Category: Worship

Rector’s Blog: Thou shalt know him

Thou shalt know him By Father Charlie A poem has been making its way around St. Paul’s. We heard it first at Advent Lessons and Carols. This past Sunday, Rainey used it as a part of her series on art and Advent. We don’t know who wrote it, but the poet clearly is in touch […]

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Event Information

December 24th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sanctuary
815 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Christmas services at St. Paul’s will be:

December 24, Christmas Eve
4 pm – Children’s Pageant with Holy Communion
10 pm – Candlelight Communion with Choir (prelude at 9:30 pm)

December 25, Christmas Day
10 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Carols

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Rector’s Blog: Hard Candy Christmas?

Hard Candy Christmas? By Charlie Dupree Alert: this blog post may not be infused with the usual, expected Christmas cheer. One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Hard Candy Christmas,” by Dolly Parton. True, it’s not the brightest, cheeriest of tunes. It tells the story of a Christmas that is not run through with opulence […]

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Rector’s Blog: “Prophets”

Prophets By Charlie Dupree Welcome to the season of Advent, St. Paul’s! The beginning of a new church year. Interesting, isn’t it, that a prominent feature of the season of Advent is “the prophet.” What is a prophet, exactly? The prophets were people who claimed to have been contacted by the divine. The Greek word […]

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Rector’s Blog: A Few Thanksgiving Poems

A few Thanksgiving poems Blog post by Charlie Dupree What does thanksgiving look like? Turkeys? Stuffing? Sweet potato casserole? Well, maybe. Throughout the centuries, poets have tried to capture with words the nature of thanksgiving. The poetry below by Gerard (1844-1898 ) and Mary (1935-2019) highlights for me the observant quality of being thankful. Nothing […]

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Rector’s Blog: God is Present in Each “Each”

God is Present in Each “Each” By Charlie Dupree When I was a seminarian, I often wondered to myself, “What does a priest do all week?” After all, most people attend church only on Sundays, which is when we see a priest most “in action.” What do they do Monday through Saturday? Here’s a look […]

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Rector’s Blog: (Y)our Stories

(Y)our Stories By Charlie Dupree For the past several weeks on Sunday mornings, members of the St. Paul’s community have been telling their stories. But the stories they’re telling are not just the typical stories we might exchange over drinks or during casual introductions. These are stories about faith. “What is your first experience of […]

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Rector’s Blog: For All the Saints

For All the Saints By Charlie Dupree November first is known as All Saints’ Day. Since November first often falls on a weekday, the church allows us to celebrate it on the Sunday following. This Sunday, therefore, St. Paul’s will celebrate All Saints’ Day. In the early church, the feast day was kept to remember […]

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Rector’s Blog: Observations from the HRI Pilgrimage

Observations from the History and Reconciliation Initiative Pilgrimage to Alabama by Charlie Dupree The first thing that happened when I entered Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church in Montgomery, Alabama was a hug from the greeter at the door. “Wow, what a greeting,” I thought to myself. “Is she going to hug everyone who enters the church?” Sure enough, that’s […]

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