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Welcome to St. Mary's Whitechapel

  

Located in historic Lancaster County, Virginia on Virginia's Northern Neck, St. Mary's Whitechapel was constructed in 1669 as a place of worship and a colonial center.  We invite you to join us for worship in a space that has welcomed parishioners for 350 years.  The natural beauty of our grounds, the reverence of our historic cemetery and charm of our colonial sanctuary combine to form a truly special place of worship.  Holy Eucharist is  observed Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

 Click the link below to see the latest Good News Newsletter.

March_2022_Newsletter.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel 

The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel is a lovely spot for personal reflection, spiritual practice or reduction of stress. To walk a labyrinth one steps on to the path and simply puts one foot in front of the other. Take your time, there is no rush. When you come to a change of direction follow it,  trusting the path to lead you. When you arrive at the center medallion take a few moments to pause and then begin walking the same path back out to the beginning. It’s one path, no blind endings.

Consider the first part of the walk as an opportunity to release your mind and concerns. The second part is in the center medallion, a time to breathe and listen for clarity. The third part is the returning. As you walk the same path out that brought you to the center you may find yourself integrating this experience into your life, clarity concerning a question or perhaps a sense of refreshment. Walk the labyrinth at your own pace. 

The Labyrinth is level with easy access and benches for resting; parking nearby.  It is open year round in daylight hours.

Click this link for more information about The Labyrinth in the Woods:

The_Labyrinth_in_the_Woods_at_Whitechapel.pdf

 

 

  

   

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

    

   

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

"Grace" - a photo by Eric Enstrom, circa 1920

 

 

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun.

You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Psalm 74:15,16

 

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

    

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray
that thy gracious providence may give and preserve to our
use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper
all who labor to gather them, that we, who constantly receive
good things from thy hand, may always give thee thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more
wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant
that we may share the divine life of him who humbled
himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

   

     

    

 

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