Blessing of beasts for St. Francis’ feast
St. Saviour offers public blessing of animals in Bar Harbor
October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, known by many as the patron saint of animals and the environment. In celebration, St. Saviour Episcopal Church will be offering a free public ceremony for the blessing of pets and companion animals on Saturday, October 4, 2:00 PM in Grant Park, at the end of Albert Meadow near the Shore Path in Bar Harbor.
All sorts of animals are welcome, so long as they are in pet carriers or on a leash and under control. If your animal companion does not do well in crowds or with other animals, you may bring a photo, a favorite toy, or some sort of representation of your animal to be blessed instead. There will also be an opportunity to remember and honor departed pets: you are invited to bring a photo or other memento of them.
The Rev. Tim Fleck, Priest-in-Charge of St. Saviour’s, says, “Animals are an important part of our lives –our pets as well as the wild animals among whom we live here on MDI. Many of us have learned how to love and to be loved in our relationships with animals, and have experienced closeness with God through appreciation of creation. It’s only natural that we should want to give thanks for the blessings of nature.”
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1876, and strives to be a lively spiritual resource for the entire Bar Harbor community. Sunday worship is at 7:30 and 10:00 AM, as well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:30 AM year-round. The Reverend Tim Fleck serves as Priest-in-Charge of St. Saviour’s, as well as of St. Andrew & John’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor.
I’d like to invite you to join me in exploring the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer. A simple definition of contemplation is “loving presence to what is.” In a Christian context, because we “live and move and have our being” in God (Acts 17:28), being present to things as they are involves encountering the Christ who “fills the whole creation” (Ephesians 1:23). In other words, Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God. Brother Lawrence, the 17th century Carmelite friar, called it “the loving gaze that finds God everywhere.”
In the class we will explore several different prayer forms which will assist us in quieting our minds and lead us toward discernment and contemplation. These prayer forms will include focusing on breath, lectio devina, presence through sound and silence, invoking the name of God, praying with icons and others. If some of these sound like “mumbo-jumbo” to you please don’t worry! They are simple and I will guide you every step of the way.
Discovering contemplative prayer has truly changed my spiritual life. As someone who has always prayed, mostly by petition, it has been liberating and transforming to just “be with God.” And this type of prayer has given me hope for the church and also for our world. Please consider coming along on this path with me.
The group will meet on Fridays, beginning October 3, from 12-1:30 in the Rectory Common Library. Our last meeting will be on November 21 and on that day we will share our thoughts and experiences of the class over soup and bread. Because of the intimate nature of this topic the class will be limited to eight participants who are committed to regular attendance. Please contact me if you are interested. There is no text required, although you will need to bring a journal.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have any questions!
Taizé – An Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Saviour’s Parish, 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor
Thursday, July 3 at 6 pm
Friday, July 25 at 6 pm
Friday, September 5 at 6 pm
Simple, yet profound. Experience the spirituality and the meditative songs of the Taizé community of France, an interdenominational and ecumenical monastic order known around the world for its message of trust, peace and reconciliation. • Candlelight, • Scripture, • Silence, • Song, • Prayer.
St. Saviour’s is handicap accessible and All are welcome! www.stsaviours.me
Summer Workers’ Service are at St. Saviour’s except July 13 and ALL are welcome!
2014 services will be at 7:15 pm:
Sunday, June 1
Sunday, June 15
Sunday, June 29
Sunday, July 13 at the Pentecostal Lighthouse 44 Route 3 (Otter Creek Drive), Mt. Desert, ME 04660
Sunday, July 27
Sunday, August 10
Sunday, August 24
Sunday, September 7
Sunday, September 21 at the Pentecostal Lighthouse
Sunday, October 5
Sunday, October 19
St. Saviour’s Parish is committed to support, prepare and pray for all engaged couples as they prepare for marriage. Please see our brand new 2013 guide to weddings, available on our Weddings Page. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Rev. Timothy Fleck is priest-in-charge for St. Saviour’s Parish (Bar Harbor) and the Parish of St. Andrew and St. John (Southwest Harbor/Tremont). We rejoice this blessing!
Last Friday’s Advent Recital provided a respite for all who listened. WABI-TV was there, and shared some moments with television viewers in downeast Maine. Click here for their coverage.
Seth Thompson, an assistant professor of design at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), produced this beautiful panorama of St. Saviour’s. Click here to explore the depths of this 360-degree view of our sanctuary. He has graciously allowed us to maintain a home for this on our website.
This panorama is also featured in Mr. Thompson’s Sacred Spaces of New England project.
Bach’s Arioso, as performed by Bill Myers (‘cello) and our choirmaster/organist Julia Morris-Myers (piano)