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located in the heart of Boston
We are  A  House of Prayer for All God's People.
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8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer

6 p.m.
The Crossing 

House Worship during August. For more information go to


12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers


10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist

12:30 p.m.    
Chinese Ministry 
Holy Eucharist
in Chinese
(Lawrence Room)


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


11 a.m.  
MANNA Christian Meditation


10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Note: The 10:00 a.m. Eucharist is on hiatus until September)

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

"The Best Way I Can"
by Scott

Being born was unexpected for me although my parents put a lot of time into planning my birth. Life is a gift, my parents used to tell me, don't waste nor rush through it.

I used to think: Why was I born? And one day I thought about that, and I came to the conclusion that I was born to experience all that I have, and learn from all of the experiences - whether bad or good - so that I may serve the Lord the best way I can.

The Pilgrim  is a literary magazine written by our friends of the  Black Seed Writers Group Sign up for an annual print subscription.

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

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

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

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Call ahead if you plan to come in - during the summer our hours are apt to be flexible.

Mondays - Thursdays
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

During the summer Dean Amy McCreath's day off will be Monday most weeks. To reach her in case of a pastoral emergency, call:
617-482-4826 x204.

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As a young adult, one of my mentors was an outdoor educator named Keith King. He taught me that stopping to reflect on experience is at least as important as experience itself. He introduced me to John Dewey and the whole experiential education tradition, and he helped me learn to help others ask good questions.

As a priest, I find that reflecting on our lives in the light of the gospel is a core spiritual practice through which we find meaning and identity. The gospel comes to us in scripture, it comes in sacrament, and sometimes it comes through space where Christ is made manifest in the design and hosting.

I had the privilege of joining in one such space on Tuesday: the Black Seed Writers Group gathering at the cathedral. Here a wide array of people - housed and unhoused, young and old, veteran writers and those who've not picked up a pen in a long time - came to put into writing their reflections on their experiences. James Parker (in photo) and other MANNA staff offered calm, encouraging attention as needed, gently coached those having a hard time starting, and made sure the soothing music was just loud enough, the iced tea just cold enough, and the welcome just warm enough to allow people to settle in. As I watched people write, I could feel them collecting themselves, sorting the wheat from the chaff of experience, and being steadied just by the invitation to write about themselves.

Christ's peace to you,


"Ministry of the Steps"  events next week:
On Tuesday, August 14, starting at 12:00 p.m. we'll have the ever popular Lunchtime Chess and Chanting. On Wednesday morning Voter Registration will be on hand at 9:00 a.m. until Noon.

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.


Our Sunday Morning community gathers together to worship God, while honoring the traditions, styles, and desires of all God's people.

This Sunday, August 12
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Preacher & Presider

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

We now have large-print copies of the bulletins available on Sunday mornings.

Bp. Bud Cederholm Guest Preacher this Sunday
We're happy to have Bp. Cederholm here with us this coming Sunday as guest preacher and presider. Come hear Bp. Bud who will not only preach but will lead us in some music too!

Faith Matters 

This Sunday and for all of August, Faith Matters will explore reflections excerpts from Jean Vanier's work, From Brokenness to Community, in an effort to help us clarify helpful boundaries and create a community covenant, so we can live into our commitment to be "A House of Prayer for All People." 


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 $16,257 has been paid of $35,914 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.


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

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

Thursday Worship in August
The Crossing is spending August doing house worship services on Thursday evenings. Subscribe to their weekly e-mail newsletter to stay connected.

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.

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 
The Rev. Ryan Lun is serving as Interim Priest the first two Sundays of each month (the first three when there are five Sundays in a month). 


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.