We seek to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness," following the Anglican liturgy found in the Book of Common Prayer (1928) and the Anglican Missal.
NOTA BENE: Beginning Wednesday, April 15, our weekday schedule of services (listed below) will resume.
Until further notice, due to the pandemic, on Sundays Morning Prayer will be read at 9.00 AM, the Holy Eucharist offered at 9.30, and Evening Prayer will be read at 1.00 PM.
On Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, Morning Prayer is read at 11.45 AM, the Holy Eucharist is offered at noon, and Evening Prayer is at 7.00 PM
Our Schedule (after the Pandemic is over) is:
7.35 AM Morning Prayer
8.00 AM Holy Eucharist (said)
9.15 Bible Class
10.30 AM Holy Eucharist (sung)
11.45 AM Fun, Food and Fellowship
As much fun, food and fellowship as Anglicans allow themselves to have
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer during the summer
4.00 PM - Evening Prayer rest of the year
4.00 PM - Evensong on the Second Sunday of each month
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
11:45 AM - Morning Prayer
12:00 noon - Mass
7.00 PM - Evening Prayer
Holy Days as above
For each weeks schedule of Saint's Days and Holy Days, see the schedule on our "About Us" page
The Easter Greeting
The customary greeting extended towards fellow Christians
through the Easter Season is “Christ is risen!” The ancient reply is “He is risen indeed, Alleluia”
The Easter Greeting in Greek is: “Christos aneste!” and the response is “Alethos aneste!”
In Latin, the Easter Greeting is “Christus resurrexit!” and the response is “Resurrexit vere!”
In Spanish, the Easter Greeting is “¡Cristo ha resucitado!” and the response is “¡En verdad ha resucitado!”
In German, the Easter Greeting is “Christus ist auferstanden!” and the response is “Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!”
In Swahili, the Easter Greeting is “Kristo Amefufukka!” and the response is “Kweli Amefufukka!”
Try this on Bishop Ng’ang’a!
In French, the Easter Greeting is “Christ est ressuscité!” and the response is “Il est vraiment ressuscité!”
In Old Church Slavonic, the Easter Greeting is “Christos voskresye!”
and the response is “Voistinu voskresye!”
In Russian, the Easter Greeting is “Christos voskres!”
and the response is “Voistinu voskres!”
In Scottish, the Easter Greeting is “Tha Crìosd air èiridh!” and the response is “Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!”
In Chaucerian English, the Easter greeting is “Crist is arisen!”
and the response is “Arisen he sothe!”
In Aramaic, (the language of Christ and His apostles), the Easter Greeting is “Mshiḥa qām!”
and the response is “Sharīrāīth qām!”
Parish Food Closet
We collect non-perishable food items throughout the year and every two months we caravan the donations to the New Braunfels SOS Food Bank.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, due to severe shortages in town, we're collecting food in boxes on the front porch of David Hall for a weekly trip to the New Braunfels SOS Food Bank. Come anytime, day or night, and leave food on the porch.
Options for Life
Throughout Lent we've been raising money for an annual gift to the New Braunfels "Options for Life" Program, supporting young, single mothers struggling to raise their children. The garishly-colored plastic baby bottles lined up on the narthex table are for you to take home and fill up as part of our common parish Lenten Alms program. We also have an OfL Collection Jar in our parish hall for through-the-year donations. We'll being collecting bottles on Easter Day and on Whitsunday present our check to the office of OfL.
On Memorial Day and Veterans' Day we take up special collections to help wounded and disabled veterans. At Christmastime, we lay wreaths at the graves of departed veterans.
Our Texas Freeze Water Bank
Because of our recent "Texas Freeze," public water supplies in the area are contaminated and a "boil order" is in effect. Fortunately, St Joseph''s has a good supply of bottled drinking water. If you are in need, please contact the parish and we can have someone meet you at David Hall and give you a case of "Texas Spring Drinking Water."
When you come by the church, take a look at our "new" old bell, a bronze 100 -year-old beauty with a rich tone that carries all the way down to the river when it rings! The stained glass windows in the church are less than 20 years old, but are closely-patterned after stained glass seen throughout the South from about 1870-1920 (St Joseph's boasts the only Men's Room in central Texas with its own stained-glass window). St Joseph’s chalice and paten were originally given as a gift to the first Episcopal Bishop of Quincy, Illinois, the Rt Rev Thomas Burgess, in 1878. As the hallmark under the base of the chalice shows, it was made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company, the leading silversmiths of 19th century America. How St Joseph’s came into the possession of a chalice & paten owned by a former Yankee chaplain in the War Between the States is a tale worth hearing (but at another time and in another place).
Receiving Holy Communion at St Joseph’s
At St Joseph’s, any baptized person is welcome to receive Holy Communion. We have a kneeler in front of the table we are using for an Altar. At communion-time, form a line and approach after the person in front of you has received the Sacrament. If you cannot kneel (or get up easily), please remain standing and receive. The priest will place the Sacrament in your hands (it is customary to support your right hand with the left): simply lift the Sacrament to your mouth. It is the sacramental Body of Christ. Please do not handle the consecrated Bread with your fingers. If you prefer to have him place the Host directly on your tongue, simply open your mouth as you approach and he will place it there. If you would like to have the Host dipped in the chalice rather than drink from it, continue to hold it in your open hand and the priest will take it, dip it into the chalice and then place it directly in your mouth. Please do not dip the host into the chalice yourself.
If you wish to drink from the chalice, the Chalice-bearer will be standing beside you at the kneeler and will help you drink from it directly.
If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion (or are not eligible to because you are not baptized), but would like a blessing, stand in line until your time comes, approach the kneeler and either kneel or stand and the priest will bless you. To let him know you wish to be blessed, cross your arms over your breast when you approach. He will make the sign of the Cross on your forehead as he blesses you.
Any baptized person is welcome to receive Holy Communion, but not everyone always should. If you are in a state of serious sin, it would be best not to present yourself for Holy Communion, here or elsewhere, until you have confessed your sins, resolved “to live a new life,” and received absolution. Anyone, baptized or not, can always come forward to receive a blessing.
– Fr Gregory Wilcox
Sunday, April 18 - the Second Sunday after Easter, commonly called Good Shepherd Sunday
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist
10.45 AM - Treats and Talks in David Hall
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer
Bishop Peter Ng'ang'a will be the Pontificant and Preacher at today's Mass
Annual Meeting Date Changed
At the recent Vestry Meeting it was decided to change the date of our Annual Parish Meeting for 2021 until May. Though the date has yet to be chosen, on that day, following the morning’s Mass, we’ll have a parish brunch with the meeting called to order immediately thereafter. Written notices will be mailed two weeks prior to the meeting, with announcements at Sunday services for the three weeks preceding.
New in the Tract Rack
New on the narthex table are copies of Fr Moss's classic booklet "A Summary of the Faith," Fr Dearmer's "Life of St Aidan," and a booklet of "Prayers for Eastertide."
The Vestry of St Joseph's will this Sunday, April 18, following the 9.30 Eucharist. he newly-revised Parish By-Laws will reviewed for their approval and recommendation to the Annual Parish Meeting in May. Piping hot kolaches are on the menu.
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
Eastertide and April
Dates to Note in April:
Parish Women’s Luncheon: Saturday, April 10, 12 noon in David Hall
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, April 17, 10 AM at Casa Garcia’s
April Vestry Meeting: Sunday, April 18, following the Sunday Eucharist; following the Vestry Meeting, Mrs Marsden MacRae will speak to the parish about the hows and whys of personal internet and online security.
Parish Breakfast: Sunday, April 25, following the 9.30 AM Eucharist
Pope St Gregory the Great on the Pasture of the Good Shepherd
If the sheep hear the Lord’s voice and follow it, He will lead them to His pasture, and there they will be nourished in a pasture which is forever green. What are these pastures but the profound and unquenchable joys of Heaven? The pasture of the saints is to see God’s face, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord. There the eternal and unending vision of God never fails to satisfy the soul; feeding on that pasture it receives its fill of the food of eternal life. –from Pope St Gregory’s Sermons on St John’s Gospel, AD 595
Your prayers, support and contributions will help us keep a faithful Anglican presence and traditional Anglican worship alive and kickin' here in the Texas Hill Country. We have a lot to do to bring our parish mission to this part of God's world: to be "Catholic in Tradition, Biblical in Faith and Sacramental in Worship." Your generous (and tax-deductable!) donations will help fund that mission and keep us movin'!
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