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QUOTE OF the Day

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) 1819-1880

UPCOMING: Ash Wednesday, LENT, NEW BISHOP

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Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday

February 26 is Ash Wednesday, with a service at 6:30 p.m. Read about the history of Ash Wednesday by clicking HERE.

The lector this Sunday is Ed and the altar guild is B.T. See the vestment colors, the altar colors, the Bible readings and the liturgical calendar by clicking HERE and selecting the date. Note that a date’s numeral color is the vestment and altar color for that day.

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Feb. 26-April 4: Lent

A speaker series is planned for Lent, with a presenter each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. until March 31. The presentations will be held in the parish hall behind the church, 118 North Walnut Street, Cynthiana, starting March 3. The series’ theme will be world religions. The series is open to everyone.

March 3: Karen Bear will be sharing her faith and knowledge of Judaism. The speakers for other dates will be updated once they are scheduled.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Lenten message, “Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action,” can be found by clicking HERE.

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Bishop Mark’s Investiture

The Investiture and Recognition for Bishop Mark Van Koevering will be held on March 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will officiate.

The Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament (KHSAA) is happening the same weekend, so you are urged to make any hotel reservations as soon as possible. The diocese has reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels through February 21, 2020: 

Residence Inn City Center by Marriott, 150 W Main Street, Lexington; $129/night + $12 parking/day: Please contact the hotel directly and ask for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington’s MAR2020 LEXRD group rate. Reference: M-JSJZQQS. Phone (859) 253-3000. Click here for a direct link to the block of rooms. This property is just a few blocks from Christ Church Cathedral.

The Sire (formerly the Gratz Park Inn), Tapestry by Hilton, 120 W Second Street, Lexington; $169/night: Please contact the hotel directly and ask for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington’s group rate. Phone (859) 231-1777. This property is across the street from Christ Church Cathedral.

IN THE NEWS: Reconciliation, Schism

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As the Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr., Some Churches Pay Tribute in Their Stained Glass

 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is in good company at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church on the Chicago’s South Side. For nearly 25 years, the late civil rights leader has held a position of prominence between the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in The Episcopal Church, and the Rt. Rev. James Theodore Holly, the first black Episcopal bishop. They are among the 33 black religious and historical figures whose simple portraits are featured in the stained-glass windows above the narthex, nave and sanctuary at St. Edmund’s, a church in Chicago’s mostly residential Washington Park neighborhood. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of 33 black religious and historical figures featured in stained glass at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Credit: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service.

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Oldest Episcopal Parish’s Past Holds Uncomfortable Truths in City Where African American History Began

No Episcopal parish has been a witness to a longer span of American history than St. John’s Episcopal Church in the heart of  coastal Hampton, Virginia’s downtown. The city and parish share an origin story that dates to the earliest Colonial beginnings of both the United States and The Episcopal Church. In 1610, some of the British settlers who had been suffering from illness and hunger in Jamestown, about 35 miles north along the James River, attacked and expelled the indigenous Kecoughtan Indians from their village here. The settlers took over this land near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, coveted for its abundant natural resources and proximity to the ocean. They then established an Anglican parish. Last year, commemorations marking 400 years of African American history generated renewed public interest in the city. The Episcopal Church joined in some of those commemorations, including a kickoff worship service hosted by St. John’s. The Diocese of Southern Virginia is planning a pilgrimage in the Hampton area on March 6 and 7. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: St. John’s Episcopal Church dates to 1610 and the founding of the community now known as Hampton, Virginia. Its church was built in 1728. Credit: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service.

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Why Schism? United Methodist Leaders Explain Proposal to Split the Denomination Over LGBTQ Issues

The Episcopal Church has struggled in the past few decades with the LGBTQ issue. Recently, the issue has come to a head for the United Methodist Church. Sixteen United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a recent proposal to split the denomination in an “amicable separation” explained their reasoning at an event held on Jan. 13, 2020, that was streamed live by United Methodist News Service. Read the full story HERE.

PHOTO: Members of the unofficial group of United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a proposal to split the denomination speak about the process on Jan. 13, 2020, on a livestreamed panel hosted by United Methodist News Service. Credit: Video screengrab via UMNS.

What does “Episcopal” mean?

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The Episcopal Church is “Protestant, yet Catholic.” Episcopal means “of bishops.” The Episcopal Church traces its bishops (its ministers and clergy) and its origins back to the Apostles (the early followers of Jesus) via holy orders, which are a direct line of succession back to the time of Jesus.

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For more of our rich history, click HERE or HERE. For a video tour of a typical Sunday service, with subtitled explanations, click HERE. For a simple textual outline of our church history back to the Protestant Reformation, click HERE.

About Us

Our Partners and Affiliates

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HANDY LINKS

Day Care

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We have leased space to Community Action Council to provide a daycare. Contact Melissa at (859) 233-4600 x 1208, or see their website by clicking HERE.

News and Views

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Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, recently generated new interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See the story HERE. See Bishop Currys sermon HERE. See the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Curry by clicking HERE.

Advent’s Building, Bell and Organ

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Read more about our Gothic revival building and history by clicking HERE and HERE. Curious about the bell in the tower? Click HERE. Read about our Jaeckel tracker organ HERE. Why red doors? Click HERE.

The Book of Common Prayer

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The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE for the PDF version or HERE for the text version (faster to load). The book’s history can be found HERE.

Our Hymnal

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Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.

Which Color? Reading? Saint?

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Scripture readings and vestment colors (the clergy clothes) for any day of the week, and the Saint of the Day, can be found HERE or HERE. On the altar guild? Check out floral designs HERE.

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