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, www.stbarnabasatl.org. 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
770.457.1103    bspchj@gmail.com

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, www.stbarnabasatl.org . 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 www.stbarnabasatl.org/giving - 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

Pastoral Update - Rector's Message - Wednesday April 29, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

'Coronatide' - A Pastoral Letter


Dearly beloved in Christ,

Recently, a clever clergyman characterised our current situation as the liturgical season of 'Coronatide,' and indeed a very long season it has already proven to be. The past six week period has been unlike anything anyone alive has ever experienced and witnessed, as we now continue to live through the coronavirus pandemic, the worst international health crisis since the 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak. The year 2020 will already be recorded in infamy in the history books. We may call it a plague or a pestilence - and it has compelled us to remain in our homes, sheltering in place, effectively quarantined. For the first time in American history, almost all Churches have been closed, in order to contribute to the effort of slowing the spread of coronavirus and in order to help protect and preserve the lives of our own people and others.

Please know we love you, we care for you, and we are praying daily for you and for your health, safety, and peace. Please feel free always to contact me personally on 404.313.9448 and bspchj@gmail.com. We are here for you, and available to provide pastoral and spiritual support via telephone. In turn, we ask you please to pray for our Church family, for our clergy and people, and for the work and mission of our Church. 

Please continue to support us with your prayers and, yes, your financial giving. We need your financial contributions now more than ever. One may donate electronically by using the feature located on our parish website. For the most updated parish information available as the pandemic continues to unfold, please visit our website on www.stbarnabasatl.org

In the midst of this coronavirus crisis, we have now commemorated the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ during Holy Week, and we have celebrated His glorious Resurrection during Easter Week. Jesus Christ lives. Jesus Christ reigns. Jesus Christ is Lord.  Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat! – Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands. 'Our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen' (I Timothy 6.15-16).

We are reminded in this holy season that Our Lord’s real human death is unrepeatable and has resulted in His ultimate physical glorification and immortality: because Christ destroyed death by His own death, to which He was freely and voluntarily subject, His risen humanity, body and soul, is forever victorious over death. Now for all eternity Christ lives, Christ conquers, Christ reigns – and we shall live, conquer, and reign because of Him, in Him, and through Him and for Him. 

Christ has destroyed the power of sin through death, and, thus united to Him in His death, we shall overcome sin and live forever in Him. No longer should we fear death, for Christ has overthrown death. He has conquered our own death and will manifest that victory in our own bodies in our own resurrection on the Last Day. The Christian, the one found in Jesus, already possesses the victory! 

'For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's' (Romans 14.8) 'Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, Jesus also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage' (Hebrews 2.14-15). 

In I Corinthians 15.20-22, Saint Paul uses the ancient Jewish liturgy to explain the mystery of the Resurrection. In ancient Israel, the first portion of a crop was offered to God in the Temple as a consecration of the entire expected harvest to come (Leviticus 23.10-14); so the Lord Jesus is the first of many to be raised in glory, and His resurrection Body is an offering that ensures a whole harvest of believers will be raised to eternal life as He was. The contrast of Adam and Christ demonstrates the power and impact of Our Lord’s Resurrection. Death is the result of sin. Sin began with and in Adam, and because of Adam’s transgression, the totality of the human race since has been destined to enter the world alienated from God and to die. 

Christ saves us from death, because His victory over sin reverses the disobedience and consequences of Adam’s fall and provides us with the promise that our fallen and mortal bodies, once broken by sin, will be raised to eternal glory and new life. Christ, the New Man, the New Adam, the New Creation, restores us to communion with God by His glorification and healing of our human nature. Adam was the head of a wounded and corrupted humanity; Christ is the Head of the New Creation, the Church.

At this unprecedented time, we are employing digital technology and video broadcasting in order to make the Liturgy available to the faithful who are sheltering in place at home. 'Virtual' liturgy is not ideal, of course, but it is certainly the best option we have during this unparalleled situation. The broadcast of the Liturgy enables us to unite our hearts, minds, and souls with the offering of the Church's Sacrifice and invites us into an active and engaged participation in the worship of the Church, in union with our fellow Christians, our Church family. We can draw together with our fellow parishioners in a spiritual way and feel that we are with them as the Church's Liturgy is celebrated. We are able to join our own prayers, intentions, and sacrifices, our own adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication, with the whole Catholic and Apostolic Church across time and around the world - in a virtual format. We are able through prayer to 'plug into' the Action of Christ in His Mystical Body, the Church. 

The virtual liturgy also allows us to witness, both live and in recording, the actual Sacrifice of the Mass, the Consecration of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, and the offering of the Eternal Sacrifice of Calvary made present on our Altars. The Church extends us the opportunity to make our own intentions and to offer them in spirit with Our Lord in the offering of the Eucharist. One may feel free to cross oneself, kneel, stand, and sit as one would usually do in Church. In beholding the Mass, we may say with Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, 'It is finished and done, so far as in our power, Christ our God, the Mystery of thy dispensation. For we have held remembrance of thy Death, we have seen the figure of thy Resurrection, whereof graciously vouchsafe to make us all partakers in the world to come.'

Additionally, one may make the Act of Spiritual Communion during the Holy Communion of the Celebrant, using the form provided on the website. As the Book of Common Prayer teaches, 'But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Minister, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth' (Page 323).

Please watch our liturgies and sermons on the parish website, on our YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page. 

When, one may understandably ask, will Saint Barnabas reopen for public worship? At this time, we do not yet know when we will be able once again to open worship to the public. Currently, all parishioners are 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. Please remember that until the Georgia statewide stay-at-home order is lifted, Saint Barnabas will have to remain closed. We are generally following the guidance provided by our local, state, and federal authorities and institutions, the Georgia Department of Health, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Johns Hopkins University, and also following the guidelines provided by our sister Apostolic Churches in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. As soon as it possible and safe to do so, we shall resume our Sunday schedule. 

In the fullness of time, we pray that we shall be able to send notice that we shall return to something of a usual way of doing things. But in the meantime, each one of you abides in my love, my prayers, my heart. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! May the Lord Jesus Christ, our True God, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and risen from the dead, bless you and all you love in this Eastertide.

God bless you!


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Day Mass

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Schedule of Live Streaming Events for Holy Week and Easter 2020

Saint Barnabas Anglican Church, Dunwoody, Georgia
Maundy Thursday, 9 April at 4pm
Live Stream of Private Mass
Bishop Chad
YouTube: https://youtu.be/7GYa5SGPPwY
Good Friday, 10 April from Noon to 3pm
Live Stream of Three Hours Devotion: Seven Last Words of Christ
Bishop Chad and Fr. Matt Harlow
YouTube: https://youtu.be/ff6ZSf9Wxio
Easter Day, 12 April at 10am
Live Stream of Private Mass for Easter Day
Bishop Chad
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rp0CGWQQEic
During the duration of the coronavirus lockdown, we will attempt to live stream private Masses every Sunday at 10am.

On Apostolic Succession

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Palm Sunday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Anglican Province of America Notice

To All Clergy and Parishioners of the Anglican Province of America
From: + Walter H. Grundorf
We pray and hope that all of you are well and safe at this time. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and as you are aware, the acceleration phase continues as predicted nationwide. Our parishes and missions are located in different states with different civil laws in effect. We encourage you to continue to follow all local, state and national directives.
In light of the above, my directive, in consultation with the House of Bishops, remains that all parishes and missions continue to suspend public worship through April 30th, the time period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and mandated for stay-at-home orders by many local governments around the country.
We know that our inability to offer public services for Holy Week and Easter is heartbreaking for all of us, but in the interest of public safety, for the health and welfare of our people, we realize it is necessary. During this time, we are called to make the sacrifice to our Lord of abstention and absence in receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. This need is especially intense during Holy Week and Easter. However, there is genuine virtue in accepting the need to make this sacrifice and then offering it up to God.
We are now called to suspend the good of our worship together for another good, the preservation and protection of God's precious people. We pray the Lord will bless and accept this our sacrifice. Soon we will all be able to celebrate, as never before, our return to the Altar of God and the glories of Eastertide!
May God bless and keep you always.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Morning Prayer & Sermon for Passion Sunday, March 29, 2020

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

03-25-20 Rector's Message - Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an Angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sunday Mass Video - Sunday 22nd March - Lent IV

As previously announced, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in order to protect the faithful, our normally scheduled Sunday Masses are now closed to the public until further notice.
Please note that on Sunday 22nd March, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, a Mass will be celebrated by our Rector and Assisting Priest. This Mass will be recorded on video and made available for viewing no later than Sunday evening.

We strongly encourage our entire parish family to watch this video, which will include an important message from Bishop Chad.
The video will be available from our website, www.stbarnabasatl.org , our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCnBp0DJAoqp1inJPoiUWckA/videos, and from our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StBarnabasAnglicanChurchAtl/
Please be assured of our fervent prayers for all of you during this time of challenge and crisis. We love you and are praying for you. We do not know how long this situation will last, but we shall proceed in every way available to us, undaunted, and full of faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

APA Succession

Apostolic Succession: the APA lineage. First, the Consecration of Archbishop Joost de Blank by Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher in 1952; second, the Consecration of Bishop Robert Mize by Archbishop de Blank in 1960. Bishop Mize was a co-consecrator of Bishop Walter Grundorf.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Saint Barnabas Dunwoody: Closure through 4th April 2020

16th March 2020

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Because of the continued progression of the coronavirus epidemic, Saint Barnabas Church will cancel the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays 22nd March and 29th March. The parish is now officially closed to the public through Saturday 4th April. We shall continue closely to monitor the situation and to evaluate the possibility of having public services once more on Palm Sunday. It is our intention to livestream and record Sunday liturgical services online during the closure period, however long that may have to last. 

All parishioners are dispensed from the Sunday obligation of attendance at Holy Communion through 29th March. 

Please share this email - we shall post regular weekly updates on our website, www.stbarnabasatl.org and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StBarnabasAnglicanChurchAtl/, and via email. Notices will be provided routinely going forward. 

Please be certain to register your email address for our email update list and your telephone number for our robocall system. We shall have the latest information available, and an email subscription form ready to post, on Wednesday 18th March. 

One may telephone the parish administrator on 770.457.1103. The office is closed to visitors but one may telephone during business hours. The Rector may be contacted at any time on c.jones@stbarnabasatl.org and 404.313.9448. One is always welcome to contact the parish clergy via telephone, text, and email in case of necessity. 

In the meantime, let us continue to pray fervently for one another, for our parish, and for our community. 

Our Saint Barnabas family has shown great spiritual maturity and calm throughout this crisis. Let us place all our faith and trust in the Divine Redeemer, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and let us pray for a swift end to this trial. 

O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless you!


Spiritual Communion

But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Minister, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth. (Book of Common Prayer, page 323).

If one is unable to attend Holy Mass and receive Our Lord sacramentally in the Most Holy Sacrament...

Thursday, March 12, 2020

New Schedule at Saint Barnabas Dunwoody - Coronavirus Concern

12th March 2020
Dearly beloved in Christ,
As you are certainly aware, the intensifying coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our region, state, and nation.
In order to protect all of our parishioners and friends, and especially those who are elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, we have decided now to enact the following schedule changes:
Effective Sunday 15th March, all weekday services, classes, and events will be cancelled until the end of March.
Also effective Sunday 15th March, all Sunday classes for children and adults, and coffee hour, will be suspended until the end of the month.
The two Sunday Eucharists will continue to be celebrated as normally scheduled, 9am and 11am, until further notice. The nursery will be closed - please keep children with you.
We urge the elderly, and those who manifest any cold-like or influenza-like symptoms, please to remain at home on Sundays. Let us all continue best practices for personal health and hygiene, especially washing of hands and social distancing.
We note that these circumstances are certainly unprecedented in the history of our beloved parish.
During this time of concern, let us with one accord, and with all of our hearts, minds, and souls, turn to Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ and beseech His mercy and goodness towards us and all the people of our land. Let us not panic, but remain steadfast in our faith - let us trust firmly and completely in our God and Saviour. Let us continue to pray for one another, for our community, for our parish family. And may we allow these circumstances to deepen our Lenten fast and discipline, and to draw our souls into a deeper love for God and a more profound repentance for our sins.
O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2020


A first direct contribution to a publication of this kind, and it is admittedly fun and rewarding to see one's name and writing in print! One might say that I am a 'Rebel with a Cause' in that mine is one of the very few Anglo-Catholic essays contained in this generally protestant book. My only previous contribution to such a work, known to me at least, is the reference to my blog and writing on Anglo-Catholicism found in 'Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T.S. Eliot and Christianity' by Barry Spurr.

Monday, February 24, 2020

PNCC-G4 Dialogue

The Anglican Joint Synods (G4) - Polish National Catholic Church Dialogue Meeting was held from 28th-30th January 2020 at Saint Barnabas Dunwoody...

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2020

At Saint Barnabas Dunwoody...

Sacramental Confessions will be heard on Shrove Tuesday, 25th February, at 4pm, and the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by the Men's Group, will be held on Tuesday 25th February from 5pm to 7pm in Harvey Hall.

Holy Communion with the Penitential Office and the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated on the First Day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, 26th February, at 8am, Noon, and 7pm. Sacramental Confessions will be heard at 11am and 6pm on Ash Wednesday. 

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Joint Synod Resources

By Fr. Sean McDermott

The Joint Synod of the Anglican Communion concluded two weeks ago. This Synod was comprised of the Anglican Province of America (APA), the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC), the Anglican Church in America (ACA), and the Diocese of the Holy Cross (DHC). We thought it might be helpful for some who missed the Synod to see and hear the addresses that were made. Enjoy!