The Anglican Centre in Rome announces plans for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Anglican Centre in Rome is busily preparing for the Week of Prayer for Christian unity–beginning tomorrow. They really are at the “center” of this very important Ecumenical initiative. To learn more about what they are doing, here is a link to their blog.

WPCU 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Friday 18 January. It runs for a week, and culminates with the Feast of the Apostle Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Here in Rome, it is one of the major celebrations of the year, and a time in which the unity that the churches of Christendom already share is made visible, by our worshipping, studying, and witnessing together.

In previous years the celebrations conclude with a Papal Vespers in the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls, the burial place of the Apostle, at which the Pope officiates, and invites representatives of separated churches to participate, and to give a blessing, together with the Holy Father, at the end of the service. To see the enormous basilica fills with Christians from around the world, praying for and enacting the unity that Christ has won for us, is profoundly moving. This year, because the Holy Father will be participating in World Youth Day in Panama on 25 January, the Papal Vespers begins our celebrations. Photographs from and a report of the Vespers will be published here shortly after it happens.

Churches Together in Rome has a series of events planned for the week, including evensong services sung in St Paul’s Outside the Walls by the Romanian Orthodox, the Waldensian, and the Evangelical Lutheran churches, and a discussion on steps to visible unity hosted by the Centro Pro Unione on Piazza Navona, at which Dr Paula Gooder, one of the Anglican representatives to ARCIC III will be speaking. It will be, as always, a rich and challenging series of experiences.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the Week, the Lutheran World Federation will launch today, 16 January, a new document on Ecumenical Commitments. It summarises fifty years of progress in ecumenical relations and describes the Lutheran commitment to a broader, grass-roots participation in the search for unity of all Christians.

As the document proposes ways in which local churches and communities can engage in a much more vibrant interaction with each other and with the global ecumenical processes, it would make very interesting reading alongside the recently published report of ARCIC III. Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be Church – Local, Regional, Universal describes a similar understanding of the church in all its expressions.

As the Apostle exhorts us:

Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body.
And be thankful.  (Colossians 3.14,15)

The Annual King Holiday Community Breakfast-at the Cathedral 01-21-19

The Bethlehem NAACP invites us to join them for the Annual King Community Breakfast at the Cathedral:

“Join us for our Annual King Holiday Community Breakfast, January 21st at 9:00 am, at The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, PA 18015. The 2019 theme is “Reigniting the Dream: The Power of Women.” This is a FREE community event with community singing, speakers, and breakfast!

You can also renew your membership with us at this time as well.

Co-sponsored by the Bethlehem NAACP and the YWCA of Bethlehem.”

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

dr. martin luther king, jr.

Wednesday Eucharist and Bible Study

Each Wednesday morning we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. in the Church and then meet for Bible Study in the Library at 12:15 p.m. Here are a few photos taken today. Pictured are Sue Magee, Gladys Peffer and Ellen Roberts. Not Pictured are Cole Hamel and Loraine Johnson. The other photos show the Christmas/Epiphany Decorations  in the Church. There remain only a few more days to see them.

Read Romans with the Episcopal Church this Epiphany

Our Presiding Bishop has recommended that as a Church we read together Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The project is being undertaken by the Good Book Club. If you are interested, here is a .pdf of the daily readings.

The book of Romans for Epiphany 2019

“The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans during Epiphany 2019. Episcopalians will start reading Romans on January 7, 2019 and read a section every day (except Sundays) through the Epiphany season. In surveys taken before and after the first Good Book Club project in 2018 (reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), participants reported growth in their understanding of scripture and a deepening of their prayer life. Perhaps most significantly, the percentage of people who reported reading the Bible on a daily basis increased to 73 percent at the end of the first Good Book Club reading, from 45 percent when it began.

Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations have committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you’ll join the journey too!”

Why Romans?
After diving deep into the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during the Good Book Club in 2018, we will delve into the Letter to the Romans, written by the Apostle Paul in 56-57 CE. Romans shares Paul’s attempt to explain how this new expression of faith is rooted in Judaism but is available to all of humanity. As Paul writes to the new community of Christians in Rome, he explores the concepts of salvation, the power of God, and grace. Many biblical scholars consider Romans to be Paul’s most important theological treatise. While Romans is not always easy reading, this sixth book of the New Testament articulates what it means to be a disciple of Christ and how that translates into daily life—lessons to inform and inspire followers of Christ from the beginning to the 21st century”

Stained Glass Windows in the Chapel

Our chapel, on the second floor of the Community House, has amazing stained glass windows depicting various scenes from the life of Christ. The next time that you visit us, why not make a visit. They are often especially lovely in the afternoon.

annunciation - stained glass from chapelnativity - stained glass from chapelepiphany - stained glass from chapeljesus in the temple - stained glass from chapelbaptism of the lord - stained glass from chapelpeter leaving the boat - stained glass from chapelraising of lazarus - stained glass from chapelpalm sunday entrance into jerusalem - stained glass from chapelcrucifixion - stained glass from chapelresurrection - stained glass from chapelemmaus -stained glass from chapelascension - stained glass from chapelchrist the king - stained glass from chapel

The January edition of “Tidings from Trinity” is available

To view the January edition of our monthly newsletter, “Tidings from Trinity,” please click here. 

Poinsettias for Christmas Email 2018

A Liturgical Calendar for 2019

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This calendar  by artist Barbara Lyon was available on Facebook for free download. If you are interesting in viewing the liturgical year in a more artistic way, this graphic is quite helpful. It is also available as a .pdf. To download it, please click below.

Liturgical Calendar-2019- (PDF)

The First Sunday in Christmastide at Trinity

To view our weekly email to the Congregation for the First Sunday in Christmastide, please click here.

 

Nativity Window 2018

Christmas Greetings from Trinity

Christ Candle for Christmas 2018

The Rector, Wardens, Vestry and Staff of Trinity wish you a blessed and holy celebration of the Nativity of our Lord. We would love to have you join us for our Christmas Services. If you are not able to be with us in person, know that you are remembered in out prayers.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ:
Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer,
may with sure confidence behold him
when he comes to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Christmas at Trinity

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
4:00 p.m. Musical Prelude with Harp and Organ
4:30 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Sermon
10:30 p.m. Musical Prelude with Harp and Organ
11:00 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Sermon

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Sermon

To view our Christmas email to the congregation–with the schedule and other helpful information, please click here.

Poinsettias for Christmas Email 2018

Tidings and the Weekly Update from Trinity

Have you seen the latest edition of our Monthly newsletter Tidings from Trinity?

Have you seen our Weekly Update from Trinity?