Friday, February 28, 2020

Sunday 1 March 2020

The Temptation of Christ by Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510).
Fresco. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.


First Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11


Herbert Howells (1892–1983)—Preludio Sine Nomine

John Merbecke (1510–1585)—Great Litany in Procession

Plainchant—Missa III (Kyrie Deus sempiterne)

William Morley (1680–1731)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 51:1-12

Charles Shadle (b. 1960)—The Lowest Place (Three Rosetti Motets)


Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.


Society of Mary – meets next Saturday, 7 March, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10 am Mass and a brief meeting (for coffee and bagels) to follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited.

An Update from the Search Committee – The committee is excited to report that they have conducted the first two of several planned video interviews with priests interested in exploring a call to be the next rector of S. Stephen's. We are both encouraged and excited by the discussions we've had so far and eagerly look forward to fruitful discussions with more candidates over the coming weeks. For reasons unrelated to those who've so far contacted us and on the advice of Canon Dena, the committee has decided to extend the application period to March 20. Please continue to remember the search committee (and the parish!) in your prayers. Deborah Abel

Ecumenical Stations – Continuing again this year, the Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) has teamed up with the Brown-RISD Catholic Community (BRCC) to offer Stations of the Cross at S. Stephen’s at 6 pm on Fridays in Lent from February 28 through April 3. This is a great opportunity to experience this moving devotion anew or indeed for the first time! The Fish Fry this year will take place after Stations on March 6 and will be hosted by the BRCC at their new Catholic Center at 51 Prospect Street. All are welcome!

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) continues its meetings this Sunday, 1 March, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer, followed by a meal. All are most welcome and invited!


Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Empy, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Birthdays this week: George Ryan (Friday 3/6).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Mary Chase (2 March 1992), Flora Hilda Harding (2 March 1994), Alice Hunt (2 March 1998), Howard Johnson (4 March 2015), Josephine Garrett Brown (7 March 1989), and Hilda Grace Stevens (7 March 1991). Recently Departed: The Rev. James R. Bocchino.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Iglesia Anglicana de Chile: The Most Rev’d Héctor (Tito) Zavala Muñoz, Bishop of Santiago & Primate; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. David’s on-the-Hill, Cranston, and for those who are preparing to serve God as ordained ministers in the Church.


Acolytes – MC B Rose, SD J Ihnen, Th R Noble, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – A Wilson
Lector at 10 am – TBD
Ushers – Simon Newby and TBD
Coffee Hour – Leana Hooks and Family



Tuesday 3 March
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Friday 6 March
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 7 March
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)


Sunday 1 March
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Great Litany and Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Lent I, Year Two

Monday 2 March
Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, c. 602 (LA)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 3 March
Tuesday of Lent I (LA)
John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 4 March
Wednesday of Lent I (LA)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 5 March
Thursday of Lent I (LA)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

Friday 6 March
Friday of Lent I (LA)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross  6 pm

Saturday 7 March
Perpetua, Felicity, and Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202 (LA)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

Sunday 8 March
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm


Second Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17