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located in the heart of Boston
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This Sunday, November 11, our preacher will be The Rev. Canon Cristina Rathbone, Missioner and Director of MANA.


8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer

6 p.m.
The Crossing 
Dinner followed by


8:30 a.m.
( Sung Morning Prayer)

12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers


10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist

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


8:30 a.m.
Contemplative Morning Prayer with focus on Justice

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


8:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

11 a.m.  
MANNA Christian Meditation


8:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer-
Expansive Language

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

Truth Games
by Howard A Dodge

Throughout this life
we're still looking for truth.
Some may play the game of belief.
The world is some parts lies, some parts truth.
Seeking the path of truth is always right.
Lies will always lead us the wrong way.

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

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.


This week we pray for...

Trinity Church, Rockland 
St. Luke's Church, Scituate
Church of the Holy Nativity, South Weymouth
All Saints' Church, Whitman
The Diocesan Convention


Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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


All baptisms are beautiful. And there is a particular grace in the decision of someone who is well-along in their lives to turn to Christ. Last Sunday, with Bishop Barbara Harris presiding, we were blessed to welcome our friend Tony Dokoupol into the Body of Christ.  Tony movingly clung to the paschal candle stand throughout the rite, a stunning enactment of the adherences - those ancient questions posed to baptizands in which they pledge to cling to Christ: "Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior? Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love? Do you promise to obey him as your Lord?"
As Tony declared "I do" in response to these questions, I thought of Peter saying to Jesus, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." In a week filled with the noise of campaign promises and the vitriol of those stirred up to fear immigrants, to whom shall we go? When we are weighed down with regrets and fears, and when we aren't sure we have strength for the journey ahead, to whom shall we go? We shall go to Jesus, adhere to His promises, and cling to the divine light of grace.
I am so thankful for Tony, my brother in Christ, and for all the saints of this cathedral, who live into their baptismal promises in such beautiful ways every day. Thank you for shining light in Christ's name in this world.

More Staff News

So much of what allows the cathedral to bless lives happens behind the scenes. Careful preparation, thinking through possible snafu's, helping people adjust to change -- this is the essential ministry that allows ordinations to flow smoothly, disparate groups to share space, and mid-week services to provide solace to many.

All of this has been done beautifully and with pastoral wisdom for the last 18 months by the Rev. Bryan Pearson, who has served as Priest Associate at the cathedral. Bryan was brought on board to help the cathedral through the interim period after Jep Streit's retirement. He has more than risen to the occasion and I am so glad he was willing to stay on for a while after my arrival.

Bryan's time on the cathedral staff will conclude at the end of December this year. He will continue his ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. Mark's, Burlington. I am so thankful to Bryan for his great work helping us build stronger systems around event planning and support for Hispanic Ministries, his collegiality, and his good sense of humor. I look forward to continuing to count him as a clergy friend in the diocese.

Christ's peace to you,


Sunday Morning Congregation

This Sunday, November 11
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Cristina Rathbone
Presider:   The Very Rev. Amy McCreath

Listen to The Very Rev. Amy McCreath's sermon preached on Sunday, November 4th.

8:30 am            CoffeeKlatsch, Lawrence Room
10:00 am          Holy Eucharist, Cathedral nave
11:15 am          Refreshments,  Sproat Hall
12:30 pm          Faith Matters

Faith Matters
Stewardship Season:
The Sunday morning congregation's stewardship theme this fall is "Transforming Generosity."  On Sunday, Nov. 11 during FaithMatters, Dean Amy will lead a conversation on "Transforming Time and Talent," and on Nov. 18 during FaithMatters, we'll focus on "Transforming Financial Generosity." During worship on both days, we'll hear "living epistles" from members of the congregation. Pledge cards and a letter from Ann Page Stecker, on behalf of the Sunday council, will be mailed to all members, and will also be available at church on Sundays. Completed pledge cards will be gathered and blessed during worship on Sunday, Dec. 2 (Advent 1).
Morning Worship Every Weekday @ the Cathedral
We are now offering prayer every weekday at 8:30 am, growing our capacity to be a "House of prayer for all people." These services are all designed to end in time for people to get to work by 9 am. Please share the news with friends and parishioners who live or work downtown. This effort is a partnership of the cathedral and Episcopal City Mission, Emmanuel Church, Trinity Copley Square, and St. Augustine and St. Martin's Church.
Mondays: Morning Prayer (with a focus on justice)
Tuesdays: Holy Eucharist
Wednesdays: Morning Prayer (Expansive language) 
Thursdays: Morning Prayer (BCP)
Fridays: Matins (sung morning prayer)

Friday Prayer Circle 
Every Friday Deacon Cynthia Pape will be welcoming any and all for a prayer circle in St. John's Chapel from noon to 1 pm. This is a time for sharing personal prayer requests, praying for those we love, and praying for the needs of the community and the world.

Other Dates of Note 

Veterans Day Service
Sunday, Nov. 11 @ 4:30 pm: Join us for a special Veterans Day service as we honor those who have served our country in the armed forces.

Transgender Day of  Remembrance
Sunday, Nov. 18 @ 6 pm the Cathedral and The Crossing will again be hosting the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Come and stand in solidarity with our trans siblings. For more information please contact The Rev. Tamra Tucker @ ttucker@diomass.org

Messiah Sing - December 12:
A great holiday tradition continues! Join organist Fred MacArthur, Cathedral Director of Music Louise Mundinger, and the Cathedral Schola for a Messiah Sing on Wednesday, December 12 at 5 pm. We have plenty of scores! Share the invitation with others who want to make a joyful noise.


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

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 sanctuary. It's open to everyone.

Ministry Opportunities

*  Our Cathedral is visited by dozens of neighbors, tourists, and downtown workers every day. Offer them holy hospitality as a greeter in the narthex on a Thursday. Contact Dean McCreath to learn more. 

*  Do you appreciate beauty and order in worship? Would you like a behind-the-scenes ministry which has a big impact? The altar guild is for you! Prepare the sanctuary for Sunday worship and prayerfully polish and organize. Contact Deacon Cynthia or Susan Butler to learn more.

*  Sub-deacons assist at the altar and honor God through carrying the cross. Contact Jeffrey Seamans for more information.


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 Ch ristian 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 Rev. Tamra Tucker, New Crossing Pastor and Lead Organizer-in-Charge
The Rev. Tamra Tucker has been officially welcomed as the new Pastor and Lead Organizer-in-Charge of The Crossing! 

Crossing Worship Every Thursday @ The Cathedral
The Crossing services are held every Thursday at The Cathedral with dinner followed by worship and Eucharist in Sproat Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

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.

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). Contact Mr. Lun


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

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.