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located in the heart of Boston
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8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer

6 p.m.
The Crossing 
Dinner followed at   
7:00 p.m. with Worship


12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers


10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist

12:30 p.m.    
Chinese Ministry 
Holy Eucharist
in Chinese


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)

"Reflections on Aunt Marion"
by John Hutchens

Marion, when the old man died, moved to Avon place. She lived in an attic apartment on the 4th floor. My grandfather had a deal with the landlord that he got a deal if he helped with the plumbing. I don't know why she chose the fourth floor because she had to climb up all those stairs. We used to play in an old car that was left in the yard. My grandmother had one of those beautiful, old-fashioned gas stoves. They lived there for four or five years. They moved to Stuart Street in downtown Lynn--Grandfather, grandmother, and great-aunt Marion.

Marion was a unique person--she always did her hair in a unique way--she was always identifiable and looked like someone from 1910. She used to dress that way too. She used to have a vanity with a middle mirror and two side mirrors and you could fold them in and see a hundred reflections. She had a nice one--beveled glass--and I used to love that, to see my face 100 times.

We are saddened to report that John Hutchens died earlier this week. May his soul rest in peace.

The Pilgrim  is a literary magazine written by our friends of the  Black Seed Writers GroupSign 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.

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

During the summer Friday is Dean Amy McCreath's day off. to reach her in case of a pastoral emergency during non-office hours, call:
617-482-4826 x204.


Let's say you'd never been to a church before. Let's say your only images of Christianity came from movies and from snippets of televangelist sermons you happened to see while trying to find the latest episode of "Chopped." What are the odds you would walk up the large stone steps of a cathedral, open the large glass doors, and feel safe enough to enter?
This  week we began a pilot project at the cathedral. We're   calling it "Ministry of the Steps." The goal is to extend the values, joy, and warm welcome of the cathedral out the doors and out into the area in front of our building, inviting conversations and being more present in the life of the community. We started with the simplest event possible: bingo! On a hot summer morning, we welcomed passers-by to sit under a nice tent the sextons placed on the brick plaza in front of the cathedral, gave them an iced lemonade, and had fun playing bingo with them. We had a lot of fun, met people, and enjoyed seeing others smile and wave as they passed by. In the weeks ahead, bingo will be back, but also art projects, chanting, drum circles, chess, a voter registration table, Hispanic ministry outreach, and more. Stop by on a Tuesday or Wednesday and be part of the adventure of building relationships and engaging our world.
Yes, we hope some of the  people we encounter will come back and climb the stone step s for a worship service. But we also hope we learn more about them, their gifts and prayers, and ways we can step even farther out our doors to serve them. 

Christ's peace to you,

Happenings on the Steps
This summer we are trying out a pilot program, a Ministry on the Steps, to bring us out to you! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be numerous different events and activities, from movies to "tabling" by non-profits, and all kinds of fun and interesting things in-between. We're still fine-tuning the program but keep an eye here as we unfold this new exciting ministry.

This coming Tuesday, July 10, there will be Lunchtime Chess from 12-2 pm, and Tokens for Change tabling from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, will bring Communities Responding to Extreme Weather tabling.

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, July 8
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Tamra Tucker, 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, 5th Fl Conf Rm

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

This Sunday's guest preacher will be The Rev. Tamra Tucker. 
Tamra was ordained to the diaconate at the Cathedral this past June, and served on the Cathedral staff last year, helping The Rev. Bryan Pearson overhaul our rental structure and policies. Welcome, Tamra!

Faith Matters Reflects on The Sabbath
This Sunday after Coffee Hour our focus on The Sabbath in Faith Matters will continue with a discussion of "The gift of being dormant." Ann Page Stecker will be our discussion leader. Faith Matters takes place in the Lawrence Room and everyone is invited to attend.

The Social Justice Committee will meet this Sunday, July 8, in the 5th Floor Conference Room immediately 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 $12,947 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.

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 (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. 

The Crossing recently bade farewell to their Priest, the Rev. Marsha Hoecker,  who retired on May 24th. We wish Marsha a fond farewell and thank-you for her guidance and enthusiasm for The Crossing's unique worship and fellowship.

In a recent letter to The Crossing community, Minister of Liturgical Arts Ashley Anderson has also announced her resignation effective mid/late July. In her letter Ashley wrote: "After a long period of prayerful discernment, I have decided to step down from my ministry at The Crossing. I give this news with sadness and also with hope for what The Crossing may become and grow into. I have deep gratitude for the radical welcome and blessed beauty of The Crossing. You all have taught me so much."

Thursday Worship in Sproat Hall
The Crossing is now worshiping in Sproat Hall 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.

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.


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.