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Weekly Activities at Saint James via Zoom

Weekend Worship Options

Weekend Recorded Service
This recorded service features music, a sermon and prayers of the people. It is available for viewing after 5 PM on Saturdays.

Sunday Morning Live at 10:30 AM
Livestreamed from Saint James, this brief service has modified communion. Reservations are requested.

Compline Every Evening at 9 PM
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Sunday Evening Prayer, 7 PM
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Monday Morning Prayer, 8:30 AM
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Tuesday Meditation, 8 AM
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Wednesday Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM
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Thursday Meditation, 8 AM
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Friday Morning Meditation, 6:45 AM
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Friday Morning Prayer, 8:30 AM
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The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is used for many of our Zoom activities including Compline (p. 127), Daily Morning Prayer Rite II (p. 75) on Mondays and Fridays and Daily Evening Prayer Rite II (p. 115) on Wednesdays. Click here to download the Book of Common Prayer.

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October 21, 2020, 7 PM via livestream

Early Music Premier Livestream Concert

Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home for this premier livestreamed performance in the beautiful acoustic of Saint James. Whether it’s in your finest evening attire, Zoom wear or sweats—you’ll have the best seat in the house!

Kleine Kammermusik

Les Goûts-réunis (Tastes reunited)

Join Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe and Rebecca Humphrey, cello and viola da gamba in a livestream concert from Saint James on October 21st as they perform a rich program of eighteenth century French music highlighting relationships between father and son, student and teacher, and French and Italian baroque style.

Click here for more information!

Lessons from an Irish Poet and Peacemaker

Pádraig Ó Tuama, world-renowned poet, theologian and host of the Poetry Unbound segment of Krista Tippet’s award winning initiative On Being, will read selected works on conflict, peacemaking and reconciliation followed by Q&A. View online or in person at Tellus 360 in downtown Lancaster. Ticket and viewing options available for all or part of the event.

Saturday, November 14 via Zoom at 4 PM (EST)

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!


Upcoming Events

Wed 21

Evening Prayer

October 21 @ 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed 21

Early Music at Saint James

October 21 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed 21

Evening Compline

October 21 @ 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thu 22

Morning Meditation

October 22 @ 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Fri 23
Fri 23
Sat 24

TheoCon Odyssey Youth

October 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sun 25

For a complete listing of all our events and services, visit our Events Calendar

Thinking about visiting Saint James?

Check out our visitor’s page. It has lots of information from where to park, to what to wear and the location of our nursery, elevator and restrooms. There’s even a campus map you can download to help you get your bearings!

Early Music at Saint James

2019 – 2020 Season

Friday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord
Monday, November 4, 7:30 PM
The Philadelphia Baroque Consort
Sunday, March 29, 4:00 PM
La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble
Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM
Nota Bene,
Viol Consort

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!

Children, Youth and Families

Current, Relevant Programs for the Entire Family


Saint James Ministries
at Carter and MacRae Elementary School

Providing help to students and their families.

Ollie's closet door
Ollie’s Closet

Providing school supplies for students and teachers

Academic Mentoring

Mentoring students and providing help with with schoolwork

Power Packs

Packing food for the weekend and providing easy recipes

Holy Week and Easter at Saint James

Observing the Triduum – Maundy Thursday through Easter

Advent & Christmas at Saint James

December 24th and 25th Service Times

Christmas Eve

*4:30 PM Children’s Mass & Pageant
6:30 PM Candlelight Mass
*8:30 PM Candlelight Mass
*10:45 PM Musical Prelude
*11:00 PM Midnight Mass with Incense

Christmas Morning

10 AM – Holy Eucharist with Carols
Livestream Services

Lenten Silent Retreat Weekend

Mariawald Renewal Center, Reading, Pa

“You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

Join us March 14 – March 16, 2019 at the Mariawald Renewal Center as we begin the season of Lent in silence, stillness and simplicity. Take a break from your daily routines

Learn more about the retreat

Holy Week and Easter at Saint James

Observing the Triduum – Maundy Thursday through Easter

Foot washing bowl

Maundy Thursday*
Mass with Foot Washing


Maundy Thursday

Stations of the Cross

Good Friday
Stations of
the Cross

The Cross at Saint James

Good Friday*
Veneration of
the Cross

The Cross at Saint James

Saturday Night*
Lighting of the Easter Fire

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and family programs.


Maundy Thursday Children Youth and Families

On Maundy Thursday we remember how Jesus gave us a model for loving one another through an act of service. Our celebration includes music and appointed readings.

Near the end of the service, we will pause so that family members can wash each other’s feet at home, before closing with our final prayers.

To participate fully in this service, you may wish to gather a basin, a water pitcher and towels for the foot washing portion. You may also wish to bake bread with your families (here’s a recipe), which will be referenced at the end of the service. Email Alyssa Pasternak Post for Zoom meeting details.

Maundy Thursday
An Agape meal with Bishop Scanlan

Join Bishop Scanlan virtually—at a time that suits you on Thursday—as she prepares and shares an Agape meal in her home on the night we remember the Last Supper.

This time of fellowship and prayer will continue with the Bishop demonstrating how we can create small altars as holy spaces in our homes for the Paschal Triduum (the three days from the evening of Maundy Thursday to Easter Day).

To participate most fully in the program, please prepare a light meal—bread, cheese, dried fruit, wine or juice—to enjoy during the Agape portion of the evening. Click here to visit Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania website and view the videos with Bishop Scanlan.

All Night Prayer Vigil to be Held on the Central PA Diocesan Facebook Page
Thursday evening 8 PM – Thursday morning 8 AM

Everyone is invited to participate in an all-night prayer vigil via the Central Pennsylvania Diocesan Facebook Live page from 8 PM – 8 AM.

Every hour, on the hour there will be scripture reading and prayer. A separate schedule of the prayer vigil hosts will be posted on the diocesan website soon.

Click here to learn more at the diocesan website.
Click here to visit the diocesan Facebook page.

Good Friday The Seven Last Words 12 PM – 3 PM

This year lay and ordained Episcopalians from around the diocese will participate in a virtual offering of The Seven Last Words from 12 Noon until 3 PM on Good Friday.

The program will include elements of our Book of Common Prayer Good Friday liturgy as well as prayers and collects. Musical interludes will offer time for contemplation or departure. The highlight of the program will be offerings and homilies that a small group of preachers and worship leaders will share with the virtual congregation who participate. Viewers and listeners are welcome to come and go as well as follow along with their bibles and prayer books.

Join us as we engage and share in this unique offering of Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross.

Click here to visit the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania website and view The Seven Last Words.

Good Friday
Family Stations of the Cross
4:30 PM, via Zoom

Follow Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross in this Good Friday service. We will pause at each station to read and to pray with Jesus in his journey to the cross. You may wish to have a cross to hold during this service.

Email Alyssa Pasternak Post for Zoom meeting details.

Easter Vigil Service on our Livestream Channel Lead by Fr. David with Bishop Scanlan Saturday, 7 PM

  This is the first and central liturgy of Easter from which the Easter fire is kindled. Beginning Saturday evening in holy darkness, we recount, using scriptures and song, the mystery and light of Christ emerging from the tomb.

Thanks be to God for his saving works and the joyous celebration of his risen Son that marks the beginning of the fifty days of Easter.
Click here to view the service (will not be available until Saturday at 7 PM).

Saint James Easter Sunday Service on Livestream

Join us Sunday morning via our livestream channel for the Easter Sunday recorded service with Fr. David.

Click here to view the Easter Sunday recorded worship service for this weekend.