Prayer List -- March 22, 2020
Members and friends are encouraged to remember the intentions on the prayer list in their own prayers throughout the week.

On Sundays the list is located at the entrance of the church on the ushers table. You are welcome to add your intercessions and thanksgiving. You may also contact clergy, email Wendy Shepherd at , or call the parish office (212) 807-6799 with your prayer requests. They will remain on the list for two weeks. Names may be added to the long-term list and will then remain there until the end of the current calendar quarter.

The prayer list is read at Morning Prayer on Wednesday and is also prayed daily by all the members of the parish Prayer Chain. If you would like to join the prayer chain, committing to praying the prayer list every day for a month at a time, please let Mother Susan know at .
Meditation from Mother Susan
Last week, just before flying to New Zealand for my vacation, I wrote a meditation for this week about labyrinths. At the time, I didn’t realize how rapidly our life in the time of COVID-19 would change (and I certainly didn’t realize that my NZ trip would be cut in half, forcing my return to New York early this week!). But the concept of the labyrinth seems even more apt today than it did a week or two ago.

Labyrinths are ancient and rich symbols that are often used to evoke the spiritual journey. The name comes from the Greek story of the Minotaur in the palace of King Minos, though ancient labyrinths have been found from as early as the Neolithic period, and they occur in many cultures. They began to be incorporated into Christianity relatively early – one of the oldest Christian labyrinths, in a church in North Africa, dates to the 4th century. At first, Christian labyrinths might have been used as a way to make a symbolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land if physical travel was not possible. They also came to be used for births, weddings, celebrations, and repentance (when a penitent might walk the path on their knees). Many were placed near the front of churches, near the baptismal fonts, representing the beginning of the spiritual journey. The classic four-quadrant shape also represents the four corners of the cross. And so for us today, the convoluted path of the labyrinth can be used for meditating on almost any theme including new beginnings, healing and transformation, epic treks and the ordinary journey of life - and even the uncharted territory of a pandemic.

As we muddle along on our current journey, trying to get used to the new “normal” of social distancing and sheltering in place, we might imagine that we are in a labyrinth. Sometimes it seems that we are moving smoothly along with great purpose, but then we might find ourselves doubling back or even seeming to go the wrong way. We might be entering areas we never imagined we would travel through, and some corners of the path may feel especially isolating and lonely. Moving through the labyrinth is surely a spiritual journey, but also a concrete one, and we walk it together even if we aren’t physically with each other. And with perseverance, humility, and God’s inspiration and presence, we continue to move through even the most difficult and destabilizing parts of the path, getting closer and closer to our goal -- becoming the loving people and the Beloved Community that that God created us to be!

PS If you are interested in going deeper into labyrinths, you might peruse a book that Patrizia and Peter Martin helpfully passed on to me: The Idea of the Labyrinth: from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages , by Penelope Reed Doob.  Even though it may be hard to actually walk a labyrinth at the moment, you can also Google images of labyrinths, and use them as a spiritual practice -- prayerfully tracing the path or even coloring it in.

And here are photos of the labyrinth I walked at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, along with a friend (the Holy Spirit?), who joined me!
-- Susan
For the Church
We pray for all God’s people throughout the world; and in the Anglican Cycle of prayer this week we pray for the Diocese of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui; the Most Reverend Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.

We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Andrew, Allen, and Mary, our own Bishops.

We pray for our parish clergy, Anna, Bob, Susan, Peter, and Stephen; for our director of music, Tim; for our director of children’s ministries, Ellen; for our intern, Duncan; and for our parish administrator, Wendy.
For Our Nation and the World
We pray for Donald, our President; for Andrew, our Governor; and for Bill, our Mayor; for Congress and local leaders; that they may lead with compassion and do justice.

We pray for healing, reconciliation, economic justice, and peace in our nation and all the nations of the world.

We pray that we may reflect the wonderful diversity of your creation among us; your loving compassion through the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Ecclesia, and our outreach efforts, and your justice through being a community that strives for peace and social and economic justice.

We pray for all those affected by COVID-19, throughout the world, and all their caregivers.
For Health and Well Being
For the week of 3/22/2020:
Larry Gifford
Patrizia Eakins Martin

For the week of 3/15/2020:
David Natoli & Father Peter Carey

Long Term (1/1/20 through 3/31/20):
Chuck & Pat Watson and Licia Watson
Alex Klose
Steve Ralph
Katherine Pennoyer
Glenn Pennoyer
Carl Johnson
John Strickland
Barbara Campanaro
Joyce Warn
Robin Baxter
Gina Giordano and her daughter, Gianna Marie
A. J. Mitchell
Lynn Agapi-Gilligan)
Debbie Ragos
Peter Kerrigan
Rex Harris
Ilja Mosscrop
Jayce Diaz and his mother Cassie Morales
Mary Cole
Nathan Linman
Barbara Engler
Franz Klein
Tracey Olwenicki
Ethan Gibson and Linda Gibson
Paul LoBello
Roseanne Kelleher Heinricks
Norma Moy-Chin
For Those Who Have Died
The departed:
L. J. Scott (nephew of Larry Gifford)
Claudia Buckmire (aunt of Sherwin Nicholson)
David McFarlane (cousin of Sherwin Nicholson)
Pauline Malichio (mother of Cathy Malichio; on the anniversary of her death)

We pray for all those killed serving in the armed forces, especially: Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, Marshal D. Roberts; and for all others killed in conflicts around the world, both civilians and combatants, unknown to us but precious to God.

We pray for the bereaved, especially: Larry Gifford and the family & friends of L. J. Scott; and Sherwin Nicholson, and the families and friends of Claudia Buckmire and David McFarlane.
In Thanksgiving
We pray for the members of the Nominating Committee at Holy Apostles.