Led by: The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Every week day morning 25 minutes of meditation and prayer are hosted in the Mary chapel beginning at 8:15 a.m. The format is simple. At 8:15 a.m. a chime invites us into 20 minutes of silent meditation which ends with a second sounding of a temple bell. Next, the group recites the Lord’s Prayer and time is given for open intercessions. We end with a simple “Let us bless the Lord” and the response “Thanks be to God” and handshakes and greetings all around. Come as often as you wish. Attendance varies between 2 and 10 participants.
The Mary Chapel is open 24 hours 7 days per week as a place of prayer, meditation, and reflection. All are welcome!
It began with stress and a need to pray.
As a new rector, I was stressed out and needed to pray. I started morning meditation in the Mary Chapel for purely selfish reasons five years ago in September.
First, I meditated alone. Then I was blessed to have the Rev. Sharline Fulton join me. Next we put out a sign on St. Martin’s Lane and newcomers filtered in.
Sometimes there are two people. Other times there are 14 people sitting snugly in the chapel pews and on the floor. We average about 8 people on most weekday mornings.
The pattern is always the same. 22 minutes of silence, marked by bells supplied by an app on my phone called “Insight Timer”, followed by the Lord’s Prayer, intercessory prayer, and a final “Let us Bless the Lord - Thanks be to God” to end the session. People arrive when they arrive and leave when they leave. There is no such thing as too late or too early and all distracting noises are just part of the meditation.
When you sit in silence each morning you feel the breeze and hear the birds and even your own heart beating. You can also hear the stress and mindlessness of the world rushing past, oblivious to the fact that prayer is underway in a sacred space called a church. Horns honk, engines rev, tires squeal, and voices are raised. Meditating, we step off that hamster wheel, and seek peace in the presence of God and the spirit to respond to the wheel of stress and tension with compassionate hearts.
We have meditated through road construction, roof work, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and the daily traffic jam on St. Martin’s Lane. All distractions teach us to turn inside for our peace and to bless those who work and rush while we pray.
All are welcome at Morning Meditation and I am always eager to teach meditation as a primary skill for Christian prayer. On any given morning I have no idea of the religious background of my companions in mediation. I know my Buddhist friends join us, and Jewish friends and others of no definable faith. What I know is - whatever our differences in belief - we can pray together shoulder to shoulder. At the end we always stand and turn to each other and wish each other peace.
~ The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to June in the Church.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.