St. Paul's Anglican Church * Iglesia San Pablo
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


March 15th, 2020



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The Right Reverend Carlos Touché-Porter paid his annual Episcopal Visitation to St. Paul's last Sunday, the Second Sunday in Lent. The Bishop preached, Confirmed Susan Gist into the Anglican Communion, celebrated Festal Holy Eucharist, and enjoyed a wonderful repaste on the front lawn following.

Bishop Touché-Porter, long beloved at St. Paul's, will be retiring in 2020 as our Diocese (the Diocese of of five Dioceses' in the Anglican Province of Mexico, covers the States of Guanajuato, Hildalgo, Mexico, Michoachan, and Querétaro) elects his successor Bishop. This was his last official function among us, and so poignant as well as joyful. 

Claudia Rangel has joined St. Paul's staff as Parish Secretary with office hours Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. Her e-address is: S Welcome aboard Claudia!

Alfonso Montero will lead a workshop at St. Paul's on Saturday March 14th 10am - 2pm on how to lead across cultures HERE. The cost is 500 pesos or $30 US with a portion of the proceeds going to support Centro Infantíl. 

Travel With Rick Steves this last weekend featured your Rector HERE

Lenten Blessings,

The video of Bishop Carlos Touché-Porter's sermon for Lent Two, March 8th, is HERE.

The appointed lessons for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 15th, are HERE

The appointed reading in Spanish, Cuaresma Tres...los leciónes en español...HERE.

How to wash your hands HERE

Mexican peso at 4 year low against US dollar HERE

Why hand washing really is important HERE

Tomato time arrives HERE

Episcopal Church in Cuba and US celebrate reunion after 50 years apart  HERE

Anglican News Service HERE

Episcopal New Service HERE

Episcopal Café  HERE
Maruca greeting at the door, Canon Woodward chanting the Great Litany

Bishop Carlos preaches, confirms Susan Gist into the Anglican Communion, and celebrates pontifical Eucharist

The parish gathers on the tented lawn for squash blossom hors de'ouvres, pollo lasagne, carne lasagne, cupcakes, popsickles and much else

Photos courtesy of Bonnie Tannahill
March 15, 2020


Processional: #658 "As the Deer Looks for Cooling Streams"


Gradual: #690   "Guide Me Now, Thou Great Jehovah"

Sanctus: S-130

Agnus Dei: S-164

Communion: #328 "Draw Nigh And Take"

Recessional: #516 "Come Down Thou Love Divine"

Preacher & Celebrant:  Canon Woodward+

Wednesday Eucharistic Schedule
March: 9:15am Eucharist; Celebrant Madre Karen O'Malia+
Aspirant: Licenciado Miguel Rangel (assisting)
Reflections from long-time resident and parishioner Anna Buchanan

What a surprise to find that Daylight Saving Time started in the US and Canada on March 8th.  That means the TV programs we get in English will be an hour earlier.  I will have to go back to my two Clock solution and have one on local time and one on US TV time.
Just to confuse the situation a little more, the UK changes on March 29th and Mexico on April 5th.

I really have to comment on the vibrant and spectacular celebration for el Senor de la Conquista on Friday.  It started with the Vigil on Thur. eve in three locations:  Calle Orizaba, el Sindicato, and Jesus across from my home.  Conchero groups, from Queretaro and DF, were expected to arrive all evening and into the wee small hours.  I had been asked if I could provide any space for people to sleep.  Only the patio of my studio, a few doors down?  Gratefully accepted  and I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to sleep on stone in an open patio on a windy and darned cold night!  

The portal of the Morales home was beautifully decorated with designs of white cucharilla (ends of a sort of palm plant) and inside their chapel glowed with light, flowers and a very special Cristo on the altar. The dancing in town started at 6 am and went on until the fireworks about 8.30 pm. The heartbeat of town was changed with the throbbing drums.

There was a break for lunch and one whole group came down Jesus, filling it with feathers and brilliant colours from side to side, the four leaders blowing conch shells, and the pace marked by a player on an armadillo shell instrument.  What an overwhelming sight!  My camera refused to take it to my dismay.  I was also given lunch as a thank you for the patio use: a chili relleno, a torta de papa and rice...yummy!
I had watched some of the group eating their breakfast of scrambled eggs and beans in the street before the Jesus group started towards the Jardin.  They all seemed to be well fed thanks to the hosting group  and their helpers.

I cannot imagine how much effort event went into this celebration of the Christianization of the indigenous tribes.  The travel, the costumes that usually cost about 10,000p without the headdresses, the hundreds of feathers in the headdresses (I watched one of the visitors putting feathers one by one into the headpiece as it was too wide to travel in the vehicle and probably was disassembled again to travel home), and then the feeding the dancers (Maria's sister - who sells tacos on the street for income - provided 700 bolillos to the Sindicato group! On top of that it was a brutal day to strip off one's clothes and put on feathers.  Cold, windy with not much going for it.  I wore my Antarctic Parka on my evening walk and yet I heard not a single grumble from the folk who were packing up into their cars and vans along Jesus.  What stamina.  What wonderful devotion.

The visitation of our beloved Bishop Carlos yesterday, a joyous occasion. 

This coming weekend will be a long one with Monday the holiday to commemorate the birth of Benito Juarez in 1806.  No school, no banks open, and tons of visitors in town.

My mora tree (mulberry) is beautifully green and a lonely, lost Monarch just flittered by.  All is well, may it be with you, too.  Anna

Marc Taylor, MA, ED.S., LPC
(50 peso fee for each class)

March 10th - "The Fifth Sun" 
This lecture tracks the Creation Myth and the stories that form the cosmological underpinnings of the culture. It introduces the creation of humans and apocalyptic view of our life on earth, the need for blood sacrifice, the importance of the sacred calendar and the community of deities.

March 17th - "Of Rabbits, Eggs and The Blood of Christ" 
This lecture compares the  synchronous Easter symbols and the same symbols in Mexican Mythology. For example, setting the date for the lunar holiday of Easter coinsides with the story of why Mexico sees a rabbit on the moons surface instead of the "Man in the Moon."

March 24th - "Land Without Love" - 
This lecture compares the stories of Quetzalcoatl with the advent of Christianity in 1519. It includes a discussion of the the presumed lack of a "Lover Archetype" in Mexican Mythology and how quickly this void was filled after the  introduction of Jesus as the Archetypal Lover. The ideas of sacrifice as an act of love, Tenochitlan as the New Jerusalem and the role of the Spanish Church as the governing authority are highlighted.


Martha Hamill Melendez
Mitigare Cuidados Paliativos A.C.
Fundador y Miembro de la Mesa Directiva

Susan Robinson

THURSDAY 11am Book Study 'THE WALK' by Adam Hamilton
Canon Woodward

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Friday's at Noon in the Nave

Further information on much of the above pending in Parish Bulletin, the EPISTLE and Atención

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. All the time. All day long.
2. Alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the Church.
3. At the peace, we will refrain from hugs and handshakes (reluctantly!) for the present. Offer a verbal "Peace of the Lord!" to your fellow congregants, bump elbows, or wave.
4. Communion procedure will, for the next couple of months, proceed as follows. Come to the rail. Thereafter you may either, a). Receive the Host in your hand and consume the Host without the Sacramental Wine. Communion "in one kind" is valid in the Anglican Communion. Or, b). Fold your hands in a prayerful position, indicating you would like to receive "in both kinds." The Priest will intinct a Host and place it upon your tongue.
5. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and face - the places germs enter the body.
6. When you cough, cough into a disposible kleenex and dispose in a waste container with a lid. If no kleenex is available, sneeze into your bent elbow, not into your hand. Coronavirus will stay active on the elbow of your clothing for up to a week, so wash any items of clothing into which you have sneezed or coughed.
7. Keep reasonable distance. We don't have to be in each other's faces to converse. This is particularly important if someone is coughing or sneezing.
8. If you're sick, stay home! Encourage others to stay home if they're sick. Don't hesitate to go to the doctor and to urge others to do so.
Up-to-date information is a good antidote for anxiety. Visit the website of the World Health Organization for frequent updates. Go to the page below and click "Protect Yourself" to find downloadable materials in English and Spanish, as well as information about how to deal with anxiety over the disease: HERE

Shirley and Tony Adlerbert
Frederick W. Appell, Jr.
Marion and Russell Archibald
Gail Baker
Kate and Rob Beebe
Debra Broussard
Quinlan and Jonathan Brown
Anna Buchanan
Joanne and George Carlisle
Rebecca Carney
Cheryl and Greg Cavanaugh
Elizabeth Cook
Paula Clark
Susan Robinson and Doug Craig
Michael Dobbin
Jackie and Patrick Donnelly
Bonnie and Duane Ericksmoen
Christine Eyre
Paul Finnegan
Mary and Tom Folse
Moira Fulton and Lee Daneker
Susan Gist
Dorothy and Meredith Glenn
Judy and John Hadlock
Paula Hebert
John Herron
Ellen Judson
Danielle Kennedy
Kathy and Mike Lapsys
Mary Beth and Bud Lawrence
Martha and Tim Liner
Margah and Tom Lips
Bill Lynn and Russell Coffield
Father Wm. McCord Thigpen III and John Lavier
Raquel Martin
Ivan L. McCartney
Mary Jane Miller
Madre Karen and John O'Malia
Mary Pat McNeil and Greg Smith
Janice Page
Marjorie and Mike Pope
Lynn and Rob Ramsey
Karina Yañez Rios and Miguel de Jesús Rangel H.
Norma Robinson
Adrian Ross
Sandra Dean and Harold Schlack
Elaine and Father Jeff Sells
Judith Spenser
Claudia and Bruce Stewart and Family
Father Ernie Townsend
Sara and Craig Tylosky
Ken McCutcheon Vaun
Jeanette C. White
Joe Whitmore
Canon George F. Woodward III


Visit our 'GIVE' page on the Parish Website HERE or fill out a Pledge card from the Office or Narthex

1. PLEDGES to St. Paul's Mission and Ministry Fund: 
Gifts and pledges to the year-round General Fund supporting the work and development of the Parish.

Gifts to the Parish through Trusts, Wills, Annuities, and other Estate Planning mechanisms.

3. Civic Initiative Gifts: 
Centro Infantíl, Food For The Hungry, PATRONATO RED CROSS, the Diocese of Mé 2019 non-pledge gifts through St. Paul's  surmounted $90,000. Contact the Rector or Treasurer to make a Civic Initiative gift.

Our common life and future ministry is sustained by generous Parishioners and Friends, local and abroad, through Pledges, one-time donations, and Legacy Gifts.

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Led by excellent volunteer guides, your 300 peso contribution benefits the children of Patronato Pro Niños. The tour lasts 2 1-2 hours. No reservation needed. Meet in the Jardin, across from the Parroquia by 9:40am for 10am departure.

  Keep up with Pro Musica news HERE !

The Music of Leonard Bernstein
March 13 & 15 at 5pm

Amit Pele, cello; David Korevaar, piano
March 18 & 19, Wed and Thurs at 5pm

Copland House Piano Quntet
March 21 & 22 at 5pm
  • March 10th: 4pm 'Myth, Mind & Mexico'
  • March 11th: 4pm Lenten Presentation: Mitigare / Hospice
  • March 12th: 11am "The Walk" Book Study
  • March 13th: Noon: Stations of the Cross
  • March 15th: Third Sunday in Lent
  • March 16th: 3pm "Universal Christ"
  • March 18th: 4pm "Forgiveness" with Susan Robinson
  • March 19th: 11am "The Walk"
  • March 20th: Noon Stations of the Cross
  • March 22nd: Fourth Sunday in Lent: Preacher and Celebrant, Father Gary Sturni
  • March 23rd: 3pm "Universal Christ"
  • March 26th: 11am "The Walk"
  • March 27th: 11:15am Vestry
  • March 29th: Fifth Sunday in Lent
  • March 30th: 3pm "Universal Christ"
  • April 2nd: 11am "The Walk"
  • April 3rd: Noon Stations of the Cross
  • April 5th: Palm Sunday
  • April 9th: 4pm Maundy Thursday Washing of the Feet and Stripping of the Altar
  • April 10th: Noon Good Friday Liturgy
  • April 11th: 7pm The Great Vigil
  • April 12th: The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Regular Events

Choir Rehearsal
: Wednesdays 5pm
Bell Choir Rehearsal:  Tuesdays 4:30pm
Morning Prayer Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:15am
Wednesday Holy Eucharist: 9:15am Chapel
Mattress Project: Wednesdays 10am Parish Hall
Prayer Shawl Knitters: Wednesday 10am Library
Breakfast Group: Fridays Martin's, Reloj 41, 9:15am
Vestry Meetings: 11:15am Fourth Fridays

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Calzada del Cardo, 6 Centro 37700
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico

9:00 am Holy Eucharist / Misa (English)
10:30 am Holy Eucharist / Misa 

9:15 am Morning Prayer / Oración Matutina

9:15 am Holy Eucharist / Misa

Office: 415.121.3424


The Right Reverend Carlos Touche-Porter; Bishop
The Reverend Canon George F. Woodward III; Rector
Non-stipendiary Assisting Clergy
The Reverend Anthony Christiansen; Deacon Assisting
The Reverend Karen O'Malia; Priest Assisting
The Reverend Dr. Jeff Sells; Priest Assisting
The Reverend William McCord Thigpen III;  Priest Assisting
The Reverend Dr. Ernest Townsend; Priest Assisting
The Very Reverend Michael Long; Rector Emeritus
The Right Reverend William O. Gregg; Rector Emeritus