We are the Episcopal Cathedral in the Diocese of Massachusetts,
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 
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)

by Cody Martinez

I speak to my Brothers and Sisters
My fellow Sreet Soldiers
These are words for the Winter Warriors, 
the Shelterless,
to those who true addiction is living on the street.
You not only have my respect but my validation of your mettle.
You are made of sterner stuff. You are what it takes. Never forget this. and always remind them who we are and what we are.

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.


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.


What a delight it was to gather with the cathedral community, family, colleagues, and folks from around the diocese for our Celebration of New Ministry last Saturday! So many wonderful moments of grace. Here I want to highlight one: When the time came for the renewal of baptismal vows, all the ordained leaders of the cathedral gathered around the font with two of our bishops. Bishop Gayle blessed the water, and then we all shared the leadership of the rite - a sign of our sharing in the work of equipping all the people of the cathedral for their ministries.

Each clergy person at the cathedral offers such skill and such a unique and important embodiment of the order to which they have been called. But what matters is how we offer who we are and what we can do to strengthen, encourage, and send others to carry out the ministry of reconciliation that is the heart of our work as the church. These are dark times. Threats to human dignity arrive fast and furiously, not just from marginal voices but from those in the most powerful places. All of God's people are needed. All of us must claim our role and discern our calling to live vigorously into the promises of baptism. "Will you work for justice and people and protect the dignity of every person?" I will, with God's help. And I can and must do it arm-in-arm with all of you.

Christ's peace to you,


Coming Up

Sunday Morning Community

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

This Sunday, October 4
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher:  The Very Rev. Amy McCreath

Listen to The Very Rev, Amy McCreath's sermon preached on Sunday, Sept. 30.

  8:30 am            CoffeeKlatsch, Lawrence Room
10:00 am            Holy Eucharist, Cathedral nave
11:15 am            Refreshments,  Sproat Hall
11:45 am            Faith Matters, Sproat Hall

Blessing Of The Animals
This Sunday we will honor St. Francis Day by blessing animals at the end of the 10 am service. We are hopeful that we'll be blessing the horses for the Boston Park Rangers! People can bring small animals in traveling containers or a photo of a beloved pet or service animal to be blessed.

Faith Matters for September 
"Reclaiming Jesus" is a manifesto signed up a wide array of Christian leaders, including our presiding bishop, rejecting the misuse of Christianity to defend and promote unjust, inhumane policies and calling on the church to reclaim its moral voice. The authors' position is that our nation is experiencing a moral crisis, fomented by those in power. More info is  here.

Each week we will reflect on a passage from scripture and a section of the "Reclaiming Jesus" manifesto, on topics like "Civil Discourse," "Truth is Morally Central to Our Personal and Public Lives," and "To Protect and Seek Justice." In this way, we will grow our ability to engage others grounded in our faith and discern how we are called to work for a better commonwealth for all.
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

October 14, 4:30 p.m.: Beloved retired Bp. Suffragan Barbara C. Harris has at last written the book she promised us:  Hallelujah, Anyhow! is now being published and Bp. Barbara will be on hand for a  hymn sing and book launch at the Cathedral. Pre-signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

October 19, 6:30 p.m.: Our long-time administrator Ethel Crawford is retiring and the end of August, and we are celebrating her many years with us with an  Evensong and reception on Friday evening, October 19. More details to come.

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 will be officially welcomed as the new Pastor and Lead Organizer-in-Charge of The Crossing on Thursday October 4! Come celebrate with us at 6 pm for dinner followed by worship.

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.