This Holy Week and Easter will be different than any we have experienced before, but Easter will come, just as surely as it did that first Easter morning. The Risen Christ will come to us in our hearts, and open our eyes to see the hope of Resurrection; a glimpse, a fleeting view of the eternal that exists just beyond the veil of this suffering and mortal world. The eternal, the living water, the light of the world, the source of all life, bubbles up within us, no matter what. Jesus, in his life, death, and in his resurrection, meets people where they are, sees them and offers them soul-healing. It is the most broken and vulnerable, the forgotten, and the downtrodden, that Jesus chooses as his special messengers, who carry the Good News to a hurting world.
During Holy Week this year, we have been sending you daily reflections, prayerfully written by our worship team, to support your own journeys and devotions. Please join us in the worship opportunities at All Saints, to deepen and enrich your journey toward the wonderful celebrations of the Resurrection. Our in-person and zoom services are listed below.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, we have limited seating for our in-person Easter Service at 8:30 am.. RSVP is required by clicking here.
Our Virtual Holy Week and Easter Services
Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom 10 am Liturgy of Palms, reading of the Passion and Agape Meal https://zoom.us/j/134596872
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021, Zoom 7 pm
Please bring your love feast food, holy objects and towel to a table near your screen https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82873246393
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Agape Meal followed by Virtual Garden of Gethsemane on Web
Good Friday Morning Prayer, April 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021
Baptism (Bradley Kirshen) and Holy Eucharist, 11am in person
Easter Sunday April 4, 2021 - TWO Worship Opportunities
8:30 in-person with Holy Eucharist - Register HERE AND
Zoom 10 am
Please bring your Alleluia banners, champagne/sparkling water and bread to the zoom screen. https://zoom.us/j/134596872
Phone:1 929 205 6099
An Open Letter from the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent Episcopal Bishops of African Descent has issued an open letter for Holy Week ,speaking out against racism and anti-Asian violence. Episcopal Bishops of African Descent is a caucus within The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, attentive to issues of race and justice, and the voice of people of color in the church. It has grown to become a multiracial group, comprising members who are Black, Native Indigenous and of Asian descent. In addition to advocacy for full inclusion of people of color in the church, Episcopal Bishops of African Descent provides fellowship and mutual support to one another in the House of Bishops.
Diocese of Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle E. Harris convenes the group, with co-convenor Bishop Eugene T. Sutton of the Diocese of Maryland. Bishop Carol J. Gallagher, Regional Canon for the Diocese of Massachusetts' Central Region, is a colleague bishop in the group.
The full text of their open letter follows. The full version is online at Episcopal News Service here.
An Open Letter from the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent March 28, 2021
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. (1 Corinthians 12:26)
As we begin Holy Week in a year marked by global suffering and uncertainty, we pause to reflect once again on what it means to walk with our Lord as he faces The Cross in light of the rise of several disturbing incidents of racial and other forms of violence in our land.
The escalation in frequency and frequency of attacks on persons of Asian descent during this pandemic has drawn our consciousness to the insidious toxicity of prejudice, scapegoating, and hate. Over the past year, we have heard of many overt and covert projections of anger onto members of the Asian American-Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As Bishops of African Descent, we would like to say to anyone who has been impacted directly or indirectly by acts of anger that we suffer and stand with you. You are not alone.
We also stand against any member of White, Black, or any other community when they act violently against our AAPI siblings. Why is this important to us? Because we are members of the same body it is essential that we speak. Because when we hurt each other we hurt God and hurt ourselves.
All people of color share a history in our country where the sickness of white supremacy justified unspeakable violence against native peoples. Native Americans were made dispensable through the “Doctrine of Discovery” in the name of God! White superiority continued the same kind of violence against our African siblings through slavery and later on through Jim Crow and incarceration laws. In that iteration, this sickness dehumanized, owned, and dispensed bodies of African-descent people. We have had anti-Hispanic bigotry from our country’s founding times.
We can see the same continuum of violence directed toward our Asian siblings. Violence against those of Asian descent is not a new problem; there is a long history in Europe and in North America of bigoted falsehoods that falsehoods that Chinese people are carriers of disease. It should not be surprising that acts of violence in our land have risen sharply since the coronavirus has been identified as originating in China. It’s estimated that there have been roughly 3,800 anti-Asian bias incidents since March of last year. A recent study found that hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall declined. (From the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University.)
In the Page Act of 1875, we saw an explicit connection between misogyny and racism, leading to anti-miscegenation law preventing Whites from marrying a “negro, mulatto, or Mongolian.” Such discrimination led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. FDR’s move to Japanese Internment Camps built on this foundational hate towards Asian immigrants. The most recent attack on Asian women reveals an old connection between terror and misogyny. Overall, it is not accidental that the former President insisted on calling COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus.” Strangely, he exposed a trope of this one virus’s variant manifesting its destiny seemingly in different structural forms throughout our nation’s history.
Sadly, communities of color other than the white population have been scapegoated since the beginning of the history of our country. The problem of blaming issues on another has been further escalated as peoples of color have been pitted against each other to distract from the source of the problems of inequality in America – systemic racism. While the media has highlighted conflicts in several instances between Asian and Black communities, these over-hyped stories and images have overshadowed the important and longstanding collaborations that have also historically characterized their relationships, including the abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaking out against Chinese exclusion, and Yuri Kochiyama being aligned with Malcolm X and other activists of color in the common struggle for racial justice. Often unreported and unnoticed, we bear witness to the daily and much appreciated acts of friendship and solidarity between Asians, Blacks, and all other communities of color.
In the racial reckoning that this past year has called us all to engage in, the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent stand with all efforts to build cross-racial alliances in order to make our common witness against the race-baiting, scapegoating and demonizing madness that wants to create enmity between people. It is time to name the myth of the ancient lie that Whites are superior to anybody. No, in Christ, there isn’t any such categorization but the truth that we are all one, meaning equal, in Christ–Galatians 2:28. We have no room for superiority in the church and hence, in society.
We ask for heightened vigilance in all our communities to unite at this time. We especially urge communities of color to act with abundant kindness through acts of grace toward one another during this time of heightened fear in our Asian American-Pacific Islander communities. Racism is the pandemic that threatens to destroy us all; it is a particularly insidious disease and sin that has corrupted our knowledge systems, our national identity, our institutions, and our very soul as a human community.
We call upon all the baptized to reach out to each other as traumatized and hurting communities, be they Native American, Migrant, Black, Latino, White and all others, with hospitality and grace. We all experience the trauma of separation, guilt, and shame. Let us remember who we are. We are children of a loving God. We are survivors of a global pandemic. We are here because we helped each other. Just as we affirm our conviction in One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism, let us prove our identity as One Beloved Community, One human Family with One Heartbeat, and raise each other to our full humanity in Christ! Out of many, we are one. We rise and fall together. Let us, therefore, suffer together and raise each other!
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
The Right Reverend Gayle E. Harris Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Convenor of the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent
The Right Reverend Eugene T. Sutton Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Co-Convenor of the Episcopal Bishops of African Descent
The Right Reverend Lloyd Emmanuel Allen, D.D. Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Honduras
The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
The Right Reverend Nathan Baxter Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania (Ret.)
The Right Reverend Ogeě Beauvoir (Ret.) Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Haiti
The Reverend Canon Paula E. Clark Bishop-Elect, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
The Right Reverend Carol J. Gallagher Regional Canon for the Central Region, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
The Right Reverend Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan (Ret.)
The Right Reverend Carlye J. Hughes Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Newark
The Right Reverend Deon K. Johnson Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
The Right Reverend Kym Lucas Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
The Right Reverend Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
The Right Reverend Santosh K. Marray Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Easton
The Right Reverend Phoebe A. Roaf Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee
The Right Reverend Allen K. Shin Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of New York
The Right Reverend Prince Singh Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
The Right Reverend Michael G. Smith Assistant Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
The Right Reverend Arthur B. Williams, Jr. Assisting Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio
The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries
The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta