TELLING THE STORY OF OUR DIOCESE

“Do Not Be Afraid” – A Reflection by the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
“Do Not Be Afraid” – A Reflection by the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton

In our own Diocese there have been numerous occasions when individual congregations thought their doors would be closed forever. The American Revolution took an enormous toll on the Anglican churches in Maryland. During the Civil War, several congregations in the middle part of the diocese stopped gathering for a while – years for a few – their buildings ravaged and their congregations torn asunder.

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Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Livestreamed Worship
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Livestreamed Worship

We are committed Christians worshiping in the Episcopal tradition and working in more than 100 faith communities throughout western, central and southern Maryland. We are a community of love, encountering Christ and engaging the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public worship is suspended until May 16. Visit our COIVD-19 resources page for online worship and formation opportunities, guidelines and ways we can stay connected. We are a community of love.

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From the Archives: Stay Well

From the Archives: Stay Well

Since the dawn of time, human beings have searched for ways to be healthy, avoid illness, find cures, and outwit the unknown. Seasons brought illnesses, epidemics spread by mysterious means, climates produced fevers, and, seemingly, all the forces of intellect could neither fathom causes of scourges nor stem the tide of disease.

From the Archives: Yellow Fever in Baltimore

From the Archives: Yellow Fever in Baltimore

The scourge of Yellow Fever descended upon Baltimore numerous times in the past centuries, two of the worst outbreaks occurred in 1794 and 1800. Hardest hit was always Fells Point, where sailors, laborers, tradesmen and their families lived. With a fast-growing population of about 15,000, during the 1794 epidemic, up to 25 Baltimoreans died each day.

BELONG TO A COMMUNITY OF LOVE

“What Would Love Do?” – A Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
“What Would Love Do?” – A Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

What would love do? Love is the community praying together, in ways old and new. Love finds a path in this new normal to build church communities around being in relationship with God. Love supports Christians in spiritual practices. Prayer, meditation, study. Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. What would love do? Love calls us to care for our neighbors, for our enemies. Love calls us to attend to those in prison, to those who are homeless, to those in poverty, to children, to immigrants and refugees. Love calls us to be in relationship with those with whom we disagree.What would love do?  Love calls us to be gentle with ourselves, to forgive our own mistakes, to take seriously the Sabbath. Love calls us to be in love with God, to cultivate a loving relationship with God, to spend time with God, to be still and know that God is God.

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Untitled poem
Untitled poem

Wherever two or three are gathered / didn’t mean virtually. / Didn’t mean remote. / Didn’t mean live-streaming together. / Watching my priest and a brave few souls / intone prayers, sing hymns and receive the Eucharist / just makes me weepy… / Until I pray. / Then I am lifted up beyond the virtual…

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Stay calm – Stay connected – Stay church – a Message from Bishop Sutton
Stay calm – Stay connected – Stay church – a Message from Bishop Sutton

Even during this time when we should be staying at home as much as possible for the health and safety of everyone, “walking in this valley” still means finding ways to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, reach out to the lonely, protect the children and the elderly, and care for the sick. This is the diaconal ministry to which we are being called to focus our energies on in this troubled time.

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The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and Dean Rob Boulter welcome you to join us virtually for Holy Week and Easter worship.

Palm Sunday Worship from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore. The Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud, presiding

Livestreamed worship from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore. The Rev. Adrien, Dawson, rector, All Saints’, Frederick, preaching

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