Ancient worship. Affirming Faith. Genuine love.
Advent is nearly here!

The Church's year begins anew at sundown on Saturday, and we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent the following morning. You will note some liturgical changes this Sunday:
  • We will pray the Great Litany in procession. The Great Litany was the first liturgical rite that Archbishop Thomas Cramner of Canterbury set in English, drawing from ancient litanies of England, the Christian East, and even Martin Luther. Click here to read more.
  • We use violet vestments during Advent, the same color used during Lent.
  • You'll see a lovely Advent Wreath close to the pulpit in the nave.
  • The hymn Gloria in excelsis ("Glory be to God on high") is omitted during Advent.
  • During the entire Christmas cycle (Advent through Candlemas on February 2):
  • We will use the older form of the Confession of Sin. You can find it here. This may be the most noticeable change to many people as the newer version comes naturally; you're going to have to look at the leaflet!
  • The Mass setting will be an adaptation of the Hurd plainsong setting in English (don't worry if that's Greek to you - you will recognize it from last year!).
  • We will use Eucharistic Prayer B (in Rite I language) as it has an emphasis on the Incarnation.
  • The Marian hymn after the service changes to the Alma Redemptoris Mater (Mother of Christ). You can find it here.

Please be sure to read all the way through this newsletter. At the end, you'll find the Mass times for Christmas!
Adult Forum
The Four Last Things of Advent
Sunday, December 15th
11:30 a.m.

Dr. Doug Hardy, Professor of Spiritual Formation at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, will give a talk on the traditional Four Last Things of Advent and the implications for penitential Advent spiritual practices in 2019.

Save the date!
Thanksgiving Day
“Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” What better way to offer our thanks to God than by our participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

Mass on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019) will be at 10:00 a.m. in St. George's Chapel. We will also celebrate the feast on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.
If you missed Fr. Charles's email about Advent Resources, check it out here!
Rorate Mass
Wednesday, December 18 th , 6:00 p.m.  The Rorate Mass is a votive Mass during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and is only illuminated by candlelight. The themes of this liturgy are particularly focused on hope and the power of God to meet us in the midst of our suffering, pain and grief. After Mass, all are invited to watch The Nativity Story using the projector in the parish hall. Feel free to bring your favorite snack or beverage!
This Week in the Church Calendar
Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, November 30: St. Andrew the Apostle
Sunday, December 1: First Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 2: Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop in China and Japan
Wednesday, December 4: St. John of Damascus
Thursday, December 5: St. Clement of Alexandria
Friday, December 6: St. Nicholas of Myra

Click  here  for more information about the lesser feasts, including Mass readings and short biographies of the saints.

Click  here  to pray the Daily Office!
We post sermons preached on Sundays and major feasts on our website. You can find them here!
Pastoral Care
I f you experience a pastoral emergency and need to speak to a member of the St. Mary's clergy, please call 816-974-8082. This is a phone service that forwards the call to the clergyperson-on-call.

If you are scheduled for surgery or a serious medical procedure, or if there is a death in your family, please let us know via phone (816-842-0975) or email .
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Weekly Service Schedule

Low Mass: 8 a.m.  
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.
Sung Compline: 7 p.m. (2nd Sunday of the month)

Weekdays (except Wednesday)
12:00 p.m.: Low Mass

6:00 p.m.: Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

11:00 a.m.: Low Mass
Clergy and Staff


Assistant Priest for Formation
Rector Emeritus

Priest Associate
Deacon Administrator

Ms. Rosalyn Powell

Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Senior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark, Junior Warden
Bonnie Haupt
Mrs. Betty Iorg,
Mr. Chris McQueeny, Treasurer
Mr. Raja Reed
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox II
Mr. Isaac Petty, Clerk

Postulants for Holy Orders

Mr. Richard Liantonio
Mrs. Lynda Hurt
Mr. Isaac Petty
Mr. David Wilcox
To the Glory of God and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

1307 Holmes Street
​Kansas City, Missouri 64106

(816) 842-0975