The Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Plymouth Wisconsin

The Vicar’s Voice: Mother Michele Whitford

Alleluia! Christ is risen! We have come through a Holy Lent, we have gathered with the disciples in the upper room to celebrate the institution of Holy Communion and followed in Jesus’ example of washing feet. We have stripped the altar and kept vigil with Jesus through the night. We have heard the Passion according to John and waited with expectation for the glorious resurrection. That declaration has come! Jesus is risen, he has conquered death and made all creation new. We now enter a long tradition beginning with Mary Magdalene, St. Peter and St. Paul of those who have been transformed by the risen Christ. We get to share the wonderful news that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. I encourage you to share the Good News in both word and action with all you meet every day.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele+

The Vicar's Voice

Dear Beloved of God,

We are approaching Holy Week the most holy celebration in the Church year. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25; we will follow Jesus, starting with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We encounter Jesus in the upper room where he institutes the Lord’s Supper and demonstrates true servanthood by washing his disciple’s feet on Maundy Thursday, March 29th. We will stand at the foot of the cross where he is crucified for the salvation of the world on Good Friday, March 31st. Through this hallowed time we will remember with gratitude the love that Jesus demonstrated by this ultimate sacrifice. We will gather on April 1st Easter morning and celebrate beginning with a potluck breakfast at 8:30am. We will then at 10:00am proclaim “Alleluia Christ is risen, the Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” as we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. I encourage you to enter into this holy week and participate in the mysteries of this most sacred time.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele+

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem

The Vicar’s Voice: Mother Michele Whitford

Dear Beloved of God,

Ash Wednesday is February 14th this year, we will begin our Lenten observance with an Ash Wednesday Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 6:00 pm.

Wednesday evenings in Lent beginning February 21st continuing 28th March 7th,14th, and 21st we will gather for Stations of the Cross at 5:00pm followed by a simple supper at 5:30.

At 6:00pm there will be Pilgrims Journey to the Holy Land presentations by Jon & I, and Mark & Barb Zimmerman. The presentations will include pictures and memorabilia of our pilgrimage and reflections on the holy sites. Please join us for a wonderful walk through the land of the Holy One.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele

The Vicar’s Voice: Mother Michele Whitford

Dear Beloved of God,

At this holy time of year we look to the coming of the Christ Child, God incarnate, the Savior of the world, coming to us in the all humility as a helpless baby. We also look for the second coming of Christ, when he comes on clouds of glory and makes all things new. At this holy time of year we often hear the great argument to “Keep Christ in Christmas”! I say Yes! keep Christ in Christmas and keep all the other holy days as well. We are called to be kind and respectful to all we encounter at this blessed time of year. I found this helpful article on the internet. I hope you enjoy it.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele