This year during Lent, the children in our Children’s Chapel during the 9:00, 11:15 & 1:00 services worked with All Saints staffers Kelly Phelan and Isaac Ruelas to create this set of Stations of the Cross. The stations — on canvas in permanent marker and watercolor — were displayed in the church during the Vigil from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday.
Today as we celebrate the work and witness of Cesar Chavez with a holiday observing his birthday here in the state of California, we offer this prayer of his … written for the farm workers’ in their struggle and deeply applicable to the work of sacred resistance.
Sometimes in my life, a phrase or image or prayer is echoed around me in unexpected ways. And sometimes, like in this prayer of St. Teresa, it is like manna for the journey. I was first introduced to this prayer through the beautiful Taize service held each month in our community.
Traditionally “La Posada” commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for Jesus’ birth. This year, on Thursday December 22 — in the shadow of looming public policy decisions by the incoming presidential administration — the Pasadena Community “La Posada” becomes a symbolic representation of the search for protection for immigrants and refugees targeted for oppression and marginalization.
by Jenny Tisi
During the summer, I get to do my second most favorite part of my job: I get to sit for hours and choose music for the next choir season. One of the anthems that I picked for January is called “Angels Unaware.” Although the title has its roots in my most favorite Bible verse, Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,” the words to the song clearly state who these strangers are. The strangers are identified as our homeless brothers and sisters.
Q. Sometimes during the service the priest says “Please stand if you are able” or “Please be seated.” But there are also times – like during the Eucharistic Prayer before Communion – when the bulletin says “Kneel or Stand.” How do we decide which to do? And why do some folks choose one over the other?
As we near the end of this long, challenging election cycle let us commit to both cast our votes and to raise our prayers for hope and healing in our nation. Join us in the chapel on Tuesday, November 8th at 12:10 p.m. for a Eucharist with special intentions for our nation on Election Day. And reflect on these words from our Presiding Bishop — and these prayers written by our former All Saints colleague Shannon Kelly.
In case you missed the memo, the announcement or the note in Saints Alive, we are sad to announce that after thirty five years of faithful service our elevator is no longer functional. Plans are underway to install a replacement so please stay tuned for updates on that timeline — and be prepared for some event and program venue changes as we work together to ensure accessibility for all our parish and community members.