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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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Beginning Sept. 10

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)

"The Intervention"
by Stephen

God intervened in my life with kindness. One morning in Waltham I went to my room on Morley St. to get my few belongings. I put them in an extra-large trash bag and got on my bike. Getting evicted causes depression. Homeless, again - oh well. All I can do is make the best of it. "This too shall pass." After about a mile I reached River St., near the car wash. Suddenly I heard a large pop! Again. A flat tire! I started to laugh. Nothing funny going on. It started to rain. Just great.

Then out of the blue I felt a gift of kindness. I recognized the present from God.

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.


There are a lot of things I love about singing, but one of them is that it regulates my breathing. When you sing, you have to breathe deeply and regularly. By the end of last week, all the crazy-making news of the world had made me pretty anxious. My breathing was shallow. I was a bit of a mess, really. 
What a holy antidote it was to spend Sunday morning singing hymns with 60+ other faithful souls on the front porch of the cathedral. The order of worship was something like this: sing, sing, sing, pray, sing, sing, sing, s
ing, sing, hear scripture, homily, sing, sing, sing, sing, pray, 
sing, sing. Each person who called out a hymn told us something about why they love it, so we got to know one another a bit better. 

Percussion instruments magically appeared to enhance the sound (see photo of Eddie and Kevin playing the egg). College students moving into their dorms stopped to smile as we sang a Christmas carol. People with venti Starbucks cups were gradually recruited up the steps and into the seats. By the end, we left breathing more deeply, reminded of God's power and love, and amazed by the gift of a gorgeous morning overlooking the Boston Common.
Alas, the crazy-making news continues. And so this fall, after worship on Sundays, we will be reflecting on the Reclaiming Jesus statement, signed by our Presiding Bishop and many other faith leaders, which calls us to actively speak and work to reverse the moral crisis our nation finds itself in. Read the statement and check out the scripture study materials here Keep breathing, everyone!

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, September 9
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher:  The Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath

  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, Sproat Hall
12:30 pm            Sunday Morning Council, 2nd Fl Conf Rm

Faith Matters for September 9
This Sunday in Faith Matters we will wrap up our study of Jean Vanier's work, From Brokenness to Community , and work toward clarifying our own boundaries and creating a community covenant. Faith Matters will meet after Coffee Hour in Sproat Hall, and everyone is invited to attend.

The Sunday Morning Council will meet on Sept. 9 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room following Faith Matters.
Council meetings are open to everybody and we invite you to join us.

Morning Worship Every Weekday @ the Cathedral
Starting September 10, we will be 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)

"Ministry of the Steps" events next week
On Tuesday, September 11, the ever popular Lunchtime Chess will take place from 1-2 p.m.

Celebration of a New Ministry, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m.
Our new Dean Amy McCreath will be installed as Dean at a service of Celebration of a New Ministry here at the Cathedral on Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. Bishops Alan Gates and Barbara Harris will be on hand to lead the celebration.

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 has been named the new Pastor and Lead Organizer-in-Charge of The Crossing! Tamra will be on hand tonight, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. for the return of worship and fellowship at the Cathedral.

Crossing Worship returns to the Cathedral Thursdays beginning September 6
The Crossing services return to the Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 6, with dinner 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.