Our Sunday morning Liturgy (Morning Prayer followed by the Holly Eucharist) is live streamed on our parish Facebook page beginning at 9.00 AM each Sunday morning
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 Sunday morning Liturgy (Morning Prayer followed by the Holly Eucharist) is live streamed on our parish Facebook page beginning at 9.00 AM each Sunday morning. www.facebook.com/stjosephsnewbraunfels
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 Feast of Corpus Christi
…after the city with which so many of us are familiar is named, is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist itself. It was instituted in 1264 by Pope Urban IV at the urging of St Thomas Aquinas himself. The initial impetus for the feast was that Maundy Thursday, the day of the Eucharist’s institution, was integral to the proper celebration of Holy Week and a feast in honor of the Eucharist allowed for a more seemly celebration of the Mystery. St Thomas was appointed by Pope Urban to write the minor propers for the feast: the introit, gradual, alleluia, offertory, and communion verses, as well as the major propers: the Collect, Epistle and Gospel (these last two he obviously didn’t write but chose from Scripture). In addition, St Thomas wrote two of the hymns most associated with the feast: the Pange Lingua and Lauda Sion(# 199-200 & 193-194 in our Hymnal 1940: because the hymns are so long, and sometimes sung only in parts, each one has been customarily listed as two hymns). Unfortunately, the beautiful plainsong melodies of these two hymns are beyond the – uh – modest musical abilities of our parish, but on Sunday we’ll sing Pange Lingua to a familiar tune (“St Thomas”) written in 1757 (by the same man, John Wade, who composed the music to Adeste Fideles). We’ll chant the other Lauda Sion, as the Sequence Hymn before the Gospel.
In many places it’s customary to conclude the Corpus Christi Eucharist with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the vicinity of the church and end with a blessing of the city (since we did the blessing of the city on Rogation Sunday, it might seem an act of supererogation to repeat it – and I’m not sure the scantily-clad tubers so much in evidence last Sunday after Mass would be the best spectators of a medieval procession! That being so, we’ll forego the procession (though if Bp Ng’ang’a were with us this Sunday, I’d be mightily tempted to have him carry the Sacrament in our monstrance around the property amongst all the parkers!).
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 for the "Wreaths Across America" program. At Christmastime, we participate in this by laying wreaths at the graves of veterans in New Braunfels and Comal County. For more information, contact Tanya Wilcox. In 2021, wreaths will be laid on Tuesday, December 21.
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, June 6 - Sunday in the Octave of Corpus Christi and the First Sunday after Trinity
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist
10.45 AM - More Trinitytide Treats in David Hall (Neapolitan Ice Cream)
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer
… we celebrate Sunday in the Feast of Corpus Christi. At the Altar will be a few dozen yellow roses in honor of the feast, the gift of an anonymous donor asking prayers for a secret intention. You may notice on the table we use as an Altar whenever I celebrate is a brand new, beautiful home-made superfrontal, made of the same material that adorns our parish Altar. It’s the gift of Marsden Macrae, who spend the time between her recent visits making it for us. When I get the Irish linen to her, she’ll be making a “Fair Linen” such as the Prayer Book requires on the Altar, to accompany it. Marsden, beso sus manos…thanks to all who donated to our Memorial Day Offering. We’ll add to the Veterans’ Fund again on Veterans’ Day. Our collections go to “Wreaths Across America,” which places wreaths the week before Christmas on the graves of veterans, including those in the cemeteries in Comal County. If you’re interested in helping lay wreaths, let Tanya know. This year, “Wreath Day” is Tuesday, December 21…on the narthex table this Sunday are copies of next week’s Liturgy, the Eucharistic rite of the first “Booke of Common Praier” in its original language and with its original spelling. Feel free to take one home and practice your part! It’s not exactly what you’re used to, but you’ll see how closely what we do now is what they did then…in our enthusiasm for celebrating the mystery of the Holy Trinity last Sunday with Trinitarian ice cream we bought plenty of it! Until it’s all gone, we’ll continue our culinary celebration of the Trinity by serving Neapolitan Ice Cream, if necessary, till Advent!...
Upcoming This Month…
…. next Sunday, June 13, the Second Sunday after Trinity, we’ll celebrate the 472nd anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer; the morning’s Eucharist will follow the text of the 1549 Prayer Book. A brief history of the BCP and a glossary of some of its less-than-familiar terms will be available in the narthex…also on that day, after the Eucharist, I’ll be doing a whirlwind class “The History of the Book of Common Prayer in 36 Minutes.”…Sunday June 20, our new Vestry holds its first meeting if you enjoy watching paint dry, you might consider stasying after Mass for it. As always our meetings are open to all…Friday, June 18, is the first anniversary of Bishop Ng’ang’a’s consecration. If his schedule remains unchanged, he’ll be with us on the Sunday following the anniversary, June 27. We’ll have a party for him on that day and I’m ordering a gift for him from us all. If you’d like to contribute, let me know…the new Parish Directories are coming soon, Tanya promises…
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
June Parish Calendar
Dates to Note in June:
Parish Women’s Luncheon: Saturday, June 12, 12 noon in David Hall
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, June 19, 10 AM at Casa Garcia’s
June Vestry Meeting: Our next regular meeting will be on June 20, 2021, the first gathering of our new Vestry. All are welcome.
Parish Breakfast: in June, our Parish breakfast will follow the 9.30 Eucharist on June 27.
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," a booklet of "Prayers for Eastertide," and "St Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria and Doctor of the Church," a brief biography of the saint.
In the Orthodox Churches, after Evening Prayers are read on Pentecost, the three "Kneeling Prayers" are recited, principally focused on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These aren't short, Anglican-style Collects but l-o-n-g prayers, attributed to St Basil the Great. A booklet with the Kneeling Prayers is available in our tract rack. Why are they called Kneeling Prayers? That will take another column to answer!
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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