Classes and Events

Learning to Live and Pray
from Sacred Scripture

Wednesday Night Bible Study Class

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saint Joseph's Hall - 145 West 46th Street
 

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Class will resume on Wednesday, January 10, when Father Peter Powell will lead the class . . .

This year we will be looking at a number of texts drawn from both the Old and New Testaments in order to study the different ways in which the Bible has been interpreted over the centuries. We will be examining texts that seem particularly hard or challenging to many modern people in order to develop ways of coming to terms with difficult texts. This is not a college or seminary course. Our approach will not be excessively academic. No preparation is necessary and no homework will be required. As always, there will be lots of time for discussion. We will begin the year by looking at some New Testament texts that deal with slavery. 

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.

 

John Henry Newman

The English Reformation

January 7, 14, 28; February 4 and 11
Sunday mornings, 10:00 AM, Saint Benedict’s Study,
Parish House, 145 West 46th Street

Father Smith will teach a five part series (January 7, 14, 28; February 4 and 11) on the English Reformation. This is a large topic and so the focus will be on the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion (BCP 867-876) and the Oxford Movement's nineteenth-century interpretation of, and response to, that English "creed," especially John Henry Newman's famous Tract 90, "Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles." The goal of the series is to gain some understanding of the ambiguous Anglo-Catholic response to our Reformation heritage.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.

 
Statue of Saint Matthew at Saint Mary's by master woodcarver Johannes Kirchmeyer

Statue of Saint Matthew at Saint Mary's by master woodcarver Johannes Kirchmeyer

THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25

Sunday mornings, 10:00 AM, Saint Benedict’s Study,
Parish House, 145 West 46th Street

Led by Father Peter Powell

 

On Sundays in Lent we will continue our close study of Matthew’s Gospel, beginning with Matthew 6 and the Lord’s Prayer. Once again the question will be “What happens to us if we take the Gospel, and a prayer we say so often we may no longer hear it, seriously?”

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.

 

The Holy Spirit in Scripture and Literature

May 20, 27, and June 3
Sunday mornings, 10:00 AM, Saint Benedict’s Study,
Parish House, 145 West 46th Street

Beginning on the Day of Pentecost, Deacon Rebecca Weiner Tompkins will teach a three-part series (May 20, 27, and June 3) on the Holy Spirit in Scripture and literature. The provisional title of the series is "The dove fluttered down": bird, fire, wind, water, cloud, and light-depictions of the Holy Spirit in readings from Scripture and beyond. As always, Deacon Rebecca will ably demonstrate the ways in which the Bible interacts with literary texts, especially poetry, to speak about religious ideas and emotions.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.

 
 

SAINT MARY'S CENTERING PRAYER GROUP


Every Friday, from 6:30-8:00 PM, following Evening Prayer, in the Atrium on the second floor of the Parish House.
(Entrance is via Saint Joseph's Hall or 145 West Forty-sixth Street.)

Centering Prayer, "prayer without words," is a contemplative-prayer method that is intended to develop one's relationship with God. No experience is required to begin; if interested, individual instruction can be provided-simply contact one of the Group's coordinators. An introductory workshop will be held in the fall. If you do have questions or would like more information, contact co-coordinators Ingrid Sletten or Blair Burroughs