February 11, 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).

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Tuesday, February 16
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Ash Wednesday, February 17
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Thursday, February 18
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Friday, February 19
7pm - Stations of the Cross and Benediction (online only)

Saturday, February 20
10:30am - Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration (online only)

First Sunday in Lent, February 21
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Facebook reminded me that four years ago, we had a very early blooming of the earliest of flowers: galanthus nivalis or more commonly, snowdrops. Before our recent snows, I noticed that they were poking out of the ground a bit (as were some daffodils), but this year I doubt we will see the much-anticipated blooms until well into March. Perhaps this is nature’s way of telling me that we are about to enter the Church’s great penitential season of Lent.

Next week, we will mark the beginning of that season on Ash Wednesday. Like everything else in the past year, this beloved observance will also be different. Our bishop has wisely directed his clergy not to impose ashes this year, as it entails too much physical contact. While disappointing, it is worth noting that the liturgy for Ash Wednesday has only been officially part of the American Prayer Book since 1979 (though it was practiced in many churches before that), and that the imposition of ashes is completely optional.

The real point of the liturgy of that day is to acknowledge our mortality and sinfulness, and our need for repentance and forgiveness. I personally find the litany of penitence to be an incisive acknowledgment of our sinful state. It gives us the opportunity to lay this burden bare and commit to a season of prayer and self-denial in preparation for Easter, the queen of feasts.

This year’s observance will take place during the regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning service at 10:00am. It will be live-streamed on our Facebook page, and will be available thereafter on demand. I hope that you will be able to join your church family in prayer on this important day, either in person or online.

Father Rick
Blessed Absalom Jones
Absalom Jones (1746 – 1818) was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman who became prominent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Disappointed at the racial discrimination he experienced in a local Methodist church, he founded the Free African Society with Richard Allen in 1787, a mutual aid society for African Americans in the city. The Free African Society included many people newly freed from slavery after the American Revolutionary War.

In 1794 Jones founded the first black Episcopal congregation, and in 1802, he was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is listed on the Episcopal calendar of holy women and men. Each year, he is remembered liturgically on the date of his death, February 13.

Our diocese will celebrate his life this year with a panel discussion on February 10th, a celebratory service on February 20th, and a mutual aid project from now thru March. Please join in celebrating this remarkable man's life.
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 was given last week by Inger Gruterich in memory of Fred Mittleman and this week by Harrison Bush with prayers for a Holy Lent.
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