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And the angel spoke and went to great trouble
with the man, who clenched his fists;
But dost thou not see by every fold
that she is as cool as God’s early day?
Yet the other looked somberly at him,
murmuring only: What has changed her so?
But at that the angel cried: Carpenter,
dost thou not yet see that the Lord God is acting?
Because thou makest boards, in thy pride
wouldst thou really call him to account
who modestly out of the same wood
makes leaves burgeon and buds swell?
He understood. And as he now raised his eyes
very frightened, to the angel,
he was gone. He pushed his heavy
cap slowly off. Then he sang praise.
Joseph’s Suspicion by Rainer Maria Rilke
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
First let me start of by saying my heart goes out to you for your loss and I am sorry I cannot be there with you all. I have had the privilege to come to know Ms Gwendolyn Simmons. From 1973 to 1977 she was my Assistant Principal at McKee high school. I cannot explain how much of an impact she has made on my life.
She was like a mother to me encouraging me through my tough times as a student. She was able to see the potential in me that some teachers did not see. She always had a way of correcting you with love and you could only receive it because it would benefit you. She always had someone else’s best interest at heart and she had the God given ability to make you believe that you could achieve anything that you put your mind to.
I called her momma Simmons because we had such a great relationship and she meant the world to me. I kept in touch with her ever since I graduated from McKee HS in 1977. She was a woman of wisdom and a soldier for the Lord. I say to you today, II Timothy 4: 7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing”.
I will truly miss, Ms. Simmons she was a world changer a woman of integrity, a mother to me and an Angel for the Lord who never stopped reaching out to people for the good of God. She will always be in my heart.
God bless you all and remember what you do for others God will do for you. That was Gwendolyn Simmons a world changer and a soldier for God.
Love you all,
Our beloved Gwendolyn Simmons went to her Savior on Friday morning October 28th, 2011. Gwen was an extraordinary person. She taught us to be kind toward one another; she taught our children the joy of faith. She gladdened our hearts and showered us with love. Her spirit will be with us always surrounding the second pew on the Epistle Side. We will miss her dearly.
WE INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SHARE PERSONAL MEMORIES OF GWEN VIA EMAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be posting a selection of your submissions here shortly.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, St. Paul’s Memorial Church will participate in a city-wide open house in connection with the 25th anniversary of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program. The Church will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day. Tours that include an historical overview and identification of key architectural elements will be conducted by St. Paul’s parishioners. A booklet will be available for those who prefer a self-guided tour.
The triple-landmarked Church of Gothic design was completed in 1870 and is one of only two structures remaining in New York City designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter, a renowned architect of that era. The second structure is the Church Rectory located next door, which will not be open to the public.
Thanks to everyone who helped the Altar Guild with our Holy Week preparations!
A photo of Dorian Lake in recital this past Sunday at St. Paul's as part of our Sunday afternoon concert series. Congratulations, Dorian! By all accounts, it was a wonderful program...Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a great afternoon. And thank you Dorian for dazzling us with your vocal talents.
"Elder father, though thine eyes
Shine with holy mysteries,
Canst thou tell what in the heart
Of a cowslip blossom lies?
"Smaller than all lives that be,
Secret as the deepest sea,
Stands a little house of seeds,
Like an elfin’s granary.
"Speller of the stones and weeds,
Skilled in Nature’s crafts and creeds,
Tell me what is in the heart
Of the smallest of the seeds."
’‘God Almighty, and with Him
Cherubim and Seraphim,
Filling all eternity—
It was a great blessing to have the Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of New York with us recently. Congratulations to all who were confirmed with the Apostolic Laying on of Hands by Bishop Roskam.
Strengthen, O Lord, your servants with your Holy Spirit; empower them for your service; and sustain them all the days of their lives. Amen.
As the wise men of old brought gifts
guided by a star
to the humble birthplace
of the god of love,
as an old print shows
retreated in confusion.
What could a baby know
of gold ornaments
or frankincense and myrrh,
of priestly robes
and devout genuflections?
But the imagination
knows all stories
before they are told
and knows the truth of this one
past all defection
The rich gifts
so unsuitable for a child
though devoutly proffered,
stood for all that love can bring.
The men were old
how could they know
of a mother's needs
or a child's
But as they kneeled
the child was fed.
They saw it
had taken place,
hard gold to love,
a mother's milk!
their wondering eyes.
The ass brayed
the cattle lowed.
It was their nature.
All men by their nature give praise.
It is all
they can do.
The very devils
by their flight give praise.
What is death,
beside this? Nothing. The wise men
came with gifts
and bowed down
Sunday, June 1st 10:15 am
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION
All you peoples clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness.
Sunday, June 8th 10:15 am
THE DAY OF PENTECOST
Come, Spirit of darkness and light,
and weave through this colorful earth,
rainbows that dance in our sight,
and dreams of creation's new birth.
Sunday, June 15th 10:15 am
THE DAY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
"Glory and praise for ever,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost".
Sunday, June 22nd 10:15 am
THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
Now my tongue the mystery telling,
of the glorious Body sing...
Come Join Us!
Palm Sunday – April 13th – 10:15 a.m.
Sunday of the Passion
Maundy Thursday – April 17th – 7:30 p.m.
High Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper
Good Friday – April 18th – 7:30 p.m.
The Solemn Liturgy
of the Passion And Death of Our Lord
Holy Saturday – April 19th – 7:30 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
First Mass of the Resurrection
Easter Sunday – April 20th – 10:15 a.m.
The Feast of the Resurrection
Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Please join us for our Christmas services as we celebrate together the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, December 24th, 11PM: Solemn Mass of Midnight
Wednesday, December 25th, 10:15 AM Sung Mass of Christmas Day
All are welcome!
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