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The E-pistle of Sunday, May 14th, 2023

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:30AM in Emmanuel Chapel

10:00AM in the Nave & Livestreamed

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

in the

City of Portland

and the

Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Whoever you are,

and wherever you may be on the journey of the spirit, 

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and modern thought, catholic traditions and progressive theology. We proclaim a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and a diversity of perspective. This empowers compassion and care for both the wider community and one another. Our commitment to welcome and inclusion is central to our mission modeled on the Kingdom of God and proclaimed by Jesus Christ. 


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Sunday Morning Service Participants


The Rev. Anne C. Fowler, Assisting Clergy


The Rev. Anne C. Fowler, Assisting Clergy (7:30AM)

The Rev. Christopher Worthley, Assisting Clergy (10:00AM)

Music Leader & Organist

Ray Cornils, Guest Cathedral Musician

Assistant Organist

Randall Mullins


Jonathan Radtke

Prayers Leader

Peter Bingham


Peter Bingham, Chester Bishop, Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley

Head Verger

Eleanor Roberts


Louisa Radtke-Rowe


Alec Thorne

The Healing Team

Gail Kesich & Ruth Roemer

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries

Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Cathedral Choir,

The Kneeler Guild

Music copyrights granted under #A-713087. Sources: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, Voices Found, My Heart Sings Out, The Saint Helena Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer,, Enriching our Worship, The Holy Bible (NRSV)

Thank you in advance for your offering today. You can donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

This Sunday’s flowers are given by Liz Eddy Griffin

to the Glory of God & 

in memory of her parents, Helen and Harry Eddy in celebration of their marriage on

May 14, 1955.

Happening at the Cathedral Today

Childcare and Sunday School

Sunday Mornings|9:45AM

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Sarah Dowling

Learn More About Sunday School and Childcare

 Our Sunday school and nursery are both open today. Sunday school begins in the upper hall at 9:45AM, with children returning to their families at the sharing of the Peace. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45-11:30AM. Families are always welcome!

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45-9:45AM

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250. 

Join us in the Chapter Room from 8:45–9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Bob Hanson, Biblical scholar, linguist and theologian, leads our group. For more information call Bob at (207) 405- 8250. Activity units are distributed for each session. Assigned readings are from the Biblical books under consideration. The journey is a joyous one.

Vestry Members Coffee Hour Offering

Today’s coffee hour is offered by members of the St. Luke’s Vestry in the Upper Hall following the 10AM service

Community Announcements

A Note about our Liturgy Team and Pastoral Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

Canon for Liturgy & Music on Medical Leave


Christian Clough has undergone a successful spinal surgery this past Monday 8 May to excise a benign cyst that had been causing increasing pain over the past few months.

Christian is now in the recovery process of the procedure which requires about a month of limited activity, including such things as driving, playing the organ, and conducting, so Christian will be absent from choir rehearsals and Sunday worship until Sunday 4 June.

Distinguished local musicians Ray Cornils and Harold Stover, who both served as interim cathedral musicians last year before Christian's tenure began, have graciously offered to provide coverage.

Ray Cornils will be with us today, and Harold Stover, 18 May—4 June.

Currently, all regular choral activities will continue as planned, including the final Choral Evensong of the season, at 4 PM on 4 June. We hope that Christian will return for the final rehearsal (8 June) and Sunday liturgy (11 June) of the choir season. Christian will continue to work with the staff to produce materials for worship, and to prepare for future musical activities. 

You can reach Christian by e-mail or by post, during his absence, at 24 Spear Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106-6631. We are praying for a complete and speedy recovery!

The Meaning of Flowers on Mother's Day

Submitted by the St. Luke's Flower Guild

Anna Jarvis House established Mother’s Day in honor of her mother Ann Reeves

Jarvis, a social activist and founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. She heard her

mother pray at the close of her Sunday school lesson in 1876: “I hope and pray that

someone, sometime, will found a memorial Mother’s Day commemorating her for

the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled

to it”.

On May 10, 1908, Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother and all

mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. She sent 500 white carnations

for all who attended the service, establishing the tradition of the flower

symbolizing deceased mothers.

Increasing demands for the white carnation led the floral industry to market red

and pink blooms to represent living mothers. Increased commercialization of the

holiday incensed Jarvis who became quite outspoken. While others profited from

the day, she did not. In 1943 she began organizing a petition to rescind Mother’s

Day. She was confined to a Sanitarium, that was paid for by the floral and greeting

card industries.

Cumberland Club Parking Lot Closed on Mother's Day

The Cumberland Club Parking Lot is Not Available for parishioners to park on Mother's Day.

Thank you for your understanding.

Open-invitation meeting for an LGBT Ministry at St. Luke’s

Sunday, May 28th

The Upper Hall

Following Conclusion of Coffee Hour

Contact Orion Williams

Join Orion Williams in the Upper Hall on May 28th at the conclusion of Coffee Hour for an open discussion about beginning an LGBT ministry. This is an all-ages, all-orientations (including allies) group, dedicated to exploring the intersection between being LGBT and Christian, and supporting one another through our journeys of self-discovery and faith. For additional information or questions, e-mail Orion Williams

St. Luke's to host a Performance of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

by artist Antonio Rocha

Saturday, June 10th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets available here

Adults (Ages 12+)- $10.00

Children (Ages 5+)- $5.00

Infants and Young Children (Ages 0-4)- Free

(Photo credit: Coco McCrackin)

*Please note that the recommended age for attending this event is ages 12 +

Join us at 7:00PM on June 10th in the Cathedral Nave as we partner with Portland Ovations to host artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga."

Portland Ovations describes Rocha's work as the following:

"The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator."

Visit the links below to learn more about the artist, the background of the performance, and to access educational resources.

Antonio Rocha

Performance Background

Learning resources

Watch a preview of Antonio Rocha's moving performance Below

Clynk Bags Available to

Support Young Adults Ministry

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s has returned to the Clynk Initiative Program. There are bags available at both entrances of Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account. Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Proceeds from this initiative will support “The Young and the Restless.” 

Bach Virtuosi Festival June 20 - 27, 2023

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral and Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach. 

Visit to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival. Take advantage of our 20% off Mother's Day sale

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing

Artists performing in the Bach Virtuosi Festival are looking for housing. If you or someone you know is able to host an artist, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!

A big thank you to everyone that has hosted coffee hour this year, it has been very successful and creates an important time for fellowship. We need a few more people to host at the end of May and throughout June. You can view the schedule by clicking on this link. Please take a look and email me with your preferred date and I will add you to the schedule. 

Email Meredith Cough or call 207-415-8207 


Hold the Date! Parish-Wide Picnic After the Service on June 11th

Additional Volunteers to Help Needed!

Sunday June 11th, 2023

The Park Street Parking Lot (Rain Location in Lower Hall)

Following the 10AM Service

Menu: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Options, Salads, and Ice Cream

Volunteer: contact Sarah Dowling

Join us for a parish wide picnic following the service as we conclude Sunday School for the summer, recognize our graduating high school seniors, and note the end of the season for the Cathedral Choir.

The picnic will take place outside in the Park Street Parking Lot (rain location is the Lower Hall).

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, salads, and ice cream.

With any additional questions please contact Sarah Dowling

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on ZoomFor additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry


Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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