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We are located at 1802 Abercorn Street Savannah, Georgia 31401, on the south-east corner of 34th & Abercorn Streets. Parish Office hours are kept Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You may call us at 912.232.0274.
Important Announcement: updated 7.29.20
No Public Worship until further notice. All public Meetings are Cancelled, including Monday Yoga and AA.
Mass will be livestreamed on Sundays at 10 am on our Facebook Page – The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle. You can view it even if you do not have a Facebook account. The Mass Booklet for the Season after Pentecost can be downloaded here: Ordinary Time Mass Booklet. The Readings can be found here.
Morning and Evening Prayer and the Mass will be livestreamed on our Facebook page on Mondays through Fridays. The Daily Mass Booklet can be download here: Daily Mass Booklet Rite II. Click here for Saint Day Readings. Reading for others days can be found here.
Fr. Leonel will also livestream the Sunday, Spanish language Mass at 12:15 on – La Iglesia Colegial de San Pablo. Apostol (Episcopal)
If you would like to receive Communion we have developed a protocol in tandem with the Bishop to make that possible, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
An excellent book for these times by Mother Lauren Byrd
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Our Bishop, Frank Logue requests that the leadership of all the Congregations in the Diocese of Georgia continue to suspend public services until they can certify that they can meet all the directions crafted in the joint declaration with the Diocese of Atlanta and the Lutheran Synod of the Southeast. Our Vestry recently sent out a survey which attempts to secure your input. Please fill this out so that we can discern the best approach at this time. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GSzCCOqe2X3Zep1mear6cC2GmU4770Q8Vcsd7CPbPAM/viewform?ts=5f021a93&edit_requested=true
As a Medievalist I researched various Diocesan documents written in the face of plague and insurrection. Never did I expect to have to celebrate Mass behind closed doors in our day and age. Daily public worship, especially the celebration of the Holy Eucharist is the incarnate source that feeds our ability to respond to the call of Christ Jesus, to make the love of God real and any time away is painful. This is now part of our continuing journey. We will be livestreaming Mass from our Facebook Page – The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle at 10am on Sunday and the regular weekday times. Fr. Leonel will also livestream the Sunday, Spanish language Mass at 12:15 on La Iglesia Colegial de San Pablo. Apostol (Episcopal)
While we never imagined a time when loving one another meant not worshiping together, we will continue to and have had to do just this as a gesture of love and faithfulness. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented upheavals in our way of life.
“Social distancing” continues to be the recommended response to slow the rate of the spread of infection. Also using our masks when we are in public is both a sign of respect for those we come in contact with, as well as an attempt to mitigate community spread. The transmission rate is the highest it has been but if we continue to respond collectively , we will save lives and extraordinary stress on limited hospital capacity and medical providers.
While we still are not be able to gather face to face, we need to stay in touch with one another online and over the phone. Please keep reaching out to one another and monitoring email and social media communications. A member of the Vestry has been assigned to keep in touch with you. Please do not hesitate to call me at 912.441.4278 or leave a message at the Church Office, 912.232.0274 , no matter the reason
Despite the restrictions Christ is Risen and the Holy Spirit, our Lord’s continuing gift of self in the third person of the Trinity,from Pentecost forward give us strength to meet the present challenges and the days ahead.
While we will not be gathering for worship we do want to hear from you if there is any need for assistance with shopping, to help care for children who are home from school or just to hear another adult voice and visit.
You are also free to come to church and make your devotions and say your prayers on your own. For everyone’s safety we are not having public services.
This decision will impact us financially. Please continue your generosity by giving online:
or mail your contribution to the church or drop it by the Parish Office.
The Church is called to be with God’s people – on the front lines. We do that Week in and Week out with Backpack Buddies and the Thomas Park Food Pantry. As this pandemic continues to impact our community, we will do just that. We will find creative ways to pray together and we will learn the beauty and power of spiritual communion. If you are ill and need home communion, I will bring it.
In a way that only God knows, this will bring us together and help us move deeper into the mystery of Jesus Christ. This is indeed a test for us, but the Holy Spirit has been preparing us from the day of our baptism. To paraphrase our Patron, Paul – Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Not disaster, nor pandemic, nor fear – nothing will separate us from the Lord of Life.
With great affection and the pledge of my fidelity I am and shall remain, yours faithfully,
Fr Wm Willoughby
Office For Spiritual Communion:
To be said on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation when prevented by good cause from celebrating the Holy Sacrifice.
+ In the Name of the Father…
Our Father… I believe…
Let the power of the Holy Spirit come on me, O Lord: that I may be cleansed of all sin and defended from all adversity: through the mercy of Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Epistle Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them and they with me.
The Gospel John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. They that abide in me and I in them, bears much fruit: for apart from me you can do nothing.
Act of Contrition
O God, I mourn from my inmost heart that I have sinned against you. Forgive me for Jesus sake, and I will resolve by your grace to sin no more.
At this time meditate on the Holy Sacrifice offered on the Altars of the Church; or on the communion of our Lord, really present and given to us sinners; or on his promise, “If any love me, they will keep my words, and my Father will love them and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Then say,
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.
Act of Reception
Lord Jesus Christ, saving victim, Priest divine, in Union, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood is being offered to the Father, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. I adore you and I love you. To you I offer myself, my soul and my body. Since I cannot now be present at the Holy Eucharist and receive you sacramentally, I most earnestly desire to partake of you, my Lord, spiritually. Come to my poor soul and unite yourself to me + through your life-giving Spirit. My heart rejoices in you and I embrace you with all my affection. Conform my will to the pattern of your perfect obedience, so that loving all that you love, I may never be separated from you, but live and die in your Love. Amen
A Prayer for Grace
Merciful Lord God, who feeds your unworthy servants with the Bread of Heaven that gives life eternal; so strengthen and sustain me, I humbly beseech you, by your most gracious gifts, that I may resist all the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and walk before you in the Way your Son, our savior, Jesus Christ, has gone before that I may glorify you Holy Name; this we ask in the might of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
An Act of Praise
Blessed, praised, hallowed, worshiped and adored be Jesus Christ on His throne of glory in Heaven, in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar and the hearts of His faithful people everywhere. Amen
For pray at home, I have found the following a great resource. Use it individually or with your household
Daily Prayer – one of the best apps for praying the daily office. It has a clean attractive format and each day gives you the psalm and lectionary readings so you’re not flipping around with multiple books and/or screens. You can pray the full set of offices from morning, midday, evening, and night/compline and you can choose the traditional BCP or the contemporary prayer book of the Church of England called Common Worship. Download on Apple. Download on Android.
On Sundays, you’ll experience Mass, live streamed 10 a.m., and in Spanish at 12:15 p.m. We offer a host of other worship opportunities, just click on the Weekly Mass Schedule link to learn more.
For the foreseeable Future Coffee Hour is Suspended.
Sign-up Genius: https://tinyurl.com/w2e2qxa Thank you for your support of this important ministry.
Currently the Yoga group is suspended
Heather Downs leads a chair yoga group in the Parish Hall every Monday at 10:30 am. If you are interested, just bring your mat and show up! For further questions, please contact Heather at 912-507-4218
What is St. Paul’s?
St. Paul’s is a parish serving Savannah and the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in the fullness of the Catholic and Reformed faith of the Anglican Communion since 1852. As a Collegiate Church, we are a parish that maintains a cooperative model of ministry which employs the many capabilities of the baptized in the pursuit of God’s mission.
In particular, we are home to a community of priests and religious that maintains the classic round of worship commended by the Book of Common Prayer. This includes the public recitation of the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and the complete round of Eucharistic celebrations, recommended by the Prayer Book Calendar and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Furthermore, we provide extra opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist in the observance of Feast Days of our Lord.
Besides the College of Priests that serve our Altars and call St. Paul’s home, four members of the Parish belong to three religious communities; including the Oratory of the Good Shepherd and two Benedictine Fellowships: the Community of St. Joseph and the Episcopal Community of St. Benedict.
Established as the first Free Pew Parish in Savannah, St. Paul’s has attempted for 167 years to live into the sacramental and evangelistic implications of the Catholic tradition in the Episcopal Church.
We are Children of God committed to deepening our discipleship, adopting the Episcopal Church as the spiritual home where we live into the challenges of the Christian faith. We see the diversity of our religious histories, interests, and cultures as one of our strengths as a parish family. Primarily we are here because we find Jesus Christ in our worship, in our fellowship and in our ministry and service to others.