A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Epiphany

Pieter Aertsen The Adoration of the Magi

The Eve of the Epiphany Sunday, 5 January 2019 6:00 PM

The Choir of Men and Boys presents a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, a charity event in aid of the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. Through scripture readings, carols and hymns, the service celebrates the joy of Christmastide and the revelation . . . → Read More: A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Epiphany

For New Year’s Eve

O God, who in the beginning of all things didst create heaven and earth: Grant that at this beginning of the year we may create a world filled with compassion and kindness, with mercy and forgiveness, with beauty and wonder; and help us, we beseech thee, to prepare for that last day when thy Son . . . → Read More: For New Year’s Eve

Saint Sylvester

St Sylvester and the Dragon

Saint Sylvester overcomes the dragon of the Tarpeian Rock, by Battista da Vicenza (1375?–1438)

Most merciful God, we humbly pray thee, that like as when thy blessed Abbot Sylvester was devoutly meditating over an open tomb on the vanity of this life, thou didst vouchsafe to call him thence unto the desert, and to . . . → Read More: Saint Sylvester

Winter Blood Drive

Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones! An hour of your time and a pint of your blood can make a difference for three people. Plan on giving the gift of life at Saint Stephen’s Summer Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM. You can . . . → Read More: Winter Blood Drive

Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket

The Martyrdom of Thomas Becket

O God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyr Thomas triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight we may with him receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Advent Wreath Christmas

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only–begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus . . . → Read More: The First Sunday after Christmas Day

The Holy Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents, from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1644). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths: Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, . . . → Read More: The Holy Innocents

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint John and the Poisoned Cup

Saint John and the Poisoned Cup, by El Greco (1541–1614). From Wikipedia.

Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it, being illumined by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it . . . → Read More: Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Stephen

Peter Paul Rubens The Martyrdom of St Stephen

The Martyrdom of St Stephen, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). From Wikimedia.

Grant, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, . . . → Read More: Saint Stephen

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day

Pierre Nativity

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

Nativity, by Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre (1714–89). From Wikimedia.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only–begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and . . . → Read More: The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day