong & Benediction is Sunday, May 14th at 4 pm. The S. Stephen's Schola will sing Charles Villiers Stanford's G major setting of the Evening Canticles and Edward Elgar's anthem Fear not, O Land. The service will be preceded by an organ recital at 3:30 pm played by Owen Reid (see below). A reception follows the service - consider bringing a dish to share. Please mark your calendars and invite a friend!

Organ Recital: Owen Reid

We look forward to welcoming Owen Reid, Interim Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Parish and Choir School, Harvard Square, to S. Stephen's. In addition to accompanying the Schola for Evensong, Mr. Reid will offer an organ recital at 3:30 p.m. on May 14th. He will perform works by J.S. Bach, F. Maurice Jephson, Herbert Sumsion, and Edward Dean.

Soup Kitchen Volunteering

We are short and could really use some assistance for our next assigned date of May 20. Please let Tom Bledsoe know as soon as possible if you can help at (or talk to him at coffee hour). Our assigned dates for the summer are June 17, July 15 and August 19. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

This Coming Week at S. Stephen's

May 7 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May Procession of Our Lady

Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am

Sunday School 9:55 am

Solemn Mass with Procession 10:00 am

Coffee Hour 11:30 am

May 8 - Monday

Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm

Low Mass 6 pm

May 9 - Tuesday

S. Gregory of Nazianzus

Bishop of Constantinople, 389

Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Low Mass 12:10 pm

May 10 - Wednesday

Easter Feria

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm

Low Mass 6 pm

May 11 - Thursday

Easter Feria

Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Low Mass 12:10 pm


May 12 - Friday

Easter Feria

Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Low Mass 12:10 pm


May 13 - Saturday

Easter Feria

Morning Prayer 9:30 am

Low Mass 10:00 am


May 14 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Rogation Sunday

Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am

Sunday School 9:55 am

Solemn Mass with Procession 10:00 am

Coffee Hour 11:30 am

Organ Recital (Owen Reid) 3:30 pm

Solemn Evensong & Benediction 4:00 pm

For your Prayers

Prayers have been requested for: James Busby, Fr. Norman Catir, Zulie Catir, Nancy Colby, Trudy Egan, Fr. Harrington Gordon, Maris Haynes, Katherine Hayslip, Chad Jacobs, Bruce Lennihan, Sharon Lloyd Clark, Althea Norgriff, Barbara Pyles, Bryan Ripley, Fr. Allan Warren, Christopher Whittingham.

Birthdays: Jenny Jones (5/7) and Karen V. Williams (5/9).

Anniversaries: Bruce & Sharon Lennihan (5/9).

Ordination Anniversaries: The Rev'd Fr. Gary K. Sturni, priestly (5/8)


The faithful departed: Year’s mind: Marion Beverly Hall (5/8), Estelle “Peg” Duncanson (5/10).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Church in Wales (5/7), The Diocese of Spokane, U.S.A. (5/8), The Diocese of Springfield, U.S.A. (5/9), The Diocese of Port Sudan (5/10), The Diocese of Sul-Ocidental, Brazil (5/11), The Diocese of Sunyani, West Africa (5/12), The Diocese of Sur, Chile (5/13).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and those who serve on our diocesan governing committees.

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