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Dean Judy on Eastertide Worship

 

April 24, 2020
 
Dear Cathedral Family, 
 
Blessings of Eastertide! The staff and I send our love to you. Please know that we miss you and pray for you daily. We are all longing for the time when we can return to each other’s physical presence in our beautiful Cathedral. Realistically, though, that reunion is several weeks away. In the meantime, we will find new, creative, and beautiful ways to gather as the Body of Christ. 
 
I am very excited about our Zoom Morning Prayer Service which will begin this Sunday at 10am and will continue for the foreseeable future. We will share the Light of Christ by each lighting a candle in our homes as we begin. Yes, it will include music, some live and some pre-recorded. And yes, you will have the opportunity to sing, pray aloud, see each other’s faces (if you wish to be seen!), and hear each other’s voices. No doubt, praying and singing together in Zoom will produce a little bit of a cacophony at various times in the service. We will also all need to learn and to observe some new Zoom etiquette as we explore this new way of being together. Yet even with a short learning curve, the gifts of genuine, real-time participation and interaction as a community will far outweigh any of the challenges.
 
You have been sent in your email an invitation to the Zoom meeting, including meeting number and password. Unlike our live-streamed Eucharist services, this is by invitation only. If someone does not receive an invitation, please advise them to contact Lynn Buggage at lbuggage@philadelphiacathedral.org. Our hope is to include all those who would like to participate while preserving the cybersecurity and intimacy of our virtual congregational gathering. The service leaflet may be downloaded here. 
 
In advance of the meeting and if you have not done so already, please download zoom.us to create a free account for yourself. This will enable you to simply click on the link to the meeting at the appropriate time on Sunday morning to connect. You will have the option of enabling the video if your computer has a camera. It will also be possible to call in from a cell phone to connect through audio only. 
 
For those for whom Zoom is a new experience, please see Lynn’s Tips for Connecting by Zoom here. We also invite you to enter the meeting/worship service early at 9:30am on Sunday to be sure that your connection works. In the event that you should have any difficulty, the following individuals will be available by cell phone at that time to talk you through:
 
Lynn at 504-481-7508.
Blaise at 215-387-9706.
Joe at 845-625-4416.
 
Following the postlude, you are invited to remain for 15 minutes of Coffee Conversation and Fellowship. Following the Coffee Conversation and beginning next week, May 3, Pam Nesbit will lead the spiritual formation series on Richard Rohr’s book The Universal Christ. We expect that all of our virtual activities will conclude by 1pm and you are invited to all of them!
 
In this season when we lift our eyes to the resurrection, we can look with hope to how God is at work in our community, helping us to find new meaning and depth of relationship. Even as we struggle with social isolation and all of our worries and concerns about the impact of COVID 19, our ongoing virtual gatherings are emblems of resurrection hope. Please take note below of the many ways in which to connect with others in our congregation. And if you should need a member of the clergy, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
 
Yours, in the hope of the resurrection,
 
 
Dean's Message of Welcome

Sullivan PicThe Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral is a place of unconditional hospitality and we want to help you find a spiritual home among us. Many come through our doors seeking something more: A way to serve, or to be challenged in their developing faith, or to find solace and relief. Many come seeking caring community or a way that is different from the harsh materialism of the world. Whatever your reason, know that you, your questions, and your journey will be honored and respected. 

We find that the deep diversity among the members of our congregation is a strength and joy. The members of our community are of varying ages, socio-economic backgrounds, races, sexual orientation, and education levels. We come from many different religious traditions or none at all. Some of us live in the city and some live in the surrounding suburbs. Some of us come alone or with spouses or partners or young families. As different as we are, we share so much in our desire to love and serve God and one another. Our welcome is wide and sincere.  

When you visit for the first time, someone in the community will greet you warmly at the door and then provide as much support and guidance as you would like. You should expect to move throughout the liturgy. We often form a circle at the font and at the altar table for Holy Communion. We sing as we move throughout the Cathedral space.

Following worship, please join us for a time of fellowship and conversation. You are also invited to attend one of the many opportunities to gather in small groups to talk about ideas and experiences relating to God and the world. We frequently offer small group discussions for those who are interested in becoming members of the Cathedral.