Afternoon Tea at the Garden Party

What could be more delightful than to partake of afternoon tea at the British Garden Party and Fête, on Saturday, May 7th? The Garden Party runs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the Tea Room is open for constant service. (Be forewarned, the line can be quite long. You can read all the . . . → Read More: Afternoon Tea at the Garden Party

Saint Catherine of Siena

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena by Giovanni di Paolo (c. 1403–1482)

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we who keep the heavenly birthday of thy holy Virgin Saint Catherine may be conformed to the pattern of her hidden life with thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Maypole at the Garden Party

Maypole in Progress

Edited to correct date

Don’t be a Puritan Roundhead—come to the Cavalier side and join in the Maypole Dance. It’s fun for the whole family. (You don’t have to tell your kids what it’s all about.) There’s all sorts of entertainment, fun and games, and great food at our British Garden Party . . . → Read More: Maypole at the Garden Party

The Sermon for Sunday April 23rd – Easter IV

Fr Hawtin

Here is the sermon for Sunday April 23rd: Easter 4, 2016

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVII No 15

Saint Mark

The Lion of St Mark

Leone marciano andante (The Lion of St Mark) by Vittore Carpaccio (1466–1525), from Wikipedia

O Almighty God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark: Give us grace that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established . . . → Read More: Saint Mark

The Fourth Sunday after Easter

font at Easter

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday after Easter

The Translation of Saint Wilfrid

Celtic Cross

O God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Wilfrid to be a Bishop in the church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word and guide them by his example: Grant us, we beseech thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in . . . → Read More: The Translation of Saint Wilfrid

In Memory of William Shakespeare

Christ of the Abyss by KittyTSs d3ljrpi

William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616—400 years ago today. Herewith are a couple of experts from The Tempest, generally thought to be the last play he wrote alone.

ARIEL sings

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth . . . → Read More: In Memory of William Shakespeare

Saint George

St George and the Dragon by Raphael

“St George and the Dragon” by Raphael (1483–1520)

Almighty God, who hast made us heirs of all the victories of faith: Arm us, like Saint George, with such trust in the truth that is invisible, that we may seek no rest from its demands, and have no fear in its service; through the . . . → Read More: Saint George