While St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is known for the beauty and pageantry of its traditional holiday services, its clergy recognizes that such celebratory events don’t meet the needs of all parishioners. So, this year, they’ve created two alternate services during the week before Christmas. The first -- a Taize service of mediation, music and reflection -- takes place at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 16. Begun in Taize, France, the service employs chants, prayer, silence and scripture readings to lift hearts and souls to God in a prayer that “has neither a beginning nor an end.” Past participants have found the service an island of calm that allows them to leave holiday pressures behind and focus on matters of the spirit. Those of all faiths are invited to attend.
The second is a "Blue Christmas" service for those who have suffered a loss or who have few positive associations with the holidays. Please see the December 18 listing.