Why do Traditional Anglicans observe something so seemingly esoteric as the Circumcision of Our Blessed Lord on 1st January? I shall never forget a New Year's Day during my seminary formation, when returning to my flat from Mass on cold sunny 1st January I was greeted at my door with a lovely envelope. Inside was a splendidly calligraphed card which read 'Happy Circumcision!' Anglicans have always possessed a keen sense of humour.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020
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.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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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Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Thursday, July 02, 2020
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
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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, www.stbarnabasatl.org. 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
Sunday, June 07, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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!
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