*COVID-19 Alterations to Worship*
This page will be updated frequently.
All in-person mid-week services are discontinued for the rest of Spring Semester 2020.
Join us for online offerings through Facebook- you do not need a Facebook account to view our page.
Click the previous link or copy and paste this address in your URL bar: facebook.com/stmarysatpenn
+ Sunday Morning Prayer with Sermon and Music at 11 AM via Facebook Live
+ Tuesday Morning Prayer at 9 AM via Facebook Live
+ Thursday Morning Prayer at 9 AM via Facebook Live
+ Friday Morning Prayer at 9 AM via Facebook Live
Complete Resources for Christian Formation for Families and Individuals are available at our Digital Catechesis page
An Agape Meal is a regular meal that takes on the stylized form and shape of the Eucharist. It is not a Eucharist, but a holy meal presided over by the hands that are present, whether those hands are ordained or not. It is a service of Scripture, prayer, song, and at its center is food. All it requires is bread, a cup, and the regular nourishment of a meal at your table. Individuals who live alone and are feeling isolated during this time, as well as families or roommates who are in this isolation together, are all welcome to join as a congregation in our own homes at the same time, in the knowledge that similar celebrations are happening all over our neighborhood.
Other available services within our diocese:
Bishop Guittierez is doing Noontime prayer every weekday
All Daily Office services are available weekdays as text and video at this link.
Our Parish Office is operating remotely.
Parish Staff are available 9 AM-2 PM M-F via email and phone.
We will be checking our office voicemail daily at 9 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM.
Please leave your name, number, and a brief message at (215) 386-3916.
For Pastoral Emergencies, please call Mother Mariclair at (267)648-9064.
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.
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.