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.
Please share this email - further updates and notices will be provided soon. God bless you!

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.

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