This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Maundy Thursday, April 1
7pm - Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar (in-person and online)

Good Friday, April 2
12noon - Good Friday Liturgy (in-person and online)

Holy Saturday, April 3
8pm - The Great Vigil of Easter (online only)

Easter Sunday, April 4
10am - Festive Eucharist (in-person and online)

Wednesday, April 7
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
followed by Buildings & Grounds Meeting
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Wednesday in Holy Week is also known by another, slightly salacious name: Spy Wednesday. Cue the music! This name, however, has nothing to do with fast cars and black-tie martinis. Rather, it is a reference to the disciple Judas Iscariot, whose story of betrayal is always featured in the scripture readings for this day.

For someone about whom we know so little (his name and that he kept the common purse), Judas has nevertheless become the source of fascination and speculation through the centuries. Of course the $64,000 question remains—Why did he do it? Perhaps we will never know. Different gospel writers give different accounts. John says that Satan entered into him, while others point to mere greed. His most favorable depiction comes, not surprisingly, from the Gospel of Judas, a non-canonical ancient writing discovered in Egypt in the 1970s and released to the public by National Geographic in 2006. In it, Judas is actually in league with Jesus himself, and not the authorities. How is that for a twist?

Neither has the art world been kind. In medieval and renaissance paintings, Judas is depicted as almost an animal. He is also used to make a not-so-subtle political point in Marcos Zapata’s Last Supper, located in the cathedral basilica in Cusco, Peru. It is said that the image of Judas (the only figure looking out at the viewer besides Jesus) is really a portrait of the hated Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. Ouch!

Whatever his motives, one thing is certain, Judas will always be known as the disciple who sealed the fate of Jesus. Indeed, his very name is synonymous with betrayal. To quote the psalmist: My name is become a very byword among men.

With this compelling story, we at St. Mary’s move into the heavy shadows of Holy Week. Where we began with shouts of “Hosanna,” we end with cries to “crucify him!” A ritual meal with Jesus’ disciples becomes the backdrop for the most notorious act of betrayal in human history, but also of tenderness, humility, and a new commandment to love as He loves. And finally, we join St. Mary and the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross as we mourn our Savior’s death.

Holy Week is the most sacred and important week of the year for Christians. It is a week in which liturgically, musically, and through the scriptures, we experience the breadth of the human condition and the hope of salvation. I urge you to join your church family and Christians around the world for each very different observance this week, either in person or online. There is no resurrection without the rest of the story.

Father Rick
Easter Flowers and Music - Last Chance
Two of the delights of Easter at St. Mary’s are the lovely Easter lilies and beautiful music that fill the church on Easter Sunday. If you would like to be part of this tradition and honor/remember someone special on this great festive day, please make a donation using the envelopes in the church or online at You may also send/bring a check to St. Mary’s (memo line Easter Flowers/Music). Names of all those remembered/honored that are received in the office by Friday, April 2nd, will appear in the Easter bulletins and the following Sunday as we enjoy the lilies for two weeks.
Presiding Bishop's Easter Message
“Our work goes on. Our labor for love continues,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in his Easter 2021 message. "We will not cease, and we will not give up until this world reflects less our nightmare and more God’s dream where there’s plenty good room for all God’s children.” The full message is available now to watch online.
Spring Focus on Buildings & Grounds!
I hope some of you will be able to attend the upcoming Buildings & Grounds meeting and/or Spring Cleanup (safely distancing and outdoors!). Fresh eyes often give rise to fresh ideas. Even if you can only spare a few minutes, please come to share your support and camaraderie. Let's take part in the tradition of excellence of our beloved beautiful, historic St. Mary's church! Dennis Trotter, Junior Warden

Wednesday, April 7, after the 10am service -- walk around the campus and get caught up on where we stand with implementing what we have learned from our historic preservation architect

Saturday, May 1, 10am-1pm -- Spring Gardening/Cleanup Day
Good Friday Offering
Prayers of the People
Our community prayer list has been restarted. If you have a friend or family member that you'd like us to pray for as a community, please call the office at (845) 351-5122 or email The prayer list will be published in the Sunday bulletin and the weekly newsletter (see below), which is also always available at Unless you specify a time period, each person will remain on the list for one month. Keep in mind that this information is broadly visible, so do not use this list if the person in need desires privacy.
Our Diocese Stands Against Anti-Asian Violence
The past year has seen a deeply troubling rise in violence and hatred directed towards Asians and Asian Americans. On Tuesday, March 23, the Cathedral and Diocesan communities gathered on the front steps of the Cathedral for a service honoring the victims and survivors of anti-Asian violence, recommitting ourselves to equity and denouncing racism in all its forms. Bishops Dietsche, Shin and Glasspool led the service, with Cathedral Dean Daniel offering words of welcome. The bishops' statements and video of the service are available online.
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987