This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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For your safety, the church building is closed. All services are being live-streamed on Facebook .

Maundy Thursday, April 9
7pm - Holy Eucharist and Stripping of Altar

Good Friday, April 10
Noon - Passion and Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 11
8pm - The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 12
10am - Holy Eucharist

Monday, April 13
5pm - Evening Prayer

Tuesday, April 14
1pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open
5pm - Evening Prayer

Wednesday, April 15
5pm - Evening Prayer
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I am writing this message to you on Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the great paschal triduum. This is a time when we normally focus on the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ as he was betrayed, crucified, died, and was buried. This year, those themes will take on a new dimension for us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Due to the current pandemic, we too may have feelings of betrayal, anxiety, and pain. Despite the encouraging good work being done by so many in our community, there is no denying the presence of the looming spectre in our lives. 

To quote Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence cometh my help? My help cometh even from the Lord, who hath made heaven and earth.” Now is the time to turn to our Lord, knowing that there is no pain we feel that he did not also feel. There is no suffering that he did not suffer. Therefore I encourage you to participate in the Holy Week liturgies listed below. Each is powerful in its own way, and they all form one unified expression of faith, of hope, and of thanksgiving. Let us walk in the way of the cross, the way of health, life, and resurrection.

The reasonable and holy hope we share is that there is resurrection on the other side. It is true that on this Easter Sunday, we will be unable to come together in person. But, to quote the inspirational message of Queen Elizabeth II, “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”


P.S. I am very proud of the way that we have rallied together and (following all guidelines) have been meeting the needs of so many people, from delivering food and medicine to virtual worship services. Despite the fact that the church doors are closed, her work continues unabated. I urge you to remember to keep up on your pledges , and if you haven’t yet made one, to do so now . St. Mary’s needs you, and this is yet another way “to contribute to the needs of the saints,” as St. Paul said.
Operation Love Thy Neighbor
In partnership with local civic organizations, St. Mary's Outreach is making sure that no one is forgotten in this time of great crisis and self-isolation. Here is the link to the latest information about how we are helping the Tuxedo community and how to get help.

We are aware of the need for everything from groceries, to medicines, to simple human contact, and we are here for you. For help, call your neighborhood coordinator or email [email protected] . Donations to support our outreach efforts may be made here .

The Sloatsburg Food Pantry will be open to clients on Tuesday, April 14, from 1pm to 6pm. Tuxedo residents are eligible. Please visit their website for more information.
For your safety, the church is closed during the pandemic, but services continue online at Facebook , where they are live-streamed at the appointed hour, and recordings are also available after each service ends. All are invited to join us in worship. More information about each of the Holy Week services appears below and at .
Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
Join us live on Facebook at 7pm on Maundy Thursday, April 9th, as we commemorate the Last Supper, a Passover meal which Jesus shared with his disciples and at which he became our passover, the Lamb of God. We also celebrate the institution of the holy priesthood as Jesus gave his disciples the command to break the bread and bless the cup until he comes again. After communion, the altar will be stripped and washed to represent the tomb that will receive Christ's body on Good Friday. The bulletin is available for download at .
Good Friday
Join us live on Facebook at noon on Good Friday, April 10th, as we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday, we enact the ancient liturgy for that day, hearing the Passion according to St. John as well as the Solemn Collects, sung to tones used only on Good Friday. Finally, we solemnly venerate the cross. The bulletin is available for download at .
Holy Saturday Great Vigil of Easter
Join us live on Facebook at 8pm on Holy Saturday, April 11th, as we celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter. The current  Book of Common Prayer  is the first to include liturgies for Holy Week that rediscover ancient practices. Some are left open to interpretation, but others, like The Great Vigil of Easter, are more prescribed. The liturgy is intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter. The service begins in darkness, sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter, and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet); The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers); Christian Initiation; and the Eucharist. Believers would gather in the hours of darkness ending at dawn on Easter to hear scripture and offer prayer. This night-long service of prayerful watching anticipated the baptisms that would come at first light and the Easter Eucharist. Bulletins will be available for download at .
Easter Sunday
Join us live on Facebook at 10am on Easter Sunday, April 12th, for the Holy Eucharist. Bulletins will be available for download at .

After the service, please join us at 11am on Zoom for a virtual coffee hour, where we can exchange Easter greetings with fellow parishioners and friends over coffee, mimosas, etc. Wear your finest attire or your jammies -- Easter bonnets are encouraged! Here is the link for the Zoom Coffee Hour; no password should be required.
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
PreSchool: 845.351.2389
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987