Thursday, September 17, 2020

Tenth Anniversary of Episcopal Consecration

18th September 2020 is the tenth anniversary of my consecration as a Bishop in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church - for service in the Diocese of the Eastern United States of the Anglican Province of America. Please pray for me on this day as I pray for you. Thank you and God bless you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Communio Sanctorum: Invocation of Saints as the Family Prayer of the Church.

Our next special event is Tuesday September 1st at 8pm. Bishop Chandler Jones will be giving a Zoom talk called Communio Sanctorum: Invocation of Saints as the Family Prayer of the Church.
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Thursday, August 06, 2020

The Diaconal Ordination of Creighton Campbell McElveen

The Ordination of Creighton Campbell McElveen to the Sacred Order of Deacons will be celebrated at Saint Barnabas Church, Dunwoody, Georgia on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saturday 15th August, at 11am. The Ordination Mass will be open to the public. Please join us for this very special event on the major Feast of Our Lord's Mother!

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Anglican Joint Synods (G4) - Polish National Catholic Church Dialogue

G4/PNCC Press Release:

On July 28th, 2020, the G-4/PNCC Ecumenical Dialogue Group met via Zoom. This took the place of the
scheduled in person meeting that was to be held in Manchester, New Hampshire. Representing the
Polish National Catholic Church were Prime Bishop Anthony Mikovsky, Bishops John Mack and Paul
Sobiechowski, Father Senior Robert Nemkovich Jr., and Fathers John Kowalczyk, Scott Lill and Thomas
Walsh. G-4 members included Bishops Paul Hewett (Diocese of the Holy Cross - DHC), Walter Grundorf
(Anglican Province in America - APA), Chandler Jones (APA), and Brian Marsh (Anglican Church in
America - ACA), and Fathers Robert Bader (DHC), Jonathan Foggin (Anglican Catholic Church - ACC), and Christian Tutor (ACA). Bishop Sobiechowski served as the Dialogue Chairman for this meeting.
Updates were given by the various churches and the Union of Scranton about recent events within their
respective communions and to how they have adapted to the ongoing Covid situation. The Churches
spoke with a united voice about the marginalization of the Church by the media and various elected
officials during this pandemic. The members participating were of one accord affirming that Church is
absolutely essential for the faithful to live out their Catholic Faith and Sacramental lives: especially
during this time of anxiety and pandemic. The dialogue also discussed various ways the Churches can
continue to grow closer together and achieve the unity that our Lord prayed for His Catholic Church.
The next meeting of the G4/PNCC Ecumenical Dialogue will take place in January of 2021 to be hosted
by the G4 Churches.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Phase Three Restoration - Saint Barnabas Dunwoody

My dearly beloved friends, Praised be Jesus Christ! I pray all of you remain well, safe, and healthy. I love you, am praying for you daily, and am missing those of you who have not yet returned to Church! It is a joy and delight to see week by week those who have now already returned. Please remember I am only a phone call or email away should one need any pastoral care and support, 404.313.9448 and I intensely look forward to seeing you in person again soon. Saint Barnabas Church will enter our Phase Three restoration on Sunday 26th July, with two additional features. 1. One cantor, liturgical music, and incense will be restored to the 11am Mass. 2. An outdoor coffee hour with pre-packaged goodies will be provided after each Eucharist. A cantor will now provide liturgical singing during the 11am Mass, to which also the sung minor propers, an offertory anthem, and incense will be restored. Our outdoor Sunday coffee hour with pre-packaged drinks and snacks, and a safely-prepared and served coffee carafe, will take place after both the 9am and 11am services in the plaza in the front of the Church complex. Please be well assured that attending Saint Barnabas is no more risky now than going to the grocery store, the service station, or one's favourite restaurant. Masks and social distancing are still required indoors, just to keep everyone as safe as possible. The same applies to our ongoing Holy Communion protocol of one kind in the hand only. These measures are continued in order to provide an additional level of safety. There is no time like the present in which to return to Church every Sunday. Please do not forget to talk to your friends and neighbours about visiting Saint Barnabas. And please continue to reach out and connect with each other. Ours is a time of personal crisis, frustration, and change for many people, which means we have a ripe opportunity to approach colleagues and acquaintances about trying something new. Be bold! You will surely be surprised by the positive reactions. The doors of Saint Barnabas Church are open wide to welcome everyone. Each one of you abides continually in my love, my prayers, my heart. Thank you so very much and God bless you! +Chad

Monday, July 13, 2020

Validity of evangelical Baptisms

This article will surely make the rounds on social media. 

Some minutiae of orthodox theology for just a moment, please. While a Baptism celebrated by two separate ministers, during which one administers the water while another simultaneously utters the sacramental formula, is definitely invalid, the mode of Baptism generally employed by Baptists and other evangelical Christians is valid. The separation of matter and form by mere seconds, as the minister first pronounces the sacramental form and then immediately applies the matter by full immersion, is not enough of a separation to vitiate the sacrament. There is in that case a moral unity of the rite, a single act in two phases in immediate succession. The integrity of the sacrament is preserved, as matter and form are joined in the singular sacramental action. Additionally, the evangelical candidate already submerged in water has a copious amount of water, the matter, applied to the most of the body during the actual invocation of the sacramental form. That in itself would suffice for validity. Just say no to scrupulosity! 'In Baptism, Confirmation, Extreme Unction, and Order, theoretically speaking, a moral union suffices for validity, which exists when the matter is applied immediately before the form is pronounced, or immediately after... yet there can be no doubt about the power of the sacrament if the form is begun before the application of the matter is completed, or vice versa.' Saint Thomas Aquinas, quoted in Tanquerey, Synopsis of Dogmatic Theology.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

On the Tracts for the Times

The Anglican Province of America has no official position on the Tracts for the Times, although they play a pivotal role in the history of orthodox Anglicanism from the nineteenth century. As a Continuing Church in full sacramental communion with the Anglican Joint Synods (G4), the APA embraces in spirit and in practical application the Affirmation of Saint Louis (1977), which document in turn is entirely dependent upon the theology and doctrinal teaching of the Tracts. 

One trusts it would be accurate to say that the Continuing Churches enjoy a great deal of flexibility and variation in matters liturgical and ceremonial (as long as the orthodox Prayer Books are used), but share at their core a common adherence and allegiance to the Tractarian theological vision. 'In essentials, unity; in unessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.' 

An express Tractarianism, or Catholic theological doctrinal system, is what sets the G4 apart from other self-identified modernist/liberal and evangelical/protestant Anglican groups and bodies. As we are wont to say these days, there are not one, but three, Anglicanisms. The Elizabethan Settlement on a theological level has been shattered. We have 1. liberal revisionist Canterbury, 2. evangelical protestant GAFCON/ACNA, and 3. the Catholic Continuum. Again, this state of affairs is on the theological, not necessarily liturgical, level. 

Below we take the liberty of sharing a few paragraphs about the Tracts, the Movement that produced them, and the results. 

As was once written for a children's lesson: 'The story of the Catholic Revival continues when a meeting of clergy was held in a town in England called Hadleigh. The Priests who gathered there agreed to teach the Catholic Faith and to show what the real teaching of the English Church is. To do this, a series of popular little books or tracts was put out at Oxford with the title of Tracts for the Times. Our four leaders, Keble, Newman, Pusey, and Froude, were among the first authors. The teaching of the Prayer Book and of the Anglican Fathers of the 1500s was put forward. These men also published a series of books called The Library of the Anglo-Catholic Fathers. This series showed that the Anglicans of the 1500s and 1600s taught the same beliefs that were taught in the ancient Church of the 300s and 400s. The Church's teaching is always the same.'

And a little more substantially: 

The nineteenth century British Prime Minister William Gladstone could write in 1842, ‘Great Catholic principles distinguish our Church [of England] from many other Protestant bodies: such, for instance, as the doctrine of grace in Baptism, of the real sacramental Presence in the Eucharist, of absolution, of universal or Catholic consent, of the Apostolical foundation of the Episcopate, and of its being the source of lawful Church power and of a valid ministry’.

An Anglican John Henry Newman, the principal architect of the Tracts for the Times and the most influential mind of the Oxford Movement, explains that the whole purpose of the Catholic Revival, and of the famous Tracts in particular (for which the Movement is often given the name Tractarian), is simply ‘to stir up our brethren to consider the state of the Church, and especially to the practical belief and preaching of the Apostolical Succession’. The initial purpose of the Catholic Movement is to restore to the living memory and practice of the Church of England and her daughter Churches her own ancient and Catholic roots, her apostolic lineage, and her unbroken continuity with the Church of the Apostles, which she perpetuates through the Apostolic Succession of her episcopate, priesthood, and diaconate. 

The Tracts concern ‘the practical revival of doctrines, which although held by the great divines of our Church, at present have become obsolete with the majority of her members’. Newman and his colleagues in the Movement do not claim in any way to introduce new doctrine or novel ideas into the English Church - their goal is to revivify and renew the tradition and practice of an Apostolic Church, a Church whose authority, grace-filled sacraments, and teachings derive, though obscured through the course of history, directly from the Apostles themselves. 

The Catholic Revival is, according to its progenitors, not the creation of a new system of doctrine and belief; it is the restoration of the original Faith and concomitant practices of an Apostolically-commissioned Divine Society. The Church of England is not an Eratsian, state-controlled institution or an organ of the state. Rather, it is, essentially, a part of the Body of Christ, founded on the Apostles and Fathers of the Primitive Church. It is the Catholic Church of the English-speaking world. Thus, the clergy of the English Church should not rest on the authority of the state, their own personal gifts, or on their own convictions, but rather on that essential quality which sets apart the priest from the layman: ‘our Apostolical Descent.’ Here is the beginning and the end, the whole purpose, of the Oxford Movement - to reassert the true Catholic Apostolic nature of the Anglican Church and her ministry as given by God, not man. Newman describes the Orders and Sacraments of the Church as the ‘keys and spells’ by which men are brought into the presence of God’s saints. The Church functions as the Great Sacrament of Christ, in her life, ministry, and worship. 

Newman envisions the Church as the school for saints, edified by the sacraments, ministry, and creeds of the one Church; an early Newman perceives the Anglican Church’s appeal to the antiquity of the first four centuries of the undivided Church as of the essence of Anglicanism - for him, the via media, the defining theological path of Anglicanism, consists in the English Church’s steadfast loyalty to the ancient Tradition of the earliest Church, as opposed to the rigid systematising of Rome and individualistic and atomising tendencies of protestantism. For Newman, the via media is, simply, appeal to the mantra, the well-repeated war-cry of the Anglican settlement, ‘the ancient and Undivided Church.’ ‘Ancient Consent, is, practically, the only, or the main kind, of Tradition which now remains to us’. 

The Anglican Newman readily identifies the Anglican via media with the Church of Antiquity, which alone, he originally believes, possessed the fullness of Catholic consent, conciliarity, and truth.

John Keble is clear on the exact meaning of the reality of Church of Christ and where it fully subsists, as he proclaims, ‘Christ’s Holy Catholic Church is a real outward visible body, having supernatural grace continually communicated through it by succession from the Apostles, in whose place the bishops are’. Nowhere could a more succinct and profound definition of the Church be found in the history of ecclesiology. Keble effectively binds together all the essential characteristics of the Church in her sacramental or outward and visible quality. It almost goes without saying that for the Oxford Movement fathers, the divine Life of Christ is intimately connected to and instrumentally transmitted by the Church’s sacraments, orders, and ministry, for the Church is nothing less but the very Body of Christ, the extension of the Incarnation. 

Such a strongly-worded sentiment is unequivocally echoed by the Saint Louis Affirmation. According to the great Tractarian father and theological leader of the Oxford Movement, Dr Edward Bouverie Pusey, ‘the English Church preserves the entire faith, such as Our Lord left it with the Apostles, to evangelise the world. She believes all which the undivided Church believed, as of faith.’ 

Neither papal nor protestant, the Anglican via media becomes ‘Holy Tradition, apostolic and orthodox, as ecclesial authority’ in the fullest meaning of the phrase. One controversial manner of describing this Tractarian appeal to the undivided Church would be: ‘where Rome and Orthodoxy agree together, there Anglicanism squares with them.’ Anglo-Catholicism’s closest relative, doctrinally speaking, as opposed to historically, would therefore be the Chalcedonian Churches of the eastern patriarchates. Anglicanism, thus self-understood, discovers herself to be the western counterpart to the Eastern Orthodox, or, to be indulgent, the Orthodox Church of the West, or ‘Western Orthodoxy.’ The position renders Anglicanism the sole Patristic Church of the West. Such confidence in the Anglican Catholic position led Pusey to quip, ‘The Church of England has been placed as the single guardian of the Catholic truth in the West’. 

Triumphalistic as it may sound, the Catholic Revival engineers stalwartly believed Anglicanism to be the unique Church, defender and transmitter of ancient and Apostolic Tradition, in the West, opposed to the theological innovations of Rome and the theological subtractions and omissions of extreme protestantism. Her doctrinal authority is the same as that of the Apostolic Church from the beginning. Consistent with his Anglican theological formation, Pusey strongly asserts that the branches of the one Catholic Church, although divided hierarchically and administratively, still possesses the sacramental and spiritual unity of the Body of Christ: the so-called ‘branch theory,' the Branch Fact- ‘Well then may we believe that the several Churches, owning the same Lord, united to Him by the same sacraments, confessing the same faith, however their prayers may be hindered, are still one in His sight.’ 

Since 1833, when British clergy led by John Keble began the Oxford Movement at that University, the name 'High Church' was used often of the Catholic Revival within the Anglican Church. J. H. Newman and E. B. Pusey were its leaders. It was dubbed Puseyism, and often Tractarianism because of ninety famous tracts spread widely to propagate its principles. The opinions of newer High Churchmen were close to those of the earlier men of the same nickname, although closer to the pre-reformation Church in ceremonial observances. They have long since grown away from conservative loyalty to royalty and outmoded political views. Archbishop Tait of Canterbury wrote in 1882: '. . . powerfully had the early teaching of Newman represented English High Churchmanship as the best barrier against the Church of Rome.' In 1845 Newman did go to Rome, and a trickle of others have done so; nevertheless an equal if not greater group join us from there. The true position of this part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as Catholic but not Roman is the strongest one in Christendom.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Postponement of 2020 Anglican Province of America Synods

Dearly beloved in Christ,

The global coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, continues to produce a severe impact on our lives, our Churches, our clergy, our faithful, our families, and our Dioceses and Province. We have just received news that the hotel chosen to host our 2020 Diocesan and Provincial Synods is canceling our meetings, a decision based on recent directives from the government of North Carolina. It has been determined that All Saints’ Church, Mills River, will not be able to accommodate the 80 or more people who planned to attend Synod at its facilities; it is no longer possible for All Saints’ parish to comply with the imposed restrictions, social distancing, and additional directives from the Governor of North Carolina.

Given the extreme circumstances in which we are placed by the pandemic, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the Diocese of the Eastern United States (DEUS) 2020 Synod in addition to the previously announced postponement of the Provincial Synod and alternatives for the DMA and DOW Synods. We now plan instead to meet in 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The next Synods will be sponsored by Saint Barnabas Church, Dunwoody, Georgia. If the pandemic situation improves, and alternative plans can be safely put in place for our clergy, our lay delegates, and our families, we shall consider a date earlier than the summer of 2021 for the rescheduling of the Synods. We have considered other options for our 2020 meetings, and have subsequently decided that there is, at this time, no other practicable solution.

The hotel has canceled all reservations under our group, so there is no need to call and cancel your reservation. Registration fees for the Synods will be refunded to you – information on that process is forthcoming.

In order to plan for the coming year’s DEUS Diocesan budget, we will be sending out an email notice in the next 2 weeks to the DEUS churches regarding the process for our parishes and missions to submit their financial pledges. We are working on a method that will be as effective and convenient as possible.

In the interim, the necessary business of the Diocese of the Eastern United States will be conducted by the Standing Committee (SC) on behalf of the Diocesan Synod until the next Synod can be safely rescheduled and convened. The Standing Committee will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 4, by Zoom in order to conduct the business of the Diocese.

The DEUS Board of Examining Chaplains (BEC) will conduct its business, examinations, and interviews by Zoom on the same dates as originally scheduled, Monday, August 3, and Tuesday, August 4. All those to be examined or interviewed will receive information about connecting with the BEC (and SC if applicable) via Zoom at the times already scheduled. Zoom details will be shared with those participants in the near future.

We offer our profound thanks and gratitude to Archdeacon Erich Zwingert and the entire congregation of All Saints’ Church, Mills River, for their hard work and dedication in preparing for this year’s Synods. We look forward to another Synod hosted by All Saints’ Church in the future.

Let us all continue to pray for our beloved Church, for our faithful, and our nation and world.

The Most Reverend Walter H. Grundorf, D.D.

The Right Reverend Chandler Holder Jones, SSC

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Phase Two Restoration - Saint Barnabas Dunwoody

Dearly beloved in Christ,

We pray that all of you continue to remain well, healthy, and safe. We love you and persevere in prayer for you daily. We are pleased to announce that, beginning on Wednesday 17th June, we shall move to a Phase Two protocol at Saint Barnabas Church.

It is still advised that persons vulnerable to COVID-19 infection refrain from attending public worship for the time being. No one with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other cold or influenza-like symptoms should come to Church. If you have been in recent close proximity to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19, please self-isolate and get tested.

We pray that the COVID-19 situation will continue to improve in the coming weeks and months. But we need to be prepared to deal with circumstances as they may arise, and, if necessary, change course and return to an earlier protocol. It is always possible that we may, at some future stage, have to reverse our course should we experience a re-escalation of coronavirus in our local area.

Beginning on Wednesday 17th June, the Wednesday Bible Study at 11am will resume in person each week. The class will meet in the nave of the Church, and masks and social distancing will be required for those present. The class will also continue to be shared live on Zoom for those who wish to participate from home.

The Noon Wednesday Eucharist will resume as well. Again, we require that all attending the Eucharist wear masks and observe social distancing, as on Sundays. The Holy Communion protocol, of one kind in the hand only, will be the same as on Sundays. Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at the High Altar.

The 7pm Thursday evening Philosophy Survey remains on Zoom and will not meet in-person for now. The Thursday Mass remains suspended except for major Feasts.

The Phase One Sunday protocol remains in place, masks and social distancing. Sunday coffee hour and nursery care remain suspended. Congregational singing and choral music remain suspended.

Small groups and classes may elect to meet in person once again on weekdays, provided that our indoor safety protocol is followed. Outdoor meetings on the campus may also be held.

Occasional services may now be resumed, especially Baptisms. weddings, and funerals, so long as the indoor health protocol is observed. Please contact the Rector to make arrangements for such services. We intend to schedule the Sacrament of Holy Confirmation for our Easter confirmands on a Sunday in July.

The parish clergy are available for meetings at the Church by appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if one should wish to meet with a clergyman. The clergy are also available for pastoral visits at one's home at any time. Sacramental Confessions may be heard by appointment at Church.

Looking forward, what may we expect when Phase Three finally arrives? When we finally land at Phase Three, God willing soon, Holy Communion in both kinds will be restored by intinction at the Altar, masks will then become optional, a cantor will provide liturgical music, and an outdoor Sunday coffee hour with pre-packaged drinks and snacks will resume. Beyond that, lying yet in the future, Phase Four will see us return to normal, to the full expression of our common life.

Let us pray that Our Lord Jesus Christ will, by His grace and mercy, lead us soon to the fulfilment of these godly desires.

Please remember to update your email address on our parish website, Please always consult our parish website for the most updated information and links to events.

Each one of you abides continually in my love, my prayers, my heart. Thank you so very much and God bless you!


Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Corpus Christi

We joyfully invite all parishioners and friends to attend the celebration of Holy Mass and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament for the Festival of the Body and Blood of Christ, the Feast of Corpus Christi, on Thursday 11th June at 7pm. This liturgy is open to the public. Please wear masks and observe social distancing as on Sundays. 
The Sunday Holy Communion protocol of one kind in the hand will be employed. 

Let us forever adore the Most Holy Sacrament!

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Sacred Order of Deacons

8th June is the 24th Anniversary of my Ordination to the Sacred Diaconate by 
Archbishop John T. Cahoon, Junior at Saint Anne's Church, Charlotte Hall, Maryland in 
the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States. Please say a prayer for me on the special day. 
Grainy photographs below from the only extant video. God bless you!

Trinity Sunday Mass, June 7 - St Barnabas Dunwoody (Atlanta)

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Statement regarding George Floyd from the APA House of Bishops

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of America expresses its sense of shock and dismay at the death of Mr. George Floyd. We pray for the blessed repose of his soul, and for the peace and comfort of his family.

In the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we call for an immediate end to all forms of racism, injustice, violence, and lawlessness. May the peace of God which passeth all understanding unfold upon our country. Only through the divine mercy of Jesus Christ can this peace prevail for us. Let us continue to pray for our local communities and cities, our counties and states, our courts of justice, and our nation.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast created man in thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless you.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Whitsunday, commonly called Pentecost

O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Ready for Open Church on Whitsunday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Saint Barnabas Church - Phase One Restoration

Dearly beloved in Christ,

We pray that all of you remain well, healthy, and safe. We love you and continue to pray for you daily. The wonderful news for which we have all been praying and longing has finally arrived! We shall resume Sunday public worship in a restricted way with a carefully-monitored Phase One protocol at Saint Barnabas Church on Sunday 31st May.

Whitsunday, commonly called Pentecost, the Great Birthday of the Church, is a most fitting day on which to restore our common life and worship together. We are reborn as a Church family on Pentecost! Like never before, we Traditional Anglicans have been reminded through the pandemic of the old adage, 'it is the Mass that matters.' Indeed it does.

Our health task force has completed its work and has produced a remarkably succinct yet thorough protocol which will allow us to resume public worship in the safest way we can muster. We shall notify everyone by email, robocall, publication, and our website of the specific directions of the plan. It is absolutely imperative for everyone's health and safety that we, each and every one of us, attentively and purposefully follow every aspect of the protocol. We want everyone to remain as safe as possible.

It is strongly advised that the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying health conditions refrain from attending public worship for the time being. No one with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other cold or influenza-like symptoms should come to Church. If you have been in recent close proximity to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19, please follow federal and state recommendations for self-isolation and testing. We ask that you not attend public worship during this time. Everyone should please check temperatures for fever before venturing out to Church on a Sunday morning.

Please note also that any risk incurred by coming to Church is completely assumed by the individual, especially in the case of those who may choose to disregard active state or local mandates.

Please also remember our ongoing criteria for the decision to restore, or if necessary, once again suspend public worship. 1. a decline of COVID-19 infections and deaths in our area for fourteen days, 2. the consensus of our sister Churches of the Apostolic Succession in the Atlanta metropolitan area, especially the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, 3. the directives of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of America, and 4. local, state, and federal ordinances. All four have been met for a 31st May restoration. We earnestly pray that that will hold in the coming weeks and months. But we need to be prepared to deal with circumstances as they may arise in future, and, if necessary, change course.

All parishioners remain dispensed from the Sunday obligation of attendance at the Liturgy of Holy Communion until further notice. Please remember that the Church has the authority to dispense from the ecclesiastical requirement to attend Mass on Sunday, and she has done so in this case.

Beginning on Whitsunday, 31st May, and continuing every Sunday thereafter for the coming time, we shall celebrate the two Sunday Eucharists as usual, at 9am and 11am. But the Phase One experience will be very different from what we enjoyed before the coronavirus pandemic. We shall continue to livestream and record the Liturgy for those who are unable to attend in person or are still waiting to return.

Masks will be required of all who enter the building, and masks must be worn from entering the building until exiting. We urge our people to bring and wear their own masks, and to bring and use their own hand sanitiser, which should be used frequently while inside. Strict six-foot social distancing will be required at all times; the pews and aisles will be clearly marked for allowed seating and movement. Family groups may be seated together, but individuals and groups need to remain separated. There will be no congregational singing or choral music - Low Mass will be celebrated. The alms basins will be stationary at the back of the nave and will not be passed in the pews. There will be no presentation of alms. But please feel free generously to fill the alms basins!

We still encourage the faithful to make an Act of Spiritual Communion rather than approach the Altar. For those who wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion will be administered in one kind only, the Sacred Host, in the hand only, and at the gate of the Altar rail, without kneeling at the Altar rail. The ushers will assist in guiding communicants toward the Altar while ensuring social distancing is maintained. Masks may be briefly removed in order to consume the Host, once one receives the Host in the hand and walks away from the celebrant, but then masks should be immediately resumed. Coffee hour, in-person classes, nursery care, and gathering of groups within the building have all been suspended. The Rector will greet people outside the building after each Eucharist, masked and observing social distancing. Clergy will wear masks during the time they are administering Holy Communion to the faithful. We shall ask everyone to be patient and careful when using the bathroom facilities, which will be limited to two people at a time.

What is provided above is a cursory explanation of our plan. These guidelines, and many others, will soon be made available to everyone in detail.

One of the consequences of 'Coronatide' is that in-person meetings are no longer as safe as they were before the health crisis began, so for the foreseeable future our parish classes will continue to meet online. Please feel free to join us for all of our online ministries. The links for our livestreamed and recorded YouTube Liturgies, our 1pm Zoom Sunday School, our 11am Zoom Wednesday Bible Study, our 7pm Zoom Thursday Philosophy Survey, and our Zoom Evening Prayer services at 7pm on Fridays and Sundays will be sent to you via email. Please update your email address on our parish website, Please always consult our parish website for the most updated information and links to events.

Each one of you abides in my love, my prayers, my heart. Thank you so very much and God bless you!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Easter Canticle - Rector's Message - Wednesday May 13th 2020

Our 20th Wedding Anniversary

Today, twenty years ago, Megan and I were married on the
Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. The Lord has blessed us wonderfully!

The Prayer Book's service for Holy Matrimony preaches the most effective sermon possible on the subject. God and Jesus and St. Paul all agree, for various reasons, that Christian marriage is a good thing. As a result, following the Prayer Book, each member of the couple makes promises to God and to each other which concern his moral will.

They are promises he cannot possibly keep on his own. So by blessing the marriage God says, "As long as you have the will to keep these promises, I will give you the grace and the help you need to do it."

Today's wedding points out a custom which the Church of England and her lineal descendents share which is unlike the custom of any other Catholic church on earth. That is the custom that her clergy may marry. In the Roman Communion priests are not to marry, but married men can in some cases serve as priests. In Eastern Orthodoxy a married man may be ordained priest, but no priest may get married.

Our church's rule is that, since Holy Scripture in no way forbids it, the clergy are permitted to apply to themselves the same standards which St. Paul lays out for all Christians in his First Epistle to the Corinthians. St. Paul says some people are called to be married, and some people are called not to be married. Each state of life is a gift which carries its own advantages and disadvantages.

God doesn't think that either of the states is superior to the other. He leaves it to you and the Holy Ghost to figure out which gift you have and then act accordingly.

Father Chad stood before me when I made him a deacon and ordained him a priest, and he promised that his home and his family would be wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ. Today he and Megan are taking a momentous new step in that direction.

Article of Religion XXXII, titled "Of the Marriage of Priests," says that it is lawful for the clergy as it is "for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness."

Let us pray that the marriage begun here today will indeed serve Megan and Father Chad better to their own personal godliness, and that it will always stand as a wholesome example and pattern to us.

-The Most Reverend John Thayer Cahoon, Junior

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pastoral Letter to Saint Barnabas Church - 29th April 2020

4795 North Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

Praised be Jesus Christ!

29th April 2020

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings from the Saint Barnabas annexe in Gwinnett County! I pray all of you remain well, safe, and healthy. We love you, we are praying for you, and we miss you. You abide in my prayers always, and you are always with me at the Altar in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice. Please remember I am only a phone call away should one need any pastoral care and support. I intensely look forward to seeing you in person again soon.

We realise how much Orthodox and Catholic Christians everywhere are yearning to return to the Altar and receive the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to gather once again in our churches. Today we must share with you that, having struggled with our decision, we believe that we must yet maintain the current practice of sheltering in place.  After consultation with health experts, both in the parish and the Diocese, we have decided to take a ‘wait and see’ position on when we should once again offer public worship.

No date for the restoration of public worship has yet been determined. We shall not have public worship on 3rd May, and this protective measure could last several more weeks. But this decision could change soon. If the COVID-19 situation in Georgia improves more quickly, we will immediately re-examine the possibility of congregating once again.

We shall, of course, notify you immediately when things can change. In the meantime, please be sure to participate in the Sacred Liturgy livestreamed and recorded on our YouTube channel and on our parish website, . Within the next week we shall unveil our plans for a new series of online classes in which all will be welcome to share and participate. We are going to revive Bible Study and Sunday School online, and that information is coming to you shortly. Please feel free to join us!

Many of our faithful fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19. We still are reluctant to put our congregation at risk. 

One size does not fit all in this crisis, and local situations require different levels of disease mitigation. Other parishes in the Continuing Church will be able to restore public worship sooner than we are. We are the largest parish of the Continuing Church in North America, a major metropolitan and international parish in a major metropolitan area, an area more affected by coronavirus than other parts of the country.

As much as we would love to entertain the possibility of opening up to smaller groups, several factors make the opening of Saint Barnabas to public worship at this time both a logistical impossibility and a danger to those who might seek to attend. Because of the sheer size of the parish, 650 members, the effort safely to assemble groups of ten or less for multiple Masses would prove difficult in the extreme, unmanageable.
Were we to allow public worship at Saint Barnabas now, we would almost certainly 'break the barrier' of a separation of at least six feet between worshippers, no matter how hard we try or how many Masses we offer, and potentially expose everyone present to disease. It appears to us that it is simply not possible to have services open to the public with a congregation of our size and not run the risk of contagion. So, we wait for the situation to improve.

Currently, all parishioners remain dispensed from the Sunday obligation of attendance at Holy Communion until further notice. Please remember that the Church has the authority to dispense from the ecclesiastical requirement to attend Mass on Sunday, and she has done so in this case.

Regarding the future, we are mindful that the coming months in our region, state, and nation will see a great deal of unpredictability – the situation will go up and down, and things as we knew them before coronavirus are not likely to return for some time. A ‘new normal’ will eventually emerge and life will not be exactly as it was. We all want to put this terrible time behind us, but we also have to be realistic, and prepared to deal with circumstances as they arise.

In crises such as the one we are currently enduring, it is a blessing from the Lord to be in a hierarchical Church. Authority matters now more than ever, and we are graced to be in an Apostolic Church of the Apostolic Succession. We are generally following the guidelines provided by our sister Apostolic Churches in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. We are actively engaged with them – and watching what our sister Churches are doing and why. They are following protocols which reflect the size of their congregations – and our parish is large enough to bear the need for a similar approach. They are taking into consideration the same needs and concerns we have, and reflect very much what we are doing to protect our faithful. When it comes to coronavirus mitigation, there is in fact a theological and practical consensus amongst the Churches I like to call the ‘Branch Fact’ Churches, Eucharistic Churches in the Apostolic Tradition, Churches centred on the Eucharist and the sacramental life. And that consensus will help lead us, God willing soon, to enter a Phase One restoration. 

Our fantastic parish health task force will soon issue recommendations on how safely to restore public worship to Saint Barnabas. The protocol will include many suggestions for scheduling, sanitation, and distancing – proposals intended to phase us back into our common life. We pray that the recommendations can soon be implemented.
Finally, please know we remain forever grateful for your love, your prayers, and your sacrificial financial support offered in love. We need your financial support now more than ever before. Please visit our website to see our updated giving page on - Saint Barnabas depends entirely upon your offerings to meet its obligations, provide for your worship, and extend its outreach. Please be generous. We hope that all of you will come to know the great blessing of following the biblical tithe as the standard for your stewardship of time, talent, and money.
To give online or set up a recurring gift please use the Donate button on the top of the giving page which says ‘Donate Online’. This will redirect you to our payment partner where you can setup recurring or one time gifts. No sign up is required to send a one time gift. Thank you so very, very much indeed – may the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, bless you and keep you now and forever.

In Our Blessed Lord,

The Right Reverend Chandler Holder Jones SSC, Rector