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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.


Lent, Holy Week & Easter

Season of Lent

As throughout the year, Sunday worship remains the central focus of our journey toward Holy Week and Easter. Join us each week for services of Holy Eucharist at 8:00, 9:10, 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Prayer. Almsgiving. Fasting. 

The weekdays of the Lenten season are traditionally marked by abstinence or self-discipline so as to 'clear room' for reflection on our relationship with Christ. A "rule of life," with focused and intentional patterns of prayer and reflection, self-denial and service to others, is a wonderful way to mark the season. 

Need ideas? Download this flier, full of practical suggestions for keeping a holy Lent.

Lenten Daily Devotional

This year, parishioners have written brief prayers for each day in Lent, based on the Scripture readings assigned. Be sure to pick up your copy at church and join your fellow parishioners in daily prayer this Lent.

Download our daily devotions booklet.

Parish-Wide Reading for Lent

Wearing GodClothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God.

Lauren F. Winner—a leading writer at the crossroads of culture and spirituality and author of Still and Girl Meets God—joins the ranks of luminaries such as Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor with this exploration of little known—and, so, little used—biblical metaphors for God, metaphors which can open new doorways for our lives and spiritualities.

There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church typically uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives.

Order your copy online.

Stations of the Cross.

For centuries, Christians have remembered the events in the final days of Christ's life by observed 14 stations along the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows. This Lent, encounter the stations in new ways with your fellow parishioners:

Marcel Dupré. Stations of the Cross  |  Mon. Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m.
St. James' Artist-in-Residence Stephen Tharp will offer Marcel Dupré’s “Stations of the Cross" on the organ. This work is based on the traditional 14-station Way of the Cross, and was first improvised in Brussels in 1931 as meditations on poems by Paul Claudel. Parishioner Stephen de Francesco will recite Claudel's poems. Enter into Lent by way of these moving meditations. Free and open to the public. 

Lenten Quiet Day  |  Sat. Mar. 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Rev. Ryan Fleenor and Lay Associate Matthew Leaycraft lead a Lenten Quiet Day based on the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, as interpreted through a contemporary art exhibition in Manhattan this Lent. We will meditate on Jesus' journey to the cross through pieces of art designed raise awareness of the anguish felt acutely by refugees and other displaced persons. Learn more at artstations.org.  

A Panel Discussion with the IRC   |  Mon. Mar. 12, 6:30 p.m. 
As part of the city-wide Stations of the Cross art exhibit, St. James' will host a panel discussion with employees of the International Rescue Committee about the contemporary reality of refugees and displaced persons, and how persons of faith can get involved in the work of supporting and advocating for them. 

Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

As we focus in these weeks on returning to right relationship with God, both individually and as a community, many Episcopalians find that taking time to participate in the Rite of Reconciliation is a meaningful experience. Also called "confession," it is an opportunity in our tradition to unburden ourselves by saying what's true about our lives, to receive counsel and encouragement from the clergy, and to receive absolution. It can be a profoundly moving way of experiencing the promise of forgiveness that is at the heart of the Lenten season and the Christian faith.


Holy Week & Easter

Our Lenten journey, begun on Ash Wednesday, ends in remembering again the last days of Jesus' life, and celebrating the depth of God's love for us and the power of God to triumph over sin and death through the resurrection of Christ.

The heart of our celebration is called the Triduum, or Sacred Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. These are days when, unless absolutely impossible, Christians will be in church.

Palm Sunday | March 25


Holy Week begins by recalling Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem amid the adulation of a crowd, but quickly the fickleness of human attachment becomes clear as the crowd turns and Jesus is arrested and crucified. 

8:00 a.m - Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist. A traditional, spoken Communion service in the Chapel. 

10:30 a.m. - Liturgy of the Palms, Procession & Sung Eucharist with music by the professional St. James' Compostela Choir, brass, and organ.  

The 10:30 a.m. service begins in Central Park, near the 72nd Street entrance at Fifth Avenue.

6:00 p.m. - Liturgy of the Palms & Candlelight Communion. A timeless, contemplative service in the Church to close the day and begin the week. 

Holy Monday & Holy Tuesday | March 26-27


Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
Simple, quiet services of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel to mark the first days of Holy Week.  

Holy Wednesday | March 28


Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
A simple, quiet service of Holy Eucharist on "Spy Wednesday," the day we remember the betrayal of Judas.  

Service of Tenebrae, 7:00 p.m.
From the Latin for "shadows." At this service, lights are gradually dimmed and darkness descends amid readings from the Passion, chanted psalms, and sacred music. The light of a single candle remains, calling us to remember our faith that the light of Christ will not be extinguished forever. 

Maundy Thursday | March 29


Children's Service, 4:45 p.m.
A simple service of Footwashing and Holy Communion to remember Jesus' Last Supper.

Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday celebrates the final meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, during which he washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Eucharist. We will wash one another's feet, share Holy Communion, and then watch as the Altar is stripped bare.   

Night Watch, 8:30 p.m.
Following the service, the Church remains open all night. A silent vigil of prayer and meditation is kept through the night, remembering Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and keeping watch with him. Each hour is introduced with responses and special prayers. Please consider signing for one hour slot. Security is provided. All are welcome. 

Good Friday | March 30


Liturgy for Good Friday, 8:00 a.m.
In the morning service, we hear the story of Christ's arrest, trial, and crucifixion and offer our prayers at the foot of the cross.

Three Hour Devotion, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
The day of Christ's death is the most solemn in the church year. At noon, we mark the three hours that Christ hung on the cross. The Rector offers meditations on the Passion, interspersed with prayers and music.   

Children's Services, 4:00 p.m.
The last week of Jesus' life is enacted by staff and parishioners so that children might develop their own grasp of the power of this story. The two services are identical. 

Easter Vigil | March 31


Liturgy for Holy Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
A quiet, reflective prayer service in the Columbarium as we recall the day Jesus's body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. No Eucharist is celebrated on this day.

Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter, 7:00 p.m.
For Christians, this is the holiest night of the year. Our celebration begins in the dark, with the kindling of the Easter fire as we process into a darkened church to recount, by candlelight, stories of God's loving-kindness and plan for salvation. Then we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, the Church is filled with light, bells are rung, and we continue with our first, festive celebration of Holy Communion for Easter. 

Easter Day | April 1


Every Sunday is an Easter celebration, for every Sunday celebrates Christ's resurrection. Easter Day thus expresses the very center of our faith: Jesus appears, risen from the dead, and joy and wonder of his followers is matched by the joy and wonder of our worship this day. 

8:00 a.m - Easter Eucharist. A traditional, spoken Communion service in the Chapel. 

9:10 a.m. - Festive Easter Eucharist with music offered by choirs of children and adults, brass, and organ. Sermon by the Rev. Brenda Husson, Rector.  Easter Egg Hunt follows!

11:15 a.m. - Festive Easter Eucharist with music offered by the professional St. James' Compostela Choir, brass, and organ. Sermon by the Rev. Brenda Husson, Rector. 

6:00 p.m. - Candlelight Communion on Easter evening. 

No tickets are necessary, though it is advisable to come early for seats at our 9:10 and 11:15 a.m. services.