February 25, 2021
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are being live-streamed online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Friday, February 26
7pm - Stations of the Cross and Benediction (online only)

Second Sunday in Lent, February 28
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Tuesday, March 2
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Wednesday, March 3
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Thursday, March 4
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“At the cross her station keeping, stood the mournful mother weeping, where he hung her dying son.”

Lent is the Church’s great season of fasting, penitence, and mortification. We are reminded that we are, “but dust,” and throughout our lives are always in need of repentance and God’s forgiveness. Mortality looms large at this time. We contemplate our own, and pray for those we have lost. This year, the deaths of more than half a million Americans in the pandemic should cause us to prayerfully reevaluate our own lives and relationships.

Continuing a tradition we started last year at this time, we are offering an online service of stations, or “The Way of the Cross,” and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament each Friday throughout Lent. The Way of the Cross is a meditative spiritual pilgrimage to the Via Dolorosa, the way of sadness that our Lord traveled to Calvary. Along the way, certain incidents are recalled, culminating in his burial in the tomb. We travel only around the nave of the church, but if we open our hearts and the eyes of our faith, stations can be a profoundly moving devotion. Through prayer and the lens of the pandemic, we can begin to associate ourselves with Jesus’ mother’s anguish, the mocking of the soldiers, and his own agony. 

We conclude with Benediction, which is a service of adoration of the Body of Christ, and a reminder that he will be with us always, even unto the end of the age.

As we continue our journey toward the cross and Good Friday, I hope that you will join me and members of our music ministry online Fridays in Lent for this soulful spiritual pilgrimage with and to our Lord.

Father Rick
The Light of Christ
A sanctuary lamp hangs in the church directly above the tabernacle, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept in reserve. The perpetual light of the lamp reminds us that Jesus is sacramentally present, and calls us to greater reverence for his Body as well as to prayer in his presence.

The glass vigil candles that fit inside the lamp can be given in memory of a loved one, as a petition for some need, or in thanksgiving for answered prayer. Each light burns for an entire week, and the cost is $20. With your donation, please leave a note describing your prayer's intention as well as the week you would like the light to burn. You may donate online or mail a check to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo, P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

The sanctuary lamp is given this week by Harrison Bush with prayers for an end to the pandemic.
How to contact us...
Website: www.stmtux.org
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987