- Support Our Afghan Allies – Episcopal Migration Ministries
- IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (irisct.org)
- Supporting Partners in Haiti After the August 2021 Earthquake – Episcopal Relief & Development
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers a prayer for the people of Afghanistan – The Episcopal Church
- Getting Started with the Way of Love – The Episcopal Church
- Stories Along the Way of Love Tickets, Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite
St. John’s Outreach and the First Congregational Church of Stamford, will be distributing Thanksgiving meals to the underserved in our Community, shut-ins and their caregivers, and those who are alone and would like to share in this opportunity for a Thanksgiving meal.
Due to the COVID pandemic, we will not have a sit down meal at the church this year. We will instead be distributing meals that are individually bagged at the entrance to St. John’s Church from 11:00-12:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Please wear a face mask and remain socially distanced. Shut-ins and their caregivers can contact St. John’s at (203) 348-2619 for reservations and delivery of meals. There is no charge. If you are interested in volunteering, please call me at 914 764-5758.
Wishing you all a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Day.
Fr. Wilfredo Benitez, the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Program Group and Saint John’s, held the 2nd meeting of the series on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Attendees heard the stories of some of our own parish family members, and they reflected on how to move forward as the Body of Christ, resisting all forms of racism.
Watch the meeting replay below.
Sometimes the most beautiful things are the simplest. Gathered in a resonant stairwell, four men sang a setting of the ancient hymn Ubi Caritas et Amor.
It’s enough to take your breath away and send a shiver down your spine.
The four voices belong to the quartet. This arrangement is a modern-day one by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer and pianist.
Gjeilo’s setting uses an ancient text and simple melody inspired by the contours of Gregorian chant, a style of singing that dates from before the turn of the first millennium, when monks would have sung hymns in cavernous monasteries. To the lines of chant, Gjeilo adds just the right amount of melting harmony, which fits perfectly with the Kings Return voices.
Add in the resonant stairwell acoustic, and one can’t really wish for more.
Ubi Caritas text and translation
Ubi Caritas et Amor is a hymn of the Christian Church, used for centuries as one of the antiphons for the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week. The text is attributed to Paulinus of Aquileia in 796, and is most commonly sung in Latin.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).
Taking this wonderful performance into account, we could perhaps add… “Where charity and love are – and a resonant stairwell – there God is”.