Scripture Verse

Man that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.

— Job xiv:1,2, The Burial Sentences [At the Grave]

Epiphany Lessons & Carols

Only 24 days until Epiphany Lessons and Carols, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys. People of all faiths are welcome, and there is no charge for admission; however, the proceeds of a freewill offering will go to the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. A reception will follow the service, which will last approximately 45 minutes. If you would like to receive email reminders of upcoming Evensongs and other Choral Services, send an email to the Choirmaster at

Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday

Rorate caeli manuscript illumination

Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Evensong, a fusion of the monastic prayer offices Vespers and Compline, is one of the greatest treasures of the Anglican tradition. Presented by Saint Stephen’s Choir of Men & Boys on the First Sunday of the month, the service begins at 6:00 PM and ordinarily lasts about 40 . . . → Read More: Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday

Saint Andrew, Apostle

crucifixion of St Andrew

Crucifixion of St Andrew, by Carlo Maratta (1625–1713).

Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves . . . → Read More: Saint Andrew, Apostle

Special Guests at the Cookie Walk

Santa visits the Cookie Walk at St Stephen's

We have some special guests at the Cookie Walk this year!

Everybody, and we mean everybody, shows up at St Stephen’s Cookie Walk. Who could resist all those cookies?

First, Camerata Musica will be back singing holiday selections from across the centuries. They’re scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM in the lobby. You won’t . . . → Read More: Special Guests at the Cookie Walk

There is nothing natural about loving one another

Fr Hawtin

Doubtless inspired by the rapid approach of the “Season of Good Will,” a radio talk show caller recently opined that all would be right with American society if only people would love each other a bit more.

It’s hard to quarrel with that. Clearly, if drug dealers loved addicts a bit more they wouldn’t enslave . . . → Read More: There is nothing natural about loving one another

The Twenty–Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

. . . → Read More: The Twenty–Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of alexandria, Altarpiece in the Cesi chapel, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (1521–c. 1580). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst endue blessed Catherine, thy Virgin, with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy name: Grant us, we . . . → Read More: Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

The Sunday next before Advent

Trinity (celtic knot)

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Vestry meeting minutes

The October meeting was cancelled. Here are the minutes from the November 7th meeting: Minutes for November 7th, 2018

This week’s newsletter:

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 46

We need lots of greens for table arrangements

To create our 40 greens arrangements to sell at Cookie Walk, we need a large amount of a variety of greens. Since our Cookie Walk date of the first Saturday in December comes so early this year, we don’t have the benefit of collecting “scrap” greens from Christmas tree sale lots.

Greens and . . . → Read More: We need lots of greens for table arrangements