February 19, 2021
From the Dean & Rector
Beloved,

Many of the rituals that mark Lent for us are beyond our physical reach during this time of pandemic: Feeling someone mark a cross of ash on our foreheads while saying "remember...."; gathering around each station of the cross and gazing at it while someone tells the story; walking our Lenten way during the week and gathering on Sundays for the feast of Easter; meditating on the iron cross hanging in the chancel while listening to the choir; and more. Each of these helps us to be in the story; to feel it, pray it, walk it, live it. And while we cannot gather for these things, we can still observe them, albeit in a new way.

This past Wednesday evening, we gathered virtually with one another, our bishop, and others in the diocese to mark our foreheads ourselves, to remember that we live because of God, to engage in the ritual act of marking ourselves as we were marked in our baptism. This Sunday we will feast on Easter as we experience physically distant communion, holding the feast close to our hearts, living it in that one moment, and yearning for the future gathering of community.
Last fall, Stan, Mark, and I made a commitment that, beginning in Advent, one of us would be in the Nave for each Sunday service and Holy Day. One of us, on behalf of all of us, would gaze at that cross, and experience the holiness of beauty to be found there. Beginning this Sunday, all three of us will be in there, holding all of you in our hearts, and yearning for our future gathering. And we will gather, virtually, to pray the Stations of the Cross, walking the Way in our hearts, feeling the story in our bodies, and praying for ourselves, each other, this place, and the world; knowing that Jesus has taken and continues to take all of our sorrow and joy to the cross with him, offering all of it to the Godhead.

We may experience these things differently this year, and we can mourn the change and what we are missing; but perhaps we can also pay attention to what this new experience has to offer us in return. In invite you to pay attention as we walk this way of Lent, apart and yet together. What is that offering you? How is that changing you? How are you being transformed by walking this different way?

Beloved, I pray that each of you has a holy, solemn, life-giving, transformative Lent.

In the love of Christ,
Greta+
Cathedral Church of St. Paul Events
Join Us This Sunday as we Celebrate the Eucharist
This Sunday, February 21 is the First Sunday in Lent, and we will be celebrating the Eucharist during our Zoom worship at 10:00 a.m. You are invited to stop by the Cathedral to pick up your consecrated Eucharist at the following days/times:
Friday, February 19: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00
Saturday, February 20: 9:00 a.m. - noon

If you would like to participate in the service but are unable to pick up the Eucharist, the Presider will offer an agape blessing, and unconsecrated bread or other food may also be consumed. As a reminder, the consecrated Eucharist or agape meal should be held in a reverent place in your home, and consumed during the appropriate time of the service.
New During Lent: Small Groups During Coffee Hour
The goal of coffee hour is to embody the welcome Jesus gives us to his realm. Its goal is intimacy, despite the challenges that Zoom presents. With that goal in mind, for the season of Lent, we will be changing the format of coffee hour: the first five minutes we will be all together, then we will have ten minutes in which Zoom will randomly sort us into small groups of 8-12 members, depending on attendance that Sunday. Then we will regroup for the last five minutes.

We hope this format will encourage everyone to widen their circle, extend their joy to others, and perhaps learn something new about someone. As a reminder, coffee hour begins directly after the end of the worship service, using the same zoom link.
Virtual Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross is a devotion following the events leading to Jesus' crucifixion. Prayers accompanying it allow time to reflect on the mystery of his death. Originally, the Stations was an actual physical journey in and around Jerusalem. Later the series was symbolized in outdoor shrines, and today many churches display artistic representations in their sanctuaries. The Stations of the Cross may be done at any time, but is commonly a part of Lenten spiritual practice, specifically on Good Friday.

This year we are unable to gather in the Nave to contemplate Richard Clark's version of the traditional fourteen Stations of the Cross during Lent. Instead we are presenting the traditional devotion in a virtual way to help you reflect on the mystery of Jesus' death and what it still means to us today.

You can access the virtual Stations at any time on the Cathedral YouTube page here. We invite you to join us as we gather virtually for "watch parties," in which we reflect upon Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, and experience the Stations together. You can also walk the stations by yourself or gather others in person or virtually to watch together.

To participate in the group devotion, join us on Fridays (beginning next week) at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81110055388?pwd=OGE4ay9uYXFIY1VpNklrQUZyMG9Jdz09

Meeting ID: 811 1005 5388
Passcode: 621557
 
All are welcome. 
Cathedral Arts Presents Young Artist's Showcase
Cathedral Arts continues its tradition of bringing the arts to the wider community on Tuesday, February 23, at noon!

We are thrilled to offer the 45th Young Artists Showcase Recital in a free virtual presentation by nine excellent young musicians. These pre-college Vermont statewide performers will demonstrate their virtuosity in vocal performance, piano, and cello, featuring pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Liszt, and Torroba.

This concert will premiere on the Cathedral's YouTube channel on Tuesday, February 23 at noon. You can watch it by clicking here.
This Sunday in the Adult Forum: Book Discussion Continues, Now Beginning at 8:45 a.m.
The St. Paul's Adult Forum continues this Sunday to discuss Angie Thomas' book The Hate U Give.

All are welcome to join in the conversation - copies of the book are still available for pickup at the Cathedral. We ask that participants sign up to allow us to plan our discussion better, but you are welcome to join us, even if you forget to sign up. Also, you should sign up even if you are not able to attend all four gatherings.

We will gather online or by phone via Zoom Sundays in February: February 21 and 28 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

To join us online, use the link here.
To dial in by phone, dial 1-646-558-8656, and enter:
Meeting ID# 848 0522 8551
Passcode: 1973
We Invite You to Join Us for Soup and Soul with Mission Farm
(Registration for this closes tomorrow!)
For our next Cathedral-wide book read, we invite you to join us as we read Braiding Sweetgrass and cozy up with a hot bowl of soup. This book discussion, hosted by Mission Farm, will take place Wednesday evenings in Lent, beginning on February 24. Participation is free, and the Cathedral has purchased copies of the book for those who would like to participate.

About Braiding Sweetgrass
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, her relationship with the more-than-human world transcends the analytical, and she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

About the Program
You're invited to bring a hot cup of soup and bread to a virtual gathering to explore and meditate with Braiding Sweetgrass, as we use this time in lent to examine our relationship to the land and the Creator.

Group reflection and discussions will take place each Wednesday evening from 5 pm - 6:30 p.m. for the season of Lent (not including Ash Wednesday or Holy Week). You can sign up to join the group here.

If you have any questions, are looking for additional information, please reach out to rachel@missionfarmvt.org.
Join the Social Justice Bible Challenge During Lent
Bishop Shannon invites members of the Diocese of Vermont to join her in reading the 40-day Social Justice Bible Challenge throughout the season of Lent. The book provides a reading from scripture, a reflection, discussion questions and prayer for each day.
 
The Cathedral has purchased copies of the book for those who would like to participate. Contact the office for further details about getting a book.
 
The group will begin reading on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and end on Palm Sunday (March 28). Bishop Shannon will host weekly hour-long Zoom discussions on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.:
 
·    February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
·    March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
·    March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
·    March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
·    March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
During last month's Anti-Racism Action discussion of “A Scriptural, Ecclesiastical, and Historical View of Slavery” (1864) by John Henry Hopkins, the first bishop of Vermont, the group agreed one action they will take is to immerse themselves in the Bible.
 
"It was clear to us that not only was that text evil and wrong, it was also based in white supremacy," says Bishop Shannon. "It was painful to spend six weeks learning about this shameful part of our diocesan history. We will certainly find a truer understanding of God's intention for us by going to the source. After all, Jesus rooted his own ministry in the words of scripture."
Children's Corner
Check out the Children's Corner each week for the latest edition of the Sunday Paper, and any other information relevant to young people and families.

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. Click here to view or download the Sunday Paper for this week.

Children's Chapel: Deacon Stan Baker will host the Children's chapel via Zoom on the following Sundays, beginning at 9:15 a.m. (note the earlier time):
Sunday March 21
Click on the dates above to access the Zoom link.
The Sunday Paper [Junior], to which The Cathedral Church of St. Paul has a paid subscription, is posted here with permission of the author/illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, www.the-sunday-paper.com. All rights reserved. This is copyright material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.  
Episcopal Relief and Development's One Thousand Days of Love
During Lent we invite you to bring Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) into your prayer life. Thanks to the compassion and faithful support of our community and others, ERD is able to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. The 1,000 Days of Love campaign is dedicated to expanding the organization's global programs, improving the lives of children up to age six.  

Each year St. Paul's has dedicated our fundraising efforts in Lent to support ERD. We hope that you will consider making a contribution, by either mailing a check to the Cathedral with "ERD" in the memo line, or using the ERD line on the donation page of the Cathedral website here. There will be a formal ingathering on the last Sunday in Lent, March 21, 2021.
Cathedral Continues Hosting Silent Witness and Prayer Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m., in response to racism in our nation, state, and community. 

Please note that in order to comply with the Governor's safety regulations we are asking that participants arrive as close to 1:00 p.m. as possible, to disperse immediately at the end of the vigil, and not to congregate with those from other households.

In the event of really bad weather, we will send out a notification by Facebook (please use your own discretion as the weather gets colder). Be sure to bring a face mask and, if you can, a non-perishable food item - a volunteer will deliver all the donations gathered at the vigil to the Food Shelf. If you have a sign you would like to hold, bring it! This event is open to the community.
Join Us for Worship: Sunday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for our upcoming worship services via Zoom, either online or by phone:

Sunday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m., The Holy Eucharist
To join us online, use the link here.
To dial in by phone, call 1-646-558-8656, enter the Meeting ID#: 848 0522 8551
then the Password: 1973
View or download the order of worship here.

Other Regular Services
Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. by Zoom or Facebook Live.

Compline, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom or Facebook Live.
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings, joy, and peace for those who have birthdays this week: Michael Johnson, Kim Rippard, Jean Erno, Tom Rees, Cassie Beste.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Lillian Robinson, Stewart McHenry, Lynda Pibus, Daniel McMillan, Emily Harwood, Peter Adams, Sarah Urang, Dick Donnelly; Rachel Kauppila; Gene Grinnell, John Rouleau; Elizabeth Webster; Danielle O'Hallisey; David, Carol and Samantha Simmons; Pat Barra, Leo Harrigan, Rick Watts, Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister), David Glendinning, Debbie Altemus, Vaughn Altemus, Marion Montross, Naomi Hodgett, Helen McGrath, and Mary Carter. For those impacted by the increase in domestic violence. For all those suffering from COVID-19 in our country or around the world, and especially those from our own faith family who have loved ones at risk or are themselves at risk. For those who have died from COVID-19 and for the grief of those who loved them.  

We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died: James "Jim" Little.
Quote of the Week
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

--Maya Angelou
Lessons for February 21, The Last First Sunday in Lent
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.
Community Events
COVID-19 Vaccine: Appointments Now Open for Vermonters 70+
As of February 16, people who are 70 years and older and live, work, or access primary care in Vermont are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Go to healthvermont.gov/myvaccine to schedule an appointment.
 
People who are 65 years and older will be the next group eligible, followed by Vermonters with specific chronic conditions.
Episcopal Women's History Project Presents Lenten Series: Women Worth Knowing
There are hundreds of remarkable stories of women who have served the Episcopal Church with love, with persistence, with energy and with creativity.

EWHP is presenting a series telling the stories of six women who have made an impact on the Episcopal Church. There will be time for discussion and questions. 

The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker, President of EWHP will be emcee. The sessions will be presented as a Zoom experience where there is room for all who wish to participate.

Ash Wednesday is on February 17, 2021; the series will begin on Thursday: February 18, and continue on February 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Mark your calendars!

Register in advance for these meetings:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.

Place this series on your calendar—there will be a lot of very interesting history of the impact of women in many times of the world.

You can learn more about the Episcopal Women's History Project at their website here.
Everyone Eats Voucher Program Offers Free Meals at Participating Restaurants
Vermonters affected by COVID-19 can sign up for Everyone Eats voucher program and redeem free meals at participating restaurants across the state. Restaurants are paid to provide the meals, with at least 10% of ingredients made by VT producers. https://everyoneeatsvt.com/
Contacts:

The Right Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Rev. J. Stannard Baker, Deacon

Mark A. DeW. Howe, Canon Precentor and Director of Music

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator