Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.

Passiontide - 14 Days to Easter

The last two weeks of Lent, when the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word "passion", in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus' suffering and death.

Statement of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church
Camp Allen, Texas
March 7, 2018

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)

At this critical moment young people of the United States are inviting us to turn away from the nightmare of gun violence to the dream of choosing life. The young people of Parkland, Florida are calling for elected officials to:

Others are seeking to:

We, the bishops of The Episcopal Church, wholeheartedly support and join with the youth in this call to action.

At the same time, we acknowledge that black and brown youth have continuously challenged the United States to address the gun violence that they and their communities are experiencing. We repent that, as bishops, we have failed to heed their call.

As bishops we commit to following the youth of the United States in their prophetic leadership. To that end we will observe a day of Lament and Action on March 14th, one month to the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We pledge ourselves, and we invite our dioceses, to participate in the "March for our Lives" on March 24 in Washington DC and in cities and towns across the United States. We recognize the urgency of this moment and we recommit to working for safe gun legislation as our church has called for in multiple General Convention resolutions. In addition, we pledge ourselves to bring the values of the gospel to bear on a society that increasingly glorifies violence and trivializes the sacredness of every human life.

We will walk with the youth of the United States today and into the future in choosing life.

Fannie Lou Hamer

This old man was very wise, and he could answer questions that was almost impossible for people to answer. So some people went to him one day, two young people, and said, "We're going to trick this guy today. We're going to catch a bird, and we're going to carry it to this old man. And we're going to ask him, 'This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?' If he says 'Dead,' we're going to turn it loose and let it fly. But if he says, 'Alive,' we're going to crush it." So they walked up to this old man, and they said, "This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?" He looked at the young people and he smiled. And he said, "It's in your hands."

Palm Sunday - March 25 - Beginning of Holy Week

On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. The Gospels tell the story that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as "Passion Sunday," marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.


Passover- March 30 - April 7

Passover or Pesach , is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.

Passover is a spring festival which during the existence of the Jerusalem Temple was connected to the offering of the "first-fruits of the barley", barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in the Land of Israel.

Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (in Israel and for Reform Jews and other progressive Jews around the world who adhere to the Biblical commandment) or eight days for Orthodox, Hasidic, and most Conservative Jews In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun. In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it: "in the month of [the] spring" (בחדש האביב Exodus 23:15). It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday.

When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason Passover was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah or Old Testament. Thus matzo (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during Passover and it is a tradition of the holiday.

Historically, together with Shavuot ("Pentecost") and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Triduum - March 29 - April 1

In the Triduum—or Three Days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday—the Church gives us a singularly dramatic, intense and richly symbolic expression of the very heart of Christian belief. Even in our unspiritual time and culture, the Triduum and Easter reaffirm the essence of the Church's central beliefs in the strongest possible way a way which penetrates the deepest recesses of the human heart, and calls forth a response from all, young and old, rich and poor, and in every state of life.

Maundy Thursday

The English word Maundy in that name for the day is derived through Middle English and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John 13:34 by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Lord, you are always breaking apart our communities, our identities,our images of you: open hand and heart to receive this uncalled gift, this fractured food, this feast where untouchables meet, human and divine; through Jesus Christ, the passion of God. Amen (Prayers for an Inclusive Church)

Good Friday

The day that Commemorates the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus on the Cross. The entire Church fixes its gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, in the Adoration of the Cross, in the reading of the Passion, and in receiving the pre-consecrated Host, we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.

The Church — stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open — is as if in mourning. In the fourth century the Apostolic Constitutions described this day as a "day of mourning, not a day of festive joy", and this day was called the "Pasch (passage) of the Crucifixion".


May Christ our true God, Who for the salvation of the world endured spitting, and scourging, and buffeting, and the Cross, and death, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind. (Orthodox Canon for Good Friday.)

Holy Saturday

Holy and Great Saturday, is also called The Great Sabbath since it is on this day that Christ "rested" physically in the tomb. But it is also believed that it was on this day he performed in spirit the Harrowing of Hades and raised up to Paradise those who had been held captive there.


NEWARK, March 5, 2018

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark is pleased to announce a slate of four candidates who will stand for election as XI Bishop of Newark at a special convention on May 19, 2018.

The candidates are:

The Bishop Search/Nominating Committee, after careful and prayerful discernment, recommended these candidates to the Standing Committee, which voted to approve the slate.

"We believe these individuals possess the skills, qualities, experience and spiritual grounding necessary for the office of Bishop, and we are excited to commend them to the Diocese of Newark," said the Rev. Joseph Harmon, President of the Standing Committee. (Note: The Rev. Joseph Harmon and the Rev. Canon John Harmon are not related.)

Following are introductions of the candidates in the form of brief bios and answers to three questions posed by the Standing Committee. Members of the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in person at "walkabouts" to be held around the diocese on May 3-6, 2018, before the May 19 electing convention.

The Service of Ordination and Consecration is scheduled for September 22, 2018 with the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop, officiating.

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark comprises the northern third of New Jersey with 98 congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties. The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith has served as X Bishop of Newark since January 2007.

The Rev. Carlye Hughes
Diocese of Fort Worth

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1958. (Note: Carlye is pronounced “Carl-ee.”)
The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes has served as rector of Trinity Episcopal, a program sized church in the continuing diocese of Fort Worth, TX, since 2012. She has guided Trinity to expand spiritual practices, promote strong relationships with neighborhood schools, increase outreach activity, repair infrastructure, and complete a successful capital campaign. Previously, she was rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Peekskill for five years, a small multi-ethnic parish in the Hudson Valley. Her first call was at St. James’ Church, a large parish on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Read more.

The Rev. Lisa Hunt
Diocese of Texas

The Rev. Lisa W. Hunt was born in Pikesville, Tennessee in 1959.
Lisa Hunt is the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, which she has led for the past 11 years. She serves as the president of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Board, a pre-K-8 Montessori day school. She is also the vice president of the Faith Leaders Coalition of Greater Houston, an interfaith association of progressive clergy and is a member of the Montrose Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board for the City of Houston. She formerly served as rector of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. During her 17 year tenure in Nashville she was elected to the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education. Prior to that, she worked as the interim assistant chaplain at University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Read more.

The Rev. Canon Scott Slater
Diocese of Maryland

The Rev. Canon Scott G. Slater was born in Long Beach, California in 1960.
Scott has served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Maryland since 2010. Raised in a small town in Florida, Scott came into the Church as a teenager. While pursuing a career in architecture, he was also heavily involved with youth ministry as a young adult. He met his future spouse Becky on a church retreat and six years later they were off to seminary. Two sons came along and they settled into life in the D.C./Baltimore metro area. Read more.

The Liturgical Seasons

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** This prayer is offer for Victims of Violence throughout of the world. Victims of verbal, physical, emotional, of hunger and thirst,economic abuse,warfare (especially Ukraine, Venezuela, parts of Africa, South America Asia and the Middle East, terrorist action, the death penalty, suicide, shootings (in our cities and neighborhoods), and other guise of violence. May their souls rest in peace and their families experience the Comfort of God. The Church bells will toll on Wednesdays @ 6:10pm.

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