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Our Sunday congregation welcomes you to beautiful worship and life-giving fellowship. Our motto is “When in doubt, we choose love.” Join us Sundays @ 10a!
The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. Join us Thursdays, dinner @ 6p & worship @7p.
MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. We need each other. And this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together. Join MANNA throughout the week for any number of our programs!
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. We invite you to join us on Sundays @12:30p.
On Monday night, I left the cathedral after a wonderful discussion with chapter member Jen Hopcroft and a group of artists and leaders about the possibilities for the cathedral living into its mission. My head was full of ideas and my heart full of gratitude. It was only after I had crossed the street, walked past the fountain, and was almost to the frog pond that I heard it: the silence. The foot of snow that had fallen earlier in the day was muffling all sound. A space I usually experience as lively with sound was now lively with quiet. I looked back at the cathedral to see it radiating out over the scene.
 
I didn’t realize until that moment how much I needed that quiet and calm. It’s been a busy season here. We’ve ordained Jennifer McCracken and Tamra Tucker, prayed our goodbyes to Tina Rathbone, sorted out a budget for the year, welcomed new leaders to various layers of governance and oversight, hosted six chapter listening meals, and much, much more. Whew.
 
God has been very present in the bustle. But God is also present in the quiet. And restoration is healing. It’s divine. As we head into the Holy Season of Lent, let us open our hearts to the restoration God’s wants for us. That might be restoration of relationship. It might be restoration of trust. Perhaps its restoration of a sustainable rhythm in your life. May you find your own version of a quiet night on the Common, and may you be restored to assurance of God’s love for you this Lent.

Christ's peace to you,
Amy
Please click here to read Dean McCreath's response to the recent United Methodist Church vote for The Traditional Plan.
The preacher this Sunday is
The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher
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What's Going On...
Are you interested in being baptized or confirmed?
 Baptism is the sacrament through which people become full members of the Body of Christ. Confirmation is for people who were baptized earlier in life and now want to claim their Christian faith within the Episcopal Church as adults. If you are interested in being baptized or confirmed by Bishop Gates at the cathedral’s Easter Vigil (April 20 th  at 6 pm), please speak with Dean Amy before March 3 rd  to learn more about the preparation season, which will run through Lent.
Dates of Note 
Lenten Preaching Series
Thursdays in Lent, 12:00 to 12:30 pm
Join us for the  Lenten Preaching Series  at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Thursdays in Lent, 12:00 to 12:30 pm, with light lunch and conversation with the preacher following. Bring your own brown bag lunch or partake of the light lunch provided.
Theme: What is Truth?
Pilate's question to Jesus, "What is Truth?" (Jn. 18:38) resonates through the ages, as each of us stands before God wrestling with questions of meaning and identity. In our time, the idea of truth is under attack in new ways, challenging our coherence as a society and our witness as a church. This Lent, we will hear from pastors, poets, and scholars who are prayerfully engaging this question.

Bible study of the Sunday gospels will be lead by Dean Amy E. McCreath in Lent on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, in the sanctuary following the Lenten preaching series & lunch conversations.
Wisdom From the Desert: A Lenten Day Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2019 9a-4:00p
For more information: contact Phil Hardwick
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617-827-8805
The Beauty and Legacy of St. John’s, Bowdoin St. Extended...
Monday, March 25 th  at 5:15p
During the merger of St. John’s, Bowdoin St. and the Cathedral, the beautiful Ralph Adams Cram designed Lady Chapel altar and reredos from St. John’s was given to Trinity College in West Hartford, CT. Trinity is now ready to install and dedicate the Lady Chapel altar and reredos. They will be doing this at an Evensong on Monday, March 25 th  at 5:15 pm, with a dinner and discussion following. The Evensong will be part of the college’s celebration of 50 years of coeducation at the college. Dean Amy McCreath will be participating, and the Rev. Katharine Black will be giving a reflection during the service. All are invited to attend. 
Holy Week

Palm Sunday (4/14) - 10 am
  • Palm Procession to the Shaw Monument, followed by Passion Sunday liturgy.

Maundy Thursday (4/18) - 6 pm
  • Agape Meal, followed by foot washing and stripping of the altar.

Good Friday (4/19)
  • 8:30 am - Sung Morning Prayer with homily and Veneration of the Cross - Dean Amy McCreath presiding
  • Noon - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with Veneration of the Cross - Bishop Alan Gates, preaching and presiding
  • 6:00 pm - Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday (4/20) - 9:00 am
  • Contemplative Holy Saturday Service (from the Book of Common Prayer) - The Rev. Jennifer McCracken presiding, Dean Amy McCreath, preaching

Easter Vigil (4/20) - 7:00 pm
  • Hosted by the Crossing. Bishop Alan Gates, presiding.

Easter Day Festive Eucharist (4/21) - 10:00 am
  • Bishop Barbara Harris, presiding, Dean Amy McCreath, preaching.
BURNED BY THE BEST

Once I woke up with thoughts
going through my mind,
thoughts of a life I left behind,
a life I could never have again,
knowing I can never be the same.
I had a family to look after me -
now I have a family I don't dare to see.
The days go by, the nights as well.
Sometime I'd like to visit Hell.
Hell is where you know it's a test.
Hell is where you get burned by the best.
Hell's where they see what I can do,
since I no longer have you.
Nothing's the same anymore.
You closed the door.
The door to the life we used to have.
The things we didn't bother to save.

-Bryant Draycott

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

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This week we pray for

Church of St. Mary of the Harbor, Provincetown
St. John’s Church, Sandwich
St. David’s Church, South Yarmouth
Grace Church, Vineyard Haven
Ministries with the Aging

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