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Message from the Dean

Holy Week, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we hear again the stories at the heart of our Christian faith and tradition, we find ourselves in a wholly unexpected situation. We are separated from one other, from family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors. How strange and unsettling this is. Preparation for Holy Week and Easter this year is different. Many of us are struggling in lots of ways. So much has changed in such a short time, many of us are feeling a deep sense of loss and grief. To be away from the cathedral for Holy Week and Easter doesn’t help. Even so, we must never confuse our distance from one another with God’s distance from us. God never leaves us alone and draws close to all who mourn.

Observing these feast days at home is itself a challenge, and yet I hope it is a comfort in this time of distress. These next days are sacred wherever we are. Like our ancestors did in times of trouble, we will carve out a sacred space and time in our homes as we pray to come through this challenge with our humanity and our faith strengthened. We will bring all our doubts and fears and yearnings to God knowing that God is big enough to hold them all. It is the God who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ who is with us!

In this e-news, you will find a prayer resource to support our whole community in praying together through these days. You will also receive a hard copy in the mail if you are in our Realm database. There are many opportunities to gather online along with rituals and prayer to remind us that our homes are sacred spaces too - connected to our spiritual home at the cathedral. We all long to gather and celebrate in person. For now, we remember that even though the night is bleak, joy comes in the morning.

Our hearts and minds are focused on caring for those who are sick, praying ceaselessly for the nurses, doctors and other essential workers on the front lines of this crisis, and doing all we can to practically support neighbor, friend and stranger in need.

May the Good News of Christ’s resurrection lift all our spirits this year as we make God’s love known in the way we serve each other and the world in this time of need.

Grace and Peace from my home to yours,
Michael+

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Creating a Sacred Space

All our homes are extensions of our cathedral home. We invite you during these holy days to make a sacred space in your home. It can simply be the dining table, a coffee table, or in the middle of your living room floor. Decorate it in whatever way you would like, with a cloth, an open Bible, a cross, a candle, and maybe some branches. As we celebrate each day of Holy Week, you will be asked to prepare this sacred space before we begin the liturgy.

We are mailing printed bulletins for all Holy Week services. If you are in our Realm database, you will receive one. You can also access the PDF here: Holy Week Bulletin 2020

Send Kris a picture of your home altar!

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Palm Sunday Online

Sunday, April 5 at 8:45am

As you prepare for the celebration of Palm Sunday, we invite you to gather some branches and place them around your sacred space. Then join us for Palm Sunday liturgy on Zoom, followed by Virtual Coffee Hour.

This Zoom service will be in a webinar format. You can join on Sunday by clicking here. Note that this is a different link than our usual Morning Prayer service.

Coffee Hour will follow the webinar. This is at the usual weekly Sunday link. Click here to join.

Add all of our Cathedral Zoom gatherings to your Google calendar by clicking here.

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Live Stream Eucharist: Washington National Cathedral

Sunday, April 5 at 11:15am

Join the Washington National Cathedral's live streamed Holy Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms. Through dramatic readings of Scripture and music, we experience the journey from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his betrayal, persecution and death.

You can watch on their YouTube page or on their Facebook page.

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Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: Audio Guided Meditation

Please enjoy these 30-minute guided audio meditations based on our Tuesday night Contemplative Prayer service. Featuring music directed by Larry Tremsky with soprano Katrina Montagna.

Heartful Meditation: featuring Flos Carmeli and Sub Tuum Praesidium

Click here to listen.

The Prayer of the Name: featuring Jesus Prayer. This meditation is based on teachings on prayer and includes materials from: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Faustina and Divine Mercy, St. Anselm, Henri Nouwen, and Al-Ghazâlî.

Click here to listen.

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Weekday Morning Prayer and Compline via Zoom

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, 8:45am and 8:45pm

Join the cathedral clergy for Morning Prayer and Compline via Zoom, featuring prayer, chant, and hymns. Note that we will not have Morning Prayer or Compline on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

Morning Prayer: 8:45am Monday through Friday

Join on your computer by clicking here
You can also dial in by phone only: (646)876-9923, Meeting ID: 380 470 915, Password: 693 777

Compline: 8:45pm Monday through Friday

Join on your computer by clicking here
You can also dial in by phone only: (646)876-9923 Meeting ID: 263 033 638, Password: 445381

Add all of our Cathedral Zoom gatherings to your Google calendar by clicking here.

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Holy Week & Easter

Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Live service on Zoom webinar (Click here to join)
Or you can dial by phone: 1-646-876-9923 and enter Webinar ID 170-949-436

Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Friday, April 10 at 12:15pm
Live service on Zoom webinar (Click here to join)
Or you can dial by phone: 1-646-876-9923 and enter Webinar ID 588-497-481

Good Friday for Kids
Friday, April 10 at 4pm Live service on webinar (Click here to join by computer)

Easter Vigil Liturgy
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Live service on Zoom webinar (Click here to join by computer)
Or you can dial by phone: 1-646-876-9923 and enter Webinar ID 650-658-180

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 12
Easter Liturgy at 8:45am
Live service on Zoom webinar (Click here to join by computer)
Or you can dial by phone: 1-646-876-9923 and enter Webinar ID 393-458-921

Virtual Coffee Hour at 9:15am
Zoom Meeting format (Click here to join by computer)

Easter for Kids at 10:15am
Zoom meeting format (Click here to join)

We Connect

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Social Distancing Solidarity: Rainbow Connection

Feeling a little bored or lonely at home? Us too! As reported in the news (you can read all about it and see the map of rainbows in our area here), many of our Brooklyn and Queens parishes have joined a project called Rainbow Connection, which is designed to create solidarity during social distancing by putting a rainbow in their windows at home. We want to extend the Rainbow Connection to Long Island, and we're inviting all the young and young at heart in our cathedral community to make your own rainbow and put it outward facing in your window. Don't forget to take a picture and send it to Kris or tag us on Instagram @incarnationgc so we can share your rainbows!

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Staying Connected

Social Media

In the next few months we are going to think of creative ways to worship together. One of these will be posting videos on Facebook and Instagram. If you don't already follow us on those platforms, join us there!

Realm

Realm is a program that the cathedral uses as a database. We use it to send mailings, post registration events, and communicate with all of our groups. You can create your own login to Realm to keep your information up to date.

Visit https://www.incarnationgc.org/realm to learn how to login and get the app.

One on One Conversations

Reach out to us via email to schedule a phone call with a clergy person, who would be glad to chat with you!

We Grow

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Fellowship in Faith for Families

Tune into Fellowship in Faith @ Home this Sunday via Zoom at 10:15am. Kate will be sharing a story: Rechenka’s Eggs. Tune in Zoom or watch this video .

Each week, Mother Morgan will be sending families an email with our Cathedral for Kids scripture passage, activities to follow along with Fellowship in Faith, and resources for families on building and maintaining spiritual practices at home.

If you do not receive family ministries' regular emails please email Kate at kakerman@incarnationgc.org so she can add you to the list. You won't want to miss out on these wonderful resources.

Zoom Meeting: Sundays at 10:15am Zoom Meeting: Sundays at 10:15am. Click here to join by computer

Meeting ID: 192 282 876 Password: 222277

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Catechumenate (Episcopal 101)

Sunday, April 5 at 10:15am

The Catechumenate will meet again this Sunday at 10:15am to 11:00am via Zoom Conference. Catechumens, mentors and friends are invited to join us.

Join by computer by clicking here

Meeting ID: 922 552 840 Password: 909556

We Serve

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GC Meals for NYU Winthrop

In this time of economic uncertainty and healthy social distancing, many are looking for ways to support the Garden City community from home. This fundraiser, started by Liz Menges and Ronda D'antonio, is a way to help Garden City food establishments as well as to thank the hardworking medical staff at NYU Winthrop.

Through a Go Fund Me page, they are collecting money and giving the local restaurants a chance to provide meals for the brave and busy doctors, nurses and staff at NYU Winthrop. Part of the donation will fund 20% tips to the delivery people.

Donate here

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Help The INN continue to serve the hungry and homeless

The INN has closed its daily soup kitchen, but is now offering a bagged lunch to go. They are in need of monetary donations to support this new effort, as well as funding the cleaning and disinfection that must occur in their offices and housing shelters.

Visit their website to make a donation, or to see a list of items they are currently collecting.

We Pray

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You can submit prayer requests online at www.incarnationgc.org/prayers.

Special Prayer

God of healing and hope, in Jesus you meet us in our places of pain and fear. Look with mercy on those who have contracted the new virus, on any who are vulnerable, and on all who feel in danger. Through this time of global concern, by your Holy Spirit bring out the best not the worst in us. Make us more aware of our interdependence on each other, and of the strength that comes from being one body in you. Through Christ, our wounded healer. Amen.
--The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, St, Martin in the Fields, London

Prayer List:

The Church: Michael the Presiding Bishop, Lawrence, our Bishop, Geralyn, our Assistant Bishop; Daniel, our Assisting Bishop; William, our Assisting Bishop, Michael, our Dean; Michael, our Vicar of the Cathedral Congregation, Morgan, our Sub Dean, Adam, our Minor Canon, Andrew, our Canon Steward, Denise, our Deacon and Director of Outreach; Larry, Colin, Charlie, Kris, Kate, James, and Shirley.

The Nation: Donald, our President; Andrew, our Governor; Theresa, the Mayor of Garden City, and the members of our Armed Forces, especially Brian Thorpe, James Rivera, Charlie Whittaker, Jason Whittaker, Raymond Minihan, Jason Clark, Liam Begley, Adam Sanchez, Jonathan Hart, James Tilden, Noah Penders and their families.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Dioceses of Katsina and Kebbi (both in Nigeria) and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for Church of the Resurrection, Richmond Hill.

For those who have asked for our prayers:
Tony, Flor, Marisol, Pat, Lawrence, Karen, Headley, Mary F. Monica S. Eladio, Niyjah, Natasha, Nesha, Claude, Lauren, London, Tristan, Gianna, Nirvana, August, Wayne, Whitney, Virginia E., Kerry B., Linda M., Danielle C., Neena, Matthew, Webb D., Jessica G., Betty, Carol, Becky, Emily, Mary Lou, Debra G., Kaitlin, Jan F., Gary, Cookie, Holly G., Betsy, Amy S., Robert, Jan F., Julyn, Sherwin, Kathaleen, Carolyn V., Paul, Kerry M., Bob, Dianne M., Cameron W., Jim, Claire, Charlotte, Joan, Lizzy. David M.B., David T.B., Linda, Nicole, Joan, Lizzy & Kathryn, Robert, Kerron, Ulric Jr., Nicole, Daniel, Kyle, James, Madison, Kerry, Barbara, Kim, Bernard, David, Stephen, Jack, St John's Hospital, Keith, Rick, Kristi, M Naji, Allan and Sheila.

For those who have died, especially the Very Reverend Antonio Checo, rector of St. Mark’s and dean of the Hellgate Deanery in the Diocese of Long Island, and for those grieving the death of a loved one, that they may find comfort and peace.

Sacramental Bread & Wine for the month of April is given in memory of our beloved parents Fran and Dan Siegmann by their daughters Ruth and Lorraine.

We wish a blessed and Happy Birthday to Laine Aries, Tabitha Burdett, Chukes Ejiogu, Liam Okrosy, Italia Petrisch, Vincent Verga and Honor Welch who will celebrate birthdays this coming week.

Bread & Wine Memorials, Flower Memorials, Mass Cards, children’s birthdays and prayer requests can be sent to Shirley in the cathedral office at cathedral@incarnationgc.org or (516)746-2955. Prayers are taken off the list after 90 days unless a special request is made.