3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Sunday at 11:00am


Worship


Our primary service each Sunday is a Choral Eucharist, at 11 a.m.

Song

As an Episcopal parish with Anglo-Catholic roots, we sing a great deal of the liturgy, including the Gloria, the Sanctus and Benedictus, the Lord’s Prayer and the Fraction Anthem.  The hymns we sing come primarily from authorized Episcopal church hymnals: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Other Voices, and Wonder, Love and Praise.  Believing that our language not only reflects our world but also shapes it, we try, as
much as possible, to be inclusive in our liturgical language while remaining faithful to the Anglo-Catholic traditions of worship at St. Mary’s.

Inclusion

We try to make the language of our worship conform to our conviction that the nature of God embraces equally male and female.  We take our Bible readings and psalms mostly from the New Revised Standard Version, sometimes modified to avoid gender specific references to God without losing original meanings.  In our liturgies, we sometimes make similar significant and important changes in the language of The Book of Common Prayer
and its supplements.  Some historical texts that are widely known and loved, like the Lord’s Prayer, are used in familiar translations and so are copyrighted materials such as hymns and anthems.

In all texts we affirm the non-gendered nature of God, as well as all the dimensions of God’s boundless creative love which we can never fully imagine or express.  As a  congregation that welcomes frequent visitors and members from other traditions, for  many years we have printed the entire Sunday liturgy, briefly annotated, in a separate booklet, which changes with the liturgical year.


Latest Sermon: Contemplation of Mary - August 15, 2004

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