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Dear Friends in Christ, We are moving ever deeper into Lent. Ever closer to Holy Week and Easter. During Holy Week, we take part in our church’s richest and most beautiful liturgies including the Triduum, the three holiest days, of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter. Then, on Easter Sunday, Christ Church will be resplendent as we celebrate with joy Christ’s resurrection and our hope of everlasting life in him. In the early days of the church, Christians were known as “People of the Way.” We are pilgrims, people on a journey, people on the move. The shape of our worship and the structure of our calendar reflect this. Lent is a wilderness journey within that structure, and if we consider the “bookends” of Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we find there, in the prayers in our prayer book, a model for Christian worship and Christian life. On Ash Wednesday, we pray together the Litany of Penitence and confess our sinfulness on our knees before God. The focus of this set of prayers is ourselves. We turn inward and ask God’s mercy for our faults and failings. The Litany is a long list confessing the ways in which we fall short, missing the mark as people of God. We confess our unfaithfulness, our self-indulgent appetites, our anger, our waste and our lack of concern for others. Then we pray that God will forgive and restore us so that we may be used to show forth God’s glory in the world. We might anticipate the same kind of inward focus for the prayers of Good Friday, since forgiveness of our sins is directly linked to Jesus’ death on the cross. However, something has changed. Throughout our Lenten journey, we have become increasingly aware of our dependence on God and our call to turn away from our self-centeredness and reorient ourselves toward God. Our Good Friday liturgy and prayers reflect this change as we stand together at the foot of the cross and pray the Solemn Collects. For this set of prayers, we turn
outward and face the world. The bidding announces that God sent Jesus his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that, through him, it might be saved. And because of Christ’s mission, together we pray a long list of prayers for the needs of the world and the mission of the church. We pray for the Church, for all nations and people of the earth, for those in authority and for the specific needs of those who suffer. We pray for God to comfort those in misery and need and for those who have lost their faith or who have never heard the good news. This movement from inward to outwardly directed prayer positions us, the faithful, as poised to take over Jesus’ ministry on the day of his death and become the body of Christ in the world. Over the last weeks and months, the people of this parish have been looking inward to determine what we are doing well, where there is room for improvement and where we are falling short. We have been considering and praying about what Christ Church is to us: a place rich in history, music, fellowship, worship, education, formation, and a pastoral presence at times of joy and sorrow. But this internal examination is only the beginning of our journey. The time has come to make the turn of Holy Week. To face the world, flush with the joy of Easter morning and the promise of new life, and imagine how Christ Church is being called to “let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made…Jesus Christ our Lord” (BCP p. 280). Already, new things are happening at Christ Church. Join us as we celebrate our life together and live out our mission in the world. May you have a blessed Holy Week and Eastertide. --Mo. Kate Malin *** for more on the Triduum liturgies, see This Is the Night: Suffering, Salvation and the Liturgies of Holy Week by the Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell
April Easter Edition 2007 VOL. LXII, No. 2
April SCHOOL CALENDAR Apr. 1st, 9:45 AM No Children’s Chapel Church School at 10:00 AM Apr. 8th, 9:45 AM Easter/No Church School Egg Hunt Following the Service Apr 15th, 9:45 AM Children’s Chapel and Church School Apr. 22nd, 9:45 AM Children’s Chapel and Church School Apr.29th, 9:45 AM Children’s Chapel and Church School PRE-K THROUGH GRADE ONE Apr. 1st Ressurection Eggs Apr. 8th Easter/No Church School Apr. 15th Jesus is Risen: Appearance to Mary Magdalene Apr. 22nd The Good Shepherd and the Lord’s Supper Apr.29th The Circle of the Holy Eucharist SECOND GRADE Apr. 1st Lent: Part 3 Apr. 8th Easter: No Church School/Egg Hunt Apr. 15th The Liturgy-Part 3 Review of the Liturgy so far Prayer: Prayers of the People, Lord’s Prayer Apr. 22nd The Liturgy-Part 4 Confession, The Peace, The Offertory Apr.29th Eucharistic Prayer A THIRD GRADE Apr. 1st David(Part 1) -David is chosen to be King -David and Goliath Apr. 8th Easter Apr. 15th David (Part 2) -David, King of Israel -The Ark Enters Jerusalem Apr. 22nd Solomon -Solomon is Anointed -Solomon’s Wisdom -Solomon’s Temple Apr.29th Elijah - King Ahab and Elijah -The Prophets of Baal -Elijah is Taken Up into Heaven
Center for Spiritual Growth ANGLICAN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: This meeting of Anglican delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was the most powerful meeting to date. Not only did we lobby for the rights of girls (which was our UN focus), but networked with each other to further our various ministries, marking our ten days together with prayer, conversation, hard work, and above all our commitment to stay in communion with one another. Please see our statement. Hondi Brasco From the Anglican Women gathered at the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 3, 2007 In the name of God, Saviour, Redeemer, and Giver of Life. We, the women of the Anglican Communion gathered in New York as the Anglican Consultative Council delegation to the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and as members of the International Anglican Women’s Network representing the diversity of women from across the world-wide Anglican Communion, wish to reiterate our previously stated unequivocal commitment to remaining always in “communion” with and for one another. We remain resolute in our solidarity with one another and in our commitment, above all else, to pursue and fulﬁll God’s mission in all we say and do. Given the global tensions so evident in our church today, we do not accept that there is any one issue of difference or contention which can, or indeed would, ever cause us to break the unity as represented by our common baptism. Neither would we ever consider severing the deep and abiding bonds of affection which characterize our relationships as Anglican women. We have been challenged in our time together by the desperately urgent issues of life and death faced by countless numbers of women and children in our communities. As a diverse delegation, we prayerfully reﬂected on these needs. We thus reafﬁrm the conclusion of the statement presented by our delegation to this year’s Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: This sisterhood of suffering is at the heart of our theology and our commitment to transforming the whole world through peace with justice. Rebuilding and reconciling the world is central to our faith. Amen. Please call (973) 543 4641, ext. 9 for more information. website: www.csjb.org. Here is a link to the article that was written about the statement: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_83098_ENG_HTM.htm from the Episcopal News Service. -Hondi Brasco
April SCHOOL CALENDAR (CONT.) FOURTH GRADE Apr. 1st The Birth of the Church -Pentecost -Peter’s First Miracle Apr. 8th Easter Apr. 15th The Early Church -Anaias and Sapphira -The Apostles are Persecuted -Stephen, The First Martyr Apr. 22nd The Growth of the Church -Saul’s Conversion -The Gospel for All People -Peter’s Escape Apr.29th, Paul’s Journeys (Part 1) -Overview of Paul’s Journeys -The First Missionaries FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE Apr. 1st People of the Denominational Church Era -John Wesley -John Newton Apr. 8th Easter Apr. 15th The Modern Chuch -Overview of the global church -Ecumenism -Vatican II -Missions Apr. 22nd C.S. Lewis Apr.29th, History of the Episcopal Church MUSIC AND FLOWERS FOR EASTER Would you like to give thanks for or remember someone this Easter? If so, please use an Easter Remembrance envelope to enclose your gift and indicate whether it beneﬁts the glorious music or beautiful ﬂowers this Easter. Envelopes are in the Narthex.If you are out of town, you may call the Parish Ofﬁce (914-337-3544) The Deadline is Friday, April 5th for names to be included in the Easter bulletin.
Music EASTER DAY CHOIR SCHEDULE: Primary choir – 8:30 AM rehearsal for 9:00 AM service Sing ‘n ring – 8:30 AM rehearsal for 9:00 AM service Voice for life trebles – 10:00 AM rehearsal for 11:15AM service Schola Cantorum – 10:00 AM Rehearsal for 11:15 AM service Christ Church Choir – 8:30 AM Rehearsal for 9 and 11:15 AM service, breakfast served between services. CHRIST CHURCH BRONXVILLE SINGS AT NOTRE DAME, PARIS FRANCE Christ Church Bronxville’s Schola Cantorum, an elite group of 18 auditioned high school vocalists, recently performed at Notre Dame in Paris during a weeklong tour of France. The choir also performed during two services at the American Cathedral and concluded by spending four days at the monastery at Taizé, a monastic community that welcomes youth from around the world to join in three daily prayer services featuring meditative melodies and silence. Schola Cantorum’s broad repertoire was fully represented in the three Parisian performances. The performance at Notre Dame on Tuesday February 20, one of Paris’ most prestigious venues for choral singing, consisted of American works by Craig Philips, Richard Shephard, and traditional American spirituals along with pieces from the standard choral repertoire by Bruckner, Goudimel, and Tallis. During the morning service at the American Cathedral, Sunday February 18, the choir performed two settings of American Spirituals by Alice Walker and William Dawson. The anthem “Transﬁguration” by Craig Philips featured this group’s versatility with contemporary American music. “Open for Me the Gates of Righteousness” by Richard Shephard was featured during evensong. This work, commissioned for Christ Church Bronxville, was performed last December by Schola Cantorum and Christ Church’s acclaimed Voice for Life Trebles for the Episcopal Charities Dinner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC. CHARIS CHAMBER VOICES returns on Saturday, April 28th at 8:00PM for their Spring Concert.
CHOIR FESTIVAL Our Voice for Life choristers joined forces with choristers from Trinity Church (New Haven) on Saturday and Sunday (March 10th and 11th).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY April: 1:Mary Leferovich, Robert
MUSIC (cont.) MUSIC FOR HOLY WEEK
Yeager; 9: Isabelle Beit, Alexandra
Some of the most profound musical settings ﬁnd their place in Holy Week. At Christ Church, you will notice the stark contrast of this music from our regular repertoire. Notably, the organ is not used from the end of the Palm Sunday Mass until the great Easter Acclamation at the Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday) when the organ is turned on and the choir bursts into the ﬁrst Gloria of the season. Through attending, praying, and listening, to the solemn liturgies of Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter, one ﬁnds even greater meaning in The Day of Resurrection.
Sorensen, Richard Thaler; 10: Wil-
Rabsey, Steven Tighe; 3: Brian Seirup, Nancy Schaefer; 4: Steven Ahmuty, Tacey Carroll, Benjamin
lem Bender; 12: William Folberth; 13: Ian Holland, Bailey Wood; 14: Annabelle Duval; 16: Avery Archibald, Ara Atayan, Elliott Bates, Anna Foley, Lauren Harrington; 17: Millicent Mahood, Phyllis Sharp, James Tao; 18: Andrea Bates. Matthew Behrens; 19: Leonard Cronk, Frederic Hawkins , Phyllis Sch-
Procession with Bells into the Church singing “All Glory Laud and Honor” The Passion according to St. Luke, chanted with choral responses Drop, Drop Slow Tears – Orlando Gibbons The Passion Chorale Tenebrae: plainsong psalms, responses, and canticles led by The Christ Church Camerata Maundy Thursday: Choral Eucharist with Antonio Lotti’s Missa Brevis A new commandment I give unto you – Richard Shephard led by The Christ Church Choir and Schola Cantorum Good Friday: The Passion according to St. John, chanted with choral responses Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 8-part Stabat Mater a-cappella anthems during the veneration of the cross led by the Christ Church Camerata
Peter Bruton, John Dean; 25: Pat-
The Great Vigil of Easter: The Exsultet Communion Service in F – Harold Darke This is the day the Lord hath made – Gerald Near Haec dies – William Byrd
rick Noone; 26: Richard Ball, John
neider, Warren Wang; 23: Meghan Rossini, Christopher Atayan; 24:
Bevan; 27: Neely Ewy, Stephen Jones, Hannah Potgieter, Cody Watson; 28: Ashleyn Morse; 29: Edward Barr; 30: Stanley Clarke
Brass Quintet Prelude including Bach’s My Spirit be Joyful for Brass and Organ Charles Villiers Stanford – Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem for Choirs, Brass, and Organ Haec Dies – William Byrd
Easter Hymns arranged for Congregation, Choirs, Brass, and Organ including “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” “He is Risen!” and “The Day of Resurrection”
Easter Egg Hunt SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH 10:15 AM
Young at Arts is currently holding registration for the following classes for 4 and 5 year olds. For more information visit their website www.youngatarts.us Classes for the Spring Mini-Session: May 2 – June 8 Music and Movement 6 Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:15 PM $72 Come and join us as we explore the world of music and movement in a fun atmosphere. Activities include: singing, dancing, games and exercises to increase rhythmic awareness. Students are exposed to a wide range of musical styles and approaches and learn skills that provide an excellent basis for those who might go on to learn an instrument or take part in a drama or dance class. Story Time / Play Time! 6 Fridays, 12:15 – 1:15 PM $72 Come along as we meet our familiar friends Miss Spider, Curious George, Eloise and more! We will read familiar children’s stories and use them both as inspiration and a springboard for dramatic expression and creative movement.
Special Events Album in and Around Christ Church Bronxville BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE-FAMILY EVENT
CHRIST CHURCH BRONXVILLE YOUTH AND SCHOLA CANTORUM SINGERS PERFORM IN BRONXVILLE HIGH SCHOOLS “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”
Congratulations to the Christ Church Youth and Schola Cantorum members who participated in the Bronxville High School’s fantastic production of “Little Shop of Horrors!”
CAST LIST Thomas Dawson Maria Devlin Lee Fabiaschi Meg Gourd Lauren Harrington Will Howard Marianna Manganiello Lorenzo Seirup Coco Vonnegut Kathryn Whitney Mary Connors Charlie Sorensen
April 2007 Holy Week PALM SUNDAY – April 1st 8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist – Rite I 10:00 A.M. Family Eucharist – Rite II 5:00 P.M. Informal Eucharist The ofﬁcial title of this Sunday is The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. In its current form it conﬂates two historic Sundays – Palm and Passion Sunday and as a result is has a very distinctive and meaningful nature. The ﬁrst part of the service is the Liturgy of the Palms, which precedes the Eucharistic liturgy. The distribution, blessing and carrying of Palm Branches into the church celebrates Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The principal part of the service, which directly follows, is centered on the solemn proclamation of the Passion Gospel. In the dramatic change from Palm to Passion Sunday we are reminded how quickly we can abandon our promises to God and our focus on God’s role in our lives. The eucharist that follows maintains a very penitential atmosphere, setting the tone for Holy Week and our making the way of the cross with Christ. The service ends in silence.
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK — Holy Eucharist at 7:00 A.M.
TENEBRAE – Wednesday of Holy Week – April 4th at 7:00 P.M. The name Tenebrae (which is the Latin word for darkness or shadows) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services of the last three days of Holy Week. In the current Episcopal Tradition these services are abbreviated and occur only on Wednesday evening.
----- Sunday, April 01, 2007 ----Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist I 8:00 AM (Lady Chapel) Palm Procession/Choral Eucharist 10:00AM Church School 10:00 AM Informal Eucharist 5:00 PM Inquirers’ Class 6:00 PM
----- Monday, April 02, 2007 ----Monday in Holy Week HE 7:00 AM
--Tuesday, April 03, 2007 --Tuesday in Holy Week HE 7:00 AM AA Women 9:45 AM (Conference Room) VFL Rehearsal 4:30 PM(Choir Room) Sing N Ring Rehearsal 6:15 PM
----- Sunday, April 08, 2007 ----Easter Easter Service 9:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt 10:15 AM Easter Service 11:15 AM
----- Monday, April 09, 2007 ----Easter Monday/Ofﬁce Closed
--Tuesday, April 10, 2007 --NO REHEARSALS AA Women 9:45 AM (Conference Room)
----- Sunday, April 15, 2007 ----Holy Eucharist I 8:00 AM (Lady Chapel) Church School/Chapel 9:45 AM Choral Family Eucharist 10:00 AM Counseling Center Concert 2:30 PM Informal Eucharist 5:00 PM
----- Monday, April 16, 2007 ----YAA Piano,MT 1 2:00 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall) Conﬁrmation Class 7:30 PM (Crispell Lounge and Conference Room) Krista Miller Dancers (rehearsal) 8:00 PM
---Tuesday, April 17, 2007 -AA Women 9:45 AM (Conference Room) YAA Piano, MT 2:15 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall) VFL Rehearsal 4:30 PM(Choir Room) Sing N Ring Rehearsal 6:15 PM Krista Miller &Dancers (rehearsal) 8:00 PM
----- Sunday, April 22, 2007 ----Holy Eucharist I 8:00 AM (Lady Chapel) Church School/Chapel 9:45 AM Choral Family Eucharist 10:00 AM Informal Eucharist 5:00 PM
----- Monday, April 23, 2007 ----YAA Piano,MT 1 2:00 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall) Conﬁrmation Class 7:30 PM (Crispell Lounge and Conference Room)
----Tuesday, April 24, 2007 AA Women 9:45 AM (Conference Room) YAA Piano, MT 2:15 PM(Choir Room,Taylor Hall) VFL Rehearsal 4:30 PM(Choir Room) Sing N Ring Rehearsal 6:15 PM
----- Sunday, April 29, 2007 ----- ----- Monday, April 30, 2007 ----The most striking feature of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles Holy Eucharist I 8:00 AM (Lady YAA Piano,MT 1 2:00 PM (Choir and other lights until only a single Chapel) Room,Taylor Hall) candle remains – a symbol of our Lord. Church School/Chapel 9:45 AM Handbell Session 7:00 PM (UnToward the end of the service this Choral Family Eucharist 10:00 dercroft) candle is hidden, illustrating the apparAM Conﬁrmation Class 7:30 PM ent victory of the forces of darkness. YAA Recital 4:00 PM (CrispellLounge and Conference Then, at the darkest moment of the Informal Eucharist 5:00 PM Room) service, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the Resurrection (Matthew 28:2). The hidMAUNDY THURSDAY – April 5th at 7:00 P.M. den candle is restored and by its light all depart in silence. Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum, with the sacrament in one hour shifts until the service on Good Friday. We do this in remembrance of our At heart Tenebrae is an extended musi- or three holy days before Easter. The name Maundy Lord’s request to his disciples to stay awake with him Thursday is derived from the Latin mandatum novum, cal and prayerful meditation upon the in the Garden of Gethsemane. ( Please look for the “new commandment,” found in John 13:34. Maundy events in our Lord’s life between the sign up sheet in the narthex.) We need at least two Thursday celebrationsalso commemorate the instituLast Supper and the Resurrection. parishioners per hour. At the conclusion of the service tion of the eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was the lights are dimmed and the altar is stripped and betrayed.” washed. Any decorative elements left in the sanctuary Once everyone has received communion, a member of are then removed from the church. The tone is set for the clergy and two acolytes process the reserve sacraGood Friday. ment to the Lady Chapel. There, volunteers keep vigil
April 2007 ---Wednesday, April 04, 2007 ----Tenebrae Holy Eucharist 7:00 AM VFL 2:30 PM (Choir Room) Tenebrae 7:00 PM AA Mtg. 8:00 PM (Taylor Hall)
----- Thursday, April 05, 2007 ---Maundy Thursday Wm. Spirituality 9:30 AM AA Women 1:30 PM (Conference) Christ Church Choir 6:00 PM Schola Cantorum Rehearsal 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 PM
-- Friday, April 06, 2007 --Good Friday Good Friday Services 12:00 PM Midnight Run 7:45 PM
--- Wednesday, April 11, 2007 ----NO REHEARSALS Holy Eucharist 7:00 AM SHA!cappella 7:00 PM (Choir Room) AA Mtg. 8:00 PM Taylor Hall)
----- Thursday, April 12, 2007 ----NO REHEARSALS Wm. Spirituality 9:30 AM (Conf.Room) HE&Healing 11:00 AM (Lady Chapel) AA Women 1:30 PM (Conference) Bronxville Adult Ed. Meditation Class 6:00 PM (Crispell)
-- Friday, April 13, 2007--First Friday Film 6:00 PM(Taylor Hall)
--- Wednesday, April 18, 2007 ----Holy Eucharist 7:00 AM Mother’s Morning Fellowship 9:00 AM (Library) YAA Pre K/K 11:45 AM (ECFCC) YAA Piano, Voice 1:00 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall,Chapel) VFL 2:30 PM (Choir Room) Primary choir rehearsal 3:45 PM (Choir Room) SHA!cappella 7:00 PM (Choir Room) Parish Visitors 7:30 PM (Crispell) AA Mtg. 8:00 PM (Taylor Hall)
----- Thursday, April 19, 2007 ----Wm. Spirituality 9:30 AM (Conf.Room) HE&Healing 11:00 AM (Lady Chapel) AA Women 1:30 PM (Conference) VFL Rehearsal 4:30 PM (Choir Room) Schola Cantorum Rehearsal 7:00 PM Christ Church Choir 7:30
--Friday, April 20, 2007 --YAA Piano, MT/Orchestra 2:45 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall) Krista Miller & Dancers 7:30 PM (Taylor Hall)
-Saturday, April 21, 2007 Krista Miller & Dancers 7:30 PM (Taylor Hall)
--- Wednesday, April 25, 2007 ----Holy Eucharist 7:00 AM Mother’s Morning Fellowship 9:00 AM (Library) YAA Pre K/K 11:45 AM(ECFCC) YAA Piano, Voice 1:00 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall,Chapel) VFL 2:30 PM (Choir Room) Primary choir rehearsal 3:45 PM(Choir Room) SHA!cappella 7:00 PM (Choir Room) AA Board Mtg. 7:00 PM AA Mtg. 8:00 PM-10:00 PM (Taylor Hall)
Thursday, April 26, 2007 ----Wm. Spirituality 9:30 AM (Conf.Room) Bible4Beginners 9:30 AM HE&Healing 11:00 AM (Lady Chapel) AA Women 1:30 PM (Conference) VFL Rehearsal 4:30 PM (Choir Room) Schola Cantorum Rehearsal 7:00 PM Holocuast Memorial service @ Luterans 7:30 PM Christ Church Choir 7:30 PM(Choir Room)
--Friday, April 27, 2007 --YAA Piano, MT/Orchestra 2:45 PM (Choir Room,Taylor Hall)
-Saturday, April 28, 2007 Charis Concert 8:00 PM
GOOD FRIDAY – April 6th at 12 Noon Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the cruciﬁxion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. The liturgy of the day includes John’s account of the Passion Gospel, a ritual form of intercession known as the Solemn Collects (dating from ancient Rome), and devotions before the cross (commonly known as the Veneration of the Cross). The eucharist (because it is a joyful event) is not celebrated in the Episcopal Church on Good Friday, but Holy Communion is administered from the reserved sacrament. The form of this service was in place and widely practiced by the end of the ﬁfth century in Jerusalem. During the Good Friday liturgy, children will participate in the Stations of the Cross beginning in Taylor Hall. They will then move upstairs to join their parents for the Veneration of the Cross.
-Saturday, April 07, 2007 The Great Easter Vigil The Great Vigil 7:00 PM
EASTER SATURDAY – The Great Vigil of
EASTER SUNDAY –April 8th at 9:00 A.M.
Easter – April 7th at 7:00 P.M.
and 11:15 A.M.
The Easter Vigil is the liturgy intended as the ﬁrst celebration of Easter in The Book of Common Prayer (pp. 284-95). It is also known as the Great Vigil. The service begins in darkness, between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter, and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new ﬁre, lighting the Paschal Candle, the Exsultet); The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers); the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the eucharist. Through this liturgy, the Church has reinstituted an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast.
The Feast of the Resurrection celebrates our Lord’s triumphant victory over sin and death. This celebration also ushers in the Easter Season which lasts through Pentecost, 50 days later.
EASTER EGG HUNT – April 8th following the 9:00 A.M. service (around 10:00 A.M.)
SAVE THE DATE! PROGRESSIVE DINNER This year’s annual progressie Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2007 . For anyone who has not attended, this is a delightful evening wherein all adult parishioners , meet at one house for cocktails from 6:00-7:30 PM. Then we all go off to various smaller groups for intimate dinners at the homes of other parishioners who have offered to be hosts. At the end, we all convene at one house to have desert at around 9:00-9:30 PM. It is so nice to have a social evening in each other’s homes. One sees friends and always gets to meet someone new as a bonus! This year Paige and Art Nagle have AGAIN graciously offered to have the cocktail party at their lovely house and garden. Their party was so lovely and such fun and we are thrillled and grateful for their wonderful hospitality! We have the same good fortune as Betsy and Bill Goodell have also graciously offered to host the dessert party yet again! They gave such a beautiful party last year in their lovely house. We are thrilled! Please let me know if you are able to host one of the dinners. Just let me know how many people you would like to have and we will send along that number to you! You only need to serve a main course. Starters and deserts are taken care of! You can reach me at 3375662 or you can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need 12 dinner hosts. I look forward to hearing from you!
Garrison Keillor on Episcopalians (Adapted from an essay by Garrison Keillor) We make fun of Episcopalians for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese. But nobody sings like them. If you were to ask an audience in Des Moines, a relatively Episcopalianless place, to sing along on the chorus of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” they will look daggers at you as if you had asked them to strip to their underwear. But if you do this among Episcopalians, they’d smile and row that boat ashore and up on the beach! ....And down the road! Many Episcopalians are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, a talent that comes from sitting on the lap of someone singing alto or tenor or bass and hearing the harmonic intervals by putting your little head against that person’s rib cage. It’s natural for Episcopalians to sing in harmony. We are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When you’re singing in the key of C and you slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of you, it’s an emotionally fulﬁlling moment. By our joining in harmony, we somehow promise that we will not forsake each other. I do believe this, people: Episcopalians, who love to sing in four-part harmony are the sort of people you could call up when you’re in deep distress. If you are dying, they will comfort you. If you are lonely, they’ll talk to you. And if you are hungry, they’ll give you tuna salad! •Episcopalians believe in prayer, but would practically die if asked to pray out loud. •Episcopalians like to sing, except when confronted with a new hymn or a hymn with more than four stanzas. •Episcopalians believe their rectors will visit them in the hospital, even if they don’t notify them that they are there. •Episcopalians usually follow the ofﬁcial liturgy and will feel it is their way of suffering for their sins. •Episcopalians believe in miracles and even expect miracles, especially during their stewardship visitation programs or when passing the plate. •Episcopalians feel that applauding for their children’s choirs will not make the kids too proud and conceited. •Episcopalians think that the Bible forbids them from crossing the aisle while passing the peace. •Episcopalians drink coffee as if it were the Third Sacrament. •Episcopalians feel guilty for not staying to clean up after their own wedding reception in the Fellowship Hall. •Episcopalians are willing to pay up to one dollar for a meal at church. •Episcopalians still serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color of the season and •Episcopalians believe that it is OK to poke fun at themselves and never take themselves too seriously. •And ﬁnally, you know you are a Episcopalian when: -It’s 100 degrees, with 90% humidity, and you still have coffee after the service. -You hear something really funny during the sermon and smile as loudly as you can. -Donuts are a line item in the church budget, just like coffee. -When you watch a Star Wars movie and they say, “May the Force be with you,” and you respond, “and also with you.” And lastly, it takes ten minutes to say good-bye . . . .
Contributed by Arthur Taylor
Happenings TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO MALAWI FROM CHRIST CHURCH Plans are well underway for a small group of parishioners to travel to Malawi, Africa this summer. The response to this proposed transformational journey from Christ Church has been overwhelming and we are nearing our goal of ten travelers ready for a journey to the heart of Africa they will never forget. The members of the GAIA Interest Group (or GIG) have been meeting regularly throughout the year and there are many activities planned so that the whole congregation can get behind this wonderful effort in mission. More to come from the Rev. Kate Malin on that topic! Our own journey was inspired by the efforts of Dr. Don Thomas, Board member of GAIA (Global Aids Interfaith Alliance), who put together two groups of travelers in June and July of 2006. This summer our own merry band hopes to bring a variety of life experiences and skills to focus on the incredible poverty and needs of Malawi and to make lasting connections with a place very different from our comfortable existence in Westchester, NY. We plan to visit hospitals, clinics, schools and a variety of Aids Service Organizations in order to understand the needs of the people in their battle to ﬁght HIV/AIDS, poverty and lack of education. Some of our members plan to share music, song, and prayer, others medical skills and even engineering experience. All of us can reach out to the children and orphans of Malawi and simply read or sing songs with them. Each traveler hopes to bring a second suitcase ﬁlled with supplies for orphans, schools, villages and hospitals (that is the safest way to bring assistance in the third world). Please look out for the many exciting ways that you can be involved and ALL are welcome to join us at our next GIG meeting on Friday April 20th to continue planning this important and life altering venture. Help us become a voice for our brothers and sisters that have no voice. --Dr. Etta Eskridge and the Rev. Kate Malin
CHANGE IS AFOOT AT CHRIST CHURCH! The vestry, staff and clergy are grateful for the thoughtful reﬂections and candid opinions voiced by parishioners at our Annual Meeting and through the all-parish questionnaire—about what we’re doing well at Christ Church and where we need to grow and improve. As a direct result of your input, we have already implemented some changes, with more to come. •The Parish Ofﬁce is now open on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. •Discussions with the Diocese and Region II are in full swing about how to hire a half-time priest, with a start date in September, to focus on teen youth programs, college chaplaincy and facilitating Diocesan-wide events. •The ﬁrst “Working Mothers’ Fellowship,” a spin-off of “Mothers’ Morning Fellowship,” will be offered for working mothers on Thursday March 22nd with regular dates to follow. •Christ Church is actively exploring a partnership with San Andres, St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s churches in Yonkers to expand our deﬁnition and experience of mission and outreach.
FAST FOR MALAWI PLEDGE CARDS If you are participating in the Fast for Malawi effort to support Christ Church’s Transformational Journey to Africa this summer, please send in your check for the equivalent dollar amount of your fast during Lent made out to Christ Church Bronxville with “Fast for Malawi” in the memo line, or drop your pledge in an offering plate on Palm Sunday or Easter. If you didn’t participate in the fast but would still like to make a contribution, it would be most welcome.
“GENTLY USED” CLOTHING SALE COMING UP IN JUNE The second major event to fund Christ Church’s Transformational Journey to Malawi and other parish-wide mission efforts will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 1st and 2nd. Mark your calendars for this sale of gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, boutique items and other goodies. On Friday Night, we will host a preview of the sale with music, wine and cheese. As you start Spring Cleaning, please put aside those items you might wish to donate. We will begin accepting donations after Easter. For more information, and to volunteer for the sale, please contact the Rev. Kate Malin at email@example.com.
NURSERY Located on the third ﬂoor of the Child Center, this resource is staffed by two loving and caring professionals from 9:45 A.M. to noon each Sunday so that parents can take full advantage of the Adult Forum after the 10:00 A.M. service. Parents are also welcome and encouraged as extra volunteers.
FIRST FRIDAY FILMS DATE CHANGE The ﬁrst Friday of April is Good Friday, so the First Friday Film will be moved to the following Friday, April 13th. For a change of pace, we will be screening the black comedy “Beetlejuice.” Directed by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice is the story of recently deceased newlyweds (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who ﬁnd themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peace is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetzs, buy their house. Too nice and harmless as ghosts, all their efforts to scare the Deetzs away are unsuccessful. The couple turns to another ghost, “Beetlejuice” (Michael Keaton) for help and they are led on a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. The ﬁlm’s hilarious supporting cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder. We meet in Taylor Hall for fellowship and refreshment at 6:30 pm, the ﬁlm at 7:00 and some low-key theological reﬂection at 9:00.
Christian Formation: Upcoming Sundays at Christ Church Adult Forums are held in Taylor Hall, immediately following the 10:00 AM service.
ADULT FORUMS IN APRIL •There will be no scheduled forums on April 1st (Palm Sunday) or April 8th (Easter Sunday). •On Sunday April 15th, help us welcome Fr. Matthew Moretz, curate at St. Paul’s, Yonkers. Matthew is part of a ministry team seeking to “re-plant” St. Paul’s by focusing on evangelism, children, and new members. He will talk about this effort as well as his video web log “Father Matthew Presents” featured on the popular website YouTube (www.youtube.com/fathermatthew). •On Sunday April 22nd, join us for a “Vision Awareness” Forum about the current and future ministries of Christ Church.
PRAYER DURING HOLY WEEK For Bronxville area residents, this year’s Holy Week is both a time for prayer and for many a time for much needed family vacations. Finding the time for church during your ski trip or swimming at the beach may be difﬁcult. One easy way to meet that challenge is through family prayer. Easy times for prayer are in the morning, in the evening and also during meals when family members tend to be under one roof. A nice way to begin prayer is with one of the following responses. During Lent you can follow the response by saying all or part of the given Lenten litany. The Easter prayer is particularly appropriate when said over an Easter feast.
In the Morning
In the Evening
Lord open our lips.
O God, make speed to save us.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
on Easter add Alleluia
on Easter add Alleluia
Lenten Litany Create in us a clean heart, O God. and renew a right spirit within us. Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving –kindness In your great compassion blot out my offenses. Renew a right spirit within me.
For I know my transgressions And my sin is ever before me. Renew a right spirit within me. Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; Wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. Renew a right spirit within me. Give me the joy of your saving help again And sustain me with your bountiful spirit. Renew a right spirit within me.
Wash me through and through from my wickedness And cleanse me from sin. Renew a right spirit within me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.
Easter Prayer Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you bring forth bread from the Earth and make the risen Lord to be for us the Bread of life: Grant that we who daily seek bread which sustains our bodies may also hunger for the food of everlasting life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. It can also be meaningful to offer personal prayers that are reﬂective of the Holy Week journey at Christ Church. On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On Tenebrae the candles in Christ Church are slowly put out. Light some candles in your home or hotel and have your children blow them out one by one. The Lord’s Prayer would be a wonderful offering on Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday is the day that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. Have your children draw a cross and reﬂect on the meaning of Jesus’ death. It may help to pose questions such as “I wonder how Jesus’ family felt when he died”. On the Saturday of Holy Week we reﬂect on Jesus in the tomb. Spend a few moments in silence. Finally on Easter Sunday celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Use your family mealtimes to rejoice in the food of everlasting life, Jesus Christ.
Taylor Hall Presents
16TH ANNUAL HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION THURSDAY APRIL 26TH Hosted by the Village Lutheran Church
Christ Church’s Children’s Christian Formation Coordinator Krista Miller will present her company, Krista Miller + Dancers, in Yaihee: An Evening of Dance. Miller’s dances have been described as “idiosyncratic and mysterious” and evoking both the “demonic and the Godly simultaneously”. Her choreography employs religious imagery, exaggerated character, facial expressions and props to highlight the importance of performed movement versus that of the every day. Krista’s movement echoes martial arts, ballet, hip-hop and often includes idiosyncratic outbursts that are decidedly Miller’s own. Performances will take place in Taylor Hall Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15. For reservations call Krista at the Church 914-337-3544 X103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young at Arts is holding auditions for its summer musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for students who will be going into the 5th - 9th grades. Contact Young at Arts at email@example.com or 914 562 1938 for more information.
Each year, the villages of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe gather to commemorate the Holocaust. This year marks the 16th consecutive year of community cooperation to remember the atrocities of that dark time, to honor those who stood up against oppression and hatred in the past, and to commit ourselves to combating ignorance, intolerance and violence in our world today. The Commemoration is organized by a committee comprised of Jewish and Christian clergy, concerned citizens, public school ofﬁcials and civic leaders. Each year a different faith congregation hosts the event and one of the public schools provides some of the music. An art and essay contest is held in the locals schools and the winning students are recognized in a ceremony held prior to the Commemoration. This year, the theme is “It Starts With One,” and the keynote speaker will be Ms. Yvette Rugasaguhunga, a 26 year old survivor of the Rwandan genocide who lost her grandmother, her father and four siblings. She came to the United States in 2003, is a senior at Manhattanville and has spoken around the metro area. The service begins at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary, with a reception to follow.
“WORDS AND BIRDS” ART EXHIBIT AT GENERAL SEMINARY A solo exhibit of mixed media collage paintings by Caroline Coolidge Brown (who presented her work in an Adult Forum in Taylor Hall during Advent) in the St. Mark’s Library of the General Theological Seminary. This exhibit will be on view April 27th - May 24th, 2007 A Reception will be held on Friday, April 27th from 5 - 7 pm If you would like to join a group from Christ Church, please contact the Rev. Kate Malin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Artwork from the exhibit will be on view at the artist’s website, www.CarolineCBrown.com, after March 15th.
“A VARIETY OF GIFTS” ART EXHIBIT AT TRINITY WALL STREET Don’t miss this exhibition of visual arts by members of the NY chapter of ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual Arts). The exhibition is hosted by the parish of Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel in the Trinity Museum, in Trinity Church (Broadway and Wall Street). On view April 1st - June 5th, 2007 with an Opening Reception Sunday, April 1st, from 1 - 4 PM..
APRIL HIGHLIGHTS Sun. Apr. 1st-Palm Sunday 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite I 10:00 AM Palm Procession/Choral Eucharist – Rite II 5:00 PM Informal Eucharist 6:00 PM Inquirer’s Class Mon. Apr. 2nd-Monday in Holy Week; 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist Tues. Apr. 3rd-7:00 AM Holy Eucharist Wed. Apr. 4th-Tenebrae; 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist; 7:00 PM Tenebrae Thurs. Apr. 5th-Maundy Thursday; 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Services
Fri. Apr. 6th-Good Friday; 12:00 PM Good Friday Services; 7:45 Midnight Run Sat.Apr. 7th-7:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter Sun. Apr. 8th-9:00 A.M Easter Service; 10:15 AM Easter Egg Hunt; 11:15 AM Easter Service Mon. Apr. 9th Easter Monday/Ofﬁce Closed Tues.Apr. 10th-No Rehearsals Wed. Apr. 11th-No Rehearsals
Fri. Apr. 13th-6:00 PM First Friday Film (Taylor Hall) Sun. Apr. 15th 2:30 PM Counseling Center Concert Wed. Apr. 18th-7:30 PM Parish Visitors Meeting (Crispell Lounge) Fri Apr. 20th-7:30 PM Krista Miller and Dancers Performance (Taylor Hall) Sat. Apr. 21st-7:30 PM Krista Miller and Dancers Performance (Taylor Hall) Sat. Apr. 28th-8:00 PM Charis Concert
Thurs. Apr. 12th-No Rehearsals
HOLY WEEK 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite I 10:00 AM Palm Procession/Choral Eucharist – Rite II 5:00 PM Informal Eucharist
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week — Holy Eucharist at 7:00 AM Tenebrae – Wednesday of Holy Week – April 4th at 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday –April 5th at 7:00 PM Good Friday – April 6th at 12 PM Easter Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter April 7th at 7:00 PM Easter Sunday – April 8th at 9:00 A.M. and 11:15 AM
The Spire Christ Church Bronxville 17 Sagamore Road Bronxville, NY 10708-1599
Palm Sunday – April 1st
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