Saturday, December 20, 2014


Confessions 4:00 PM

Evening Prayer 5:00 PM

Sunday Vigil Mass 5:20 PM

Sermon by the Reverend Stephen Gerth


Sunday, December 21, 2014


Child care is offered every Sunday morning

from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Sung Matins 8:30 AM


Mass 9:00 AM

Sermon by the Reverend Dr. James C. Pace


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 9:45 AM


Mass 10:00 AM

Sermon by the Reverend Stephen Gerth


Solemn Mass 11:00 AM

Sermon by the Reverend Stephen Gerth

Missa Sancti Gabrieli—Haydn (1737–1806)

Ecce virgo concepiet—Isaac (1532–1594)


Organ Recital 4:40 PM

Joseph Arndt

Newark, New Jersey


Solemn Evensong & Benediction 5:00 PM

Sermon by the Reverend James Ross Smith





Wednesday, December 24, 2013


Christmas Music 4:30 PM

Sung Mass of the Nativity 5:00 PM

Sermon by the Reverend Stephen Gerth

Communion Service in E—Darke (1888–1976)

Sing Lullaby—Howells (1892–1983)

Saint Mary’s Brass


Christmas Music 10:30 PM

Procession & Solemn Mass

of the Nativity 11:00 PM

Sermon by the Reverend Stephen Gerth

Missa O Magnum mysterium

—Victoria (1548–1611)





Wednesday, December 25, 2013


The church is open today

from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Solemn Mass & Procession

to the Crèche 11:00 AM

Sermon by the Reverend James Ross Smith
Communion Service in E—Darke (1888–1976)

Virga Jesse foruit—Bruckner (1824-1896)



Saint Mary’s is open

and the regular services of the Church

are offered daily.


Please see the parish calendar

for the service schedule.




Organist and Music Director


The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

seeks a musician to serve as

Organist and Music Director of the parish.


Read more . . .



Saint Mary's was founded in 1868 with two great purposes... It was to be the parish church for the neighborhood - then called Longacre Square, here in midtown Manhattan; and the parish was founded to be a witness to catholic Christian tradition within the Episcopal Church. We remain committed to catholic Christian witness as we seek to embody and extend the love God has shown for us in Jesus Christ. Our members and friends now live both near and far from Times Square. Please join us.

Volume 17, Number 4
December 21, 2014


On Monday, December 1, I went up to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music to hear the Reverend Dr. Paul Bradshaw, professor emeritus of liturgical studies, University of Notre Dame, give a lecture. His topic was, “The Changing Face of Early Christian Worship.” He cautioned us that when it came to questions of early Christian worship, we probably need to think—if my notes are correct—about “probabilities” instead of “certainties.” That said, two probabilities seem to be very strong: (1) early Christian communities gathered for food and fellowship in the Lord’s name, and (2) it was expected that all present would be fed real food, food that sustained the body, not just the soul. It was out of this fellowship of food and also genuine care for the poor among the believers that what we come to know as Eucharist emerges. Read More

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